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Algae biofuels at around $33/gal

A piece on Greentech Media puts the cost of biofuels from algae at around $33/gal(US). That leaves plenty of room for process/growth/yield optimisation then. 

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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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Ethanol production might be more efficient than we thought

Ethanol production might be more efficient than we thought, according to this report on seeking alpha. Though its a bit vague on specifics, there is  good discussion in the comments 

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Capturing CO2 from cement works with algae

There’s a large algae reactor underway in Spain based around the Holcem cement reactor, which will be around 100 square metres and cost $92m, according to Greentech media. The reactor is being built by Green Fuels Technology Corp. 

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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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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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Second generation biofuels and Gallagher

The Gallagher review has this to say on second generation biofuels they are immature, they could produce greenhouse gas savings, but only if they’re not grown on land currently used for agriculture and that they need significant incentives and support if they are to become significant players after 2010. In general, GHG savings from advanced […]

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Cellulosic ethanol from bagasse

Here’s one way to access the sugars in cellulose, which is being trialled by Verenium in its plant in Jennings, Louisiana .There is an outline of the Verenium‘s cellulosic ethanol process on TechnologyReview The process begins when the cane is ground up and cooked under highpressure with a mild acid to hydrolyze the hemicellulose and […]

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Trees could be the future for biofuels

Trees could be the biofuel of the future, according to this analysts report from Jeffries & Company which examines clean technology and industrial biotech following the BIO’s Industrial Biotechnology conference in the US recently. Key quotes for me are Forestry Unlike prior conferences, this conference was marked by a significant presence of companies speaking directly […]

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Dripping to biofuel

Reserchers at the North Carolina State University (you may remember them from an earlier post about self digesting sweet potatoes) have exclusively licensed their Centia technology to Diversified Energy Corp. Which says the process can produce jet fuel and a range of other biofuels. Will the process work with glycerine? hattip to Greenbang hattip to […]

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