Tag: carbon

10 MegaVitaVegeTrends for Mega-Efficient Biofuels 

Are your biotechnologies run down, listless? Do they poop out at pitch meetings? Are they unpopular? The answer to your problems may well be in this list — in the technologies that eliminate the waste that comes from biorefining itself? Making industrial biotech more efficient, transformative and sustainable. So, join the happy peppy people following our 10 […]

July 15, 2014 More

UCLA breakthrough could increase yields by 50%

In California, a synthetic metabolic pathway for breaking down glucose could lead to a 50% increase in the production of biofuels, according to research performed at the University of California, Los Angeles. The process converts all six glucose carbon atoms into three acetyl-CoA molecules, without losing two of those atoms as carbon dioxide. The pathway […]

October 7, 2013 More

First Carbon, Second Harvest

How an integrated biorefinery uses carbon can greatly affect its carbon life cycle, and profitability. Here’s why, and how. So, your integrated biorefinery project is coming along great. Then comes the carbon lifecyle analysis — the horde of critics shouting about “indirect land use change” — somehow, your project, which you think reduces carbon emission, […]

August 29, 2013 More

“Navy advanced biofuels program will create 35,000 new jobs by 2020.”

Today on Twitter: MattMcGovern Navy advanced biofuels program will create 35,000 new jobs by 2020, many in rural areas. #gjgj2013 RWLWater “The price of perfection” regarding food waste. Turn price of food waste into energy? #biofuels zixri_net Carbon Neutral Energy: Taking Biofuels to the Next Level OECD: What is the future of biotechnology? Is there more to it […]

April 18, 2013 More

Study shows carbon debt on arid biofuels production difficult to pay back

In Belgium, a new study led by researchers from the University of Leuven shows that converting arid or semi-arid land to biofuel crops such as biodiesel could be counter-productive to environmental goals. The study says that 30 years would be required to repay the carbon debt from jatropha production—if the yield reached 9 to 14 […]

January 28, 2013 More

GIC says Commodity-plus-carbon contract expected to launch in 2013

In Washington, GIC Group said that it has reached 60% completion in Stage 2 Proof of Concept with its CPC (Commodity Plus Carbon) futures contract and said that it expects to launch the project in Q3 2013. A CPC derivative contract is based on the underlying value of commodities that feature GHG reducing traits or […]

January 28, 2013 More

US land could provide 25 percent of advanced biofuels requirement without carbon debt, indirect land-use costs

In Washington, a study published in Nature found that successional herbaceous vegetation, once well established, could provide up to 5.55 billion gallons of ethanol towards the US Renewable Fuel Stadnard mandates. The researchers performed quantitative modelling of successional vegetation on marginal lands, constrained by the requirement that each modelled location be within 80 kilometres of […]

January 17, 2013 More

Canadian researchers land grant to improve carbon economic models

In Canada, researchers are developing economic models that aim to reduce the economic costs associated with implementing policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and encourage low-carbon innovation. “The idea is to try to develop some models regarding carbon policy that can tell a story from a sound academic basis rather than the extreme views on both […]

January 16, 2013 More

UK government mulls adding aviation emissions to national carbon targets

In the UK, Green AIr Online is reporting that the Committee on Climate Change has advised the UK government to include both aviation and marine emissions in the country’s overall 2050 carbon targets.  In part, the new policy, the CCC contends, would add pressure on airlines to meet their self-imposed target of holding industry emissions […]

April 23, 2012 More

Cool Planet BioFuels wins California OK to fleet test green gasoline

In California, Cool Planet BioFuels announced today it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin fleet-testing its negative carbon gasoline. Cool Planet BioFuel’s technology converts low-grade biomass such as grass and woodchips into high-grade fuel. This process also produces a byproduct, which can be used to sequester carbon and act […]

January 12, 2012 More