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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Reality Check for the Miracle Biofuel Crop Jatropha

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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…

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