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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Could the Farmland Bubble be about to Burst? What Will this Mean for Corn Ethanol

Dec 13, 2010 at 11:45 | Brian Westenhaus

There’s another bubble blown up and ready to pop. Its farmland all across the U.S. priced off the chart.  For the alternative fuel future this is an extreme danger moment,…

Biofuel News: Research Moving away from Algae to Seaweed

Dec 08, 2010 at 10:11 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s coming – research interest is moving toward seaweed from algae.  For algae enthusiasts, keep in mind that technically speaking common algae is micro algae and seaweed is macro algae. …

Biofuels and Sugar Production – The cure for Petroleum Addiction

Dec 03, 2010 at 08:00 | Brian Westenhaus

So far the best use of CO2 whether as a fuel use byproduct or already in the atmosphere is get it back to a simple sugar.  From there the sugar’s…

Are Ethanol Producers Exporting Taxpayer Subsidized Ethanol

Nov 30, 2010 at 10:30 | Robert Rapier

Ulterior Motives Behind the Ethanol Pipeline? Ethanol producers in the Midwest have lobbied for support to build a pipeline to ship their ethanol to the East Coast. As I…

Reality Check for the Miracle Biofuel Crop Jatropha

Nov 29, 2010 at 11:03 | SciDev SciDev

The hardy jatropha tree as a biofuel source may not be the panacea for smallholders that some have claimed, say Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku. It sounds too good to…

New Generation Biofuels in India

Nov 19, 2010 at 08:42 | SciDev SciDev

Sustainable biofuel production strategies and second-generation options involving woody biomass and tall grasses that do not need additional land can help India realise its green targets, a review says. 

Gasoline from Corn Cobs for $1 a Gallon?

Nov 18, 2010 at 08:21 | Al Fin

GE Energy, a GE subsidiary, has jumped into the advanced biofuels race by throwing in $8 million with the startup CoolPlanetBiofuels. The startup claims to be able to produce a…

U.S. Ethanol Production Nearing One Million Barrels Per Day

Nov 13, 2010 at 10:37 | Brian Westenhaus

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports for August that U.S. ethanol production rose in August to an all-time high, production averaged more than 869,000 barrels per day (b/d).  The Renewable…

Biofuels: Is Palm Oil a Blessing or a Curse

Nov 09, 2010 at 12:09 | Robert Rapier

People sometimes ask which biofuels are competitive head to head with crude oil. By competitive, I mean those that can actually compete favorably with oil prices on a level playing…

Algae Biofuels Dealt a Blow by BP funded EBI

Nov 08, 2010 at 08:58 | Al Fin

The Energy Biosciences Institute -- funded by a $500 million grant from oil giant BP -- has released a "technoeconomic" report meant to cast a discouraging pall over the future…

Turning Grass Into Fuel

Nov 05, 2010 at 12:05 | Brian Westenhaus

Researchers at the University of Illinois have completed the first extensive geographic yield and economic analysis of potential bioenergy grass crops in the Midwestern United States. It’s the best work…

UK Joining Europe on Biogas Strategy

Oct 27, 2010 at 10:28 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The European Union has a major drive to turn all kinds of waste into energy, particularly from biogas. There are two main incentives for this, the first being the geological…

Artificial Cells and Fuel Production from Algae

Oct 26, 2010 at 14:39 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the latest issue of "Chemistry World" is a report describing "the first synthetic cell". What has in fact been done is to insert a chemically synthesised genome into a…

Algae is the Next Big Thing in Biofuels

Oct 19, 2010 at 09:25 | Al Fin

The Earth is 70% covered by salt water. It makes sense to utilise the saltwater marine environment to produce feedstocks for fuels, chemicals, plastics, and other materials. Biofuels from…

Algae Fuels Coming Under Pressure

Oct 14, 2010 at 08:23 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The conventional route to biodiesel consists of extracting oil from plants and converting it to the methyl esters of fatty acids that are present in the lipid-components, known as triglycerides.…

The Massive Potential of U.S. Biofuels

Oct 13, 2010 at 08:05 | Al Fin

More than 80% of total agricultural production in the United States is used to feed animals, not human beings directly; Our analysis shows that the US can produce very large…

Rising Ethanol Prices and the Lessons to be Learned

Sep 29, 2010 at 06:49 | Robert Rapier

I thought it was a bit humorous recently — when corn ethanol prices dipped and were cheaper than both sugarcane ethanol and gasoline (even when adjusted for lower energy content) …

The Great Ethanol Boondoggle

Sep 06, 2010 at 13:09 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

One of my biggest disappointments with Obama so far is his continued support of the ethanol boondoggle. The program was ramped up by the Bush administration to achieve energy independence…

Biofuel Sector in African Land Grab

Sep 06, 2010 at 08:16 | Charlotte Dudley

EU biofuel targets are driving a “land grab” in Africa, according to a report by Friends of the Earth. The report, Africa: up for grabs, released on Monday, says…

A More Rational Approach to Ethanol Policy

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:56 | Robert Rapier

In my recent post Thoughts on an Ethanol Pipeline, I described what I feel would be a more rational approach to ethanol policy than some of the policies that…

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