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Toronto looks hard at biofuels for busses

Rising prices and minimal benefts mean that Toronto’s public transport commission will be looking hard at sticking with biofuels with its bus fleet in a meeting scheduled on 27 August, according to the Globe and Mail. 

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A call to use waste for biofuels

There’s a long reasoned piece of work by Biodiversist in Gristmill, which is worth looking at. The pay off for me is in the last line of the story… now don’t just scroll down, read some on the way.

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The end of the free for all…

Kevin Downing on the MaRS blog thinks that it is going to get harder to fund new ethanol plants. I think that he’s right, not only because the regulatory framework that biofuels plants will operate in is likely to change over the coming months and years, but also I think the economics of biofuel production […]

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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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More on Dyanmotive’s fast pyrolysis process

There’s more detail on Dyanmotive’s fast pyrolysis process on Environmental Resarch web. This is fast pyrolysis which is pretty much a continuous process, by the looks of things. The plant in Guelph will process 66,000 dry tonnes of biomass each year and produce the same amount of energy as 130,000 barrels of oil… which is […]

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Quebec bans further corn ethanol plants

The Government of Quebec has decided it will not allow any more biofuel plants to be built on its territory, according to Francois Cardinal, writing in La Presse. The ban is coming into force because the government of Quebec does not believe that corn ethanol is environmentally beneficial. Zut alors! Thanks to trusty Babelfish we […]

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Biofuels close a fish-waste circle

Biofuels are being used to minimise the amount of fish waste in a number of Pacific fisheries based around the US and Canada, according to World Changing which discusses using fish for fuel. I can’t see any problems with this(beyond the usual worries about overfishing)providing that it is “accidental”, and happens with materials that would […]

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Dynamotive gets equity boost

Canada’s Dynamotive has been given an extra $10m from equity investors to help the business grow. The firm is working towards biomass to fuel/power plants in Argentina.

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Canadian’s use farm waste for biofuels

Canada’s Shane and Evan Chrapko who made a packet in dot.coms and got out while the getting was good, have followed Vindod Kohlsa another web entrepeneur into biofuels, using a surprisingly similar approach. According to Blognation’s the two are bankrolling a technology to digest farm waste an turn it into methane, fertiliser and clean water […]

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Canada’s ecoENERGY for biofuels

Canada is pushing a four part plan called EcoENERGY for Biofuels and will see the government investing C$1.5bn ($1.4) over nine years to boost biofuels production in the country. These are the key points * Applicable to eligible production between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2017. * Available to eligible facilities constructed before March […]

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