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Ethanol with coal?

The US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers‘ magazine Spectrum has pronounced ethanol from corn an losing technology. William Sweet, cites extravagant subsidises, low coal prices. It warns that burning coal to fire newer larger plants will significantly reduce the carbon dioxide benefits of using ethanol. Sweet says per joule of heat produced, coal releases two […]

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Take the challenge

I think this is slightly off the beam, but worth it. One of the bees in my bonnet is energy efficiency. It is bad enough that the world’s largest energy using nation uses spectacularly inefficient autos and lifestyles are based on the idea of inexhaustible supplies of cheap gasoline. But buildings use considerable amounts of […]

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De Beers shows off its algae reactors

DeBeers has shown off its biofuel from algae reactors in South Africa, according to Creamer Media’s Engineering news online. The plants have been imported from the United States from Green Field Technologies of the US and Green Star Products. Technorati Tags: Africa, algae, biodiesel, bioethanol, biofuel, South Africa, Tag 98

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A different take on South East Asian biofuel Epanison

A different perspective on the expansion of biofuels in South East Asia, from that of the Wall St Journal, that biofuels spell trouble in SE Asia wasgiven by Malaysia’s deputy prime minister at the opening of a conference, according to biopact. Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a speech prepared for him at the […]

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Biofuels spell trouble in SE Asia

The Wall Street Journal today is carrying an article about the trouble that demand for biofuel is causing in, Borneo, Sarawak, Malaysia and Singapore. The article is available in Chinese on line, but not in English without a subscription. Patrick Barta and Jane Spencer say in their article that rain forrest is being burnt to […]

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Plump birds help Texans into biodiesel

Texans like their thanksgiving turkey deep fried. Which produces large quantities of left over turkey fat according to this story from the Scotsman.com. Texans a chance to jump on to biodiesel bandwaggon. They don’t say what kind of oil the birds were fried in though… Technorati Tags: America, biodiesel, biofuel, Texas, US

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Biofuel and the environment

So, biofuel growers how much drier was it in the 1930s? I’vehad a look around for rainfall data in the US. Something that you’d think there’d be a lot of… There is but the free stuff is on paper and not easy to crunch down into sensible chunks. Anyway, winter is drawing in and the […]

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Biogas and energy from chicken waste

Here’s how one chicken farmer intends to use the waste from his chickens and natural sunlight to produce methane and biofuel goodies. Is it the world’s first as the article in the hattiesburgamerican.com website claims? I seem to remember something similar being tried in Norfolk, near London a year or ten ago… Technorati Tags: American, […]

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Biofuel from Elephants

It is not just cattle which has the potential to produce biofuel in a number of potentiall useful formats. Elephants can too (link to french language site). Although in this case they’re passing ethanol.

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Good meaty information

The US’ Department of Energy’s website has useful links to biofuels information from municipal waste, landfill gas and the number of vehicles using renewable fuels.

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