This article in the Sunday edition of the Times understands that there are environmental costs to biofuel policies.
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London is to get a ring of veg oil fueled electricity generation stations, according to a report on the BBC. What is not clear from the report, which says the company planning to build up to eight stations, is the economics. At what price does veg oil become uneconomical and is there really enough used […]
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!
Nice story about a lack of communication in Phoenix, Arizona carried by the New York times. It seems biodiesel home brewers are neglecting to get permits to make biofuel. Story is interestingly written in that it does not attempt to give the person who behind the story a chance to put their point of view… […]
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 […]
Palm oil biodiesel is being sold to industry by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, says Planet Ark. There is no comment about sustainabilty, or biodiversity. Indonesia sees this as one move to reduce dependency on foreign oil.
Have you been running your vehicle on straight veg oil? Do you want to add to the sum of human knowledge? Have you checked out the Vegetable Oil Fuels Database? It is an attempt to put real life experience into a database and crunch the numbers to see if there are any uselful lessons.
UK bus operator Stagecoach is offering passengers 20p off bus fare with a litre of used veg oil on selected routes in Scotland as it trials biofuels on some routes. According to a report on Scotsman.com Locals can take their chip fat to a recycling point owned by Ayrshire Council, and from there it will […]
You know you’ve gone too far with veg oil when… There’s an excellent thread on this over on the Australian Biofuels forum: Some of my favourites are: * Your kids can not only identify whether chips from an unfamiliar chip shop were cooked in oil or lard, but identify several Brands of oil from the […]