Tag: biofuel

Rainfall and droughts turn biofuel crops sugar into toxins, not biofuel

Rainfall and droughts turn biofuel crops sugar into toxins, not biofuel

September 9, 2017 |

In Michigan, researchers found that rainfall and weather conditions greatly affected crop yields for biofuel crops like switchgrass and corn stover, resulting in composition changes during biofuel production. While the plants produced more sugar after a major drought and after two years of normal rainfall, the sugar ended up producing toxic compounds instead of biofuel. […]

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Mining land could be converted to agriculture land for biofuels and livestock production

Mining land could be converted to agriculture land for biofuels and livestock production

September 2, 2017 |

In South Africa, mines are closing and mine rehabilitation companies and agricultural industry organizations are looking into converting the mines to commercial farming. The hope is to replace the lost mining jobs with new jobs in agriculture and utilize the former mine lands for food, livestock and biofuels. The conversions won’t happen quickly or easily, […]

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Sunlight converts algae fats directly into hydrocarbons for speedy biofuel production

Sunlight converts algae fats directly into hydrocarbons for speedy biofuel production

September 2, 2017 |

In France, researchers discovered that certain species of algae can convert fats directly to hydrocarbons that can come in handy for biofuel production. Using sunlight as an input and filtering the contents of algae to leave them with protein solutions with some cell contents, they tested them for how well they converted to fats. They […]

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Marine BioEnergy going to great lengths to kelp the environment

Marine BioEnergy going to great lengths to kelp the environment

September 2, 2017 |

In California, Marine BioEnergy appeared in Fast Company’s “World Changing Ideas” for their kelp to biofuel plans. Working with the University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), Marine BioEnergy sees a future where up to 10% of […]

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FAO says biofuels not good or bad but sustainable or not

FAO says biofuels not good or bad but sustainable or not

August 30, 2017 |

In Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization says that biofuels are like any other kind of agriculture in that the social and environmental sustainability of the production dictate whether or not they are positive or negative. It went on to say that the illusion of competition between food and fuel is a simple narrative for […]

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Indian government extends refining working group deadline yet again

Indian government extends refining working group deadline yet again

August 26, 2017 |

In India, the government’s oil ministry issued an order further extending the deadline of the 12-member working group that was supposed to prepare a roadmap for expanding refining capacity last year. What was going to be a three-month project has now been over a year in the making as India prepare plans for increasing their […]

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New New Zealand fuel standards to allow higher biofuel blending

New New Zealand fuel standards to allow higher biofuel blending

August 22, 2017 |

In New Zealand, new fuel standards set to come in October 2 will boost maximum volume of methanol blends to 3% from the current 1% and to 7% for biodiesel from the current 5%. The shift is expected to result in an increased demand for biofuel. The new rules will also bring sulfur limits in […]

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Biofuel candidate needed for RETAC vacancy at STB

Biofuel candidate needed for RETAC vacancy at STB

August 20, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Surface Transportation Board is looking for two candidates for vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, one of which would represent the biofuels industry. Specifically, they are looking for a biofuel feedstock grower or provider and biofuel refiner, processor and distributor to fill the biofuel vacancy. The other vacancy is […]

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Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

August 17, 2017 |

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary team including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois. The […]

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Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

August 12, 2017 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois – Urbana researchers are implementing a pilot program based on a three-year study that showed nearly $2 million in energy could be recovered by harvesting more than 100,000 acres of unpaved public land along highways and other rights-of-way full of weeds and grasses that can be converted to biofuel. It […]

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