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South Africa looks to biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps

South Africa is looking at biodiesel to plug future fuels gaps, according to Engineering News from Creamer Media. According to the report: Dr Titus Mathe, The South African National Energy Research Institute’s (Saneri’s) programme manager,  said that, although the country had arange of alternative fuels available, biodiesel was very comparable topetrol and diesel in terms […]

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New ASTM standards for Biofuels

The ASTM has produced its ASTM D6751 standard for biodiesel fuels that could help their acceptance in a wider range of engines, and give engine builders something to go on. Co-evolution helped the chicken and egg and the same process could help biofuels and biofuel-compatible diesel engines. ASTM D6751 is the standard for B100. The […]

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Biofuels and rationality

There were several studies on biofuels issued last week, while I was away, and I’m grateful to Ron Steenblik of the Global Subsidies Institute for pointing out his group’s new study in of biofuel subsidies in the US, which was launched at on 23 October at a seminar hosted by the German Marshall Fund. Written […]

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Five things I didn’t know about Pongamia before today

I only heard about the possibilities of using a bush called Pongamia as biofuel crop today when I came across the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) report on water use and biofuels. The IWMI says it might be a suitable biofuel crop… It certainly looks rather nice. picture from Binux on flickr 1. It is […]

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US small farmers think biofuels won’t hit the world’s poor

Ethanol production has had a profound impact on U.S. agriculture in recent years. Now that more than two billion bushels of U.S. corn are used for ethanol production, a legitimate question is continually being asked—are people going hungry due to the seemingly insatiable U.S. demand for fuel? This paper looks at the relationship, not 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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Scientists Aim To Sequence And Catalog Conifer Genes For Future Biofuels Research

Researchers in the US have decided it is high time that they understood what makes up the nation’s indigenous but largely undomesticated coniferous forests, according to ScienceDaily. Jeffrey Dean, professor of forest biotechnology in the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, is spearheading a project at the U.S. Department of Energy’s […]

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