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The relationship between corn, ethanol and autofuel replacement US-style

There is a direct relationship between the volume of corn converted to ethanol with the % of gasoline replaced in the US. Its shown more clearly if you click the line which contains the mysterious word Thi  at the bottom of this poor thumbnail. I’ve created the graph using data from the US Coalition for […]

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Times twigs that biofuel policies have environmental impacts too

This article in the Sunday edition of the Times understands that there are environmental costs to biofuel policies. 

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“first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil”-researcher

A  study scheduled for presentation  at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will show “the first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil,”according to lead researcher Ben Wen, Ph.D., vice president of UnitedEnvironment and Energy LLC, Horseheads, N.Y quoted in Science Daily. The key is that this is a solid catalyst […]

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Local biofuel projects could share in $200 000 in Latin America

Donors are offering up to $200 000 for a prize winning idea in the Hemispheric energy innovation contest, according to the Temasactuales Blog. The competition is based around ideas for energy innovation and efficiency in the Caribbean and Latin America. Check it out.  

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Shell puts all of its renewables eggs into the biofuels basket

Shell will concentrate on biofuels in its future alternative energy investments, according to a story in the Guardian online. I have been slightly surprised that Shell has invested in wind, solar and hydrogen technologies. Shell really understands liquid fuels and liquid distribution. Most vehicles for the foreseeable future will be based on some kind of […]

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Verenium: BP responds

I’ve just had this email from the press office at BP about its joint venture with Verenium which was mentioned in an earlier post today. We remain focused on commercializing the technology that we are developing jointly with Verenium and continue to progress development activities with the commercial JV that we announced in February in order to […]

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UPDATED: Verenium and Aventine in difficulties: Reuters

Verenium could have jhad difficulty continuing as a company, its auditors say in a report from Reuters yesterday and carried in the UK’s Guardian Business Feed.The same report says Aventine may need to take Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Key points from the Reuters report: Verenium’s outside auditor, Ernst & Young, saidin a U.S. Securities and […]

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Shell ups its stake in Codexis

Shell has increased its stake in Codexis, in a story filed by ICIS news last night. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: About ICIS)Shell gets an second seat on the Codexis board an makes a financial contribution. It reinforces Shell’s commitment to renewables, and might make large scale commercial cellulosic ethanol a reality sooner. In 2008 […]

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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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What can you do with a shuttered ethanol plant?

What can you do with a shuttered ethanol plant? Genomatica has found a way to make methylethyl ketone (MEK) an industrial solvent, according to Doris De Guzman in her Green Chemicals blog. 

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