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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Algae Creeps Slowly Towards Viability

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Exxon’s $100m Algae Investment Falls Flat

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…

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