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The big BRTeam Meeting is going to be held between 14 to 21 January 2012 at ABRII Amphitheater. The exact date and time will be announced soon.

BRTeam members are kindly requested to inform the Team Secretariat; Eng. Mahyar Rohami, (09356226563) or ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), if they have a different date preference to be looked into.

Iran may turn to biofuels amid worsening pollution

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Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 22:31 Written by Administrator Thursday, 26 March 2015 22:16

The Article published in Al-Monitor on 19 March 2015 discusses Iran`s planning to use Biofuels in near future:

Middle Eastern oil and natural gas powerhouse Iran is making renewed efforts to utilize green technology and diversify its energy base. The office of Iran’s Vice Presidency for Science and Technology has announced that, as soon as this year, the country will start using biofuels. If they follow through, this marks the first time in Iranian history that such a plan will actually be executed.

According to the Vice Presidency’s Biofuels Committee head, Meisam Tabatabaei, the initiative will initially be launched at pilot scale. It will involve the blending of bioethanol and biodiesel with conventional gasoline in buses, minibuses and select cars in Iran’s free trade zones. The preliminary aim is said to be to evaluate the project’s feasibility. However, the ultimate objective is to prepare the ground for the full and nationwide implementation of measures to start using biofuels in the near future.

“Unlike fossil fuels, biofuels have very low CO2 emissions and release no toxins in the air. More important, they are biodegradable and renewable, while fossil fuel resources are limited and will eventually run out,” Tabatabaei said. “Many Iranian cities are suffering from serious air pollution, so by introducing biofuels we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move toward a healthier, more eco-friendly future.”

To date, the production of bioethanol and biodiesel in Iran has been at the academic research level, although the country has great potential for bioenergy. Iran’s diverse terrain and climate is suitable for the cultivation of various energy crops that have the potential to produce 721 million liters (190.5 million gallons) of biodiesel annually. While having the capacity, Iran would never divert its precious farmland for fuel production.

The estimated 18 million tons of agricultural waste that is produced in the country on an annual basis is the more practical alternative. Iran can obtain nearly 5 billion liters (1.3 billion gallons) of bioethanol from its crop residues and sugarcane bagasse. Waste cooking oil is another option. Every year, about 1.5 million tons of cooking vegetable oil or animal fat is consumed in Iran. About 30% of this is considered as waste and can be used to produce liquid biofuels. The GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by the United Nation’s Development Program has been sponsoring projects aimed at promoting the use of waste oil for the production of biodiesel in Iran since 2012. Also, forests, which cover about 7% of the country’s area, could be an abundant source for biofuel products.

However, Iran’s No. 1 and long-term bioenergy feedstock is none other than microalgae. With the Caspian Sea in the north and the Persian Gulf in the south, Iran has a natural advantage for algae cultivation. Its numerous salt lakes, such as Maharlu Lake in Fars province, Lake Orumieh in the West Azerbaijan province and the Qom salt lake in Qom province are also ideal breeding grounds for new species of algae.

The article was authored by BRTeam`s Shiva Bakhtiari; PhD student in University of Vienna and Language Editor of Biofuel Research Journal.
 

Happy Nowruz

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2015 19:42 Written by Administrator Saturday, 21 March 2015 19:38

 

As the spring's footsteps start tickling the ears, lilies, daffodils and narcissus wake up to bloom, the impatient Iranians awaiting the spring, set up a colorful celebration to give it a red carpet welcome. Nowruz is the longest and most cherished festivity in certain regions of the world, on which all Farsi-speaking nations celebrate the New Year with the nature's resurrection from withered winter. Nowruz ancientness, variety, colorfulness, and rich symbolism mark it off from its peers in other nations and countries. In fact, Nowruz is a celebration of inclusiveness, peace, light, family and rebirth. Wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Successful New Year.

Happy Nowruz to all

 

Biofuel Research Journal: Vol. 2, Issue 1 FREE online

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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:10 Written by Administrator Monday, 02 March 2015 14:59

New Issue 


Biofuel Research Journal
Vol. 2, Issue 1 now freely available online

The Biofuel Research Journal was launched in March 2014 and Vol. 2, Issue 1 is already available online.

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Since its official commencement marked by the publication of the first issue on 1st March 2014, Biofuel Research Journal has received considerable interest from the research community. As currently the only Open Access Journal in the field with completely Free-of-Charge Publication Policy, BRJ has been offering a unique platform for scientists to advance and disseminate knowledge in all the biofuel-related areas (Aims & Scope).

The impressive number of submissions each month has allowed us to observe the highest quality standards possible in selecting submitted manuscripts which will guarantee the swift development of the journal. A great thank you to our editors, authors and reviewers who are contributing to this achievement.

The new issue of the journal (Vol. 2, Issue 1) is now online and includes a critical editorial, a comprehensive review article as well as quality original research articles:




Editorial Board

Editorial: Future of bioethanol...

Keikhosro Karimi and Yusuf Chisti

Biodiesel wash-water reuse using microfiltration: toward zero-discharge strategy for cleaner and economized biodiesel production

R. Jaber; M.M.A. Shirazi; J. Toufaily; A.T. Hamieh; A. Noureddin; H. Ghanavati; A. Ghaffari; A. Zenouzi; A. Karout; A.F. Ismail; M. Tabatabaei

Advances in consolidated bioprocessing systems for bioethanol and butanol production from biomass: a comprehensive review

Gholamreza Salehi Jouzani; Mohammad J. Taherzadeh

Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of cassava waste for ethanol production

C. Pothiraj; A. Arun; M. Eyini

Effect of extrusion conditions and hydrolysis with fiber-degrading enzymes on the production of C5 and C6 sugars from brewer`s spent grain for bioethanol production

Erick Heredia-Olea; Esther Pérez-Carrillo; Sergio O. Serna-Saldívar

Improved microbial conversion of de-oiled Jatropha waste into biohydrogen via inoculum pretreatment: process optimization by experimental design approach

Improved microbial conversion of de-oiled Jatropha waste into biohydrogen via inoculum pretreatment: process optimization by experimental design approach

Gopalakrishnan Kumar; Péter Bakonyi; Periyasamy Sivagurunathan; Nándor Nemestóthy; Katalin Bélafi-Bakó; Chiu-Yue Lin

Simultaneous effect of nitrate (NO3-) concentration, carbon dioxide (CO2) supply and nitrogen limitation on biomass, lipids, carbohydrates and proteins accumulation in Nannochloropsis oculata

Aarón Millán-Oropeza; Luis G. Torres-Bustillos; Luis Fernández-Linares

All articles published in the journal are freely available and are published completely free-of-charge.

We hope you enjoy this new issue.

 

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Sincerely,

Editor-in-Chief
Meisam Tabatabaei

International Advisory Board
Yusuf Chisti
Ahmad Fauzi Ismail
Seeram Ramakrishna


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BRTeam`s Biological Engineering Group Presents: Genetic Constructs (Design & Assembly)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015 14:15 Written by Administrator Saturday, 21 February 2015 13:36

 

 

BRTeam`s Biological Engineering Group in collaboration with the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB), NoGene Co. and the Canadian-based SynHiTech Co. will be organizing a workshop entitled "Genetic Constructs (Design & Assembly)" on 27th February 2015 on the NIGEB campus. The one-day event will cover advanced techniques used in the field of Biological Engineering (synthetic biology, system biology, genetic engineering, etc).

BRTeam members involved in the related fields of research and those interested are cordially invited to register in this highly-informative workshop.

For any inquiries and registration, please contact Ms. Mahsa Mohammadi at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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