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US DOE updates E85 portal page

The US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center has updated its portal for ethanol. With hints on how to succeed with E85 and Business cases for E85 retailers. 

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Eleven eastern US states plan biofuels boost

Eleven eastern US states are planning an indirect boost to biofuels with a plan to significantly reduce emissions from transportation, according to the Environmental News Service. It is hard to disagree with both the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who applauds the move) and Dewita Soeharjono the blogger behind, Talking Green, which is where I […]

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Eleven eastern US states plan biofuels boost

Eleven eastern US states are planning an indirect boost to biofuels with a plan to significantly reduce emissions from transportation, according to the Environmental News Service. It is hard to disagree with both the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who applauds the move) and Dewita Soeharjono the blogger behind, Talking Green, which is where I […]

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Obama wants to double renewables production

Over on Greentech media, there’s a piece about Obama wanting to double renewable energy production and make public buildings more energy efficient,  create three million new jobs. Through his Recovery and Reinvestment Plan with strategic investments as a down payment on long term economic future.Hopefully, he won’t have any technological favourites when it comes to […]

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The good, the bad, the ugly 2008/2009

The best piece of work on Biofuels 2008? For me that was the The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production. If you’re a serious player in this market, you should read that report. Worst technology to make biofuels: Fermentation from corn. It reduces the size of the corn crop, creates carbon dioxide […]

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U.S. Biofuels : Near-term challenges and prospects

This is a guest post from Pradeep Indrakanti a regular contributor to this blog and author of the Energy Engineering Blog. Introduction: Recent high crude oil prices reaching 140 $/barrel and federal incentives have spurred biofuel production. Additionally, as noted by a 2007 McKinsey report, cellulosic biofuels have the potential to be a negative cost […]

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A Short Essay on Biofuels and Related Matters

This is a guest post from Professor David B. Benson (retired), who is a regular commenter on The Big Biofuels Blog.David’s contact details: dbenson@eecs.wsu.edu Biofuel——-  Photosynthesis uses only a very small fraction of the available sunlight.  This means that growing biomass to make biofuels will require considerable land (and water) resources.  Even so, these are […]

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The EU climate and energy package welcomed by EuropaBio

I’ve just received a press release from EuropaBio, which explains why the organisation likes the recently approved EU Climate and Energy Package…. Here it is. European Parliament’s approval of the Climate and Energy Package provides the European biotech industry with a predictable business environment to develop advanced biofuels   Brussels 17 December 2008   The […]

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European Bioethanol industry welcomes EU 20% by 2020 plan

The European Bioethanol industry body has welcomed the EU’s plan to ensure that 20% of its energy comes from renewable sources by 2020, according to ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS)The idea that governments will be able to work cross border, is for me one of the more interesting ideas.  If this goes […]

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Philippines sugar industry gets new biofuel grading

The Philippines Sugar Regulatory Authority has decided to set up a new classification for sugar to be used for biofuels. It looks like a way of properly accounting for sugar which would otherwise be counted as exports. Sugar production in the 2007-2008 crop year hit a 25-year-high of 2.455 million tonnes, which resulted in a […]

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