BIOCOM 2008, Biofuels: Tomorrow's technical environmental energy

This is an event with the objective of providing information by means of practical and scientific knowledge and through experience sharing.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The main theme of BIOCOM 2008 is "Biofuels: Tomorrow's technological and environmental energy," and will present in Guatemala the bio-energy tendencies of the new generation of fuels backed by eco-friendly technology, with the proper rational and conscious use of available natural resources.

The event will be held from November 4-6 at the Expo Center at the Grand Tikal Futura Hotel Convention center, during which there will be conferences, lectures, and display stands. It will have the support of various government ministries, universities, NGO's and relation Institutions and regional participation from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

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Biofuel Project Reactivated

July 2012

The Ministry of Energy and Mines in Guatemala is going to create an internal committee in order to study the possibilities of using plant-based fuels.

The law which enables the use of ethanol blended with gasoline has been paralyzed since 2008 in the Guatemalan Congress and the administration of Perez Molina has proposed reviving the project, by means of a ministerial commission that will analyze "the environmental and socioeconomic impact that such a fuel modification could have and what the potential use of biofuels in the local market is."

Central America Seeks to Unify Biofuel Standards

September 2010

The region is analyzing technical and environmental criteria for biofuel production.

Costa Rica's Energy Director, Gloria Vila, indicated that, "as part of the customs unification project we are trying to standardize criteria across all countries relating to biofuels".

Quality requirements for biodiesel have already been unified.

Bio-diesel production starts in El Salvador

February 2009

In April the pilot plant, donated by Colombia, was inaugurated. It will have the capacity to produce 10 thousand liters of bio-diesel per day. reports on its website: "The pilot plant, which was installed in October 2008 at the National Center for Agriculture and Forestry Technology (Centa), will have the capacity to produce 10 thousand liters of bio-diesel per day, on a 10 hour shift, from palm and fig oils and even from recycled oils. However they are still awaiting an oil extraction modules."

Biofuels: Strong Potential

August 2008

Sugarcane ethanol from Latin America needs to be an integral part of the United States’ energy strategy.

The new federally-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) calls for the United States to raise its annual biofuel production from 6.5 billion gallons per year (bgy) in 2007 to 36 bgy by the year 2022.

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