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There’s a plan!

The US National Biodiesel Research and Development Board has plan for Biofuels. Published two days ago…it will be interesting to see if it changes much after January…. in the light of Obama’s victory in the polls last night.

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Fungus joins biofuel armoury

There’s some excitement about a newly discovered fungus that makes chemicals similar to biofuels from cellulose. (Thanks David). It looks legit, because a couple of my colleagues sent me this link (thanks Clay and Doris). This isn’t the first time fungus has been suggested. But, the more the merrier. It would be interesting to see […]

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South Africa looks to biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps

South Africa is looking at biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps, according to Engineering News from Creamer Media. According to the report: Dr Titus Mathe, The South African National Energy Research Institute’s (Saneri’s) programme manager,  said that, although the country had arange of alternative fuels available, biodiesel was very comparable topetrol and diesel in terms […]

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FAO wants biofuel support examined and outlines world biofuel capacity

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]

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Now Silkweed is a potential biofuel

Silkweed is a potential biofuel, according to a website connected to a local TV station in Vermont. Silkweed is good for butterflies. It will be planted by Innovation Fuels, which it will turn into biodiesel. 

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National Alternative Fuel Vehicle day on 30 September

National Alternative Fuel Vehicle day on  30 September was one of the first of a range of events across the US in the coming months. I missed this at the time, travelling may broaden the mind, but you can’t do much at all when you’re laptop’s battery is on the blink. 

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Rape seed plants can clean up toxic soil with a bacterial injection

Rape seed plants can clean up toxic soil with a bacterial injection, according to my colleague Doris De Guzman on Green Chemicals Blog. The with suitable injections of bacteria, the plants grow faster and can help remove heavy metal residues such as lead and cadmium from contaminated land. What is not clear from this is […]

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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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Independent Newspaper in biofuels debate

The UK’s Independent Newspaper has started a debate about biofuels. There are some forums where you can comment. It’s quite lively.

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A catalytic route to Biodisel

Workers in the mid west have developed a catalytic route to biodiesel with few or no by products… The downside is that you need to be able to heat the catalyst to 300C at a pressure of around 2500 psi, so its not likely to be a process for home brewers,and you need a sulphonated […]

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