POET-DSM has quietly begun large-scale production of its patented cellulosic ethanol at its “Liberty Plant” in Emmetsburg, Iowa,
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With so much focus on electric cars these days, it can be easy to forget how much money and effort is being funneled into biofuels. Ethanol has gotten a bad rap in recent years, with everyone from conservative deficit hawks to liberal environmentalists deriding it as a red herring. But a new breakthrough from researchers at Michigan State University increases the amount of recoverable energy by about 2000%.
Could the cost-efficacy and net benefit of biofuels be worse than we thought? A study released by Oregon State University (OSU) economists late last year indicates that the biofuels currently mandated and under production in Europe and the United States ¨barely reduce fossil fuel use and. . .likely increase greenhouse gas emissions.¨ They´re also 14 […]
With another weekend behind us, it is time to look forward to what is sure to be a busy week in the green news world. That’s because the L.A. Auto Show is almost upon us, and I will be joining Susanna Schick in the City of Angels for a number of green car unveilings. But that’s not until Wednesday. Today in the green news roundup, the electric Tron motorcycle gets a price, Bob Lutz thinks Tesla will “make it,” and cellulosic ethanol still needs to get cheaper.
Growing up, I found many uses for the excess sawdust left from my father’s work, including using it as kitty litter and cleaning up spilled liquids, (what an exciting childhood!) But could sawdust also be used to fuel our cars?
The U.S House of Representatives voted to block the EPA’s waiver to allow America’s gas pumps to carry E15, a 15% ethanol/gasoline mixture. Is this the end of America’s experiment with ethanol?
Tom Holm of EcoTrek recently drove a Ford Super Duty pickup truck 6,000 miles across country on cellulosic ethanol provided by POET for his “Best of America Tour.” He wrote this post for his blog detailing his arrival at the Atlantic Ocean.
Government officials in the Indian state of Orissa have decided to bring electricity to more than 2,000 country villages by March 2012. Normally, reading something like that would be pretty scary. In this case, however, the news is inspiring! Why? Because the government of Orissa will be using decentralized solar power to bring electricity to […]
Last time I reported on the topic of using termite guts to make next generation cellulosic ethanol cheaper and easier, it was 2008. Back then a team of researchers from the University of Florida had just started on the path to analyzing the more than 7,000 genes associated with the production of special enzymes within […]
Last Summer I brought you word of the potential for ethanol made from woody crops such as poplars with a yield of up to 2,000 gallons per acre… per acre. That’s enough fuel for something like 3 average cars per acre per year. On top of that, the process could result in ethanol cheaper than $1.00 […]
As it stands right now, there are comparatively few places to purchase alternative fuels. As of 2005, there were approximately 168,987 gas stations in the United States; of those, just 2,200 sell E85 ethanol fuel. No major oil outlets have fully embraced biofuels, although British Petroleum has just announced that it may begin commercial production […]
[social_buttons] On the heels of the opening of Coskata’s first flex ethanol facility capable of making ethanol from virtually any organic material, GM and Coskata have released a video (below) detailing the Coskata process. Unlike most promotional/informational videos that get dumped on the public, this one is actually rather informative.
[social_buttons] Pennsylvania is beautiful this time of year, but I missed most of it since I made the 400+ mile drive mostly in the dark. It took eight hours of dodging speeding semi-trucks and going through many miles of tunnels, but I finally made it to the Westinghouse Plasma Center in Madison, PA. In case […]
[social_buttons] ZeaChem — a company launched in 1998 by “two guys in a pickup” and ranked by Biofuels Digest as the 11th hottest company in bioenergy last year — claims that their process for making advanced, next-generation ethanol from fast growing woody crops such as poplars will result in a yield of 2,000 gallons of […]
An update from Emerson Process Management’s Alan Novak on progress made at bringing second generation biofuels into commercial production.
[social_buttons] Today at Noon, a Shell service station in Ottawa, Ontario will quietly begin selling cellulosic ethanol blended into regular gasoline. The biofuel is made locally from wheat straw, and as far as we know is the first time cellulosic ethanol has been made publicly available. The new fuel will only be available for one […]
Scientists know how to make fuel from prairie grasses growing on marginal land. They know how to make fuel from fast growing trees with root systems that extend 25 feet into the ground, sequestering carbon emissions and enriching the soil. The problem is making cellulosic and algal fuel in large quantities at costs that compete with fuels from petroleum such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.
Vehicles fueled by biomass-fired electricity would travel 81% farther on a given crop and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than vehicles powered by ethanol, a new study finds. In a new study published online yesterday in the journal Science, researchers led by Elliott Campbell of the University of California, Merced modeled entire fuel systems all […]
Mascoma says they’ve achieved a 60% reduction in cost for their consolidated bioprocessing technology (CBP). Mascoma Corp., a well-known firm pursuing the advanced production of cellulosic ethanol, announced today what they’re calling “major scientific advances” that will enable them to produce lower cost, lower carbon fuel from sustainable sources. This is a true breakthrough that takes […]
The 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals One of the world’s most prestigious and established biofuels meetings, the 31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals, is currently underway May 3-6 in San Francisco, with more than 800 scientists expected to attend sessions on topics ranging from commercialization of biofuels and their long-term […]