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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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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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Algae biofuels at around $33/gal

A piece on Greentech Media puts the cost of biofuels from algae at around $33/gal(US). That leaves plenty of room for process/growth/yield optimisation then. 

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Wal-Mart is using biofuel and reclaimed cooking oil in truck fleet

Wal-Mart is using biofuel and reclaimed cooking oil in truck fleet, that’s according to Tree Hugger. Now if a firm the size of Wal-Mart starts getting really serious about used cooking oil then the price is going to hit the roof. 

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London to get ring of biofuel power stations

London is to get a ring of veg oil fueled electricity generation stations, according to a report on the BBC. What is not clear from the report, which says the company planning to build up to eight stations, is the economics. At what price does veg oil become uneconomical and is there really enough used […]

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Nexant Chem Systems looks at algae for biofuels

Nexant ChemSystems, a petrochemical consulting firm, is setting up a multi-client study into algae for biofuels. It will be thorough.

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Biofuel Box Corp wants to turn sludge into biofuel

Story over on the Sacremento Business Journal about the Biofuel Box Corporation’s plans to turn sludge from animal processing into biofuel.Biofuel Box Corp’s business model is: “We put the plant in for free. We own it. We operate it, and we’ll take care of the fuel sales” according to chief executive officer Steven Perricone. Worth […]

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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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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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