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25×25 warns on restricting cellulosic biomass

25×25 a pressure group in the US is warning that some proposed legislation in the US could severely restrict the amount of cellulose available for biofuels in what is effectively a call for managed woodlands. I can see why the Waxman-Markley proposal wants to ensure that the forests are not completely denuded of trees or […]

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Arkansas: promised land for biofuel

Could Arkansas be a promised land for biofuel. This article from Delta Farm Press seems to think so. Of course it doesn’t explain how all the biofuel that could be producecd in the state could be got to the markets that need it? I Wonder how long it would take to get from Little Rock […]

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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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More on Michigan State’s big cellulosic ethanol drive

I wrote a couple of days ago about a company called Frontier Renewable Resources, a joint venture between JM Longyear and Mascoma that is planning to convert trees in Michigan into ethanol for biofuel. There has been a follow up story in the Michigan Messenger. Patrick K. Egan at the Messenger has managed to talk […]

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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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Could Moringa be the new Jatropha?

It is not that I’m bored by Jatropha yet, in the same way that I’m bored by some of the feverishness about corn ethanol, but there is another protential tropical biofuel from a tree called Moringa. Wikipedia sugests the trees could produce 112-185 gal/acre/year. The oil contains 65-75% oleic acids. Thanks for the tip David!

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Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government

Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Here’s the extract Agriculture Minister AntonApriyantono on Tuesday defended Indonesia’s drive to expand oil palmplantations, despite a demand by environmentalists for a moratorium ondeforestation. Speaking in his keynote address at the opening of the sixth annualmeeting of the […]

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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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Japan’s disposable chopstics are potential biofuel

Japan’s government is encouraging people to dispose of their disposable chopsticks carefully, sot that they can be collected and used as biofuel, according to Tree Hugger.com. which says. Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is looking to introduce recycling bins to begin collection the country‚Äôs hearty supply of disposable chopsticks. It appears, that on […]

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