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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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ST1 has a plan for decentralised ethanol production

ST1 has an animation about its plans for decentralised ethanol production integrated with the existing gasoline distribution network. Looks interesting. Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Algae to biofuel: vertigrow’s view

It would only take 10% of the surface area of the state of New Mexico to meet the US energy needs if it were devoted to algae production according Val Kurtz, ceo Valcent Products, speaking in this video.   Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Ethanol from copy paper

It isn’t particularly fast, and there is no detail on the yeild, but Japanese researchers have developed an enzyme-based route to producing ethanol from shredded copy paper. There is no information about whether the ink on the paper makes any difference to the quality of the fuel. p> Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Direct ethanol fuel cells

Japanese researchers say they have gone some way to overcomnig the difficulties in using ethanol as a fuel cell material. Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Syngenta and Proteus in biofuel joint venture

I notice that Syngenta and Proteus have formed a joint venture to create enzymes to help make second generation biofuels. This is not Syngenta’s first jv in this area. It would be intetresting to know how the different techologies complement each other.

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Coconuts for biofuels

Researchers at Baylor University, Texas have been working with academics from Papua New Guinea to make  biofuel from coconut oil. The technology looks to centre around a device which separates coconut milk from the oil as it crushes individual coconuts and is part of Baylor’s Appropriate Technology program. It is being spearheaded in Papua New […]

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Air New Zealand in biofuel test flight

Air New Zealand successfully flew a plane for around two hours with one of its engines modified to run on a mixture of jatropha-derived biofuel and Jet A, over the Christmas break. I’ve written about it before, and this piece details that and gives some details of other recent biofuel tests. 

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Biofuel Box Corp wants to turn sludge into biofuel

Story over on the Sacremento Business Journal about the Biofuel Box Corporation’s plans to turn sludge from animal processing into biofuel.Biofuel Box Corp’s business model is: “We put the plant in for free. We own it. We operate it, and we’ll take care of the fuel sales” according to chief executive officer Steven Perricone. Worth […]

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Dynamotive in stover to biofuel process in China

A Dynamotive press release today says that Dynamotive is involved in a project to use pyrolysis to convert corn stover into liquid biofuels in China… I’ve said it before that this kind of pyrolysis could prove to be the wayahead in converting corn waste into biofuels. I’m a big fan of this kind of technology […]

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