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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Producers Panic as Ethanol Mandate Loses Support

Producers Panic as Ethanol Mandate Loses Support

Jan 02, 2014 at 13:16 | James Stafford

Ethanol producers are panicking amid speculation that the ethanol mandate could be drastically reduced or scrapped entirely this year as the biofuel loses its allure and bipartisan allies and former…

Algae's Momentum Gaining but it's no Oil Revolution

Algae's Momentum Gaining but it's no Oil Revolution

Dec 11, 2013 at 17:16 | Daniel J. Graeber

A deal between refiner Phillips 66 and Sapphire Energy to develop green crude was lauded by advocates as the dawn and the emergence of a new renewable form of domestic…

European Car Manufacturers and Oil Companies Join to Create a Biofuel Roadmap

European Car Manufacturers and Oil Companies Join to Create a Biofuel Roadmap

Nov 29, 2013 at 16:26 | Energy Post

A consortium of six major car manufacturers and oil companies in Europe – Volkswagen, Daimler, Honda, Neste Oil, OMV and Shell – has today published a “biofuel roadmap” for…

Research Unlocks Algae Biofuel Potential

Research Unlocks Algae Biofuel Potential

Nov 25, 2013 at 17:56 | John Daly

Along with camelina and jatropha, marine algae is a front runner in the search for a renewable feedstock for production of commercial quantities of biofuel.While marine algae produce…

Washington Gives in to Pressure and Cuts Biofuel Mandate

Washington Gives in to Pressure and Cuts Biofuel Mandate

Nov 20, 2013 at 17:24 | Joao Peixe

After months of intense lobbying from rival quarters, Washington has proposed cutting the biofuels mandate for 2014 by 16% to 15.21 billion gallons.This would be the first cut…

Brazil Grapples with Biofuel Supply Glut

Brazil Grapples with Biofuel Supply Glut

Nov 08, 2013 at 17:26 | Joao Peixe

Brazil is eyeing a 5% increase in biodiesel requirements in January 2014 and up to a 10% increase in biodiesel requirements for 2020 as the country deals with a supply…

Rocky Mountain Tree-Killers, The New Biomass

Rocky Mountain Tree-Killers, The New Biomass

Nov 08, 2013 at 17:23 | Charles Kennedy

A variety of beetle that has killed off millions of acres of trees in the Rocky Mountains is now being tapped as a possible new elixir for converting biomass into…

Germany Looks to Straw for Home Heating

Germany Looks to Straw for Home Heating

Oct 30, 2013 at 17:47 | Charles Kennedy

Researchers from Germany are pushing the use of straw to provide power to as many as 2.8 million homes and heat up to 4.5 million homes, and while they…

EU Kills Bill to Limit Food-Based Biofuels

EU Kills Bill to Limit Food-Based Biofuels

Oct 24, 2013 at 17:32 | Charles Kennedy

The European Union Parliament’s environment committee has shot down a proposal to limit the use of food-based fuel crops, voting to deny a negotiating mandate to Corinne LePage, the French…

Synthetics Breakthrough to Increase Biofuel Production by 50%

Synthetics Breakthrough to Increase Biofuel Production by 50%

Oct 11, 2013 at 21:55 | Charles Kennedy

Biofuels are hardly worth making these days—but a new breakthrough in synthetics promises to increase biofuels production by 50%.Researchers at the University of California (UCLA) have created…

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