Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Biofuel around asia and world.

Biofuel processing plant.

It is now more clearer that Biofuel development will increase,10-20 years from now we may produce friendly fuel and locally. Local fuel in PNG can flood markets unless fossil fuel supplier will ensure biofuel PNG is not developed for market monopoly reasons. However, as more technology and knowledge is made available ,people will locally produce fuel in their own homes for their vehicles.

PNG Power is charging high per unit power,Water board is even increasing its fee per liter and many of the unfortunate low income earners are terribly tortured financially between high rising cost of living. Most of the expanse stems from energy related. If electricity and vehicle fuel can be known to produce who will care about fuel purchase. It is rapidly becoming clear that it is possible. If PNG government can subsidize biofuel development for the country,energy cost will remain low for all time. It is estimated that with only 10-12 % increase in biofuel production meeting the country's need may stabilized living standards of country since fuel need and yearly usage is not so huge.

However,if PNG decides to continue dance to fossil fuel we may find problems very soon when other countries are going biofuel already. What a shame and waste of money to purchase biofuel for our vehicle and machines. Expect the cost to be high.

It is reported that Valero is vying for the top post in green energy above BP. Shell is already invested in Cellulosic ethanol while Marathon in severalother ethanol companies. ExxonMobil is eying more investments in biofuels.

In Brazil, 46 percent of domestic energy is now coming from renewable sources, compared to a global average of 13 percent, according to a report from the BBC. But the Beeb reports that Brazil, facing difficulty in the approval of hydro projects, may increase its share of energy generated by fossil fuel-based electricity production from 10 percent today to 17 percent. has been launched as a web-based, global meeting point among different actors, giving as well visibility and assistance to small landholder. The site includes historical and real-time generation of maps based on data provided by users and collected from projects.

In the Philippines, GreenGold Ray Energies said that its research has determined that a 40% to 50% jatropha oil blend with standard diesel oil provides optimum performance without any engine modification and preheating of the blends. The company itself is preparing for the opening of its 7.41 acre jatropha demo-farm on Mindanao.

In Germany, Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG announced a profit of €13.9 million on sales of €666.6 million in 2008, up from €408 million in 2007. Nearly 38 % of Verbio's ethanol production was exported, primarily to Eastern Europe. Verbio said in a statement that major improvements in ethanol trading conditions would occur after the implementation of the sustainability bill in 2011.

In Europe, the Belgian government announced a B4 biodiesel mandate will commence in July, and said that higher mandates would be implemented after infrastructure issues had been resolved. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers said that it would commence a push to develop algal biofuels by 2010, as part of an R&D ramp-up on biodiesel.

Viaspace increasing Giant King Grass production
Alternative energy company Viaspace Inc., plans to expand production of Giant King Grass, a proprietary grass feedstock that can be used to produce low-carbon biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol, methanol and "green" gasoline. Over one million Giant King Grass seedlings were planted in the Guangdong Province of China in October 2008. The company is negotiating to lease more land and expects to have 300 acres of the cellulose-based product growing by September.

In Mozambique, the national government's Agriculture Promotion Centre said that Procana and Principle Energy are investing $710 million US dollars in the production of ethanol from sugar cane. The government approved an 30,000 hectare land grant to Procana in Gaza province and an 18,000 hectare grant in Manica province to Principle.

In the Netherlands, Shell OIl CEO Jeroen van der Veer said that biofuels will account for 7-10 percent of global fuel supply "over the next few decades".van der Veer said that Shell expects to market "commercial volumes" of next generation biofuels within the next 5-10 years. The company recently expanded an agreement with Codexis to accelerate the arrival of next-gen fuels.

In Canada,$10 million has been awarded to six sustainable projects in Saskatchewan under the provincial government's Go Green Fund. The fund provides financial assistance to Saskatchewan residents, businesses and communities that implement cost-effective green technologies and promote economic and environmental sustainability. The fund supports innovative activities and projects in the areas of ethanol production, carbon storage technology, aquatic health data, waste management and reduction, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and water quality and conservation.

British Columbia looks to generate more value from its forests.
The government of British Columbia has launched an action plan called "Generating More Value from Our Forests," which will support the development of value-added and next generation forest products within the province. The program encourages industry stakeholders, investors, researchers, governments and communities to generate more value from wood and wood residues through further manufacturing. The program also aims at increasing production capacity for value-added products and to expanding and developing next generation forest products within the bioenergy and biochemicals sectors. The government of British Columbia, Canada, recently announced it has pledged more than $32.6 million to commercialize approximately $200 million in provincial renewable energy technology projects.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have an enormous impact on the entire biomass space. Investing now in renewable energy generally, and bioenergy in particular, is crucial to revitalizing the economy and building a secure energy future. Some key provisions in the stimulus bill include:

* $43 billion for energy development, including $111 billion for infrastructure and science
* Doubling the amount of renewable energy produced by 2013
* Extending the production tax credit (PTC) for qualified biomass and municipal solid waste facilities through 2013
* A new 30 percent credit for investment in a "qualifying advanced energy manufacturing project."

WBM logoAlgae commercialization timelines and fresh perspectives on market forecasts for biofuels were among the highlights as World Biofuels Markets 2009 convened in Brussels.

Among the presentations, Origin Oil CEO Riggs Eckelberry offered an incisive look at the horizons for biofuels adoption through 2060 here. National Bioenergy Center chief Dr. Al Darzins offered a thorough overview of algae related developments, while Dr. John Benemann offered his customary cautionary notes on algae yield hype.

GIC's Rick Gilmore, Virgin Green Fund's Shai Weiss and Braemar's Bill Lese were among a strong list of presenters on financing, while Charlotte Opal presented an overview on the Roundtable of Sustainable Biofuels as it moves from Version Zero of its sustainability principles to a fully-fledged release of production guidelines.