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NZ Herald: Put a tree in your tank

Peter Griffin posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

New Zealand Herald feature writer Chris Barton looks at the scientific efforts underway in New Zealand to yield biofuel from forestry – and the barriers to expansion of this clean technology development. An excerpt: Scion studies have shown those forests could be a huge, sustainable source of feedstock, especially if waste from trimmings, cutting and […]

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LanzaTech lauded by World Economic Forum

John Kerr posted in on August 30th, 2012.

The World Economic Forum has included the NZ biofuel company Lanzatech in its selection of Technology Pioneers –  the world’s most innovative technology start-ups. These industry-changing companies are being recognized for their potential to transform the future of business and society. Their achievements will be honoured at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions […]

Biofuel outfit LanzaTech secures further funding

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2012.

LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, has closed its latest funding round with investments totaling US $55.8 million. Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, chief executive of LanzaTech, said this funding will accelerate the development of next generation integrated biorefineries using the LanzaTech technology platform for the production of sustainable low carbon chemicals […]

BusinessDay: Sav blanc can cause a headache but save your skin

Peter Griffin posted in on January 17th, 2011.

Catherine Harris writes in BusinessDay about encouraging early results suggesting that sauvignon blanc extracts can help avoid sunburn. The research, being undertaken by AgResearch for kiwi company NZ Extracts, looked at the grape seeds from sauvignon blanc grapes grown in Marlborough – a major regional waste product. An excerpt: (read in full here) Early results […]

3 News: Oilgae: The Fuel of the Future

Peter Griffin posted in on May 7th, 2010.

Fiona Hodge writes for 3 News about a new hope for sustainable alternative fuels: algae. Certain types of algae are able to produce large amounts of oil – Niwa is currently conducting research into algal biofuel in Christchurch. An excerpt: (read in full here) “One of the cleverest algal biofuel set ups is right here […]

Dom Post: Have faith that scientists will save the planet

Peter Griffin posted in on March 1st, 2010.

Bob Brockie writes in the Dominion Post on the promise that science can save the planet from climate change. He writes about some of the exciting new science currently being undertaken, including the work of genetic engineers who have developed a means of making biofuel which does not compete with food crops. An excerpt: (read […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Green energy in the doldrums

Peter Griffin posted in on November 9th, 2009.

Anthony Doesburg of the NZ Herald writes in an opinion piece about New Zealand’s faltering efforts to develop green alternative energy technologies. Technologies under development include one that will use algae, grown on sewage ponds, to produce oil – while the technology shows promise, it will not be commercially viable for some time. Other alternatives, […]

Biofuels still the way to go

Peter Griffin posted in on March 19th, 2009.

Professor David Harries, Director of the Centre for Excellence into Energy for Sustainable Transport at Australia’s Murdoch University & Curtin University of Technology, outlines why skepticism about biofuels has grown internationally. Read the piece in full here. An excerpt: “Firstly, the benefits of biofuels, notably the potential to reduce greenhouse gasses, differ from one biofuel […]

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