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UPDATED: Verenium and Aventine in difficulties: Reuters

Verenium could have jhad difficulty continuing as a company, its auditors say in a report from Reuters yesterday and carried in the UK’s Guardian Business Feed.The same report says Aventine may need to take Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Key points from the Reuters report: Verenium’s outside auditor, Ernst & Young, saidin a U.S. Securities and […]

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PetroSun pays catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert ponds to algae

uploaded from pacres on flickr. PetroSun is paying catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert their ponds to algae production. Here’s the deal, according to Terri Chiang, an authorized agent for PetroSun BioFuels “initially, we have arranged for the landowner to receive $50 per water acre signed into the program as a sign-up, one-time payment. Additionally, the […]

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Shell ups its stake in Codexis

Shell has increased its stake in Codexis, in a story filed by ICIS news last night. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)Shell gets an second seat on the Codexis board an makes a financial contribution. It reinforces Shell’s commitment to renewables, and might make large scale commercial cellulosic ethanol a reality sooner. In 2008 […]

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FAO’s case studies on small-scale bioenergy initiatives

The FAO has pdf on the impacts that small scale biofuels initiatives have had on the lives of participants in the developing world. It is downloadable as a PDF.  The report is interesting because it approaches the users and producers of biofuels as being market participants. 

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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March. It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is […]

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Algae to biofuel: vertigrow’s view

It would only take 10% of the surface area of the state of New Mexico to meet the US energy needs if it were devoted to algae production according Val Kurtz, ceo Valcent Products, speaking in this video.   Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Biofuels feature… but you’ll have to wait

It’s been a busy few days, the other parts of my job have been pressing and I think that I’m back above water again for a few days at least. One of the more enjoyable things that I have been doing is writing a feature for ICIS Chemical Business on Second Generation Biofuels. I’ve had […]

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1m Euro grant for catalyst route to biofuels

The University of Amsterdam and companies  Solarix and Yellow Diesel have won a grant worth Euro 1m to develop and produce biofuels more efficiently using hetrogeneous catalysis, under Prof Gadi Rothenberg according to SenterNovem. 

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The Global Justice Ecology Project doesn’t like biofuels

The ethanol battle has been joined again now that a new Administration is due to take over the White House. The flurry started late yesterday UK time (for  me at any rate) with an email from The Global Justice Ecology Project with a letter (that’s not on the organisation’s website). The gist of the letter […]

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New Generation Biofuels offers stock, gains trials

New Generation Biofuels is offering stock for sale through its prospectus. New Generation uses a proprietary technology exclusively licensed in the US from Ferninando Petrucci, who owns around 5.4% of the firm. The financial engineering behind the relationship is at least as tricky as the technology. Before you follow the link to EDGAR it is […]

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