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ST1 has a plan for decentralised ethanol production

ST1 has an animation about its plans for decentralised ethanol production integrated with the existing gasoline distribution network. Looks interesting. Thanks to Hugh Baker

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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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China expects to make 5m tonne ethanol by 2010

According to the Huaxlee website, China expects to make 5 m tonne ethanol by 2010, in a post quoting from the China Daily. It will be fueling the need wtih biomass. This blog has noted before that China has looked at biofuel from a range of sources including biomass. This volume is interesting enough for […]

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UK buries biomass will miss target

The UK is not doing enough to turn waste biomass into fuel, says the Guardian.  Key passage:“Of an estimated 7.5m tonnes of domestic wood waste, much fromconstruction and demolition, some 80% goes to landfill. Only some 4%becomes sustainable energy from biomass,” adds White [chairman of Wood for Gold], who says the UKneeds only about 2.7m […]

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Fischer-Tropsch online resource

I’ve just come across a resource on line for people who are interested in gas to liquids technology developed by Fischer and Tropsch . You might like it if you’re into pyrolysis as a first step to produce gas from biomass.

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Biomass could get tight from 2030

Researchers In Denmark have been looking hard at the amount of biomass that will be available for biofuels after 2030 is going to become tight. This is what they say in a peer-reviewed paper in Environment Science Technology, produced by the American Chemical Society. We show that toward 2030, regardless of whether a globalor European […]

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EU consults on sustainability on using biomass

If you’ve not contributed to the EU consultation on new and renewable energy then you should. Hat tip to GAVE.

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Vinod Kohlsa’s latest thoughts on biofuels

Now Mr K likes cellulosic biofuels and biomass.

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Burning biomass with coal

Burning biomass with coal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants could yeild enviornmental benefits. It at least has the benefit of using minimal energy to process the biomass before burning. According to Earth2Tech blog A Polish coal plant, which will cofire biomass (burn biomass at the same time as coal) to help reduce […]

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Syntic buys catalyst technology to convert biomass to ethanol

I came across this over on Envirofuel, a company called Syntic Biofuel has got hold of some catalyst technology to convert biomass into ethanol at a cost of around US 37 cents when operating at This is the kind of “cellulosic” technology that I like, it is well understood and the products from thermal decomposition […]

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