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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

A Look at 12 New Technologies that Could Change the Biofuel Industry (Part 1)

Jun 28, 2012 at 17:16 | Biofuels Digest

As the bio-based revolution moves into the commercialization stage, new products and enabling technologies continue to surface that offer tantalizing opportunities.In recent months, there has been so much…

Could Sorghum be the Perfect Biofuel?

Jun 21, 2012 at 16:44 | Brian Westenhaus

A group of researchers led by Purdue University scientists believes sweet and biomass sorghum would meet the need for next-generation biofuels to be environmentally sustainable, easily adopted by producers…

As Rock Phosphate Runs Out, What is More Important - Food Crops or Fuel Crops?

Jun 21, 2012 at 16:41 | Professor Chris Rhodes

World rock phosphate production is set to peak by 2030. Since the material provides fertilizer for agriculture, the consequences are likely to be severe, and worsened by the increased production…

Innovative Ways of Producing Biofuel - Tobacco, Whiskey, and Seaweed

Jun 15, 2012 at 17:22 | Climate Progress

Biofuels have fallen out of favour in many environmental and political circles. But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to…

The Reality Behind the Most Common Biofuel Myths

Jun 11, 2012 at 16:54 | Biofuels Digest

What are the most-told myths for biofuels, and what does science actually tell us?The Digest separates the fact from the fiction.The EU and the United States…

Sorghum, the Next Big Investment in Advanced Biofuels

Jun 10, 2012 at 07:49 | Editorial Dept

Grain sorghum is poised to become the first official advanced biofuel and the next big biofuel investment to watch closely, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares for its final…

The DOD is Vital for Fostering Emerging Energy Technologies

Jun 07, 2012 at 18:06 | Innovation Policy Blog

The military’s FY2013 budget is playing out to be a hot-bed of debate over the role of government in supporting clean energy innovation. Both the U.S. House of Representatives…

13 Strange and Interesting Sources of Biofuel

Jun 04, 2012 at 17:53 | Biofuels Digest

Nothing new under the sun? Potrzebie! These biofuels feedstocks set records for ingenuity, sheer craziness and a liberal dose of “what, me worry?“Most of the stories we write…

Genetically Altering Plants to Produce more Food and Fuel

May 25, 2012 at 17:28 | Brian Westenhaus

Scientists from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have concluded that it is possible to develop plants that produce even more food and fuel by reducing the level of pigments.

US States start to Battle it out to Win the Eye of the Algae Industry

May 17, 2012 at 17:31 | Brian Westenhaus

Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a pair of bills recognizing so-called “algaculture” following passage in the Arizona state legislature that will see the Grand Canyon State encourage and…

U.S. to Fund $35m in Bio-Oils Research Amid Food Price Concerns

Apr 11, 2012 at 17:13 | Charles Kennedy

The US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture will jointly spend $35 million in research toward developing biomass-based oil supplements (bio-oils) that could eventually be mixed with…

U.S. Military Gets Serious About Biofuels

Mar 26, 2012 at 17:35 | John Daly

Biofuels, long struggling with a plethora of problems, may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, as the largest fuel consumer, in the U.S, the Pentagon,…

Brazil Look to Benefit from US Renewable Fuel Standard Mandates

Mar 06, 2012 at 17:02 | Environmental Finance

US rules on ethanol usage will favour Brazilian cane sugar producers and could lead to a surge in imports in the coming years, according to a research note from Rabobank…

The Future of Aviation Biofuels

Feb 20, 2012 at 17:30 | Biofuels Digest

In New York, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that jatropha-based fuels were the near-term candidate as sustainable aviation fuels available at prices competitive with conventional jet fuel. The BNEF research…

Why Algal Biofuels May Never Hold the Key to the Future

Feb 19, 2012 at 11:59 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The depletion of world rock phosphate reserves will restrict the amount of food that can be grown, a situation that can only be compounded by the production of biofuels, including…

How the U.S. Can Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuels Annually

Feb 15, 2012 at 16:18 | Brian Westenhaus

Jim Lane at Biofuelsdigest.com has written an article worthy of serious consideration to answer the U.S. challenge in law to produce 36 billion gallons of biofuel annually. Ethanol from…

New Technique Discovered to Help Harvest Algae

Feb 01, 2012 at 16:39 | Brian Westenhaus

At the UKs Sheffield University (SU) a team led by Professor Will Zimmerman in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering believes they have developed an inexpensive way of producing…

The Dirty Truth: Some Biofuels are More Polluting than Fossil Fuels

Jan 28, 2012 at 10:02 | James Burgess

Biofuels are a clean, alternative energy that many are hoping will become the next source of liquid fuels for internal combustion engines; a clean substitute for polluting fossil fuels. The…

Algal Biofuels - Time for Grand Scale Production?

Jan 18, 2012 at 18:16 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Though there is much mention of the promise of algal biofuels and word of their commercial development, it seems timely to view what precisely has been achieved in terms of…

Has Algae.Tec Cracked Algae's Biofuel Pricing Ability to Compete with a Barrel of Oil?

Jan 16, 2012 at 22:04 | John Daly

Amidst the relentless promotion of renewable biofuel alternatives to traditional fossil fuel hydrocarbons, the three leading contenders are jatpropha, camelina and algae. But among the many barriers holding back industrial…

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