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Biofuel energy balance and cars

Worth watching this movie and then going to the home page to look at the commetns/ take part. Interesting conversation — at least at first — about fuel efficiency. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfcEwEo5yRc

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There’s a wave of approval for switchgrass

There’s a tide of approval out there for switchgrass as a biofuels source following an article which appeared in Science Now and reported briefly here on the basis that switchgrass is energetically sustainable Typical is James Hudnall in his official site in a post no corn for oil, he says: The idea of using food […]

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Is ethanol energetically favourable?

Is ethanol energetically favourable? I don’t know, you have an idea and MIT has an answer. Cheers to Biggav for the tipoff

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Energy Crops crunching the numbers

Researchers in Belgium have looked at the energy that can be released from grass and maize by anerobic digestion (that’s letting things rot down, to you and me). According to the research published in Environmental Research Web, energetically this way looks favourable. It is interesting to see research in this area. In terms of biofuels […]

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Chevron is examining Algae as a fuel source with Governemnt funding

Chevron, the US oil company, and US National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists will collaborate to identify and develop algae strains that can be economically harvested and processed into finished transportation fuels such as jet fuel. Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., will fund the initiative, according to a press release from Chevron. […]

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China has a lot of biomass

China has a lot of biomass, it is estimated that the total amount of biomass resource is up to 5.2×108 tons of oil equivalent (TOE), according to a paper published on research and development in biomass energy in China. The question is can it be mobilised.

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The linkages between oil and soy prices

The linkages between oil and soya prices, and, more broadly, the link between food and fuel prices is investigated in this report by Judith Taylor, on ICIS News (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS) Quoting from Judith’s report for ICIS News. Crude oil prices in the $70s/bbl mean refined soybean oil prices in the […]

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Wood processing waste is a biofuel source

Wood processing waste is a biofuel source, accordding to the Energy blog which says Adding a little coal and processing the papermaking industry’s black liquor waste into synthesis gas is a better choice than burning it for heat, improves the carbon footprint of coal-to-liquid processes, and can produce a fuel versatile enough to run a […]

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Biofuels may help poor farmers: World Watch

Biofuels may help poor farmers, according to a book out today “Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture,” authored by the Worldwatch Institute and published by Earthscan. The authors say: In addition, growth in biofuels production may have unexpected economic benefits, according to the experts who contributed to the report. Of […]

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US gasoline might reach $6.40/gal

US gasoline prices might reach $6.40/gal according to Ankle-Biting-Pundits, discussing the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007, which seems has generated some interesting debate (at least initially, it soon wanders off in to the yah-boo which characterises quite a bit of US political debate in the Blogosphere). One of the commentators, […]

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