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US Biofuel farmers could benefit twice from cap and trade

I think that farmers in the US might be able to benefit twice from some carbon cap-and-trade proposals, according to this piece from the Des Moines Register. First they’d have to move to no-till planting and secondly they’d have to get some kind of a share of  the credit from the biofuel producers. Looks interesting […]

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Corrected: Ineos to use municpal waste and algae to make ethanol

Corrected:This article originally appeared with the headline Ineos goes down the Fischer Tropsch route to ethanol from municipal waste. The process will use algae to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into ethanol not a chemical catalyst. This has been corrected in the first paragraph. Ineos is to use municpal waste and algae to make ethanol […]

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Ethanol without the microbes

Interesting comment from David Benson, a bit off topic,  but bang on the money about alternative technologies. This has a lot of things I like, especially the Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis plant which uses hydrogen from electrolysed water, (electricity generated by wind) and smokestack carbon dioxide to make ethanol. It would be interesting to see how Doty […]

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US Carbon tax

The US looks set to tax imports on the basis of the amount of carbon that they contain, according to Paul Hodges in Chemicals and the Economy. Paul is pretty focused on chemicals, but clearly coal would be pretty heavily taxed, but the so should crude oil and possibly ethanol. It will be interesting to […]

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A really bad idea

I’ve just come across a pretty bad idea on a site which claims to be about popular science… popular hogwash if the rest of it is up to this standard. As reported idea revolves around converting carbon dioxide from smokestacks to baking powder. Baking powder works by releasing carbon dioxide in the oven when it […]

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The carbon footprint of biofuels and petrofuels

SRIC’s Carbon Footprint of Biofuels & Petrofuels report suggests that… land use is so critical [to the environmental impact of biofuels] that – at least from a global warming viewpoint – northern European farmers should plant trees and burn petrodiesel rather than plant rapeseed for biodiesel. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced more by converting a […]

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Biofuels emit more carbon than fossil fuels

Increasing production of biofuels to combat climate change will release between two and nine times more carbon gases over the next 30 years than fossil fuels, according to the first comprehensive analysis of emissions from biofuels in today’s Guardian Unlimited. The original work is in Nature, so its hard to read unless you subcribe. But […]

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Clean as you go and there’s more potential biofuel

Clean as you go and there’s more potential biofuel, three inventors from North Wales have developed a box that can capture the exhaust gases of cars so they can be used to grow algae. There are a number of technical difficulties that need to be overcome. Firstly, how do they stop the exhaust gases choking […]

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Waste carbon monoxide to ethanol

LanzaTech claims to have a technology to convert carbon monoxide in industrial waste gases to ethanol. Looks promising, if the concentration of carbon monoxide is high enough. The trouble is carbon monoxide is pretty toxic so flue gas concentrations will tend to be pretty low…

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BioAmber may help make ethanol production greener

BioAmber has a process that may may help make ethanol production greener at a new plant that will take carbon dioxide from ethanol production and make a bio substitute for oil in petrochemicals. BioAmber, is  a joint venture between Diversified Natural Products (DNP), a U.S. based biotechnology company, and French based Agro Industries Recherche et Development (ARD)) announced […]

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