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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Ethanol and Corrosion: What Are We Not Being Told?

Ethanol and Corrosion: What Are We Not Being Told?

Mar 11, 2011 at 07:24 | Robert Rapier

History is littered with examples of ideas that seemed to be good for a while, but were later discovered to have unpleasant consequences. The pharmaceutical industry is full of cases…

Butanol Breakthrough – Could This Biofuel One Day Replace Gasoline?

Butanol Breakthrough – Could This Biofuel One Day Replace Gasoline?

Mar 03, 2011 at 09:18 | Andy Soos

Butanol may be used as a fuel in an internal combustion engine. Because its longer hydrocarbon chain causes it to be fairly non-polar, it is more similar to gasoline than…

BP Biofuel Breakthrough Imminent

BP Biofuel Breakthrough Imminent

Feb 24, 2011 at 07:58 | Graham Cooper

BP is poised for a major advance in its biofuel operations, as it is completing commissioning of the world’s first biobutanol pilot plant and plans to begin full–scale production later…

Ethanol Works and is Here to Stay

Ethanol Works and is Here to Stay

Feb 10, 2011 at 08:09 | Brian Westenhaus

Jennifer Johnson at Wahpeton North Dakota’s Daily News has looked into ethanol smack in the midst of America’s prime oil boom of the Bakken oil field. For all the naysayers,…

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…


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