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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Turning Grass Into Fuel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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