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Belgium and Netherlands may grow GM poplars for biofuels

Belgium and the Netherlands may find themselves in a race to grow the first GM poplars for biofuels. According to a story in Nature Biotechnology and quoted by Biofuel Watch in an email, the Dutch Government may approve the planting of poplars for biofuel. If you can get to a library, you can see the […]

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Bacteria can make branched longer chain alcohols

Nature reports that researchers have genetically modified bacteria to produce waste products that are high in branched long-chain alcohols. These have higher octane numbers than conventional ethanol and find it harder to absorb water than shorter chain alcohols. The work was done by Professor James C. Liao, UCLA Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His […]

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“Butanol is going to be fabulous”

“Butanol is going to be fabulous” That quote from Mary Beth Stanek, GM’s Director Energy and Environmental Policy & Commercialization may be buried deep inside a longish piece in Green Car Congress today about GM pushing for ethanol with its partner Coskata , but it should give hope to people working on that strain of […]

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GM and Marathon invest in biofuels

Good to see big names in energy and the automotive sector investing in cellulosic biofuels in Mascoma’s latest round of financing, according to Domestic Fuel.

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Everyone’s going have to get with it — Lutz, GM

“Everybody’s going to have to get with it,” says General Motors’ “car czar, Bob Lutz. “Business as usual is not acceptable.” That quote comes from The Car Connection Blog. To which I initially thought “blimey” after yesterday’s news that GM was going to start supporting biofuel production. Then I thought it again after this quote […]

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GM Backs second generation biofuels

General Motors is getting into biofuels by backing Coskata to produce a combined pyrolysis and fermentation process (with gm bacteria that convert carbon monoxide and hydrogen to ethanol) from a wide range of waste materials. Coskata says its process: has the potential to yield over 100 gallons of ethanol per ton of dry carbonaceous input […]

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Reynolds Indiana is Bio Town

Reynolds Indiana is Bio Town, at least according to this video. They are pretty excited in that they have a couple of pumps at the gas station. These dispense e85 and b20, the town got a number of vehicles out of GM, which will run on biofuel but which don’ t look very economical.. The […]

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Putting the bio into biogasoline

LS9 is putting the bio into biogasoline by using modified bacteria to directly produce hydrocarbons instead of ethanol or other intermediates, according to the BioConversion Blog, quoting Technology Review. LS9 has a number of big backers and is part funded by Vindod Khosla , the firm plans to build a trial plant in California to […]

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Lets talk trees

Lets talk trees for a bit. There is a growing realisation that diverting corn or other food sources into fuel is likely to have severe impacts on the world’s ability to feed itself, or at least that the price of food is likely to rise dramatically.  What does that leave, as renewable alternatives? Wood, grass, biomass […]

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