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Can this be right

According to a post on Hugg (got to love the concept, if you like something you give it a Hugg) chaps in the Netherlands (Robin Zwart and colleagues in in the current (September/October) issue of the bimonthly ACS journal Energy & Fuels) have done some sums that say it is economical to produce biofuels in […]

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Biofuels: Paradox 1

After reading a post on GristmilI it strikes me that people who are pro-biofuels have a couple of paradoxes to overcome. Firstly, I am not sure about their long term sustainability, there is a need for fossil fuels to make fertilisers to maintain yields from year to year. It may be possible to rotate crops […]

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Can crops replace oil?

The yields of crops has to increase dramatically for biofuels to make sense. It currently takes around 3 tonnes of wheat to produce 1 tonne bioethanol via fermentation. That is using grain, rather than the whole wheat, from seed to root and is probably only sustainable in fairly limited quantities of bioethanol production. Why? mostly […]

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Next generation biofuels

Using crops is the basis of many biofuel projects around the world and there are some interesting views on the way ahead. But what could the next generation of biofuels look like? How about self-digesting corn?. In mid September, this appeared on the BBC’s website. But has Jeremy Thompson of the UK National Non-Food Crop […]

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