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A time to look back and a time to look forward

As 2008 draws to a close it is time to look back and assess how well I did in my predictions for 2008, at the start of the year, and let you know about a couple of guest bloggers who have very kindly agreed to guest post for me while I’m on holiday. The two […]

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DSM starts DOE funded biofuels project

DSM an international chemicals company based in the Netherlands says it is launching a project funded by the DOE into biofuels through a “multimillion dollar cooperative funding agreement with the US Department of Energy to underwrite a portion of research and development costs aimed at enabling “second generation” biofuels from non-food feedstocks.This has to be […]

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Biomass could get tight from 2030

Researchers In Denmark have been looking hard at the amount of biomass that will be available for biofuels after 2030 is going to become tight. This is what they say in a peer-reviewed paper in Environment Science Technology, produced by the American Chemical Society. We show that toward 2030, regardless of whether a globalor European […]

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Corn estimates down in the US

The US Department of Agrculture has lowered its estimates of the volume of corn and soy that will be harvested this year. So 2008 will only be the second largest crop in history. It might have been higher if the weather had been better. That story’s in the Des Moines Register. You should subscribe to […]

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Wal-Mart supports cellulosic research

Wal-Mart has made a donation to Arkansas Biosciences Institute at Arkansas State University to help fund biomass to ethanol research, according to Domestic fuel. This should help the Institute gain funding from the Department of Energy. That’s interesting, about 10% of the US total polyethylene is moved through Wal-mart stores one way or another, I […]

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Poet to make cellulosic biofuel by year end

Poet LLC, formerly Broin, says it will be making cellulosic ethanol at a plant in Dakota by the end of the year, according to a report in Iowa Farmer Today.It looks like Poet will be using DuPont technology, under an agreement signed in 2006 to make the ethanol. Poet gained funding from the US Department […]

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Corn stover research gets started

Just how much corn stover can you remove from fields without destroying the soil structure or significantly reducing the amount of organic material in the soil? With luck this collaboration by Monsanto, John Deere and ADM will answer that question and develop a series of rules that could help to make cellulosic biofuels sustainable in […]

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Switching to switchgrass isn’t easy

Switching to switchgrass isn’t going to be easy, according to this useful piece from redorbit. Worth reading. 

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Kudzu its catching on

I reported that Kudzu could be a good biofuel source for ethanol. Looks like the Huffington post agrees. Kudzu is the latest new craze, according to Huffington. Like all crazes I’ll give it a couple of months. Now what about water hyacinth as a possible biofuel?

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Corn price and investors

Des Moines Register has a piece about the way that moves to reduce the ethanol mandate in the US could reduce the amount of investment in cellulosic ethanol.To which I say:  Duh. well yes if its done wrong I guess it couldThe article by Philip Brasher has some useful numbers on the effect of biofuels […]

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