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25×25 warns on restricting cellulosic biomass

25×25 a pressure group in the US is warning that some proposed legislation in the US could severely restrict the amount of cellulose available for biofuels in what is effectively a call for managed woodlands. I can see why the Waxman-Markley proposal wants to ensure that the forests are not completely denuded of trees or […]

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Cellulosic ethanol the US dream and reality

This graph, produced with data from the Des Moines Register, and another good article from Phil Brasher shows the current gap between US cellulosic ethanol production next year and the curent legislative requirement for it. It looks as if the US will be forced to reduce the volumes that it is legislating for in the next […]

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The right cellulosic biofuels might help protect the environment

Biofuels from cellulosic feedstock could help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of nitrogen that runs off into rivers and by providing coverage that helps protect the land against wind and rain erosion. That is one of the central assertions in a guest article by Richard Cruse and Hillary Olson in the Des […]

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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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Fungus joins biofuel armoury

There’s some excitement about a newly discovered fungus that makes chemicals similar to biofuels from cellulose. (Thanks David). It looks legit, because a couple of my colleagues sent me this link (thanks Clay and Doris). This isn’t the first time fungus has been suggested. But, the more the merrier. It would be interesting to see […]

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Interview with Geoff Broin CEO Poet

The industrious chaps over at earth2tech have secured an email interview with Geff Broin, ceo of Poet industries which recently announced plans to build a cellulosic ethanol plant by the end of the year. He’s a big fan of subsidies, and makes a good point about the economics of processed food.  What he doesn’t do/wasn’t […]

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BP invests in Verenium

There’s a Wall Street Journal article about BP investing $90 m in Verenium a US cellulosic ethanol technology company. Both firms hope to start a jointly making biofuel in a few years. The WSJ says this is BP’s first venture into cellulosic biofuel.

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GM and Marathon invest in biofuels

Good to see big names in energy and the automotive sector investing in cellulosic biofuels in Mascoma’s latest round of financing, according to Domestic Fuel.

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Trees could be the future for biofuels

Trees could be the biofuel of the future, according to this analysts report from Jeffries & Company which examines clean technology and industrial biotech following the BIO’s Industrial Biotechnology conference in the US recently. Key quotes for me are Forestry Unlike prior conferences, this conference was marked by a significant presence of companies speaking directly […]

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Four or five biofuel predictions for 2008

Here are five predictions for things that I think are likely to happen in the world of biofuels sometime in 2008. 1. The price of food grains will continue to rise putting pressure on the economics of new build ethanol and biodiesel plants. 2. More municipal authorities will follow San Francisco’s lead and start collecting […]

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