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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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…

Creating Jet Fuel from Biomass Waste

Jan 13, 2011 at 07:46 | Al Fin

First British Airways, and now Qantas are teaming with the Solena Group to build commercial plasma gasification and Fischer-Tropsch plants to create synthetic jet fuel from carbonaceous biomass waste. Solena's…

The Issues with Corn Ethanol

Jan 12, 2011 at 10:37 | Gail Tverberg

Brian Westenhaus, over at New Energy and Fuel, has been telling me what a good product corn ethanol is. He is very familiar with raising corn for ethanol, and can…

Everyone is Lying About Ethanol

Jan 05, 2011 at 08:38 | Brian Westenhaus

Let’s start with a lie, albeit most likely the lowest level of lie, everyone is lying about ethanol.  It has gotten so that the lies are pervasive, even such that…

Major Breakthrough for Seaweed Biofuel

Dec 20, 2010 at 11:32 | Brian Westenhaus

Getting biofuel supplies from seaweed has taken a giant leap forward from work by Yong-Su Jin, a University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Microbial Genomics and a faculty member…

Why Sugar Beets are Preferable to Corn for Ethanol Production

Dec 16, 2010 at 09:35 | Al Fin

focusing on beet ethanol makes sense for a number of reasons. Green Vision’s figures show that beets produce twice as much ethanol per acre as corn and require about 40…

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