In Pennsylvania, innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. The researchers modified the standard pyrolysis process by gradually replacing nitrogen gas in the processing chamber with the gases produced during pyrolysis. […]
In the UK, cyclists traveled from Bristol to Avonmouth to protest the development of Helius Energy’s bioenergy plant and W4B Bristol’s palm oil biofuel plant. The protestors claims that the projects are a “green scam.” The mayor of Bristol is so against the W4B project that he wrote to the Treasury asking the government not […]
In Mexico, the state of Veracruz is opening its first biofuel fueling station in an unidentified location, with others planned to follow in Jalapa, Tierra Blanca, Tres Valles, Cosamaloapan and Alvarado. Ethanol retail prices have remained 3 cents per liter below that of gasoline, so the government is looking to offer more ethanol.
In California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego are taking the lead in developing an energy source that has the potential to be both cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels: algae biofuels. A new report issued by the U.S. DOE ranked algal biofuels research programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the […]
In California, growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. This co-location approach could prove especially useful in sunny, arid regions such as the southwestern United States where […]
In Washington, WolrdWatch Institute says that in 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output rose fractionally, from 22.4 billion […]
In Belgium, the European Commission’s draft guidelines for supports to renewable energy shows that member states can continue to provide subsidies to first generation biofuels. Text stipulating that aid could only go to second generation biofuels post-2020 has been dropped. The distinction between advanced biofuels and food-based biofuels has also been eliminated from the guidelines.
In North Dakota, researchers at Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan have just finished their first year in the field doing trials on oilseeds such as canola, rapeseed, camelina and mustard for aviation biofuels. Researchers are looking for feedstocks that don’t compete with food, are drought tolerant and can grow in wheat-producing areas.
In Italy, the Italian navy has agreed with its US counterparts to collaborate on green fuel for their respective fleets. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi signed the agreement at Eni’s Marghera facility where biofuel production is set to begin soon.
In Washington, the Senate’s finance committee will take a look at the cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel tax breaks on Thursday as part of the “tax extenders package”. The 50% depreciation tax reduction on cellulosic biofuels would be reinstated and extended while the $1.01 per gallon production tax credit would be retroacted and extended through 2015.