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Smart Choices for Biofuels

I missed this about a month ago, but it is worth looking at, The Sierra Club and World Watch Institute produced Smart Choices for Biofuels.It rounds up quite a lot of stuff we’ve gone over here. It is good to see the Ogallala aquifer getting a mention. Slightly disappointing that it doesn’t call for global […]

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Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol

Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]

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Cellulosic ethanol the US dream and reality

This graph, produced with data from the Des Moines Register, and another good article from Phil Brasher shows the current gap between US cellulosic ethanol production next year and the curent legislative requirement for it. It looks as if the US will be forced to reduce the volumes that it is legislating for in the next […]

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Local biofuel projects could share in $200 000 in Latin America

Donors are offering up to $200 000 for a prize winning idea in the Hemispheric energy innovation contest, according to the Temasactuales Blog. The competition is based around ideas for energy innovation and efficiency in the Caribbean and Latin America. Check it out.  

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Poet in talks about an ethanol pipeline to NY harbour

The news that Poet is in talks to discuss the feasibility of a dedicated ethanol pipeline from the Midwest to New York Harbour. Is over the internet like a rash this morning with posts byGreen Car Congress:  POET Joins Magellan Midstream Partners to Assess Dedicated Ethanol Pipeline; Buckeye Drops Out Yankton Press & Dakotan: Ethanol […]

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Shell puts all of its renewables eggs into the biofuels basket

Shell will concentrate on biofuels in its future alternative energy investments, according to a story in the Guardian online. I have been slightly surprised that Shell has invested in wind, solar and hydrogen technologies. Shell really understands liquid fuels and liquid distribution. Most vehicles for the foreseeable future will be based on some kind of […]

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Verenium: BP responds

I’ve just had this email from the press office at BP about its joint venture with Verenium which was mentioned in an earlier post today. We remain focused on commercializing the technology that we are developing jointly with Verenium and continue to progress development activities with the commercial JV that we announced in February in order to […]

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Arkansas: promised land for biofuel

Could Arkansas be a promised land for biofuel. This article from Delta Farm Press seems to think so. Of course it doesn’t explain how all the biofuel that could be producecd in the state could be got to the markets that need it? I Wonder how long it would take to get from Little Rock […]

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The right cellulosic biofuels might help protect the environment

Biofuels from cellulosic feedstock could help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of nitrogen that runs off into rivers and by providing coverage that helps protect the land against wind and rain erosion. That is one of the central assertions in a guest article by Richard Cruse and Hillary Olson in the Des […]

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PetroSun pays catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert ponds to algae

uploaded from pacres on flickr. PetroSun is paying catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert their ponds to algae production. Here’s the deal, according to Terri Chiang, an authorized agent for PetroSun BioFuels “initially, we have arranged for the landowner to receive $50 per water acre signed into the program as a sign-up, one-time payment. Additionally, the […]

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