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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

Big Numbers, Big Profits: The Fleetingly Lucrative RIN Trade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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