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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Is The U.S. Ethanol Industry Under Siege?

May 18, 2018 at 16:56 | Robert Rapier

Following the 2016 presidential election, I explained Why The Ethanol Industry Should Fear President Trump. Since that time, the ethanol industry has indeed been on the defensive. In fact,…

Biofuel Breakthrough Uses Algae To Create Hydrogen

May 11, 2018 at 16:40 | Brian Westenhaus

A research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through the photosynthesis of green…

How Carbon Capture Can Be Profitable

Apr 26, 2018 at 12:54 | Futurity

A new discovery offers hope for cost-effective carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, scientists have questioned the feasibility of carbon capture—removing carbon dioxide…

The U.S. Ethanol Industry Is Under Attack

Apr 20, 2018 at 18:05 | Robert Rapier

Jerry Jung’s passion for reforming the nation’s ethanol laws started when he noticed that the monarch butterflies had vanished from his hobby farm north of Clare, Michigan. After doing a bit of…

Bioplastics Threaten Big Oil

Jan 05, 2018 at 14:43 | Nick Cunningham

What sector will account for the largest source of oil demand growth over the next two decades? Most people might assume transportation, with hundreds of millions of people in the…

Research Unveils New Promising Biofuel

Dec 08, 2017 at 17:21 | Futurity

New research indicates that poplar trees could be an economically viable biofuel material. In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplars are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees…

Oil Refiners And Farmers Battle Over Biofuels

Dec 04, 2017 at 17:05 | Tsvetana Paraskova

President Donald Trump has agreed to meet representatives of the U.S. oil refining industry and oil-supporting lawmakers to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard Program—a meeting that could set the stage…

Sweden Burns H&M Clothes As Fuel

Nov 27, 2017 at 15:55 | Zainab Calcuttawala

A power plant in Stockholm elected to burn damp and soiled clothing from H&M as fuel last week, according to a new report from Mining.com. The plant aims to…

Is This The Ultimate Fuel For Millennials?

Nov 22, 2017 at 14:06 | Irina Slav

Imagine sipping your soy latte or iced caramel macchiato during your daily commute in a bus that emits not noxious gases, but a fresh coffee aroma. Now imagine that the…

New Process Makes Ethanol Sustainable

Nov 10, 2017 at 16:18 | Brian Westenhaus

Sweden’s University of Borås doctoral student Ramkumar Nair has shown it is possible to produce bioethanol from agricultural and industrial waste in existing plants in a socioeconomically sustainable way.…

Is U.S. Biofuel In Jeopardy?

Nov 08, 2017 at 11:51 | Haley Zaremba

Last week, DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced that they shut down operations at an Iowa ethanol plant just two years after it opened. As the plant closed its doors,

New Tech Could Turn Seaweed Into Biofuel

Oct 16, 2017 at 14:46 | Haley Zaremba

In the future, we may not look up to the sun for energy, but down into the ocean’s depths. This month the U.S. Department of Energy announced an investment of…

Is Cactus Gas The Future Of Biofuel?

Aug 30, 2017 at 13:24 | Haley Zaremba

The prickly pear cactus (locally known as nopal) is ubiquitous in Mexico. Farmed in massive quantities across the nation, it’s a local food staple, an ancient sacred symbol, and the…

“Grassoline” The Jet Fuel Of The Future?

Apr 07, 2017 at 17:14 | Brian Westenhaus

Belgium’s Ghent University researchers have developed a process that turns grass into biofuel. The press release is a little cute with the question, will we soon drive on ‘grassoline’? Scientist…

Why Carl Icahn And Valero Are Pushing For Biofuels Changes In Washington

Mar 15, 2017 at 14:36 | Jon LeSage

The 12-year old debate between oil and biofuels over the U.S.’s Renewable Fuel Standard appears to have recently shifted away from ethanol volume over to “obligated parties.” Since first enacted…

Biofuels May Be The Future Of The Aviation Industry

Feb 27, 2017 at 14:55 | Jon LeSage

Alternative and renewable aviation fuels such as biofuel blends won’t be replacing traditional jet fuels any time soon, but the aviation industry continues to take them very seriously. On average,…

Aviation Giants To Ramp Up Biofuels Usage

Jun 07, 2016 at 16:22 | Michael McDonald

As if oil companies don’t have enough to worry about right now, they can now add the price of jet fuel in the future to their concerns.

Biofuel Breakthrough: Production Jumps 64%

May 04, 2016 at 13:38 | Robert Rapier

A few people have asked if I can reproduce more of my Forbes columns here, because they don’t like wading through the ads there to…

New Biofuels Alternative Could Upend Oil Markets

Mar 22, 2016 at 16:21 | Michael McDonald

Before solar power, electric cars, and even fracking the hot topics in energy were ethanol and other biofuels, which were touted as a way to help…

Worse Than Fossil Fuels? Why Bioenergy Is Not Green

Oct 21, 2015 at 17:04 | Breakthrough Institute

An Interview with Princeton Research Scholar Tim SearchingerBioenergy’s role in the global economy is growing as governments…

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