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Emami Biotech in commercial jatropha biofuel production

Emami Biotech is using Jatropha in commercial jatropha biofuel production according to the Bioenergy site. If this is the case, and the report is a little garbled, then could it be the first commercial application of that technology?

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Syngenta and Proteus in biofuel joint venture

I notice that Syngenta and Proteus have formed a joint venture to create enzymes to help make second generation biofuels. This is not Syngenta’s first jv in this area. It would be intetresting to know how the different techologies complement each other.

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Changing land management could shrink carbon payback time

Changing land management could shrink carbon payback time when farmers convert grassland to biofuel production, say researchers in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.If this is right, and its been peer reviewed, I guess, then it could make biofuels more attractive in environmental terms. My question is how soon could agriculture switch to these […]

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Coconuts for biofuels

Researchers at Baylor University, Texas have been working with academics from Papua New Guinea to make  biofuel from coconut oil. The technology looks to centre around a device which separates coconut milk from the oil as it crushes individual coconuts and is part of Baylor’s Appropriate Technology program. It is being spearheaded in Papua New […]

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U.S. Biofuels : Near-term challenges and prospects

This is a guest post from Pradeep Indrakanti a regular contributor to this blog and author of the Energy Engineering Blog. Introduction: Recent high crude oil prices reaching 140 $/barrel and federal incentives have spurred biofuel production. Additionally, as noted by a 2007 McKinsey report, cellulosic biofuels have the potential to be a negative cost […]

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A Short Essay on Biofuels and Related Matters

This is a guest post from Professor David B. Benson (retired), who is a regular commenter on The Big Biofuels Blog.David’s contact details: dbenson@eecs.wsu.edu Biofuel——-  Photosynthesis uses only a very small fraction of the available sunlight.  This means that growing biomass to make biofuels will require considerable land (and water) resources.  Even so, these are […]

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Too much corn could be bad for ladybugs (ladybirds)

Interesting piece on the effects of corn monoculture in the mid-west. Looks like too much corn is bad for ladybugs (ladybirds), but probably good news for people who make pesticide… Hattip to Biofuelwatch

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Biofuels and the innovation ecosystem

 Krisztina Holly has an interesting article on biofuels, the automotive bail out, evolution and the innovation ecosystem over on the Huffington Post. Part of her post is particularly resonant for the biofuels industry Big companies play an important role, too, in this healthy, diversebusiness ecosystem. They help amplify – through acquisition, licensing,or even copying – […]

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Life on Myanmar’s biofuels plantation

Tidied upLife on a Myanmar biofuels plantation is explored and found to be pretty rosy in this article from Singapore’s Straights Times. Well it would be, its the Straights Times and its a Singaporean investment. Didn’t look around at any others though… Didn’t explain whether the companies gained the land on the basis of prior […]

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China expects to make 5m tonne ethanol by 2010

According to the Huaxlee website, China expects to make 5 m tonne ethanol by 2010, in a post quoting from the China Daily. It will be fueling the need wtih biomass. This blog has noted before that China has looked at biofuel from a range of sources including biomass. This volume is interesting enough for […]

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