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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Biofuels About to Take Off - Just Not Yet

Jun 01, 2011 at 20:13 | John Daly

Investors looking for the next big thing after a hydrocarbon economy have a panoply of options, from solar to wind, as well as biofuels. In terms of quickly ramping…

Which Biofuels are the Worst Emission Offenders

Jun 01, 2011 at 08:19 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Not all biofuels are "green" according to where the crops from which they are derived are grown. The worst offenders are palm oils which may have ten times the carbon…

US Airforce Speak Out Against Biofuel Use: 10 Times the Cost of Current Jet Fuel

May 27, 2011 at 07:54 | Robert Rapier

Just over a year ago, I wrote an article called Is Camelina the Next Jatropha? If you recall, a few years ago jatropha was all the rage. It could…

Obama Orders 100% Alternative Fuels in Government by 2015

May 27, 2011 at 07:38 | Biofuels Digest

In Washington, President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Memorandum that all federal car fleets must buy only 100% alternative fuel vehicles by the end of 2015. The memo included…

Can 60% of India's Transport Gasoline Come from Waste Biomass?

May 20, 2011 at 07:47 | Al Fin

Transforming agricultural waste into biofuel in India could meet up to 59% of the country’s demand for transport gasoline while creating up to one million jobs, according to a new…

Are Ethanol Subsidies on the Way Out?

May 19, 2011 at 07:33 | Ed Dolan

As recently as last December, the coalition backing U.S. ethanol subsidies appeared to be alive and well, despite the fact that everyone knew they were bad for the environment, bad…

Amber Light for Greener Flight: Lufthansa’s Extended Biofuel Project

May 17, 2011 at 09:07 | Green Futures

Keen-to-be-greener airlines really do want biofuel to fly. Lufthansa was set to start using it from April, for a six month trial period, in a 50/50 mix with kerosene on…

IEA: Biofuels Could Meet a Quarter of Transportation Fuel Demand By 2050

Apr 28, 2011 at 07:48 | Charlotte Dudley

Global biofuel use could increase more than 13-fold by 2050 and meet more than a quarter of demand for transportation fuel, without jeopardising food and environmental security, the International Energy…

Biofuel Real Estate – Where Should the Algae be Grown?

Apr 22, 2011 at 08:13 | Brian Westenhaus

High oil prices, environmental and economic security concerns motivate a powerful interest in using algae-derived oils as an alternative to fossil fuels. Keep in mind that growing algae can require…

Just How Energy Efficient is Corn Ethanol

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:03 | David Caploe PhD

The race is on to find alternate sources of fuel and energy and quit dependence on oil, especially with ever increasing and volatile oil prices. But are alternate energy sources…

Ethanol and Corrosion: What Are We Not Being Told?

Mar 11, 2011 at 07:24 | Robert Rapier

History is littered with examples of ideas that seemed to be good for a while, but were later discovered to have unpleasant consequences. The pharmaceutical industry is full of cases…

Butanol Breakthrough – Could This Biofuel One Day Replace Gasoline?

Mar 03, 2011 at 09:18 | Andy Soos

Butanol may be used as a fuel in an internal combustion engine. Because its longer hydrocarbon chain causes it to be fairly non-polar, it is more similar to gasoline than…

BP Biofuel Breakthrough Imminent

Feb 24, 2011 at 07:58 | Graham Cooper

BP is poised for a major advance in its biofuel operations, as it is completing commissioning of the world’s first biobutanol pilot plant and plans to begin full–scale production later…

Ethanol Works and is Here to Stay

Feb 10, 2011 at 08:09 | Brian Westenhaus

Jennifer Johnson at Wahpeton North Dakota’s Daily News has looked into ethanol smack in the midst of America’s prime oil boom of the Bakken oil field. For all the naysayers,…

India Aims to Reduce Costs of Algal Oils by Factor of 25!

Feb 10, 2011 at 07:57 | Al Fin

India's Institute of Chemical Technology is aiming to reduce the cost of producing oils from algae from Rs 500 per litre to roughly Rs20 per litre. Using a combination of…

Marine Biofules One Step Closer to Becoming Reality

Feb 07, 2011 at 07:41 | SciDev SciDev

Seaweed biofuel farms have come a step closer to reality with an improvement in the way seaweed sugars can be converted to ethanol. Dried seaweed can be fermented to produce…

US Government Steps Up its Support for Advanced Biofuels

Jan 29, 2011 at 12:14 | Gloria Gonzalez

Two federal agencies are providing loan guarantees worth hundreds of millions, but the sector still faces funding and technology issues that are challenging its ability to scale-up operations. The US…

Ethanol Industry Moves One Step Closer to E15 Mandate

Jan 25, 2011 at 07:11 | Robert Rapier

This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of 15% ethanol fuel blends (E15) for 2011-2006 model year cars: EPA Grants E15 Fuel Waiver for Model Years…

U.S. Ethanol Policy Contradicting Every Principle of Sound Economics

Jan 16, 2011 at 21:52 | Ed Dolan

U.S corn farmers and ethanol distillers are among those celebrating passage of last month's tax bill. A little-noticed provision of the law extends ethanol tax credits ($.45 per gallon, plus…

Biofuels Production and Magic Bullet Thinking

Jan 14, 2011 at 08:38 | Al Fin

Using marginal lands not suitable for food crops, 50% of the world's liquid fuels can be produced, according to U. of Illinois scientists. Published in the ACS journal Environmental…

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