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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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The corn-ethanol carbon balance argument again

There is an interesting video on Climate Central about the amount of carbon dioxide produced when ethanol is made from corn grown in the mid-West of the US. Hard to tell who is right in this debate (if any one is) the different premises are all important and few people seem to try and compare […]

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Obama wants to double renewables production

Over on Greentech media, there’s a piece about Obama wanting to double renewable energy production and make public buildings more energy efficient,  create three million new jobs. Through his Recovery and Reinvestment Plan with strategic investments as a down payment on long term economic future.Hopefully, he won’t have any technological favourites when it comes to […]

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Ethanol videos from RFA

The US renewable fuel association has launched two adverts full of ethnolic goodness. Faces and Places . These ads are pretty simple to the point and interestingly set in Texas. There’s also a video clip on the RFA website about how great it is to produce 9bn gals ethanol/year from corn on the RFA website. […]

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Inside Ineos’ waste to ethanol plant

And finally, is usually a piece about a skate-boarding duck used to round off a news show of unremitting depression. This is at least optimistic, its about Ineos’ plans to use waste to develop gas that will be fed to algae and which will make ethanol…. 

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Ethanol is great, (but not to popular technology)

Ethanol is great if you’re standing for election  in the US this year, says Popular Technology and then starts a balanced video about that . The nugget in the middle of this video is from the University of Minnesota: If the US converted all of its corn into ethanol for fuel it would equivalent to […]

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The big green bus goes to Piedmont Biofuels and gets a chemistry lesson

The big green bus goes to Piedmont Biofuels in North Carolina and gets a chemistry lesson. When you’ve seen the videoyou can check out the Piedmont Biofuels energy blog which is nicely cooperative.

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