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French biofuel farmers to the rescue!

According to the BBC the President of France, Jacques Chirac says non-food crops should be at the heart of European biofuels policy and France should get around 10% of its fuel needs from Biofuels by 2015. But he doesn’t want the Common Agricultural Policy (a bone of contention between countries with weaker farming lobbies and […]

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Bio gas? You got it

I saw this on the altEng on blogspot and thought of you… The complete biogas handbook

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Biofuels pictures

Thirty five (at least) of the best biofuels pictures on Flickr (including a woman sitting on the bonnet of a car (why?))

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Biodiesel: what’s the rationale?

Why bother with biodiesel? The European Biodiesel Board published a list of questions and answers in July, in response to the European Commission, which asked for comments as part of its plan to modify

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Biofuel econmics and Huggers

Well our friendly huggers were almost right, it is almost possible to make biofuels economically in Europe using raw materials dragged across the world.. Here’s the punch line from the abstract (you can’t get any more because its from an expensive, academic journal) Co-production of “green” FT transportation fuels and “green” SNG will be an […]

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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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CO2 to biofuel with algae

Biofuels from algae, is not new, its an idea which is old enough to have been discontinued and restarted. That is one of the mark of serious idea. I noticed that New Scientist, this week, is running a story about US firms that are using algae to convert the carbon dioxide from power plants into […]

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How much changing to Biofuels can save you and the planet

There’s a calculator here that tells you how much you could contribute to saving the planet by blending biodiesel with traditional straight-out-of-the-ground product. It must be true because its the US National Biodiesel Board.

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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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