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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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’…

Algal Biofuel is Currently Unsustainable, but Technology can Change That

Nov 09, 2012 at 17:31 | Futurity

“Algal biofuels are not quite ready for prime time,” says Joel Cuello, co-author of a new report evaluating the alternative fuel’s current drawbacks and its potential.Increasing the production…

New Pressure Cooking Technique Turns Algae to Crude Oil in a Minute

Nov 01, 2012 at 19:07 | Brian Westenhaus

University of Michigan engineers lead by Phil Savage, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor and a professor of chemical engineering can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and…

Biofuels Company Teams Up with Enzyme Producer to Try and Kickstart Industry

Oct 31, 2012 at 19:00 | Environmental Finance

A next-generation biofuels producer has formed a strategic partnership with the world’s largest supplier of industrial enzymes in a move they hope will kickstart the sector’s growth.Novozymes has…

Petroleum Free Aviation: First Ever All-Biofuels Flight takes Place in Canada

Oct 30, 2012 at 18:37 | Biofuels Digest

In California, Aemetis announced at Advanced Biofuels Markets the world’s first flight segment on 100% renewable, drop-in biofuel, conducted by the National Research Council of Canada using its Falcon 20…

Refining Wood: The Most Efficient Method for Producing Cellulosic Fuel

Oct 26, 2012 at 17:29 | Brian Westenhaus

The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) has a very different take on using wood.  Refine it into the main component parts similar to what is done with crude oil.

Why are we not Drowning in Algae Biofuel?

Oct 16, 2012 at 17:16 | Environmental News Network

Producing biofuels from algae is a concept dating back to the oil shocks of the 1970s. At the time, the US Government created an algae research program which analyzed the…

Drought Be Damned: First Results in for 'Tolerant' Corn

Oct 05, 2012 at 16:29 | Editorial Dept

Farmers were panicking this summer, dealing with the worst drought to hit the US in five decades, but from this disaster progress is blossoming in the form of a drought-tolerant…

Wonder Crop: Jatropha Sequesters Carbon and Restores Degraded Land

Oct 03, 2012 at 17:13 | SciDev SciDev

Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study.

The Global Bioethanol Market Crisis: An Opportunity for Europe?

Oct 02, 2012 at 17:12 | Al Costa

The bioethanol global market crisis will create a strong price increase of the product for the next year and maybe more. This is due to a number of factors affecting…

The Growing Popularity of Biofuels in Southeast Asia

Sep 24, 2012 at 17:11 | EcoSeed

The market for biofuels in the automotive sector – fuels sourced from plant-based oils and sugars, animal fats and other natural occurring sources – rose to an estimated amount of…

The Top 4 Advanced Biofuels: Keeping Food on the Table

Sep 11, 2012 at 17:33 | Charles Kennedy

As the fuel versus food debate intensifies, Oilprice.com takes a look at the top four advanced, non-food biofuels that may have a long-term potential to become commercially, and hopefully environmentally,…

Jatropha, Wonder Biofuel, Continues to Crash and Burn in the Third World

Sep 07, 2012 at 17:43 | John Daly

In the fervent race to bring cost-effective biofuels to market, the three leading contenders are algae, Camelina and Jatropha.Jatropha’s promoters have been the fastest off the block, as…

Using Yeast to Create Biofuel

Sep 07, 2012 at 17:04 | Green Futures

Scientists are using yeast to synthesise a biofuel without taking up swathes of land.Microorganisms engineered to produce a new type of biofuel, bisabolane, have the potential to produce…

From Bacteria to Biofuel, Invest in Milking Microbes

Aug 31, 2012 at 15:52 | Editorial Dept

What if we could take a soil bacteria and tinker with its genes to create a biofuel much in the same way that a cow produces milk? Well, we can,…

Determining Mitt Romney's Position on Biofuels

Aug 16, 2012 at 16:52 | Biofuels Digest

In 1938, as the German-Czechoslovakian crisis unfolded on the eve of World War II, Hilaire Belloc summarized British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy as:“Dear Czecho-Slovakia,I don’t…

Drought and the Second Ethanol Crash

Aug 15, 2012 at 17:40 | Charles Kennedy

When gas prices plummeted during the recession and at least half of US ethanol producers went bankrupt in the 2008-2009 ethanol crash, ethanol production continued to increase. But ethanol will…

Looking for Alternatives to the Renewable Fuels Standard

Aug 15, 2012 at 17:29 | Ed Dolan

During the debate over the Obama administration’s health care policy, Republicans came up with the catchy phrase “repeal and replace.” I’ll get back to health care in another post, but…

Electrofuels Could be the Future for Biofuel Production

Aug 08, 2012 at 16:59 | Biofuels Digest

Could US oil imports be replaced with a single set of facilities producing biofuels from CO2, salt water and low-cost natural gas? Subsidy free, cropland free, mandate free?If…

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