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A Short Essay on Biofuels and Related Matters

This is a guest post from Professor David B. Benson (retired), who is a regular commenter on The Big Biofuels Blog.David’s contact details: dbenson@eecs.wsu.edu Biofuel——-  Photosynthesis uses only a very small fraction of the available sunlight.  This means that growing biomass to make biofuels will require considerable land (and water) resources.  Even so, these are […]

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The power of left-over food in Japan

The power wasted in left-over food is outlined in this story on Far East Gizmos, a number of Tokyo’s schools will be using waste food to generate power… Perhaps we could do the same with waste from supermarkets over the Chirstmas period?

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Vinod Khosla: A biofuels bet on Wired

People interested in biofuels should try to get get hold of a hard copy of this month’s wired magazine, or better still, ‘cos its free, should go to Wired’s online archive Vinod Khosla (he co-founded Sun Microsystems and is linked with Bio Willie) explains why he’s betting on biofuels the article examines

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Biofuels: its not just Bullocks

Biomethane from cows. It had to happen, according to Planet Ark Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Thursday it will purchase natural gas from cow manure produced at dairy farms in California to fuel power plants. The utility, a subsidiary of PG&E Corp., will buy the gas from Environmental Power Corp., a renewable energy developer […]

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Landfill helps Soya

Biofuel from rotting domestic waste is being used to help Solea reduce the impact of its plant in Memphis, Tennessee. The company’s manufacturing site

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Biofuels: Paradox 1

After reading a post on GristmilI it strikes me that people who are pro-biofuels have a couple of paradoxes to overcome. Firstly, I am not sure about their long term sustainability, there is a need for fossil fuels to make fertilisers to maintain yields from year to year. It may be possible to rotate crops […]

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