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The good, the bad, the ugly 2008/2009

The best piece of work on Biofuels 2008? For me that was the The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production. If you’re a serious player in this market, you should read that report. Worst technology to make biofuels: Fermentation from corn. It reduces the size of the corn crop, creates carbon dioxide […]

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Switchgrass is sustainable and energetically favourable

Switchgrass is sustainable and energetically favourable, according to a story in Technocrat, reporting on the Science Now magazine article Biofuels on a Big Scale.

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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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A more sustainable switchgrass?

Natural US prairie looks like being a more potent biofuel source than switchgrass, according to researchers in the Midwest, quoted on Treehugger.com. The researchers are based at the Tallgrass Prairie Center, the Treehugger reports says: in addition to producing more than twice the biomass than single-species planting (not less than 238% more than switchgrass), multiple-species […]

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Elephant Grass to electrical power

Elephant grass is to be used to generate electrical power in Bahia at a plant built by a company called Dendi, in Sao Paulo state, Brazil. according to the Temas blog. There is something clear and obvious about what you are doing if you grow a crop to burn it and generate electricity. I would […]

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BP is crossing the oil bio divide

BP is crossing the oil bio divide, according to an interesting post on Biopact about BP and Mendel collaborating on rapid growing grasses for cellulosic biofuels.

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Switchgrass and domestic heating

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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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US Farm Bill 2007

The US Farm Bill 2007 will underpin quite a lot of US agriculture through subsidies and price supports —  which make it hard for non US farmers to compete in that market. It must be one of the largest pieces of social engineering in the world. So it is interesting to see Senator Tom Harkin, […]

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