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Two Michigan Universities gain grants to study sustainable biofuel from trees

Two universities in Michigan have won grants to study how to use the state’s forests sustainably to make biofuels.Hopefully it will add some clarity to the current concern in the state about there being enough suitable timber in the forests of Michigan’s Northern Peninsula to sustain biofuels production.

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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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Belgium and Netherlands may grow GM poplars for biofuels

Belgium and the Netherlands may find themselves in a race to grow the first GM poplars for biofuels. According to a story in Nature Biotechnology and quoted by Biofuel Watch in an email, the Dutch Government may approve the planting of poplars for biofuel. If you can get to a library, you can see the […]

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The good, the bad, the ugly 2008/2009

The best piece of work on Biofuels 2008? For me that was the The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production. If you’re a serious player in this market, you should read that report. Worst technology to make biofuels: Fermentation from corn. It reduces the size of the corn crop, creates carbon dioxide […]

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UK buries biomass will miss target

The UK is not doing enough to turn waste biomass into fuel, says the Guardian.  Key passage:“Of an estimated 7.5m tonnes of domestic wood waste, much fromconstruction and demolition, some 80% goes to landfill. Only some 4%becomes sustainable energy from biomass,” adds White [chairman of Wood for Gold], who says the UKneeds only about 2.7m […]

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Fischer-Tropsch online resource

I’ve just come across a resource on line for people who are interested in gas to liquids technology developed by Fischer and Tropsch . You might like it if you’re into pyrolysis as a first step to produce gas from biomass.

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Biofuels from timber, perhaps you should be in Vienna now

Oh the things you find out too late to do much about. That’s what comes of thinking strategically of other things. Anyway. It’s European Forest week at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. NOW. The website says European Forest Week 2008 celebrates the contribution of European forests in mitigating climate change, providing wood […]

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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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Dynamotive builds wood chip to biofuel plant in Missouri

Dynamotive is building a wood chip to biofuel plant in Willow Springs, Missouri. The plan will cost around $24m and will use fast pyrolysis to convert wood waste into bioOil. It will be capable of converting 200 tons per day of wood by-products and residues from nearby sawmills into 34,000 gallons per day of BioOil, […]

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More on Dyanmotive’s fast pyrolysis process

There’s more detail on Dyanmotive’s fast pyrolysis process on Environmental Resarch web. This is fast pyrolysis which is pretty much a continuous process, by the looks of things. The plant in Guelph will process 66,000 dry tonnes of biomass each year and produce the same amount of energy as 130,000 barrels of oil… which is […]

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