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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Big Oil Breaks Out Legal Guns Over Ethanol

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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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