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Sugar cane ethanol and Brazil

There’s a piece entitled Why the Promise of Biofuels is a lie by Robert Bryce. It is pretty anti biofuels, mainly ethanol, it doesn’t talk about biodiesel. It is worth looking at for the way it pulls together a couple of sources on the plight of Brazilian sugar cane harvesters. Their lot is pretty hard. But […]

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What can you do with a shuttered ethanol plant?

What can you do with a shuttered ethanol plant? Genomatica has found a way to make methylethyl ketone (MEK) an industrial solvent, according to Doris De Guzman in her Green Chemicals blog. 

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AMFI enewsletter arrives

I’ve just been sent a copy of the AMFI enewsletter. The AMFI is the group which is implementing the Agreement on Advanced Motor Fuels of the International Energy Agency. It appears four times each year, apparently, and gives  around up of some of the more obscure, but vital legislation behind biofuels implementation. Contact Paivi.Aakko@vtt.fi if […]

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Will water be the limiting factor in biofuel production?

I have blogged in the past about the relationship between water and biofuels. There can’t be conventional grain-based biofuels without water. But there was an interesting post on EurActive a little earlier today in response to the annual Davos meeting. This year it produced a  Water Initiative. Buried deep (page 22),the Davos report it suggests […]

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Peru eyes US for ethanol exports… perhaps

Greentech Media has a story about sugar cane ethanol from Peru, potentially being exported to the US. I think it is doubtful for a number of reasons…   The delivered cost to a coastal blending plant in the US,would have to be competitive with home grown US ethanol. If it is competitive then the US has […]

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ST1 has a plan for decentralised ethanol production

ST1 has an animation about its plans for decentralised ethanol production integrated with the existing gasoline distribution network. Looks interesting. Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Ethanol from copy paper

It isn’t particularly fast, and there is no detail on the yeild, but Japanese researchers have developed an enzyme-based route to producing ethanol from shredded copy paper. There is no information about whether the ink on the paper makes any difference to the quality of the fuel. p> Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Direct ethanol fuel cells

Japanese researchers say they have gone some way to overcomnig the difficulties in using ethanol as a fuel cell material. Thanks to Hugh Baker

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The corn-ethanol carbon balance argument again

There is an interesting video on Climate Central about the amount of carbon dioxide produced when ethanol is made from corn grown in the mid-West of the US. Hard to tell who is right in this debate (if any one is) the different premises are all important and few people seem to try and compare […]

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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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