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Is Solar Growth Really Lagging?

Is Solar Growth Really Lagging?

California is looking to pass…

Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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…

Investment Boost for Next Generation Biodiesel Project

Investment Boost for Next Generation Biodiesel Project

May 24, 2013 at 16:59 | Jen Alic

Japanese-based Itochu Corp., Texas-based Benefuel, and Flint Hills Resources Renewable LLC have launched a joint venture to produce biodiesel fuel from inedible feedstocks in Nebraska, targeting production of 50 million…

Waste Wood: Norway Taps into a Huge Source of Biomass Fuel

Waste Wood: Norway Taps into a Huge Source of Biomass Fuel

May 23, 2013 at 16:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Norwegian senior scientist Øyvind Skreiberg is transforming the chopped-off branches and tops of felled spruce trees into a fine powder that is then pressed into high-energy pellets.  The transformation…

Producing Diesel on Demand from Modified Strain of E. Coli Bacteria

Producing Diesel on Demand from Modified Strain of E. Coli Bacteria

Apr 26, 2013 at 16:08 | Brian Westenhaus

A team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand.  Sounding a bit like science fiction the…

CBO Set to Assess the Use of Ethanol Blends

CBO Set to Assess the Use of Ethanol Blends

Apr 25, 2013 at 17:02 | Bruce Krasting

I got a laugh reading this one from the CBO (Link).The cost of the…

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…

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