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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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A time to look back and a time to look forward

As 2008 draws to a close it is time to look back and assess how well I did in my predictions for 2008, at the start of the year, and let you know about a couple of guest bloggers who have very kindly agreed to guest post for me while I’m on holiday. The two […]

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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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Journal of Conservation Biology slams palm oil plantations

According to a report on the BBC today, the Journal of Conservation Biology says that palm oil plantations are bad for biodiversity in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. It takes a higher degree, a research grant and the whole peer-review process to decided that planting one species where there were many hundreds reduces biodiversity… […]

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USDA wants biorefinery grant requests for new technologies

The USDA wants requests for loans to build biofuel plants that do not use corn starch as the raw material starting point. The Biorefinery Assistance Program provides loan guarantees for thedevelopment, construction and retrofitting of viable commercial-scalebiorefineries producing advanced biofuels. The maximum loan guaranteeis $250 million per project subject to the availability of funds.Preference is […]

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Biofuels are sticking point for EU renewable policy

According to ReutersThompson Biofuels have deadlocked the EU’a renewables policy. 

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India’s biofuel market: a report

There’s a new report on the outlook for India’s biofuels market. The key take-away for me is that despite a growing ethanol industry, India is going to have an ethanol deficit until at least 2017 as demand outstrips supply by about 4.5%/year. 

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Pertamina launches biodisel in Indonesia

Palm oil biodiesel is being sold to industry by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, says Planet Ark. There is no comment about sustainabilty, or biodiversity. Indonesia sees this as one move to reduce dependency on foreign oil.

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Can the EU square ethics with trade, should it even try in biofuels?

Can the EU square its desire to import only biofuels that conform to high ethical standards with the needs of free trade? That might sound like the kind of question we’d be covering in an ethics course (which thankfully we’re not). But it is possible that it could be left to the courts, a number […]

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