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Granbio’s Cellulosic Ethanol From Sugarcane Straw

Brazil’s Granbio is the producer of second generation ethanol from sugarcane straw on a commercial scale (Click here to know more about third and fourth generation biofuels). Founded in 2011, this biotech company is controlled by Gran Investimentos S.A. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the company also has an office in San Francisco, CA, USA. Granbio owns a synthetic biology research center and an experimental station to develop new sources of biomass.The Company uses Beta Renewables’ pretreatment technology Proesa®. Feedstock  Granbio makes use […]

Biofuel Research Institutes in Australia

A list of biofuel research institutes in Australia is given below: 1. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency. Its Energy Flagship aims at developing 1) cost competitive low emission energy from coal and 2) algal biodiesel as a means to return to natural resources for energy production. 2. South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) SARDI is based in Adelaide and focuses on the research and development of new and improved feedstocks […]

LanzaTech is Turning Waste Gases of Steel Mills into Bioethanol

LanzaTech was founded in Auckland, New Zealand in 2005 and now it is headquartered in Chicago. The company has earned name through its gas fermentation process by virtue of which it turns waste gases of steel mills into bioethanol and other industrial chemicals.This Gas-to-Liquid technology has earned them a number of commercial agreements across a variety of sectors internationally. The company has additional offices in Roselle, Illinois (NZ); New Delhi, India and Shanghai, China. Dr Jennifer Holmgren is the Chief Executive Officer […]

Fuel From Halophytic Microalgae: Muradel

South Australia based Muradel Pty Ltd produces drop- in fuel from halophytic microalgae. Its trademark process produces “green crude” which upon fractionation yields drop-in substitutes of fossil fuels. The company was founded in Dec 2010 as a joint venture between the Murdoch University, Adelaide Research and Innovation Pty Ltd and SQC Pty Ltd. Feedstocks Muradel uses rapidly growing halophytic microalgae, biomass and organic waste streams. Their non competence with arable land and food chain as well as their low fresh […]

Indian Railways to Meet the 5% Biodiesel Blending target

Union Railway Minister Mr. D.V. Sadananda Gowda, on Wednesday, informed that in the  financial year 2014-2015 Railways will attain the target of 5% biodiesel blending. Presently, Railways require approximately two billion liters diesel per year which costs around 15000 crores. As per the minister mixing of 5% biodiesel will bring the cost remarkably down. To attain this target the govt is planning to utilize the waste land across the country for growing crops yielding both edible and non edible oils. In this […]

Plant to convert algae into crude oil launched by Muradel

In a major step towards production of fossil fuel equivalent, Australia’s renewable fuel company Muradel has launched the company’s first integrated demonstration plant to convert algae into crude oil at Whyalla. The plant is using Muradel’s Green2Black™ technology for the production of drop-in fuel. The plant has the capacity to produce 30,000 liters of green crude a year. If successfully scaled to a commercial one,  it will have the potential to produce 500,000 barrels of refinable green crude by the year 2019, a quantity capable enough to run 30,000 […]

Enerkam joins hands with China to build waste to biofuels facility

In a press release dated 27th October 2014, Enerkam, known for converting non recyclable municipal waste to biofuels and renewable chemicals, announced to start a project in China in partnership with ShanghaiMarine Diesel Engine Research Institute ( SMDERI).The agreement was signed by SMDERI president Dr Donghan Jin and Enerkem President and CEO Mr Vincent Chornet. In the wake of its growing need for waste management China aims to develop clean transportation fuels from different types of feedstocks. This is a significant step in this direction. See more at

Brazil to run Farnesene fueled city buses

In a breakthrough decision, the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) has granted Amyris Brazil the permission to use farnesene as drop-in fuel. The city buses in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janerio will have 10% of farnesene blended in their diesel. According to the directives, now, the composition of fuel will be 84% diesel oil, 10% farnesene and 6% biodiesel. From Nov 1st, the biodiesel portion will increase to 7%, thereby reducing  the fossil fuel content to 83%. As […]