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Biochar conference

There’s an international biochar conference coming up between 8-10 September 2008, its in Newcastle, UK. I might go along. I’m interested in what the effect of removing cellulose could have on soil structure should cellulosic biofuels take off. This conference aims to discuss the effects of adding a carbon char to the soil, which seems […]

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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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Warwick University looks at straw as a biofuel source

Warwick University looks at how we could use straw as feedstock for biofuels. They are taking an ethical stance…

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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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Oregon’s academics say ethanol is a waste of effort

Oregon’s academics say ethanol is a waste of effort in a report published recently and discussed on the Onward Oregon Blog Our George Seldes says Whether you care about the phony issue of “energy independence,” the very real issue of global warming, or you are concerned with preparing for an energy scarce future after peak […]

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Cornell finds a new enzyme for ethanol production

In a breakthrough that could make the production of cellulosic ethanol less expensive, Cornell researchers have discovered a class of plant enzymes that potentially could allow plant materials used to make ethanol to be broken down more efficiently than is possible using current technologies, according to a report on the University of Illinois Center for  […]

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Ever wondered how cellulosic ethanol might be made?

If you’ve ever wondered how cellulosic ethanol might be made check out the page on wikipedia about cellulase, which is an enzyme…

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Celulose, ethanol and corn

The current drive into corn-based ethanol, its limitations and the potential for celulosic ethanol is explored thoroughly in this piece by Tyler Hamilton in the Toronto Star.

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Next generation biofuels

Using crops is the basis of many biofuel projects around the world and there are some interesting views on the way ahead. But what could the next generation of biofuels look like? How about self-digesting corn?. In mid September, this appeared on the BBC’s website. But has Jeremy Thompson of the UK National Non-Food Crop […]

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