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1200 gals water make 1 gal ethanol

Corrected headline reads 1200 gal water Wholly irrigated corn can take up to 1200 gal of water to produce 1gal ethanol, according to a report on the MinPost today. That’s a lot of water and touches again on my obsession with aquifers. 

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The right cellulosic biofuels might help protect the environment

Biofuels from cellulosic feedstock could help to protect the environment by reducing the amount of nitrogen that runs off into rivers and by providing coverage that helps protect the land against wind and rain erosion. That is one of the central assertions in a guest article by Richard Cruse and Hillary Olson in the Des […]

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PetroSun pays catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert ponds to algae

uploaded from pacres on flickr. PetroSun is paying catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert their ponds to algae production. Here’s the deal, according to Terri Chiang, an authorized agent for PetroSun BioFuels “initially, we have arranged for the landowner to receive $50 per water acre signed into the program as a sign-up, one-time payment. Additionally, the […]

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Will water be the limiting factor in biofuel production?

I have blogged in the past about the relationship between water and biofuels. There can’t be conventional grain-based biofuels without water. But there was an interesting post on EurActive a little earlier today in response to the annual Davos meeting. This year it produced a  Water Initiative. Buried deep (page 22),the Davos report it suggests […]

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More on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer

Here’s more on the High Planes/Ogallala aquifer from Paradeep, one of the regular contributors to the blog.

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Ogallala Aquifer still emptying

The Ogallala Aquifer is still emptying, according to a piece in Red Orbit, which is long, thorough and cites a number of different sources. What is it and why am I bothered? If you’ve been paying attention since I started this about two years ago you’ll have noticed that I’m very interested in water and […]

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Ethanol puts pressure on Minasota’s water reserves

Ethanol puts enough pressure on Minnesota’s water reserves for the state to ask the Environmental Quality Board to look at the demands that planned ethanol plants could put on water in the state, according to the Associated Press. Hattip to the Worthington Daily Globe

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Water Implications of biofuels production

The US National Academy of Sciences has produced a study Water Implications of biofuels production. The key points are: Water is an increasingly precious resource used for many purposes including drinkingand other municipal uses, hydropower, cooling thermoelectric plants, manufacturing, recreation,habitat for fish and wildlife, and agriculture. The ways in which a shift to growing more […]

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We’d like to use an eighth of your avilable water… will that be OK?

We’d like use an eighth of your available water… will that be OK? I’m sure that is not quite how Pacific Ethanol put it to the city of Burley, Idaho, and it won’t be a problem, according to a report on the South Idaho Press, in a clearly written and workmanlike piece. But it does […]

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Water corn and alternative fuels

I’ve been going on about water, quite a bit. I make no apologies for it. If I could just quote from Dr Strangeglove (or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb) Ripper: Water. That’s what I’m getting at. Water. Mandrake, water is the source of all

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