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Abengoa restructures

Agbengoa Bioenergy is restructuring itself in a series of moves which look to be designed to maintain its profitability at a time when oil is at or close to record highs, and the price of corn is in the same position . On 23 September, my colleague Charles Shaw reported on ICIS News (Disclosure: I […]

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In a Huff about biofuel

There’s a long and thorough post over on the Huffington post about biofuel. Does’nt like the idea of it basically because it will do bad things to Brazil. It seems to miss one or two thoughts: Lets talk about fuel economy. Brazilian ethanol could come to the US if the tariff is removed, which could […]

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Could methanol be the new ethanol?

Could methanol be the new ethanol in a couple of years time. I ask the question because my good pal, John Richardson, over on the Asian Chemicals Connection blog has an interesting post about a surfeit of methanol due from about 2012, on current reckoning. Now methanol and ethanol, apart from having a carbon difference […]

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The energy needed to produce ethanol

Rajesh Valluri has an interesting take on the amount of energy it takes to produce fuel grade ethanol over on his blog. One of the things that strikes me about the fuel ethanol debate is that there is very little spoken about fuel efficiency, and it is ironic that many of the first autos in […]

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Green diplomacy or hard edged national interest?

Green diplomacy or hard edged national interest? Only someone like Lula from Brazil could do both at the same time in his visit to a number of European capitals, according to Biopact.

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Indonesia’s Medco to invest in cassava-based Ethanol

Indonesia’s Medco to invest in cassava-based Ethanol in at least one of three factories it is expecting to build in the country for between $135-144m, according to the Investor daily, quoted by Planet Ark. Medco plans to export the ethanol to India, according to the report. Indonesia plans to plant more than 5 million hectares […]

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Very fast Dodge Viper

A Dodge viper hit 220.7mph on a an Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport runway, according to the Losco county News Herald. Top ethanol dragsters are pretty fast, and this is faster than the fastest gasoline powered car over a standing mile. but there’s no news about fuel efficiency

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Yellow is not green

Yellow is not green, necessarily. Using yellow corn to make green ethanol for cars is not necessarily the most environmentally sensitive way of making biofuels. Using biofuels in cars with poor fuel economy is close to being a profligate waste of resources, a point that is made over on Green Options in a guest post […]

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Is corn ethanol water positive?

Is corn ethanol water positive? It depends where you’re growing it, obviously, but there are some interesting numbers on EcoWorld, which points out you need between 300 and 900 tonnes of water for each tonne of ethanol grown. This is very interesting and points to one of the earlier themes of my blog, the effect […]

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BioAmber may help make ethanol production greener

BioAmber has a process that may may help make ethanol production greener at a new plant that will take carbon dioxide from ethanol production and make a bio substitute for oil in petrochemicals. BioAmber, is  a joint venture between Diversified Natural Products (DNP), a U.S. based biotechnology company, and French based Agro Industries Recherche et Development (ARD)) announced […]

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