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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Why Sugar Beets are Preferable to Corn for Ethanol Production

Why Sugar Beets are Preferable to Corn for Ethanol Production

Dec 16, 2010 at 09:35 | Al Fin

focusing on beet ethanol makes sense for a number of reasons. Green Vision’s figures show that beets produce twice as much ethanol per acre as corn and require about 40…

Could the Farmland Bubble be about to Burst? What Will this Mean for Corn Ethanol

Could the Farmland Bubble be about to Burst? What Will this Mean for Corn Ethanol

Dec 13, 2010 at 11:45 | Brian Westenhaus

There’s another bubble blown up and ready to pop. Its farmland all across the U.S. priced off the chart.  For the alternative fuel future this is an extreme danger moment,…

Biofuel News: Research Moving away from Algae to Seaweed

Biofuel News: Research Moving away from Algae to Seaweed

Dec 08, 2010 at 10:11 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s coming – research interest is moving toward seaweed from algae.  For algae enthusiasts, keep in mind that technically speaking common algae is micro algae and seaweed is macro algae. …

Biofuels and Sugar Production – The cure for Petroleum Addiction

Biofuels and Sugar Production – The cure for Petroleum Addiction

Dec 03, 2010 at 08:00 | Brian Westenhaus

So far the best use of CO2 whether as a fuel use byproduct or already in the atmosphere is get it back to a simple sugar.  From there the sugar’s…

Are Ethanol Producers Exporting Taxpayer Subsidized Ethanol

Are Ethanol Producers Exporting Taxpayer Subsidized Ethanol

Nov 30, 2010 at 10:30 | Robert Rapier

Ulterior Motives Behind the Ethanol Pipeline? Ethanol producers in the Midwest have lobbied for support to build a pipeline to ship their ethanol to the East Coast. As I…

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…


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