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Food As Fuel By The Numbers

March 19th, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

The 17th annual National Ethanol Conference has ended and the message is clear: the markets work. Presented at the conference


The Biofuel Industry – No Money, No Respect

May 11th, 2009 | by John Addison

Needed is fuel from wood and waste, not food and haste. Some of the world’s best minds are focused on fuel from cellulosic and waste sources, in some cases from biological sources that remove CO2 from the air and enrich depleted soil. I am writing this article from the 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals sponsored by NREL. 800 global bioscientists have gathered in San Francisco to share their research and showcase their progress. Many at the conference expressed concern and discouragement


Ethanol – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful

March 9th, 2009 | by John Addison

We must transition from fuel from food and haste to fuels from wood and waste. Although the economics do not yet favor major production, pilot plants are taking wood and paper waste and converting it to fuel. Other cellulosic material is even more promising. Some grasses , energy crops, and hybrid poplar trees promise zero-emission fuel sources. These plants absorb CO2 and sequester it in the soil with their deep root systems



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