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Biofuels for Oil Addicts

The Institute of Science in Society has a pretty long article on why biofuels may be a worse cure than the addiction our society has to oil.

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US puts $385m into cellulosic ethanol efforts

The US Department of Energy is putting $385m into cellulosic ethanol and will fund six cellulosic ethanol plants across the US in an bid to drive the technology forward. The goal is to fund plants and technology to produce around 130m gallons (522m litres) of ethanol/year. The story was reported on ICIS news by my […]

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Heartland, grassroots Ethanol

Heartland, grassroots ethanol has its home, I suspect, at the American Coalition for Ethanol.

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The battle over corn

Over in the US PBS has taken a look at the battle over corn being fought by the food and fuel industries in the US. Some interesting numbers about the area of land we’ll need to plant…

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Syngenta expects amylase-corn by end 2008

Syngenta hopes it will be able to produce a GM corn that can express amylase, which improves the fermentation of corn starch to sugar by the end of 2008, according to John Baker in ICIS Chemical Business magazine. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Please email me if you would like copy of the […]

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Cellulosic route to ethanol to lower US corn prices.

The increasing use of cellulosic routes to ethanol will help reduce the price of corn in the US from about 2012, LECG consultant John Urbanchuk, told Ethanol ’07 in Tucson Arizona, my colleague William Lemos reports. (Disclosure: William and I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Ethanol will consume about 30% of the US corn crop by 2012, […]

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Abengoa seeks fractionating process

Abengoa Bioenergy says it is trying to develop a fractionating process and incorporate cellulosic processes into its existing ethanol production stream. Abengoa executive vice president Gerston Santos-Leon said: “We want to develop a fractionating technology to break down the biomass into its various components.”   My colleague Judith Taylor reported from Ethanol 2007 in Tucson, Arizona yesterday. […]

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Ethanol Africa sells 25% stake to Black Economic Empowerment consortium

Ethanol Africa has sold a 25% stake to a Black Economic Empowerment consortium bringing itself into line with South Africa’s corporate ownership laws that mandate 25% black ownership, according to Business report. Ethanol Africa is planning to build eight 500 million litre corn-based fermenters and is looking at a guaranteed price for South African farmers.

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