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Changing land management could shrink carbon payback time

Changing land management could shrink carbon payback time when farmers convert grassland to biofuel production, say researchers in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.If this is right, and its been peer reviewed, I guess, then it could make biofuels more attractive in environmental terms. My question is how soon could agriculture switch to these […]

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ICIS bioresources summit

ICIS (the people that I work for: About ICIS) will be holding the 2nd ICIS Bioresources Summit, in Hardwick Hall, County Durham, UK on November 25. The conference will discuss the advances in bio-engineering and their impact on biofuels, bio-polymers and other emerging markets. The conference will also address the latest thinking in raw materials […]

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US Government offers small grants to biofuel firms

The US government started asking for grant applications as part of its Clean Cities programme. This includes biofuel from biomass. Also the US department of Agriculture is offering grants to help turn forest waste into energy. Worth checking out. 

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Biomass could get tight from 2030

Researchers In Denmark have been looking hard at the amount of biomass that will be available for biofuels after 2030 is going to become tight. This is what they say in a peer-reviewed paper in Environment Science Technology, produced by the American Chemical Society. We show that toward 2030, regardless of whether a globalor European […]

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Corn estimates down in the US

The US Department of Agrculture has lowered its estimates of the volume of corn and soy that will be harvested this year. So 2008 will only be the second largest crop in history. It might have been higher if the weather had been better. That story’s in the Des Moines Register. You should subscribe to […]

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Enterprise-rent-a-car appoints Sayre as academic biofuel director

Enterprise-rent-a-car appoints Dr Richard Sayre as academic biofuel director at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The position was created by the family which owns Enterprise (and also Alamo and National Car rental brands) with a $25m donation to the Danforth Plant Science Center. Nice. He’ll be studying third generation biofuels… […]

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Just how much forest waste is there?

Thinking about my response to the earlier post in Huffington post about using food crops to make biofuels, I started looking at the amount of fuel that could be generated from existing forest materials such as brush wood. There’s a paper on Science direct which gives this as the yield from scrub in Galicia (northern […]

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A really bad idea

I’ve just come across a pretty bad idea on a site which claims to be about popular science… popular hogwash if the rest of it is up to this standard. As reported idea revolves around converting carbon dioxide from smokestacks to baking powder. Baking powder works by releasing carbon dioxide in the oven when it […]

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The economics of biofuels and more

The economics of biofuels and more is going to be covered in a nascent blog from Gerry McKiernan Science and Technology Librarian at Iowa State University Library, Ames. Called The Bioeconomy Blog, I’ll watch it with interest.

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Another use for ethanol

While I was at the NPRA convention in San Antonio, Texas over the past couple of days, I interviewed Jose Carlos Grubisich president, Braskem, he’s examining a technology that will convert ethanol into polyethylene, which is used in a range of things from shopping bags to cable ties. Its likely to be a niche technology […]

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