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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

India Aims to Reduce Costs of Algal Oils by Factor of 25!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…


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