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Ethanol Lobby May End Up Hurting Ethanol Industry

It wasn’t long ago that the alternative fuel media was abuzz with the potential of ethanol, but out-of-date mandates threaten to add to gas prices and dismantle the government’s ethanol policy. Now the whole industry could be at risk. Very quietly in November of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed scaling back the amount […]

March 7th

Biofuel from Desert Plants Set to Clean Up Aviation

A new process developed by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) in Abu Dhabi is pulling ethanol biofuel from desert plants fed by non-potable seawater- and it’s doing so more efficiently than many “typical” plant-based ethanol processors. The SRBC, with funding from Boeing, Honeywell, and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is working to commercialize the sustainable […]

January 25th

Bear Republic Brewery Turns Waste into Electricity w/ EcoVolt

EcoVolt puts technology developed by the super-brains at MIT to turn brewery waste into biogas that can be used to generate clean, renewable electric power. The company is getting some real-world credibility, as well, now that the Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Cloverdale, California has signed on to be EcoVolt’s pilot brewery. By implementing the […]

January 19th

Brazil Boosts Ethanol Output in the Face of Uncertain Future

Brazilian sugar and ethanol producers saw near-record profits in 2013 with growth of nearly 19% year-over-year. Despite the increased production and profits Brazil has seen, however, UNICA President Elizabeth Farina cited a report which pointed out that “during the past year, producers have spent nearly 15 percent of their revenues on debt servicing,” as opposed […]

December 29th

New Algae Oil Process Takes Less Than An Hour

While electric cars are becoming increasingly popular with those seeking an alternative to oil, liquid fuels and combustion engines are going to remain a dominant force for decades to come. One of the most promising alternatives to fossil fuels is oil produced from algae, and researchers have developed a new process that takes just minutes […]

December 18th

PRI 2013: Ignite Offers a New Take on Corn Oil

Ignite is widely regarded as one of the top players in the premium ethanol fuels business, and the company has powered some of the most powerful flex-fuel street cars on the road and on the racetrack– not to mention the entire USAC Midget racing field for the past few years. As such, I probably shouldn’t […]

December 16th

Top 3 Graphs That Prove Ethanol Does NOT Raise Food Prices

Just about every time we write a post about ethanol- be it about a 2000 hp ethanol-fueled hypercar that makes 400% more power than the gas version but still gets the same MPG or about the US military switching its mobile units to biofuels– someone starts harping about ethanol raising food prices. Despite the fact […]

December 7th

Roadtrek Adds Solar Power, Biodiesel to Its RV Lineup

I’ve maintained for a while now that the best way to convince someone that nature is worth preserving is to get them out into it. It seems like the people at Roadtrek agree- and they’re going a step further by offering a new B+ class motorhome that not only uses recycled materials in its construction, […]

December 7th

Lockheed Martin Banks on an Ethanol Future

Fighter jets + ethanol, it’s a calculation that Lockheed Martin recently announced a significant investment in. Lockheed is hoping to secure what it calls, “clean, secure, and smart energy” by buying into a company called Concord Blue. That company gained notoriety in the energy business when it developed a closed-loop, commercially proven, non-incineration process that […]

December 6th

Bamboo Ethanol Could Be A Cost-Effective Gasoline Replacement

Though modern China has risen like a slumbering dragon to become an economic powerhouse, there are still plenty of old-school holdover traditions, like the extensive use of bamboo as scaffolding for working on modern buildings. The rest of the world has taken notice, with everything from mountain bikes to concept cars embracing this natural, durable, […]

December 2nd

Energy Excelerator Project Winners, 2014 Cohort Announced

Back in November, the US military announced that it would be putting more than $30 million into Hawaii’s Energy Excelerator, a small business incubator that exists help energy startups “navigate” the perilous business waters of Hawaii and the Asia Pacific regions while encouraging the sharing of know-how, technology, and strategies between the companies. Last week, […]

November 23rd

Brew Your Own Ethanol With This DIY Moonshine Still

Thanks to some intrepid young men and women at the Clawhammer Supply Co., you can now brew your own high-octane DIY moonshine (ethanol) right at home. If you decide to stop the process at around 80-100 proof, you can even drink it yourself. Just in time for the holidays! Admit it. At one point in […]

November 21st

President Obama's Alt-fuel Finder App is Here, and it's Free!

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to alternative fuels and give American consumers more fuel options that save money and reduce harmful carbon emissions, the US Department of Energy has launched a new mobile app to help drivers find ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, LPG, and quick-charging EV stations to keep their alt-fuel […]

November 17th