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Fischer-Tropsch online resource

I’ve just come across a resource on line for people who are interested in gas to liquids technology developed by Fischer and Tropsch . You might like it if you’re into pyrolysis as a first step to produce gas from biomass.

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A corny car

Sue, my colleague, found this picture of a corn built car on the Gas 2.0 blog in a post about Dow Chemical and Ford Motor Co and the future of fuels and motoring.

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Catalyst break through for biofuels

The Ames Laboratory (at the US Department of Energy) and Iowa State University recently published a press release claiming that it should be possible to produce ethanol from all types of carbon-based biomass. This is reported on Senter Novem. The key lies in the catalyst of which there is little detail apart from it being […]

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Holiday time for me

I’m off on annual leave on 1 August returning to the office on 18 August. I’ll be travelling irritatingly slowly up the UK motorway system in an attempt not to have to refill the car any more than I can manage. At £1.18 litre ($8.93/us gal) even with 40 UK miles per gal on a […]

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Corrected: Ineos to use municpal waste and algae to make ethanol

Corrected:This article originally appeared with the headline Ineos goes down the Fischer Tropsch route to ethanol from municipal waste. The process will use algae to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into ethanol not a chemical catalyst. This has been corrected in the first paragraph. Ineos is to use municpal waste and algae to make ethanol […]

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Fuel from Corn

I saw this image on Flickr (thankyou Mista Fitz) and thought it was a rather strong image of what many people think is wrong with biofuels at the moment. It may not tell the whole story in terms of the price of food. It’s a pretty healthy-looking piece of corn, not a dried-up seed head […]

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A salutory lesson in fuel efficiency

I’ve just been given a salutory lesson in fuel efficiency on my way back from a week’s holiday. I took the holiday after filming for a week in the US for my employer ICIS around the NPRA’s recent convention in San Antonio, Texas. You can see the output at ICIS TV. Granted that I got […]

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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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Clean as you go and there’s more potential biofuel

Clean as you go and there’s more potential biofuel, three inventors from North Wales have developed a box that can capture the exhaust gases of cars so they can be used to grow algae. There are a number of technical difficulties that need to be overcome. Firstly, how do they stop the exhaust gases choking […]

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Syngas from wood

If you’re interested in using wood products such as shavings and chips to make useful biofuels, check out this woodfuel site. Instead of converting resin to hooch and thence to heat, these fellows recommend heating the wood up to very high temperatures to make syngas or producer gas.

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