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Exxon’s $100m Algae Investment Falls Flat

May 28, 2013 at 17:08 | Jen Alic

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is cutting its losses on algae biofuels after investing over $100 million only to find that it couldn’t achieve commercial viability. Earlier this…

Investment Boost for Next Generation Biodiesel Project

May 24, 2013 at 16:59 | Jen Alic

Japanese-based Itochu Corp., Texas-based Benefuel, and Flint Hills Resources Renewable LLC have launched a joint venture to produce biodiesel fuel from inedible feedstocks in Nebraska, targeting production of 50 million…

Waste Wood: Norway Taps into a Huge Source of Biomass Fuel

May 23, 2013 at 16:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Norwegian senior scientist Øyvind Skreiberg is transforming the chopped-off branches and tops of felled spruce trees into a fine powder that is then pressed into high-energy pellets.  The transformation…

Producing Diesel on Demand from Modified Strain of E. Coli Bacteria

Apr 26, 2013 at 16:08 | Brian Westenhaus

A team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand.  Sounding a bit like science fiction the…

CBO Set to Assess the Use of Ethanol Blends

Apr 25, 2013 at 17:02 | Bruce Krasting

I got a laugh reading this one from the CBO (Link).The cost of the…

Big Numbers, Big Profits: The Fleetingly Lucrative RIN Trade

Apr 19, 2013 at 15:29 | Editorial Dept

Renewable energy credits, or RINs, are one of the hottest things on the energy market right now because they are making up for a shortfall of refining capacity to blend…

Government Regulations Harming US Refiners

Apr 11, 2013 at 16:57 | Robert Rapier

March was a challenging month for refiners. Three weeks ago I discussed the issue of the looming ethanol blend wall, which is leading to soaring costs for refiners as they…

Turning Fruit Trees into Biofuel

Mar 26, 2013 at 17:55 | Brian Westenhaus

Fast growing trees, especially the poplars are being studied as they produce a large body of biomass per area.  Poplars and willows are leading candidates as biofuel crops that are…

Ethanol Mandate: Jumping the Gun in a Big Way

Mar 14, 2013 at 18:13 | Jen Alic

US consumers aren’t sure the ethanol math is adding up here as they prepare for this year’s new federal mandate—they’re also not sure whether it’s good for their car engines.

Cooking Oil Gets KLM Across the Atlantic

Mar 13, 2013 at 17:59 | Jen Alic

Certainly it is a great leap for biofuels that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has successfully make a seven-hour flight from New York to Amsterdam flying on recycled cooking oil, after…

NASA Design Floating Bioreactor for Growing Biofuel

Mar 13, 2013 at 17:45 | Green Futures

Algae feed off wastewater and carbon dioxide to produce biomass for fuel, fertiliser and feed in floating 'photobioreactors'.NASA has developed a unique coastal floating system to produce…

Exxon’s Algae Gamble 25 Years into the Future

Mar 12, 2013 at 18:02 | Jen Alic

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is spending $600 million on developing biofuels for motor vehicles from algae, but the company says success is still a quarter of a century away.

Camelina – Tomorrow’s Biofuel, Today

Mar 01, 2013 at 09:55 | Editorial Dept

(Dan Dicker is currently on vacation and will be back with us next week. To fill in we have prepared a special report on the biofuel – Camelina which we…

Biofuel Breakthrough? Scientists Modify Plants to Store Oil in Leaves

Feb 27, 2013 at 16:56 | Futurity

Chubby caterpillars show that scientists have engineered a plant with oily leaves, an advance that could enhance biofuel production and lead to improved food for animals.The results, published…

Marginal Lands: Unfit for Food Crops, but Perfect for Biofuel Plants

Jan 18, 2013 at 16:40 | Futurity

Land unfit for food crops can be prime real estate for biofuel plants—and could produce an estimated 5.5 billion gallons of ethanol in the Midwest alone.In the current…

Four New Developments Leading Canada's Biofuel Revolution

Jan 15, 2013 at 17:08 | Biofuels Digest

Strong biofuels flight results, advances in algae, new commitments in venture capital and revived interest from the Canadian Navy.Biofuels are off to a fast start in 2013 in…

5 Biofuel Trends to Watch Out for in 2013

Jan 07, 2013 at 17:00 | Biofuels Digest

Despite a relatively down year with respect to investment and production capacity expansion, the biofuels industry grew modestly in 2012, continuing a shift from first generation facilities to next generation,…

U.S. Military Biofuels Survives Republican Congressional Euthanasia Attempt

Dec 21, 2012 at 17:27 | John Daly

What a difference a month makes.During the heated U.S. presidential debate last month, Republicans lined up the U.S. military’s interest in renewable fuels in their gunsights, with both…

The EPA Cracks Down on Biofuel Subsidy Scams

Dec 21, 2012 at 16:57 | Wolf Richter

Corporate subsidies, in an era of fiscal-cliff attacks on Social Security and Medicare, have dodged attention despite their magnitude and absurdity. Take the renewable-fuels subsidy ecosystem—and a train of tankers…

Unlocking the Secrets of Cellulose to Improve Biofuel Efficiency

Dec 17, 2012 at 17:04 | Futurity

New research reveals how cells extrude cellulose—findings that could improve biofuel production and help better fight bacteria.Understanding the production and deposition of cellulose, the primary component of plants’…

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