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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Exxon’s Algae Gamble 25 Years into the Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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