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Pacific Ethanol

Video from WSJ Marketline about Pacific Ethanol’s Plant in Stockton, California. Production at the Stockton was suspended in February.  It is now mothballed. Too much capacity, margins too thin, seem to be the story. This isn’t the first time that I’ve written about Pacific Ethanol. Bill Gates cut his holding in Pacific Ethanol back in […]

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California looks at emissions from crop to tail pipe and legislates

California’s newly adopted low-carbon fuel standard may mark the beginning of the end of ethanol, according to a report on Planet Ark. The new legislation examines the carbon impact from seed to tailpipe, which seems sensible. 

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Algae lovers united

Algae, another putative bifouel source has its backers, and one group of algae lovers have untied in the Chorophyll collective, based in Berkeley, California. How I didn’t find them before, I just don’t know. 

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Primafuel to build plant in West Sacramento

Primafuel will build a 60m gallon biodiesel plant in West Sacramento with a $164,000 grant from the California Air Resources Board, so its not all doom and gloom. Hattip to Sacremento Executive.

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Water ethanol and California

This pushes many of my buttons, its got water, its got California and its got Ethanol. It is symptomatic of the increasing doubt that the biofuel industry is facing in the US.

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Shell and codexis see 2nd generation biofuels in five years

Shell is taking a seat on Codexis’ board and making a capital investment into the biofuels technology company as the firms announced their research collaboration is being extended by five years, according to a report on ICIS news. (Disclosure I work for ICIS: About ICIS) At the end of that time the firms hope to […]

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Silicon Valley in thrall to the car

There’s a graphic post over on Green Wombat, about just how the US is in thrall to inefficent cars. It takes the stance that Silicon Valley is one of the most ‘green’ areas in California, yet they commute long distances daily in inefficent cars. I’m going to say it again: There’s little point in bothering […]

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Berkeley’s biofuels research gets $10m extra

University of California, Berkeley, has won a further $10m from the Federal government to research biofuels, according to Deepti Arora in the Daily Californian, which says: A group headed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received an extra $10 million Monday to jump-start research on biofuels at a center established in July with a $125 […]

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Branson and Kholsa in celeb bioufel link up

Over on Scalarparty, it seems Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Biofuels will be working together to develop biofuels with Gevo of California. Vindod Kohsla is linked to Gevo in that post. Secondly, Gevo Biofuels has a new CEO who’s come from CargillDow/NatureWorks. Unfortunately, none of it’s verifiable on either company’s website or, irritatingly on EDGAR, the […]

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Biomass gassification

One way of using renewable fuels for energy production does not necessarily involve converting materials into liquid fuels by fermentation or wet chemistry. Instead biomass can be heated up and the gasses which come off can be burnt themselves… This might be more energy efficient than processes like distillation. Biomass gassification is being trialled in […]

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