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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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…

Algae Creeps Slowly Towards Viability

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:23 | James Stafford

Right now algae is simply too expensive to produce—and the process uses more energy than we get back. But by around 2017, with more money being dumped into research, we…

How Much is Too Much Ethanol?

Aug 19, 2013 at 17:22 | Charles Kennedy

The heat is on for ethanol, as the oil industry lobbies the Obama administration to lower the ethanol-gas mandate for 2014, but the folks in Iowa, for one, want to…

Sky’s the Limit – Aviation Biofuels About to Take Off?

Aug 09, 2013 at 17:49 | John Daly

For the past decade, commercial production of jet biofuel has become of major interest to international airlines.Renewable Jet A-1 biofuel has two alluring aspects.First, it is…

Genetically Engineering Jatropha Plants for Large Scale Production

Jul 18, 2013 at 17:13 | Futurity

Scientists have identified the first step toward engineering a more drought-resistant variety of Jatropha, a potential biofuel plant.Jatropha has seeds with high oil content. But the oil’s potential…

A Biofuel Cell that Uses Fungus to Generate Cheap Electricty

Jul 11, 2013 at 17:34 | Brian Westenhaus

In a new concept for biofuel cells Sabine Sané, doctoral candidate in the research training group Micro Energy Harvesting at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University…

Biofuel Breakthrough? Marine Organism can Provide Food and Fuel

Jul 02, 2013 at 16:57 | Brian Westenhaus

Researchers at the University of Bergen and Uni Research of Norway hatched an idea that sounds too good to be true: a common marine species that consumes microorganisms and…

Oil Industry Works Hard to End the E15 Fuel Blend

Jun 12, 2013 at 16:41 | Robert Rapier

I just finished reading a story that made my blood boil. It was about how the oil industry is using dirty tricks to keep the ethanol industry in check. I…

New Enzyme Technology Allows more Ethanol to be Produced from Less Corn

Jun 12, 2013 at 16:38 | Brian Westenhaus

A new enzyme technology allowing the corn ethanol biofuels industry to produce more ethanol with less corn while saving energy and improving profits was announced yesterday.  The technology is…

This Week in Energy: The Ethanol Debacle Heats Up

Jun 07, 2013 at 14:16 | James Stafford

The ethanol debacle heats up ahead of summer; mini nuclear reactors get a boost; Urgent Note for subscribers: Sorry for butting in at the start of…

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