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Tallow too pricey for australian biofuel group

Tallow, a kind of animal fat, is too pricey for an Australian biofuels group, which has decided to mothball at least one plant. The Australian Biodiesel Group (ABG) made an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday ABG listing a series of measures it is taking to limit financial loss. These include selling off non-core […]

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One Australian Senator’s view of high oil prices

She wants 90% of petrol demand to be replaced by biofuels and electicity using lignocellulose and waste by 2050…Get with the greens to oil proof Australia.

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Comparing unleaded and e85 Australian style

Team Ethanol are trying to compare the fuel efficiency of running a Saab from Darwen to Alice Springs (about 930miles/1498km) and running it on e85 (there) and unleaded (back) in the World Solar Challenge, which is more about endurance than raw speed. Google maps puts the drive time at 17 hours and 33 minutes (that’s […]

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Wheat prices up and Brazil worries about ethanol

Rich pickings today on Planet Ark, the price of wheat in Europe is soaring, apparently because of a drought in Australia. Didn’t know we imported much wheat from Australia, mostly lamb. The absolute prices for wheat in the US quoted though are pretty high: currently at around 8.69/bushel after spiking at over 8.80/bushel, a rise […]

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D1 chairman talks about biofuels in Australia

Lord Ron Oxborough, who I met briefly at the House of Parliament the other day, was in Australia on Tuesday talking about biofuels. You can listen to Ron Oxborough (from 13 minutes into the broadcast) from ABC. He gets to answer questions about food, sustainability and a number of other topics. How the firm’s plantations […]

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Lets talk trees

Lets talk trees for a bit. There is a growing realisation that diverting corn or other food sources into fuel is likely to have severe impacts on the world’s ability to feed itself, or at least that the price of food is likely to rise dramatically.  What does that leave, as renewable alternatives? Wood, grass, biomass […]

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Australia to push for more bioethanol

According to Australia’s National news Nine’s website Transport Minister Mark Vaile has urged Australia’s petrol retailers to increase the availability of cheaper ethanol-blended fuel, as motorists face a fresh spike in petrol prices. Vaile said the government would meet with oil companies in the coming weeks to push for the further rollout of ethanol-blended fuel.

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Ethanol and gesture politics

Trollhattan Saab says Queensland’s Premier Peter Beattie has ordered a biofuel Saab 9-5 that can run on up to 85 per cent bioethanol, a fuel made primarily from grain or cane sugar. But there’s a catch. While the Saab can run on E85 (an 85 per cent ethanol, 15 per cent petrol mix), the Government […]

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Saab launches biofuel versions in Australia

According to Trollhatten Saab, Saab will be launching a range of biofuel powered cars in Australia next year. Saab Australia Director, Parveen Batish, says with BioPower coming to Australia, Saab can help overcome the ‘chicken and egg’ dilemma of supply and demand when trying to bring a new fuel to market. “E85 fuel is not […]

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Biofuels and subsidies

Biofuels feature strongly in this blog from the Sustainable Transport Coalition of Western Australia. One thing that strikes me is that biofuels are competitive with big oil only when there are tax-breaks and other kinds of featherbedding for producers. That’s fine while the industry takes off, but if you truly believe in sustainability then you […]

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