Biofuels Digest Awards, Books of the Year: Why Are We Producing Biofuels?; The Carbon Rush

December 31, 2012 |

BD-2012-AwardsBook of the Year (shared) – Why Are We Producing Biofuels?”, Robert C. Brown, Tristan R. Brown; “The Carbon Rush”, Graham Noyes

Here in Digestville, as with other news media, we tend to cover the who, what, where, when and how of biofuels, And, always, how much. We don’t spend nearly as much time on the why.

Avowedly, that’s the topic of a thoroughly enjoyable read from Robert C. Brown and Tristan R. Brown, in their book: “Why Are We Producing Biofuels?”. It’s highly-recommended for your bookshelf this holiday season (and, for the north, the long winter nights ahead) – one of the authors being no less than Iowa State’s Duke of Thermochemical himself, Robert Brown.

READ MORE: Why are We Producing Biofuels?

A broader read and just as enjoyable — Graham Noyes, a partner at Stoel, Rives, just released his “Carbon Rush,” which traces America’s history of energy discovery, innovation, and combustion going all the way back to 1620 – going through the coal, gas, petroleum, and renewables revolutions. It’s Peak Whale to Peak Oil, right up to fracking and the current controversies over energy security and, yes, biofuels.

READ MORE: Carbon Rush

The Complete 2012 Biofuels Digest Awards

Best Project – Thermochemical
Best Project – Fermentation
Best Project – Hybrid
Best Project (demonstration)
Best Project (pilot)

Best Technology Extension
Best New Fuel
Best Retrofit
Process Improvement
Pretreatment Technology

Yield Improvement
Industrial Symbiosis
New Trait
New Feedstock
New Feedstock (Demonstration)

New Feedstock (Trial)
Consumer Product of the Year (biobased)
Consumer Product of the Year (biofuels)
Partnership of the Year
Special Editor’s Award – Comeback of the year

Special Editor’s Award – Sustainable technology
Book of the Year

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