ReSolve: High Quality Renewable Solvents

Solvents are ubiquitous chemicals used widely in coatings, adhesives, industrial and domestic cleaning (degreasing) products, and many types of manufacturing. The purpose of the solvent in a formulation or process is to dissolve other substances, either to allow them to mix and perform their function effectively (e.g. to disperse the pigment in a paint) or…

BBI JU Launches 17 New Projects That Will Validate the Potential of Biomass in Europe

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) Grant Agreements of projects under the 2017 Call for proposals are now signed. These seventeen new projects include in their consortia a diverse range of actors, investors and organisations that will work towards creating value from waste, side streams, innovative new biomass like aquatic and bio-waste, and CO2.…

Building Biofuels Research

The Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge (BRISK2) provides researchers with access to equipment and expertise across Europe, with funding from EU Horizon 2020. New and established biofuels researchers can take advantage of the range of research, networking and professional development opportunities presented by BRISK2, with a programme of transnational access and joint research activities,…

Recycling and Valorization of Agri-Food Waste

AgroCycle is a Sino-EU collaborative research and innovation venture on the application of the ‘circular economy’ across the agri-food industry. The project has 26 partners from across the EU, China and Hong Kong, and is funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, with additional funding from the governments of the People’s…

Inspire: Insights on Biofuels Innovation from IRENA’S Patents Database

Innovation is at the heart of the energy transition to a carbonfree world. Breakthroughs in renewable energy technologies have accelerated their deployment by reducing their costs and improving their performance. Technology breakthroughs can be reflected in patent filings, so IRENA has developed a database of INternational Standards and Patents In Renewable Energy (INSPIRE) to track…

Prospects for Liquid Biofuels: Meeting the Challenge of EVs  and Low Oil Prices

Reliable, sustainable and affordable energy supply is critical to economic activity, social development and poverty reduction. But two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from energy production and use, which puts the energy sector at the core of efforts to combat climate change. In this context, the transition to less carbon intensive fuels in transport, including liquid biofuels, is fundamental. To meet the climate targets of Paris, we will…

Low TRL Biofuel Technologies

There are many technologies for the conversion of cellulosic biomass and other residues which are under development and research: this scientific know-how is not yet widely known but it would be more than worthy of attention. Transport biofuels offer the opportunity to reduce GHG emissions in the transport sector, to diversify the sources of energy carriers, to reduce the energy import bill…