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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Cheaper, Cleaner Biofuel May Be Right Around The Corner

Apr 24, 2019 at 12:07 | Haley Zaremba

By combining an unorthodox solvent and a genetically engineered bacterium, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts has discovered a groundbreaking method for producing biofuels…

Good News And Bad News For The Ethanol Industry

Mar 25, 2019 at 11:40 | Robert Rapier

Last week the ethanol industry cheered when the EPA proposed a rule that would allow 15% ethanol blends to be sold year-round. But by the end of the week they…

The Billionaires Battling It Out Over Biofuel

Mar 13, 2019 at 14:01 | Haley Zaremba

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has been under pressure from the Trump administration to put together a proposal for how they plan to overhaul the current system of biofuel…

Ex-Trump Advisor Wins Big On EPA Biofuel Tweaks

Feb 26, 2019 at 12:47 | Haley Zaremba

It’s been a volatile decade for the United States biofuels industry, to put it lightly. In 2007 the federal government, as part of an effort to reduce U.S. dependence on…

What’s Behind Wall Street’s Secretive Biofuel Credits Market?

Feb 22, 2019 at 17:16 | Haley Zaremba

The secretive market for trading biofuel compliance credits between Wall Street banks and other private interest may be in its last days, as the Donald Trump administration prepares to crack…

Researchers Scramble To Find Better Biofuel Alternatives

Feb 15, 2019 at 15:54 | Haley Zaremba

With the aid of high profile political and media events like the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Climate Change Summit, greenhouse gas emissions and global warming have become one…

U.S. Biofuel Just Got A Major Bump

Feb 14, 2019 at 14:16 | Haley Zaremba

The European Commission, the entity responsible for negotiating trade deals on behalf of the European Union, announced last week that they will now allow soybeans grown in the United States…

India Makes Breakthrough In Biofuel Development

Jan 02, 2019 at 11:36 | Haley Zaremba

In the face of an international movement away from traditional fossil fuels and toward a greener future, many researchers around the world are rushing to find the next big breakthrough…

China Aims To Boost Ethanol Production

Dec 14, 2018 at 15:43 | Haley Zaremba

China’s demand for cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels is on track to skyrocket over next few years as the government continues to make strategic moves toward a greener future. As…

The Overlooked Downside Of Ethanol

Nov 05, 2018 at 11:43 | Robert Rapier

Ethanol is known to damage small gasoline-powered engines, such as those in lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Consumer Reports explains: A Department of Energy study found that E15 caused hotter operating…

The Death Of Algal Biofuel

Oct 26, 2018 at 17:19 | Robert Rapier

During the advanced biofuel craze of the past decade, many companies made claims that weren’t remotely credible. A long list of companies claimed they could economically convert biomass like straw or wood…

Trump Sides With Farmers In Battle Against Refiners

Oct 09, 2018 at 17:31 | Nick Cunningham

The Trump administration announced a major policy change in an effort to win back farm country, allowing the year-round sale of a higher concentration of ethanol. Coinciding with a campaign…

Bioscience Breakthrough Turns Plant Waste Into Gasoline

Sep 28, 2018 at 17:14 | Brian Westenhaus

KU Leuven, Belgium bioscience engineers have developed a roadmap, so to speak, for industrial cellulose gasoline. The bioscience engineers already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from…

Are Biofuels A Viable Alternative For The Shipping Sector?

Sep 24, 2018 at 15:36 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The shipping industry is preparing for a major disruption of the types of fuels it will be using as early as the beginning of 2020, when stricter regulations for the…

U.S. Poised To Ease Biofuel Quotas

Jul 16, 2018 at 11:35 | Haley Zaremba

Just as scientists are making leaps and bounds in the technology behind biofuel production, opening the way for cheaper and more efficient clean fuel sources, the United States’ Environmental Protection…

Corn States Win In Fight Against Refiners

Jun 07, 2018 at 11:23 | Nick Cunningham

The Trump administration was on the verge of releasing a major change in U.S. biofuels policy, but a last minute political assault from corn states might have shelved the…

Is The U.S. Ethanol Industry Under Siege?

May 18, 2018 at 16:56 | Robert Rapier

Following the 2016 presidential election, I explained Why The Ethanol Industry Should Fear President Trump. Since that time, the ethanol industry has indeed been on the defensive. In fact,…

Biofuel Breakthrough Uses Algae To Create Hydrogen

May 11, 2018 at 16:40 | Brian Westenhaus

A research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through the photosynthesis of green…

How Carbon Capture Can Be Profitable

Apr 26, 2018 at 12:54 | Futurity

A new discovery offers hope for cost-effective carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, scientists have questioned the feasibility of carbon capture—removing carbon dioxide…

The U.S. Ethanol Industry Is Under Attack

Apr 20, 2018 at 18:05 | Robert Rapier

Jerry Jung’s passion for reforming the nation’s ethanol laws started when he noticed that the monarch butterflies had vanished from his hobby farm north of Clare, Michigan. After doing a bit of…

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