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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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Verenium: BP responds

I’ve just had this email from the press office at BP about its joint venture with Verenium which was mentioned in an earlier post today. We remain focused on commercializing the technology that we are developing jointly with Verenium and continue to progress development activities with the commercial JV that we announced in February in order to […]

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Arkansas: promised land for biofuel

Could Arkansas be a promised land for biofuel. This article from Delta Farm Press seems to think so. Of course it doesn’t explain how all the biofuel that could be producecd in the state could be got to the markets that need it? I Wonder how long it would take to get from Little Rock […]

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UPDATED: Verenium and Aventine in difficulties: Reuters

Verenium could have jhad difficulty continuing as a company, its auditors say in a report from Reuters yesterday and carried in the UK’s Guardian Business Feed.The same report says Aventine may need to take Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Key points from the Reuters report: Verenium’s outside auditor, Ernst & Young, saidin a U.S. Securities and […]

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Shell ups its stake in Codexis

Shell has increased its stake in Codexis, in a story filed by ICIS news last night. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)Shell gets an second seat on the Codexis board an makes a financial contribution. It reinforces Shell’s commitment to renewables, and might make large scale commercial cellulosic ethanol a reality sooner. In 2008 […]

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Michigan state in big cellulosic ethanol drive

The Michigan Messenger has a story about converting 375,000 chords of timber into 40m gal ethanol for biofuel. I think that this may be the start of a concerted campaign by environmental groups to stop or modify the plan. I don’t think that Mascoma will help itself if it fails to make someone available to […]

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Corrected: BP ups Verenium investment

Corrected: Corrected amount of new investment by BP in Verenium from press release received from BP on 23 Feb 2009. BP is upping its investment in Verenium by $22.5m, according to Gas 2.0 blog, which has more details. Key point for me is that this is a non-food route to biofuel, though the source, the […]

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Biofuels feature for ICIS Chemcial Business

Ah the echoes of my old papery life keep rustling around me. I’m writing a feature for ICIS Chemical Business on Second Generation Biofuels. I’ve just asked Air Liquide for more details on Bioliq a process developed by its subsidiary Lurgi which converts straw to liquid, and then converts that to synthesis gas and on […]

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Eleven eastern US states plan biofuels boost

Eleven eastern US states are planning an indirect boost to biofuels with a plan to significantly reduce emissions from transportation, according to the Environmental News Service. It is hard to disagree with both the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who applauds the move) and Dewita Soeharjono the blogger behind, Talking Green, which is where I […]

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Eleven eastern US states plan biofuels boost

Eleven eastern US states are planning an indirect boost to biofuels with a plan to significantly reduce emissions from transportation, according to the Environmental News Service. It is hard to disagree with both the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who applauds the move) and Dewita Soeharjono the blogger behind, Talking Green, which is where I […]

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