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NW Biodiesel Network Forum in May

I’ve just come across the NW Biodiesel Network. It will be holding a forum in Seattle on May 20. The East Side Chapter has meetings at the North Bend Railroad Depot every second Wednesday. (Which looks a lot better than it sounds)

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Michigan state in big cellulosic ethanol drive

The Michigan Messenger has a story about converting 375,000 chords of timber into 40m gal ethanol for biofuel. I think that this may be the start of a concerted campaign by environmental groups to stop or modify the plan. I don’t think that Mascoma will help itself if it fails to make someone available to […]

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Fungus joins biofuel armoury

There’s some excitement about a newly discovered fungus that makes chemicals similar to biofuels from cellulose. (Thanks David). It looks legit, because a couple of my colleagues sent me this link (thanks Clay and Doris). This isn’t the first time fungus has been suggested. But, the more the merrier. It would be interesting to see […]

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Now Silkweed is a potential biofuel

Silkweed is a potential biofuel, according to a website connected to a local TV station in Vermont. Silkweed is good for butterflies. It will be planted by Innovation Fuels, which it will turn into biodiesel. 

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Miscanthus research in Iowa

The Iowa State University is looking hard at Miscanthus as a potential biofuel feedstock, says the Des Moines Register. Miscanthus, on the other hand, holds the potential to make up to 2timesas much ethanol per ton as corn. A University of Illinois study in 2005showed that using corn or switchgrass to produce enough ethanol tooffset […]

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Catalyst break through for biofuels

The Ames Laboratory (at the US Department of Energy) and Iowa State University recently published a press release claiming that it should be possible to produce ethanol from all types of carbon-based biomass. This is reported on Senter Novem. The key lies in the catalyst of which there is little detail apart from it being […]

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Self-digesting sweet potatos

North Carolina State Unviersity is developing a self digesting sweet potato, according to Biopact. I guess timing the harvest right is going to be critical if that technology ever takes off.

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What to do with leftovers

With Thanksgiving just behind us in the US and Chrismass on the horizon, now could be a good time to think about what to do with the excess food we’re going to try to consume in the richer parts of the developed world. Researchers at Penn State University in the US suggest that table scraps […]

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Bacteria can generate hydrogen

I’ve been a bit sceptical of hydrogen as a fuel of the future, mostly because with traditional hydrogen technology, you have to keep making the stuff from water and that usually needs a fair amount of electricity. So by the time you get through the whole process of making and transmitting the electricity, then making, […]

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Comparative econonmics of first and second generation biofuels

A study in the comparative economics of first and second generation biofuels has been published in Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining, a Society of Chemical Industry journal. The key finding in the paper from Mark Wright and Robert Brown, of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies at Iowa State University. Is that: The cost of advanced […]

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