UPDATED: Verenium and Aventine in difficulties: Reuters

Verenium could have jhad difficulty continuing as a company, its auditors say in a report from Reuters yesterday and carried in the UK’s Guardian Business Feed.The same report says Aventine may need to take Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Key points from the Reuters report: Verenium’s outside auditor, Ernst & Young, saidin a U.S. Securities and […]

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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

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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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Two Michigan Universities gain grants to study sustainable biofuel from trees

Two universities in Michigan have won grants to study how to use the state’s forests sustainably to make biofuels.Hopefully it will add some clarity to the current concern in the state about there being enough suitable timber in the forests of Michigan’s Northern Peninsula to sustain biofuels production.

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EU puts tarrif on US Biodiesel

The European Union has started applying tariffs to biofuel exported from the US to the EU. The EU says that American biodiesel is being sold at less than the true cost of production in the US because of local, state and national subsidies to producers and that this competition is unfair. The report comes from […]

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Shell ups its stake in Codexis

Shell has increased its stake in Codexis, in a story filed by ICIS news last night. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)Shell gets an second seat on the Codexis board an makes a financial contribution. It reinforces Shell’s commitment to renewables, and might make large scale commercial cellulosic ethanol a reality sooner. In 2008 […]

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More on Michigan State’s big cellulosic ethanol drive

I wrote a couple of days ago about a company called Frontier Renewable Resources, a joint venture between JM Longyear and Mascoma that is planning to convert trees in Michigan into ethanol for biofuel. There has been a follow up story in the Michigan Messenger. Patrick K. Egan at the Messenger has managed to talk […]

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UK has enough land for non-food biofuels — study

A study in the Journal of Applied Ecology says that there is enough land in the UK for non-food biofuels. The abstract, which is copied on envirolation.org says that there is 3.1m Ha of acceptable land in the UK, that’s land that isn’t of great ecological importance “suggesting the UK government target of 1ยท1 million […]

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Michigan state in big cellulosic ethanol drive

The Michigan Messenger has a story about converting 375,000 chords of timber into 40m gal ethanol for biofuel. I think that this may be the start of a concerted campaign by environmental groups to stop or modify the plan. I don’t think that Mascoma will help itself if it fails to make someone available to […]

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Not farming is better for carbon emissions than corn-ethanol

Tree Hugger has one of those articles which show that doing nothing produces fewer carbon emissions than growing corn for ethanol. Well Duh.Let’s turn this on its head. If we stopped using oil-powered vehicles then we would not need to use any gasoline. Yhat sounds plain silly.  The fact is we have a need to travel, […]

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