Biofuels are transportation fuels derived from agriculture, forestry or other organic feedstocks. Bio-ethanol and biodiesel are the most common biofuels used in transport, although other biofuels are also in use, such as pure vegetable oil and biogas. The main drivers for the production and use of biofuels are the security and diversification of energy supply, reduction of oil imports and dependence on oil, rural development and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Biofuels TECHNOLOGY - News Highlights
The new Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) Steering Committee, Lars Christian Hansen from Novozymes A/S (Denmark), in an interview for SETIS, outlines the role and some of the achievements of EBTP, how biofuels fit in with the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, the issue of sustainability and some of the challenges that need to be addressed in the short- and medium-term.
Could you explain in a few words what the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) is, and what its role is?
In June 2010 Henrik Bindslev, Director of the Danish National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (Risø DTU), was named chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), replacing Ton Hoff (ECN). Here, Mr Bindlev outlines how he sees the development of the EERA and how alternative energy technologies are emerging faster than anticipated.
What is your research background?
The Fifth Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of EBTP (SPM5) is a conference for all European biofuels stakeholders to be held at the Diamant Conference Centre in Brussels.
The conference capacity is limited to 200 participants. If you would like to participate in this event, please be sure to register as soon as possible.
"First-generation" biofuels which compete with food production and do not always cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly will be discouraged under new proposals published by the Commission on 17 October.
The new rules to be implemented through the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive:
Delegates and representatives from power utilities, suppliers, the public sector and research institutions met in London on 1-2 October to discuss the future of biomass in power generation.Biomass is the fourth most abundant energy resource after coal, oil and gas and already contributes over two-thirds of all renewable energy produced in the EU-27, when recycling of energy from waste is included.
The use of biofuels in the aviation industry was one of the hot topics during Sustainable Energy Week in June this year, topping the bill of high-level workshops in Milan and Brussels.
The annual EurObserv’ER report ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’ has been released, which gives background information on renewable energy realisations and renewable energy shares in Europe.
Every year hundreds of organisations and individuals in over 30 countries take part in the EU Sustainable Energy week by hosting Energy Day events and activities that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
SETIS is pleased to announce that the Call for demonstration and flagship project proposals within the European Bioenergy Industrial Initiative, which was closed on 14th September, received more than 50 expressions of interest. Experts selected by the EIBI Team will evaluate the proposals in the coming weeks.
The renewable energy sector achieved record-breaking growth in 2011, according to two new reports on renewable energy trends issued on 11 June by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).
- Advanced fossil fuel production
- Cement energy efficiency
- Cogeneration of heat and power
- Carbon capture and storage
- Concentrated solar power
- Electricity grids
- Electricity storage in the power sector
- Fuel cells and hydrogen
- Geothermal power
- Nuclear fission power
- Nuclear fusion power
- Marine energy
- Road transport efficiency
- Solar heating and cooling
- Solar photovoltaic
- Wind energy