Forests are nature’s powerhouse!
The bioeconomy presents a great potential, as it can maintain and create economic growth especially in underdeveloped, rural areas in Africa. It is a unique opportunity for the integration of small-scale farmers and/or foresters into primary production and processing industries. Read: ConnectingTheDots of a New Agricultural Economy Factsheet #1 highlights the benefits of bio-based products, such as their potential to reduce the economy’s dependence on fossil feedstocks, to create green jobs (not only) in the European Union, and to help drive European innovation. [ 127 more words ]
InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, aims to build a community of public procurement practitioners interested in Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) of Bio-Based Products and Services (BBPS). More .. Image © Stefan Körber, Tropfen, Fotolia Since December 2015: Informative factsheets There are already a wide range of commercially available bio-based products on the market offering a diverse range of functionalities. [ 455 more words ]
During 10 years of furfural process R&D, the team at International Furan Technology (“IFT”), a DalinYebo subsidiary, investigated and developed solutions mainly for the use of solid biomass. A large variety of biomass was tested and characterised for its handling and processing characteristics: Corncobs, corn stover, other corn fibre, sugarcane bagasse, sugarcane leaves (trash), sweet stem sorghum, switch grass, "black wattle", wheat straw, olive residues, oat hulls, rice husks, sunflower husks, cotton seed hulls, wood (tops & limbs), palm (EFB & husks), kenaf core. [ 67 more words ]
With declining oil prices bioplastics will experience increased competition from fossil fuel based, volume plastics, particularly in the packaging market. Yet bioplastic companies will continue to demonstrate the same technical marketing business ingenuity they have exhibited over the past 25+ years by specialty feedstock/resin niche market development, by holding in place their existing technology, further focusing on added production efficiencies, and in some limited cases withdrawing from the bioplastic market segment as a result of non-competitiveness. [ 2,112 more words ]
Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. [ 774 more words ]
In all but a couple of countries of southern Africa, maize (corn) is the main food staple and dominant cereal crop. With the exception of South Africa, smallholders on non-irrigated land account for most production. Thus, the unprecedented drought afflicting the region the past two years has had a severe impact on food security. Continue Reading
A research team led by Switzerland's science and technology university ETH Zurich has demonstrated a new process that manufactures succinic acid from wood instead of oil. [ 160 more words ]
Furfural Market on the Move: Double Digit Growth
A Well Kept Secret: How To Add (More) Value To Biomass
Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia, Arun, has the potential to yield over 10,000 litres of bioethanol per hectare annually.
A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize varieties and hybrids capable of resisting environmental shocks, including drought, low soil fertility, heat, pests and diseases. The project aims to increase maize productivity by 30-50 per cent… [ 524 more words. ]
The Biomass satellite is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) next Earth Explorer mission, with a launch scheduled for 2021. [ 279 more words. ]
GCIP made us realize that we're part of a global community contributing green solutions-Philipp Steiner @CleantechSA Reference: ConnectingTheDots on Facebook
There are already a wide range of commercially available biobased products on the market offering a diverse range of functionalities. However, what can they be used for and why should the public sector purchase them? [ 69 more words. ]