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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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%

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…

Big Oil Breaks Out Legal Guns Over Ethanol

Oct 10, 2013 at 17:08 | Charles Kennedy

Big Oil’s American Petroleum Institute (API) is taking on the ethanol mandate with a lawsuit challenging quota’s that the group says is not only bad policy but unrealistic.  

Corn Residue for Biofuels, Everyone’s On Board

Sep 30, 2013 at 16:20 | Joao Peixe

In the struggle to use corn for biofuels without actually using corn for biofuels, US researchers are now paving the way for the use of post-harvest corn residue as a…

Turn Your Leftovers into Energy

Sep 25, 2013 at 19:03 | Joao Peixe

If we can turn sewage into energy, why not food—at least this is US-based Kroger’s plan for contributing to clean energy production initiatives. US based Kroger…

Spain Turns Sewage into Energy in World First

Sep 23, 2013 at 18:36 | Joao Peixe

A town on the coast of Spain has put itself on the map by becoming the first in the world to launch a plant that converts sewage into clean energy.…

Valero Bemoans Ethanol Biofuel Targets

Sep 20, 2013 at 18:01 | Charles Kennedy

The largest independent refinery in the world, US-based Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) is lobbying Washington to scrap the ethanol mandate urgently because refiners can’t keep up with the costs of…

UK Biomass: Savoir or Destroyer?

Sep 19, 2013 at 17:44 | Joao Peixe

Taking effect April 2015, all biomass-fired power generators in the UK will have to prove that they are doing more good than harm or face government funding cuts.

Switchgrass Fuel: Bush Wanted It, Obama Gets It

Sep 18, 2013 at 18:11 | Joao Peixe

The idea of using switchgrass to produce biofuels was brought up by former US president George W. Bush in his 2006 State of the Union address, which was received with…

Why the Advanced Biofuel Industry is Struggling

Sep 13, 2013 at 16:53 | Robert Rapier

Ask and Ye Shall ReceiveLast week, The Economist posed the following question: “What happened to biofuels?” The biofuels in question are so-called second generation biofuels that…

Algae Produces more Fat for Biofuels when Starved

Sep 04, 2013 at 16:55 | Futurity

Algae cells make fat quickly, a finding that means they could hold promise as a sustainable, environmentally sound source of oil.Algal lipids from microalgae are one of the…

New Biofuel Created from Bacteria and Fungus

Aug 26, 2013 at 17:09 | Science Progress

By throwing together a common fungus and a common bacterium, researchers are producing isobutanol — a biofuel that gallon-for-gallon delivers 82 percent of gasoline’s heat energy. The more common…

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