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Why Fracking May Start To Embrace A New Form Of Energy

Why Fracking May Start To Embrace A New Form Of Energy

Despite its many obvious benefits,…

Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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…

The Future Looks Great for the Ethanol Boondoggle

Aug 01, 2010 at 10:51 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

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

USDA Publishes New Papers on the Energy Return of Corn Ethanol

Jul 08, 2010 at 02:34 | Robert Rapier

Over the past decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers in which they investigated the energy return of corn ethanol. The energy return on…

Biorefineries have big role in fight against climate change – WEF

Jul 02, 2010 at 08:14 | Graham Cooper

Biorefineries – facilities that convert biomass into fuel, energy, chemicals and materials – have a major role to play in combating climate change, says a World Economic Forum (WEF) report.…

Ethanol: The latest Incarnation of Snake Oil

Jun 18, 2010 at 13:43 | Energy Tribune

You may never have never heard of Patricia Woertz, or Archer Daniels Midland. Woertz is the CEO of ADM, America’s 27th largest company, and it’s the largest company headed by…

Ethanol Industry Produces a Top Ten Enemies List

Jun 17, 2010 at 10:14 | Robert Bryce

Richard Nixon had an enemies list. And now, so, too, do the corn ethanol scammers. Last week, Tom Waterman, the editor and publisher of The Ethanol Monitor, published a list…

Next Generation Biofuels: 5 Near-Term Challenges

Jun 09, 2010 at 19:28 | Robert Rapier

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just issued a report detailing the outlook and challenges of next generation biofuels. I provided some input during the drafting of the report,…

Ethanol Growing in Popularity Due to Gulf Oil Spill

May 26, 2010 at 09:22 | Geoffrey Styles

The implications for the oil industry from the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill are already taking shape, with the administration calling for a Challenger-style investigation and rewriting the…

Biomass Energy Plantations "Worsen Climate Change" - NGO

May 25, 2010 at 17:48 | Environmental Finance

The bioenergy industry has defended the use of forest plantations to create fuel for power plants, following claims by NGO Biofuelwatch that expanding wood biomass production to meet EU renewable…

5 Issues with Algae Fuels

May 12, 2010 at 08:17 | Robert Rapier

Here are 5 issues with Algae fuels that are covered in my new book on jatropha and algae as fuel sources. 1. The present cost of algae production from open…

Turning Biomass into Crude Oil

May 05, 2010 at 14:30 | Brian Westenhaus

University of Michigan professors are heating and squishing algae in a pressure-cooker that fast-forwards the crude oil making process from millennia to just minutes.  It doesn’t have to be…

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