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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

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…

Indian Seaweed - Biofuel's Aquatic Future?

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:43 | John Daly

The long-term impact of yesterday startling announcement by Standard & Poor's that it was downgrading US government bonds to one notch below AAA, a rating that the U.S. had maintained…

Move Aside Corn Ethanol - Sweet Sorghum Being Engineered as a New Biofuel

Jan 09, 2012 at 07:53 | Brian Westenhaus

This is one to take seriously.  A deal has been made by Pioneer Hybrids, the corn seed company started by the Vice President back in one of Roosevelt’s terms, Henry…

U.S. Abandons Renewable Fuels, China Picks up Slack

Jan 04, 2012 at 17:33 | John Daly

There’s stupid, and then there’s Washington. The U.S. government is ending a three-decade-old policy of subsidizing corn ethanol, dating back to the Carter administration, which in the aftermath of the…

Are Biofuels the Best Use of Our Limited Land Resources?

Dec 21, 2011 at 11:59 | Tyler Hamilton

About seven million tonnes of grain corn was grown in Ontario in 2011, and by year’s end roughly 30 per cent of that is expected to go toward ethanol fuel…

U.S. Biofuel Camelina Production Set to Soar

Dec 05, 2011 at 07:35 | John Daly

The U.S. biofuel industry has long been stymied by the lack of USDA federal crop insurance, leaving only the most adventurous farmers willing to plant renewable energy crops. Biofuel…

Biofuel Advances: Obtaining More Energy From Switchgrass

Nov 28, 2011 at 17:24 | Brian Westenhaus

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) a DOE Bioenergy Research Center led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have made an…

Biofuel Breakthrough: Could the Energy Landscape be About to Change?

Nov 15, 2011 at 16:55 | Energy Digital

A pioneer of liquid fuel from the sun proves to be more productive than all biofuels processes Joule Unlimited, a Massachusetts biotechnology company, claims it can now produce diesel fuel…

Biofuels: Not the Savior we Hoped For

Nov 09, 2011 at 08:10 | Tom Murphy

When we enter the decline phase of conventional oil—likely before 2020—we will scramble to fill the gap with alternative liquid fuels. The Hirsch Report of 2005, commissioned by the…

China Completes First Biofuel Jet Test Flight

Nov 01, 2011 at 08:57 | John Daly

On 28 October Air China conducted its first trial flight of a passenger jet powered by a mix of biofuel and traditional aviation fuel. The Jet A-1 biofuel kerosene used…

U.S. Biofuel Production Increase - Fact or Wishful Thinking?

Oct 25, 2011 at 07:53 | John Daly

A recent study, released on 11 October, “Biofuel Markets and Technologies” released by Pike Research states that the global biofuel market will double within the next decade to $183.3 billion…

Biofuels False Promise: Breakthroughs May be Tougher Than Previously Thought

Oct 21, 2011 at 07:43 | Dave Cohen

In the August issue of Scientific American, David Beillo published an article called The False Promise Of Biofuels. I have a paper copy, but not an electronic copy ($ubscription),…

European Union Biodiesel Production Slumps in 2011

Oct 20, 2011 at 09:19 | John Daly

Greening the European Union has suffered a setback. The European Biodiesel Board is reporting that the European Union biodiesel industry production forecasts are noting a 2011 decrease in output, the…

Virgin Atlantic to Use New Jet fuel Created from Industrial Waste Gases

Oct 13, 2011 at 07:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Waste gases emitted by blast furnaces, coke ovens and BOF (basic oxygen furnace) operations can now be converted into low-cost ethanol and high-value chemicals.  The new fuel production process recycles…

How Fungi Could Help Create the Next Generation of Biofuels

Oct 06, 2011 at 06:53 | EcoSeed

The genetic make-up of heat-loving fungi could form the basis of better enzymes for use in the extraction of sugars from biomass for the next generation of biofuels. A team…

New Biofuel Could Replace Today’s Standard Fuel for Diesel Engines

Sep 30, 2011 at 03:59 | Brian Westenhaus

From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory comes the announcement that researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could…

Novozymes Looking to Displace Charcoal with Biofuel in Mozambique

Sep 27, 2011 at 01:45 | Mark Nicholls

Novozymes is to help finance a novel integrated food and energy venture in Mozambique which aims to displace charcoal with biofuel – offering a more sustainable alternative, it says, with…

China is Interested in Biofuels - Why Not the West?

Sep 12, 2011 at 07:54 | John Daly

Biofuels remain the orphan child of western energy interests – like adopting children, everyone agrees that it’s a good idea, but not many want an alien rugrat in the house.…

U.S. Government and Biofuels: Too Much Too Soon

Sep 01, 2011 at 08:24 | Dave Summers

It would seem, despite the inability of the cellulosic ethanol industry to produce an economically viable product to date, that it remains this Administration’s answer to coming liquid fuel shortages.…

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