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"…If you have faith as small as a mustard seed"

You may recognize that quote from the bible as Jesus tells those of little faith they can “Say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there and it will move.’ ” It’s kind of ironic that officials in California are placing their faith in mustard seed as a home-grown feedstock for biodiesel fuel, to move […]

February 16th

Fields of Fuel: Josh Tickell's New Biodiesel Documentary

  If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good documentary can change your vocabulary. Josh Tickell’s new film, Fields of Fuel, has just won the Audience Award for Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film, which opened last Monday to a standing ovation, is a sharp, compelling look at biofuels and […]

January 31st

Gas 2.0 Featured On 'Timber Talk' Radio

Last week I was interviewed by Timber Talk, a forestry radio station in Arkansas, which coincidentally took place at the North American International Auto show in Detroit, Michigan. Timber Talk approached me last fall after reading a post on that dealt with using straight vegetable oil as a fuel source. Fun fact: Timber Talk […]

January 25th

Cellulosic Ethanol Sugar Diverted to Algae Biodiesel Production

Note: See the precursor to this post, BREAKING NEWS: First Cars Run on Algae Biodiesel; Breakthrough Production Possible. Today I had a few minutes to speak with Harrison Dillon, President and CTO of Solazyme. But with all the publicity around the film Fields of Fuel (see earlier post), I didn’t have much of a chance […]

January 25th

Chevron Backs Solazyme's Algae Biodiesel Production Process (+Video)

It’s been a big week for biofuel breakthroughs and new partnerships. While photographing the algae biodiesel cars outside Fields of Fuel yesterday, insiders I spoke with alluded to big news: I just learned that Chevron will be backing Solazyme to produce algae biodiesel (East Bay Business Times): Chevron Corp. is accelerating its research into biofuel […]

January 22nd

2008 Sundance Film Festival Gets Underway

I’m here in a bitterly cold Park City, Utah, for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Current temperature outside is 5, and the night before last registered at a polar -10 degrees F. But hey, I’m at Sundance. For the next ten days I’ll be on the lookout for films and panels pertaining to biofuels or […]

January 18th

Algae-Based Biofuel to Power Virgin Atlantic 747 Jet?

A Boeing 747 jet, using 20 percent biofuel in one engine, is expected to take off from London’s Heathrow Airport and fly to Amsterdam in late February. The test flight will be without passengers and is part of a research project being conducted by the airline, Boeing and the maker of the engine, GE Aviation. […]

January 15th

Biodiesel Guide: 7 Steps to Buying a Diesel

Thinking about ‘converting’ to biodiesel? It’s not as hard as you think. This series of posts is intended for readers looking to start using biodiesel by finding an older diesel vehicle, ‘converting it’, and then finding a local fuel source. Before embarking on a biodiesel adventure, it may be a good idea to determine whether […]

January 9th

Portland's Grease Wars: Battling for Biodiesel-Bound Cooking Oil

Used-cooking-oil, the golden-brown waste product left over from making French-fries, doesn’t strike most of us as a particularly valuable commodity. But recycled grease represents a source of cheap energy to some, one that can be converted to biodiesel or used directly as a substitute for diesel fuel. Having collected waste oil for both of these […]

January 4th

Europe Faces Biodiesel Feedstock Crunch

Are biofuel mandates and tax credits such a good idea? It may be wise to learn from the EU’s experience… After passage of the new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) late last year (see earlier post), which mandates production of 15 billion gallons of corn-grain ethanol by by 2015, many of us are left contemplating the […]

January 3rd

Chocolate Fuels Truck Across Sahara Desert

What do they do with chocolate products they can’t sell? Off to the landfill to decompose and create methane. Wish they could just send it to me. Two young Britons, Andy Pag and John Grimshaw, have traveled more than 4,000 miles across the Sahara using such chocolate as fuel. The two decided to prove the […]

December 23rd

B100 Biodiesel Approved by Agricultural Giants Case IH, John Deere

If biodiesel suits any demographic best, it’s farmers. Biodiesel was designed as an emergency fuel, intended to keep farm equipment humming when military conflict cut off oil supplies. That being said, it’s taken a while for major engine manufacturers to endorse biodiesel blends higher than 20%. This month Case IH, a global leader in heavy-duty […]

December 18th