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Report: Solar photovoltaics set to boom in Africa

September 22, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Solar panels. Photo: Evonik Industries. Installed costs for power generated by utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Africa have decreased as much as 61% per cent since 2012, according to a report published by the International Renewable...

Green Plains buys three Abengoa ethanol plans

August 24, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Green Plains Inc. (Omaha, Nebraska) says it has bought three plants being auctioned by bankrupt ethanol producer Abengoa Energy (St. Louis, Missouri). Green Plains will purchase the Madison, Illinois; Mount Vernon, Indiana; and York, Nebraska, ethanol...

European Commission sets out way to decarbonize EU economy

July 20, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission has published a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe, including the transport sector. The proposals set clear and fair guiding principles to EU member states...

International partnership to commercialize renewable isooctane for specialty fuels

July 11, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Global Bioenergies (Evry, France), IBN-One, and Lantmännen Aspen (Hindås, Sweden), the world market leader in alkylate gasoline for two- and four- stroke small engines, say they have entered into a partnership on renewable isooctane for specialty...

Once-through methanation pilot plant for SNG successfully tested in China

July 7, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Clariant has announced that its methanation pilot plant at Nanjing, China, has been successfully tested, and that the technology is ready for commercial application. The VESTA once-through methanation new technology with wide hydrogen-carbon monoxide...

Report: Solar PV could provide up to 13% of global electricity demand by 2030

June 23, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

A new report, Letting in the Light: How Solar Photovoltaics Will Revolutionize the Electricity System, published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) says that the share of electricity generated by solar photovoltaics...

Report: Average cost for solar, wind electricity, could fall by up to 60% by 2025

June 16, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The average cost for electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could decrease considerably by 2025, according to a report, The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025, by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena...

Gurit to open plant in Poland for wind blade molds

June 13, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Composite materials supplier Gurit (Zurich) has announced that it will open a production facility in Szczecin, Poland, for producing wind blade molds. The expansion is targeted at further increasing Gurit’s European market share in tooling, the company...

Amyris-Total biojet fuel to be used in Cathay Pacific Airbus delivery program over next two years

June 13, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Amyris's (Emeryville, CA) renewable jet fuel will be used on flights by newly delivered Cathay Pacific aircraft from Toulouse, France, to Hong Kong over the next two years, Amyris has announced. The trial began on 29 May, when Cathay Pacific took delivery of...

European court rules that German renewable energy support constituted state aid

May 10, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

The General Court of the European Union has dismissed in its entirety an action brought by Germany against the European Commission regarding Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG) of 2012. The commission classified a reduction in the EEG surcharge for...

Aemetis acquires cellulosic sugar firm Edeniq for $20 million

May 5, 2016 | Rebecca Coons

Aemetis (Cupertino, CA), a maker of advanced fuels and renewable chemicals, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with cellulosic sugar company Edeniq (Visalia, CA) to acquire Edeniq for $20 million. "The acquisition of Edeniq...

ADM to divest sugar, ethanol operations in Brazil

April 1, 2016 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM; Chicago) has reached an agreement to sell its sugarcane-ethanol operations at Limeira do Oeste, Brazil, to Brazil-based JFLim Participações. The transaction includes a sugarcane plantation and an ethanol distillery...

Europe's renewable energy use grows, GHG emissions decrease

March 31, 2016 | Michael Ravenscroft

Calculations by the European Environment Agency (EEA; Copenhagen) show that the share of energy in the European Union that is derived from renewable energy resources (RES) has increased, from 14.3 % in 2012 to 15.0 % in 2013, and is estimated to reach 15.2%...

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