ADB, Biofuels, Biogas, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Climate Change, Green Building, Green chemicals, Hybrid, Hydro, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Renewable Energy, Singapore, Small-hydro, Solar, Solar Thermal, Thin-film Solar, Wind

More investment in cleantech is needed (Business Times)

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The following was published on December 5, 2012.  By Ron Mahabir

SINGAPORE SHOULD INVEST MORE HEAVILY IN CLEANTECH

AS WE speed dangerously along the highway of global economic growth, it has become awfully clear that we are headed for major accidents in food, water and other resource shortages, as well as increasing environmental disasters.

We just have had way too many red alerts in recent years including Fukushima, Gulf of Mexico, Katrina, floods and heat waves to not take these a great deal more seriously. It is probably more than coincidence that 2012 is on track to be the hottest year in the United States and Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Continue reading

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Biofuels, Biogas, Biomass, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Crude Palm Oil, Malaysia, Renewable Energy

Borneo Energy to acquire equity interests in sustainable power

March 3, 2008 (Datamonitor) – Sustainable Power has announced that Borneo Energy Sendirian Berhad, a wholly owned subsidiary of Borneo Oil and Gas, has entered into a share subscription agreement to purchase 50 million restricted shares of Sustainable Power.

The initial deposit required per the agreement has been received by Sustainable Power (SSTP). Sustainable Power also entered into a technical collaboration term sheet with Borneo Energy Sendirian Berhad (BOE). Continue reading

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Biofuels, Cellulosic Ethanol, New Zealand, Transportation, U.S.

Transport fuels from New Zealand biomass a reality

March 3, 2008 (Scoop) – Biofuels generated from New Zealand-grown softwood feedstocks have been identified as a feasible, large scale option for meeting both the low-carbon transport vision of the Government’s 2007 Energy Strategy (NZES) and Biofuels Sales Obligation (BSO), say the authors of a report by the New Zealand Lignocellulosic Bioethanol Initiative.

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biomass, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Crude Palm Oil, Solar, Thailand, Wind

Poonpirom wants to make Thailand world-class ‘green energy’ hub

February 28, 2008 (Bangkok Post) – Thailand is developing a master plan to build the country into the world’s second largest green energy producer after Brazil. Energy Minister Poonpirom Liptapanlop said she wanted to see the country become a net exporter of green energy to tap strong global demand.

To achieve the goal, authorities plan to develop a 15-year Renewable Energy Development Plan to cover the full range of alternative energy businesses including gasohol, biodiesel, biomass, wind and solar power, she said yesterday. Continue reading

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Clean Energy, Diesel, India, Jatropha, Transportation

India in slow lane in drive for greener fuels

February 14, 2008 (Economic Times)- India’s failure to agree a biodiesel policy has forced firms to shelve expansions plans, putting it way behind energy-hungry rivals like China in the drive to greener fuels, a top industry representative said. The delay has also left edible oil processing companies, which have built capacity to turn 1.2 million tonnes of jatropha into biodiesel, in the lurch and $227 million poorer, said Sandeep Chaturvedi, head of the Biodiesel Association of India. Continue reading

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biogas, Carbon Credits, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Crude Palm Oil, Diesel, Japan, Malaysia

Malaysian-Japan JV In RM1 Bln Biodiesel, Jatropha & Biogas Deal In Sarawak

February 12, 2008 (Bernama) – Carbon Capital Corporation Sdn Bhd will join hands with Japan Carbon Mercantile Co. Ltd to develop a multi-feedstock diesel plant in Tanjung Manis in Sarawak, Jatropha and oil palm plantations as well as a biogas renewable projects in the state covering five years involving investments no less than RM1 billion initially.

The multi-feedstock plant would have an annual capacity of about 240,000 tonnes per year and bulking facilities in Tanjung Manis while the Jatropha and oil palm plantations would cover an acreage of 100,000 hectares. Continue reading

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Biogas, Biomass, Carbon capture, Carbon Credits, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Climate Change, Coal, Conservation, Crude Palm Oil, Energy Efficiency, Ethanol, GHG, Legislation, LNG, Recycling, Renewable Energy, Small-hydro, Solar, Solar Thermal, Thailand, Transportation, Waste Management, Waste to Energy, Wind

Thailand’s greener energy future

February 11, 2008 (Bangkok Post) – To cope with high oil prices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Thailand must pursue four options: development of renewable energy, energy efficiency, nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage. However, renewable energy has certain limitations, and options for each country are different depending on availability of natural resources, technologies and manpower. This is why the Thai government has mainly concentrated on renewable energy based on domestic raw materials and wastes.

Financial incentives together with the provision of information to investors and consumers have proved to work wonders, for instance in the promotion of biofuels. The consumption of gasohol (E10) more than doubled in 2007. With the introduction of E20 in 2008, daily demand for ethanol should reach two million litres by 2011 when new cars capable of using E85 should be on sale.

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Clean Energy, Indonesia

Failed policies knock biodiesel production by 85% (Indonesia)

January 24, 2008 (The Jakarta Post) – Biodiesel producers announced earlier this week that their total production has dropped by 85 percent since December.  The producers blamed the drop on “inconsistent policy making” by the government, particularly the fact that Pertamina’s total spending on biodiesel had not been defined as an expense item eligible for a government subsidy by the Finance Ministry.

“This situation has led Pertamina to reduce the portion of biodiesel in a liter of Biosolar by half,” PT Indo Biofuels Energy operational director Lucia Liemesak told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Clean Energy, Cleantech venture capital, Crude Palm Oil, Diesel, Ethanol, Legislation, Philippines, Transportation

Rethinking biofuels in the Philippines

January 23, 2008 (Inquirer.net) – The hottest debate in town involves something vital to motorists: fuel.  Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who ironically enough authored the Biofuels Act of 2007, wants to apply the brakes on its implementation, citing the recent warning of 1998 Nobel laureate for chemistry Dr. Hartmut Michel that our government’s biofuels program could endanger the country’s food security and harm the environment.  The Biofuels Act, which was signed into law in January 2007, requires the oil industry to sell diesel with a minimum 1 percent biodiesel blend (B1) within three months after the signing of the law and gasoline with 5 percent bioethanol (E5) in two years. The Biofuels Act aims to reduce the nation’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, save hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign exchange annually, cut the carbon-dioxide emissions believed to cause global warming and revive the moribund sugar and coconut industries. Continue reading

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Biodiesel, Biofuels, Cleantech venture capital, Japan, Transportation

Toyota Tsusho develops low-cost biodiesel technology

January 21, 2008 (Jiji Press) – Toyota Tsusho Corp. said Monday it and two other firms have jointly developed a technology to produce biodiesel fuel at lower cost.The other two companies are Ohta Oil Mill Co. and Toyota Chemical Engineering Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Tsusho.

Biodiesel is made by blending methanol into plant-derived oil. The new technology requires smaller amounts of methanol and alkali catalysts than conventional technologies.

In addition, the new technology makes water removal facilities unnecessary.

Conventional technologies require such facilities because they involve the use of large amounts of water to remove glycerin, a major by-product.

As a result, initial investments needed for biodiesel facilities using the new technology will be about half the levels required for conventional facilities.

Toyota Tsusho plans to put the technology into actual use in Asia as early as 2010.

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