This is the final piece of the 3 part article about biofuel investments of major oil companies. To read the first part, follow this link. To read the second part, follow this link. Shell Royal Dutch Shell claims to be the world’s biggest distributor of biofuels, distributing 9 billion liters in 2009 – mainly ethanol [...]
Are major oil companies already preparing for the post-fossil-fuel-age? Within recent years, big oil corporations are increasingly involved into research and development of different petroleum alternatives and now, they seem to focus on commercial viable biofuels. The petroleum industry is aware of rising crude oil prices, a rising demand of energy and an increasing environmental pollution. To contribute to these circumstances, a variety of joint ventures with smaller biofuel or biotechnology firms have started to exploit the potential of renewable fuels.
Is Big Oil going green? Have you ever thought about the involvement of major oil companies in R&D or distribution of biofuels? Yeah… just like me! But I was disabused of the notion that most oil companies are predators who exploit earth’s resources, pollute the environment, rake in money and if they do something that [...]
Guess what?! There is still a lot to know about what to do with the increasing amount of generated glycerol (also glycerine, glycerin) obtained by biodiesel production. Besides the well established sell of purified glycerine to manufacturers of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals a variety of novel conversion techniques are introduced. This article is intended to be [...]
Numerous technologies are being widened and established for transforming sustainable feedstocks into a variety of biofuels. Environmental and social consequences of biofuels from agricultural crops became the theme of media and drawn several public and private debates and campaigns due to the utilization of first generation technology. Generally, “first generation biofuels” are generated from crops [...]
Due to global recognition of diminishing oil reserves and the devastating ecological impact of modern fossil fuel consumption, the urgent need for alternatives increases. The availability of energy in our current global framework, which is basically the fundament of global prosperity, relies extensively on the availability of fossil crude oil. As fossil fuels provide around [...]