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Greenpeace protests against Neste’s palm biofuel plans

Greenpeace is objecting to Neste’s plans to become the world’s largest consumer of plam oil as it ramps up biofuels production, according to a report on ICIS news. Disclosure (I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Neste disputes the pressure group’s claims that it will have an impact on  the level of deforestation in South East […]

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1200 gals water make 1 gal ethanol

Corrected headline reads 1200 gal water Wholly irrigated corn can take up to 1200 gal of water to produce 1gal ethanol, according to a report on the MinPost today. That’s a lot of water and touches again on my obsession with aquifers. 

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Novozymes in China biofuel project.

Novozymes and China National Cereals, China Oil & FoodstuffCorp (COFCO) and Asian refiner China Petroleum and ChemicalCorp (Sinopec) in February to develop anindustry chain to collect agricultural waste, process it intobioethanol and distribute the clean fuel through petrol stations, according to a report on Reuters. It is likely to need around $13bn to support the […]

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Scoping out biofuels

The Scientifc Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) has produced a report looking at the enviromental impacts of biofuels,. The group makes a number of recomendations for second generation feedstocks, and favours woody or grassy plants. As with the first generation biofuels, the environmental consequences of the next generation depend significantly on the type […]

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Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol

Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]

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Arkansas: promised land for biofuel

Could Arkansas be a promised land for biofuel. This article from Delta Farm Press seems to think so. Of course it doesn’t explain how all the biofuel that could be producecd in the state could be got to the markets that need it? I Wonder how long it would take to get from Little Rock […]

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UPDATED: Verenium and Aventine in difficulties: Reuters

Verenium could have jhad difficulty continuing as a company, its auditors say in a report from Reuters yesterday and carried in the UK’s Guardian Business Feed.The same report says Aventine may need to take Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Key points from the Reuters report: Verenium’s outside auditor, Ernst & Young, saidin a U.S. Securities and […]

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The right cellulosic biofuels might help protect the environment

Biofuels from cellulosic feedstock could help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of nitrogen that runs off into rivers and by providing coverage that helps protect the land against wind and rain erosion. That is one of the central assertions in a guest article by Richard Cruse and Hillary Olson in the Des […]

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More on Michigan State’s big cellulosic ethanol drive

I wrote a couple of days ago about a company called Frontier Renewable Resources, a joint venture between JM Longyear and Mascoma that is planning to convert trees in Michigan into ethanol for biofuel. There has been a follow up story in the Michigan Messenger. Patrick K. Egan at the Messenger has managed to talk […]

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UK has enough land for non-food biofuels — study

A study in the Journal of Applied Ecology says that there is enough land in the UK for non-food biofuels. The abstract, which is copied on envirolation.org says that there is 3.1m Ha of acceptable land in the UK, that’s land that isn’t of great ecological importance “suggesting the UK government target of 1ยท1 million […]

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