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  • Producing jet fuel compounds from fungus

    05/06/2015 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-05-2015 | Provided by Washington State University
    Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels. Led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-cities, the researchers published their work in the April edition of Fungal Biology. The fungus produced the most...
  • U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel imports decline 36% in 2014

    03/22/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 20, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36%, to 333 million gallons in 2014. Uncertainty surrounding future Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the absence of a late-year influx of volumes from Argentina were two main factors in this decline. The strongest drivers of the resurgence in U.S. biomass-based diesel demand since 2012 have been increasing RFS targets and the on-again, off-again biodiesel tax credit. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are valuable because they qualify for the two major renewable fuel programs in the United States: the RFS applied...
  • Oh, noes: 80% of biofuels producers have cut back production due to federal-mandate uncertainty

    05/15/2014 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Well, who woulda’ thunk it? The Environmental Protection Agency finally decided to acknowledge the incompatibility of the Renewable Fuel Standard with both America’s declining gasoline consumption and the environmental degradation caused by the production of corn ethanol, thereby obliterating the entirely government-imposed “market” for biofuels — and what do you suppose happens? Via The Hill: Almost eight in 10 biodiesel producers in the United States have cut back production this year due to uncertainty over federal policies that encourage making the fuels, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said.The report released Wednesday was based on a survey the NBB conducted. In...
  • Thieves find a lucrative new commodity: grease

    05/06/2014 4:01:56 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    SacBee ^ | 5/6/2014 | Barry Shlachter
    Ft. Worth, TX - In darkened alleyways, a slimy cat-and-mouse game is playing out across America. Men in trucks are fighting over a dirty and sometimes foul-smelling substance that restaurants once paid to get hauled off. Now it can be worth thousands per truckload. Liquid gold, some in the trade call it. It's grease - used kitchen cooking oil from deep fryers at KFC and the seasoned saucepans of the fanciest French restaurant. The increasingly consolidated industry, ranging from mom and pop operations to publicly traded giants, is marked by cutthroat competition to claim restaurant accounts. And all of them...
  • Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel

    02/19/2014 2:00:54 PM PST · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    forbes ^ | 1/31/2014 @ 11:58PM | Matthew de Paula,
    Hydrogen and natural gas are among the alternative fuels starting to get more attention as car companies work to reduce emissions. But Audi is exploring yet another option that you may not have heard much about yet: e-fuels.
  • Lawmakers seek truce with farm bill [but will conservatives make trouble?]

    10/20/2013 4:53:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    The $1 trillion farm bill will serve as the first test of how deeply the shutdown fight has damaged relations in Washington. Congress has made the legislation its first order of business as it pivots away from the battles over government funding and the debt ceiling. The leaders of the agriculture committees in Congress and K Street lobbyists are eager to put the finishing touches on the bill, which could get wrapped into a year-end budget deal that replaces automatic sequestration cuts. But some fear Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has vowed to complete the legislation, might be too wounded...
  • Study: Global warming could yield $11.6 trillion in increased crop production

    10/19/2013 9:35:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/2013 | Unknown
    Could global warming be a boon to farmers? A recent study found that rising carbon dioxide concentrations bestow an additional $11.6 trillion in benefits from crop production between now and 2050. The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change found that while many studies focus on the costs of rising carbon emissions, few studies focused on whether or not more carbon in the atmosphere could be beneficial to society. In fact, the Obama administration recently raised its social-cost-of-carbon estimate from $21 per metric ton to $35 per metric ton to the ire of global warming skeptics and...
  • API to EPA: Expect suit if 2014 renewable fuel quotas are tardy

    10/18/2013 12:46:52 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | Nick Snow
    The American Petroleum Institute notified the US Environmental Protection Agency that it might sue if the federal environmental regulator fails to issue biomass-based diesel and renewable fuel requirements for 2014 on time. The federal Clean Air Act requires EPA set biomass-based diesel quotas no later than 14 months before the requirement would apply, Harry M. Ng, APIs vice-president and general counsel, said in an Oct. 17 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The statutory deadline for EPA to set that deadline for 2014 was Nov. 1, 2012, he noted.The CAA also mandates EPA set renewable fuel standards for the following...
  • Freeper Bio-Diesel

    10/03/2013 12:47:47 PM PDT · by taxcontrol · 17 replies
    None | Oct 3, 2013 | Self (vanity)
    Questions to those freepers who have produced a batch of biodiesl. I'm looking for those who have real world experience on a small scale, making and running biodiesel
  • How to use biodiesel efficiently: Don't unload it.

    12/30/2012 8:28:15 AM PST · by RLM · 10 replies
    CBC News | Canada ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | John Nicol and Dave Seglins
    The mystery of the trainload of biodiesel that crossed back and forth across the Sarnia-Port Huron border without ever unloading its cargo, as reported by CBC News, has been solved.
  • Long-abandoned bacterial fermentation process converts sugar directly to diesel

    11/07/2012 12:40:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 11-07-2012 | Provided by University of California - Berkeley
    A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered. Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist Chaim Weizmann. The retooled process produces a mix of products that contain more energy per gallon than ethanol that is used today in transportation fuels and could be commercialized within 5-10 years. While the fuel's...
  • Volvo Unveils 13-Liter Natural Gas Engine for North American Market

    05/22/2012 1:43:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Published May 22, 2012 | By Philippe Crowe
    Volvo Trucks unveiled last week its plans to launch a 13-liter heavy-duty natural gas engine featuring Westport high pressure direct injection (HPDI) technology. The engine, marketed under the Blue Power designation, is scheduled to launch for the North American market in 2014. The engines advanced high pressure diesel ignition technology will provide significant fuel efficiency gains compared with current natural gas products. Combined with the companys previously announced offering of compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Volvo VNM and VNL model daycabs, the new engine will provide customers with a complete range of natural gas-powered transportation solutions. Volvo is also testing another...
  • Biofuel tree project discovers Indigenous partners

    05/01/2012 9:43:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | May 01, 2012 | Provided by University of Queensland
    University of Queensland researchers have planted five hectares of Pongamia trees at Hope Vale, north Queensland in a bid to create a commercially viable plantation for sustainable regional development and biofuel production in northern Australia. In conjunction with Cape York's traditional land owners and partners, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research (CILR) is aiming to plant a further 3000 hectares within the first three years of the partnership, which will ultimately yield an estimated 10 to 15 million litres of biofuel. The seeds from the oil-rich Pongamia pinnata (also called Millettia) tree provide a sustainable solution to...
  • NASA shows off new algae farming technique for making biofuel

    04/16/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies ^ | 04-16-2012 | Bob Yirka
    NASA is clearly looking far into the future for a way to handle both human waste and a need for fuel on either long space flights or when attempting to colonize another planet. To that end, theyve assigned life support engineer Jonathan Trent the task of coming up with a way to use algae to solve both problems at once. His solution is to use plastic bags floating in seawater as small bioreactors, containing wastewater, sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow algae that can be used as a means to create biofuel. The whole thing is called Offshore Membrane Enclosures...
  • Used kitchen grease is thieves' latest target

    03/17/2012 12:29:54 AM PDT · by thecodont · 15 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | Ellen Huet
    Slick-fingered Bay Area thieves are stealing restaurants' used kitchen grease, a product that six years ago was so worthless that some restaurant owners would illegally dump it down the drain instead of paying for proper disposal. The leftover cooking oil, yellow grease, is the easiest material to turn into biodiesel. And as the alternative fuel's popularity has increased, so has its selling price, making it a target for thieves willing to go through the trouble of pumping or siphoning the grease out of storage barrels. "It's liquid gold," said Daniel Rugg, director of engineering at the Four Seasons hotel in...
  • Researchers develop a new candidate for a cleaner, greener and renewable diesel fuel

    03/14/2012 7:17:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | 14 March 2012 | by Lynn Yarris & Provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    A class of chemical compounds best known today for fragrance and flavor may one day provide the clean, green and renewable fuel with which truck and auto drivers fill their tanks. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energys Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria to generate significant quantities of methyl ketone compounds from glucose. In subsequent tests, these methyl ketones yielded high cetane numbers a diesel fuel rating comparable to the octane number for gasoline making them strong candidates for the production of advanced biofuels. Our findings add to the list of naturally...
  • Biodiesels pollute more than crude oil, leaked data show

    01/28/2012 11:23:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 27 January 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    Greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels such as palm oil, soybean and rapeseed are higher than those for fossil fuels when the effects of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) are counted, according to leaked EU data seen by EurActiv. The default values assigned to the biofuels compare to those from Canadas oil sandsalso known as tar sandsaccording to the figures, which should be released along with long-awaited legislative proposals on biofuels in the spring. A spokesperson for the European Commission said she could not comment on leaked documents, such as impact assessments, which have not been published. But industry and civil...
  • E. coli could convert sugar to biodiesel at 'an extraordinary rate'

    11/14/2011 11:22:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 14, 2011 | By Louis Bergeron + Provided by Stanford University
    When it comes to making biodiesel cheaply and efficiently enough to be commercially feasible, E. coli may prove to be "the little bacterial engine that could," say Stanford researchers. Biodiesel can be made from plant oil or animal fat usually the former. Used cooking oil from restaurants is common, but for biodiesel to contribute significantly to reducing fossil fuel use, there needs to be a way to mass produce it from plant-derived raw materials. The problem is that synthesizing biodiesel is complicated. That is where E. coli comes in. The bacteria, often discussed in terms of the human digestive...
  • Joule Unlimited biofuels demo plant that will convert waste into biodiesel + ethanol

    11/13/2011 6:10:43 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Industry Intelligence ^ | 11/11/11 | Staff
    Joule Unlimited ready to start construction on biofuels demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico, that will convert sunlight, CO2 waste into up to 75 million gallons of biodiesel, 125 million gallons of ethanol per year Nov 11, 2011 as Headlines are rewritten for editorial clarity. The original story and headline begin below. Original Headline: Construction to begin on NM biofuels plant HOBBS, New Mexico, November 11, 2011 (as) A Massachusetts company is ready to start construction on a biofuels demonstration plant in New Mexico. Joule Unlimited Inc. plans to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide waste into biofuel at...
  • Biodiesel Production Falling in Europe

    10/21/2011 10:21:01 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies ^ | 20/10/2011 | John Daly
    Greening the European Union has suffered a setback. The European Biodiesel Board is reporting that the European Union biodiesel industry production forecasts are noting a 2011 decrease in output, the first since data has been gathered, down from 2010 figures of 9.57 million tons. The European Biodiesel Board reported that biodiesel generation in Europe in 2010 grew by 5.5 percent over 2009 production figures, while in 2009 the European Unions biodiesel industry grew by 17 percent. Recently the European Unions best year for biodiesel output was 2008, when the growth rate surged 35 percent over 2007 levels. Germany and France...
  • New advanced biofuel as an alternative to diesel fuel

    09/28/2011 6:15:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | 09-28-2011 | Provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Researchers with the DOE's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could replace today's standard fuel for diesel engines but would be clean, green, renewable and produced in the United States. Using the tools of synthetic biology, a JBEI research team engineered strains of two microbes, a bacteria and a yeast, to produce a precursor to bisabolane, a member of the terpene class of chemical compounds that are found in plants and used in fragrances and flavorings. Preliminary tests by the team showed that bisabolane's properties make it a promising biosynthetic alternative to Number 2...
  • Fun with Numbers: The New USDA Report on Corn Ethanol

    06/27/2011 9:45:00 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 5 replies
    SeekerBlog and ^ | Wednesday, July 7, 2010 | Steve Darden summarizing Robert Rapier
    Robert Rapier invests a lot of effort in an attempt to discover what is going on with USDA reports of improving ethanol EROEI. The USDA is obviously being hammered by congress to make their giveaways to corn growers look less stupid. My bottom line is this: 1. USDA is obviously under pressure to fiddle their accounting to make subsidized corn ethanol look as good as possible.2. Some of the tricks are just laughable, like subtracting byproducts from the inputs to form a new input definition that obviously inflates the return = output/input. Wouldnt it be nice if our investment returns...
  • Theft of cooking oil on rise

    06/26/2011 8:27:27 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Times Herald-record Middletown, NY ^ | 6/26/11 | John Sullivan
    Middletown They come in tanker trucks, mostly at night, to steal the liquid still smelling of fried chicken, tacos and egg rolls. Used cooking oil is as good as gold these days, a consequence of rising crude oil prices and demand for biodiesel. That's put companies that collect the used material from restaurants on guard, industry officials said. "Sometimes, they're very brazen; they'll come in the early morning or the afternoon and stick a hose in the container and siphon it out," said Jack LaBerta, account manager for Darling International, a national renderer with a plant in Newark, N.J....
  • Green and Lean: Secreting Bacteria Eliminate Cost Barriers for Renewable Biofuel Production

    05/27/2011 10:27:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 05-26-2011 | Staff
    A Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing low-cost, renewable biofuels from bacteria. The team has reprogrammed photosynthetic microbes to secrete high-energy fats, making byproduct recovery and conversion to biofuels easier and potentially more commercially viable. "The real costs involved in any biofuel production are harvesting the goodies and turning them into fuel," said Roy Curtiss, of the Institute's Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology and professor in the School of Life Sciences. "This whole system that we have developed is a means to a green recovery of...
  • Plastic Surgeon uses Liposuction Fat to Fuel Car - YUCK!!!

    03/30/2011 9:13:33 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 53 replies
    Are we going a bit far with using Lipo-Diesel? In a Traffic Jam? A top Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon says he used fat he removed from patients in liposuction operations to power his 'green' 4x4 car. U.S. authorities have launched an inquiry into claims made by Dr Alan Bittner that the fat he had sucked out of patients in liposuction operations was turned into biodiesel. Bittner wrote on his website: 'The vast majority of my patients request that I use their fat for fuel -- and I have more fat than I can use. 'Not only do they get to...
  • Biodiesel Waste Turned to Useful Foam

    03/09/2011 10:44:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 03-09-2011 | Staff
    Waste is a terrible thing to waste. That's the mantra guiding an Ohio State University researcher and a bioenergy entrepreneur in the development of a brand-new, renewable source of polyurethane foam that's expected to create up to 30 jobs in Mansfield, in the next two years. The product (known as a bio-polyol) is made from crude glycerin, a byproduct of biodiesel production that has so little commercial value it's practically considered waste. Mixed with other biomass -- through a patent-pending process developed by Yebo Li, a biosystems engineer with the university's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster --...
  • Joule Unlimited On Track To Beat All Known Biofuel Processes

    03/02/2011 2:44:33 PM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 72 replies
    BioFuel Daily ^ | 2/25/2011 | Staff Writers
    Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company says it can manipulate the organism to produce the renewable fuels on demand at unprecedented rates, and can do it in facilities large and small at costs comparable to the cheapest fossil fuels. Joule's process directly yields hydrocarbons that are fungible with existing diesel infrastructure, unlike the biodiesel product that is produced from algal oil. Highlights include: Based on empirical measurements, Joule can directly produce 15,000 gallons of diesel per acre annually,...
  • Shell Oil pulls the plug on its last algae biodiesel research project

    02/03/2011 8:10:00 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Engadget ^ | 2/3/11 | Laura June
    Algae biodiesel has looked so promising (as in 100 times more fuel than corn or soy) that the U.S. Department of Energy gave $9 million to Cellana, a joint research venture between Shell Oil and HR Biopetroleum, specifically to look into the alternative energy source's prospects. It seems, however, that those prospects were no longer attractive to Shell, which has announced it will no longer pursue algae biodiesel, because it feels it doesn't have sufficient commercial viability. Partner HR Biopetroleum has stated it cannot continue the project on its own as Shell pursues other biofuel initiatives with other companies.
  • Obama transition vet joins Joule board [biodiesel/ethanol]

    01/20/2011 7:21:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 01-18-2011 | by Kyle Alspach
    Renewable fuels developer Joule Unlimited Inc. said John Podesta, a veteran of two White House administrations, has joined its board of directors. Podesta was previously White House chief of staff under President Clinton, and more recently served as co-chair of President Obamas transition. He is currently president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a think tank he founded in 2003. I have seen and heard many proposals by renewable energy companies, and can unequivocally say that Joule has a technology and a system unlike any other, with industrial viability and a clear path to market within the next...
  • Biodiesel tax credit is back

    12/22/2010 1:16:36 PM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    Biodiesel Magazine ^ | 12-17-10 | Luke Geiver
    By a vote of 277 to 148, the U.S. House of Representatives extended tax cuts, continued unemployment benefits and brought the year-long struggle of the biodiesel tax credit to a positive end. The biodiesel tax credit is back. On Friday, Dec. 17, President Barack Obama held a press conference to officially sign H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, into law, and with his signature, the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit marred in the political process for all of 2010 will be retroactively reinstated through 2011. As expected, the National Biodiesel Board...
  • Rentechs Synthetic RenDiesel Fuels Audi A3 TDIs for 1,000 Mile California Drive

    10/15/2010 5:58:34 PM PDT · by shove_it · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 10/15/2010 | press release
    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rentech, Inc. (NYSE AMEX: RTK) today announced that its synthetic RenDiesel will fuel two Audi A3 TDIs during a four day, 1,000 mile journey beginning October 18th. The Audi A3 TDI is Green Car Journals 2010 Green Car of the Year. The clean diesel journey by Green Car Journal editors and invited VIPs is part of the magazines Green Car of the Year Tour, which this year focuses on the important role advanced clean diesel vehicles play in efficiency and CO2 reduction as well as the importance of sustainable non-petroleum fuels in Americas future. [...] The event...
  • Tax credit stalled again (Senate Dems killing "green jobs")

    09/22/2010 4:39:13 PM PDT · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Biodiesel Magazine ^ | 9/17/2010 | Luke Geiver
    The biodiesel tax credit will have to wait once again. Congress passed the small business bill shortly after returning from recess, but it did not include the extension as it previously had. Before the August recess, an earlier version of the bill contained the biodiesel tax extension proposed by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and was also approved by both the Democrats and the Republicans, but in a move to keep the bill alive, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., stripped all amendments attached to the bill. Upon return from recess, Reid issued a procedure known as an amendment tree, which prevents an...
  • Men Busted Stealing Cooking Oil From NJ Fast Food Joint

    09/22/2010 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3:14 p.m. EDT, September 21, 2010 | STAFF
    NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (WPIX) New Jersey police busted two men Monday as they were attempting to siphon 700 gallons of used cooking oil from two storage tanks behind a local fast food restaurant in broad daylight. The suspects, Youngil Kim, 48, and Byung Ho Choi, 55, both of Queens were caught in the act behind a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant located at 2100 88th Street just before 9 a.m., police said. Detective Lt. Frank Cannella said the men drove up to the fast food restaurant in a canary yellow van, equipped with a hose that was attached...
  • Alternative Fuels for America

    08/09/2010 8:45:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 8-1-2010 | BY CSABA CSERE
    Instead of a wholesale switch to electric cars, with all their inherent range and charging problems, a seemingly easier way to wean ourselves off gasoline is to find alternate fuel that could be used in slightly modified internal-combustion engines. Unfortunately, there are some very real reasonsnever mind what conspiracy theorists might tell you about oil companies and corrupt government officialswhy most alternative fuels are not ready for prime time yet. Heres a look at the current status and near-term future outlook of the major alternatives to gasoline. Modern turbo-diesels get about 30 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts,...
  • Inaction to Reinstate the Biodiesel Tax Credit is Unacceptable (Enviroweenieirony Alert)

    05/23/2010 3:13:04 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 11 replies · 381+ views ^ | May 11, 2010 | Joe Jobe
    National Biodiesel Board Chief Says Action Needed Now to Save Industry LAS VEGAS, NV: Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), today renewed his call for Congress to put Americans back to work immediately by retroactively reinstating the expired biodiesel tax incentive. The industry is barely operating and at risk of total collapse without it, he warned. Congress and the Administration have said they are dedicated to a jobs agenda their first step should be to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive, Jobe told energy leaders at the Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Institute national conference in Las Vegas....
  • Cattle-based fuel runs Oklahoma-Texas passenger train

    04/20/2010 10:11:13 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 46 replies · 624+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2010 | KELLY P. KISSEL
    ABOARD THE HEARTLAND FLYER Amtrak and transportation officials from Oklahoma and Texas have started a yearlong test to see whether beef-based biodiesel can efficiently run The Heartland Flyer passenger train between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. Texas cattle are supplying 20 percent of the fuel for the 3,200-horsepower engine, the rest is regular No. 2 diesel.
  • Low Tech, DIY Plasma Gasifier Makes Fuel From Waste (In your garage)

    03/26/2010 11:44:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies · 1,176+ views ^ | 3/26/2010 | Nick Chambers
    Some interesting tidbits are coming out of the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco this week. First we heard about a product made from renewable materials that could substitute a large portion of the crude oil currently used to make tires. And now comes word from a scientist at the University of Orleans in France that he has constructed a compact, relatively inexpensive, low tech plasma gasifier that can take all sorts of waste materials and turn them into a variety of different drop-in fuels, including diesel, gasoline and kerosene. The plasma gasifier is based on what is known...
  • With a Little Help, E. Coli Turns Biomass Directly to Biodiesel

    01/29/2010 1:17:55 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 523+ views
    Popular Science ^ | Jan 28, 2010 | Clay Dillow
    We know how to convert biomass to biodiesel, but the economics of doing so makes many prevailing methods of doing so expensive and unfeasible, keeping an alternative-fueled future just out of reach. But a collaboration between the DOE and private firm LS9 has found a way to coax a strain of E. coli bacteria to produce biodiesel from biomass without further chemical processes, a breakthrough that could pave the way for cheaper, more abundant biofuels. The sugars dwelling in cellulosic biomass are the target of many alternative fuel schemes, but they can be difficult to get to and even more...
  • Advanced Engine-Control System Reduces Biodiesel Fuel Consumption and Emissions

    01/29/2010 1:32:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 4 replies · 308+ views ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Staff
    Researchers from Purdue University and Cummins Inc. have developed an advanced "closed-loop control" approach for preventing diesel engines from emitting greater amounts of smog-causing nitrogen oxides when running on biodiesel fuels. Operating truck engines on a blend of biodiesel and ordinary diesel fuel dramatically reduces the emission of particulate matter, or soot. However, the most modern and efficient diesel engines burning biodiesel emit up to 40 percent more nitrogen oxides at some operating conditions, and fuel economy declines by as much as 20 percent. Unlike conventional diesel, biodiesel contains oxygen, and the researchers have shown that this presence of oxygen...
  • Audi tells Obama think biodiesel

    01/24/2010 1:44:53 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 741+ views
    Biodiesel Magazine ^ | Feb 2010 issue | unattributed
    Johann De Nysschen, president of Audi North America, has a message for the current U.S. administrationrefrain from prejudging winning and losing technologies as it makes policies depending on the future of the automotive marketplace. Nysschen said there has been favoritism shown to the electric vehicle sector. Clean diesel, done correctly, is more efficient, has lower emissions, with better performance characteristics, at a lower price, Nysschen said. And then we havent even touched on the potential of biofuels, using biomass to produce clean diesel, which would come very close to a carbon neutral footprint much sooner and far more cost efficiently...
  • The Wheels Come Off the Biodiesel Wagon

    01/05/2010 5:07:04 AM PST · by thackney · 31 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Energy Collective ^ | Jan 4, 2010 | Robert Rapier
    Domestic Biodiesel Production Plummets One of my Top 10 Energy Stories of 2009 involved the actions taken by the EU against U.S. biodiesel producers. U.S. tax dollars had been generously subsidizing biodiesel that was being exported out of the U.S. European producers couldn't compete against the subsidized imports, so the EU effectively cut off the imports by imposing five-year tariffs on U.S. biodiesel. This was a big blow to U.S. biodiesel producers, and was one of the factors leading to a disastrous 2009 for U.S. biodiesel production. How disastrous was 2009? Per the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), here are the...
  • Company wants to turn fat into fuel at Iowa plant

    12/14/2009 7:49:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies · 1,343+ views ^ | 12/14/2009 | By AMY LORENTZEN
    DES MOINES, Iowa A central Iowa plant could soon begin producing jet fuel from poultry fat. Bolingbrook, Ill.-based Elevance Renewable Sciences plans to build a $15 million plant in Newton, adding onto an existing biodiesel operation. The experimental operation plans to use plant oils and poultry fat as building blocks to replace petroleum-based chemicals used to make myriad products, including jet fuel, lubricants, adhesives and even cosmetics and candles. "It allows us to make a very interesting slate of products, which is different and somewhat in contrast to how poultry fat is used today," said K'Lynne Johnson, Elevance's chief...
  • Federal money set to flow to renewable fuel projects

    12/05/2009 6:18:46 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies · 797+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 5, 2009 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    The federal government on Friday committed to award as much as $564 million to 19 projects nationwide that aim to transform wood chips, algae and plant parts into renewable fuel, including a planned biorefinery in Freeport. At the same time, the Energy Department announced $350 million in spending to propel technology that captures and stores carbon dioxide, with $350 million set aside for a 400-megawatt plant near Midland. All of the spending comes from the $787 billion economic stimulus bill enacted in February and is designed to help close the gap between current biofuel energy production and the future goals...
  • Old-School Beetle Runs on Batteries and Biodiesel

    10/16/2009 10:10:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 1,145+ views | 10-15-2009 | By Keith Barry
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  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Attacks Biodiesel

    08/21/2009 1:37:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 6 replies · 869+ views ^ | Aug 21, 2009 |
    It appears that the EPA, under the "RFS2 - Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007," is going to cause problems with how biodiesel will be viewed as a source of pollution, rather than as a means to reduce it. According to the National Biodiesel Board, the EPA has wrongly calculated the negative impact of biodiesel. As a result, the Board would like to enlist the help of supporters of biodiesel in a mail campaign to the EPA and, I assume, others. The points they most want to drive home are mentioned in the following letter: Honorable Lisa Jackson Administrator...
  • Turning Algae Into Oil, with Help from Fish

    08/12/2009 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Reeses · 32 replies · 607+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 12, 2009 | Matthew L. Wald
    There are two big problems associated with extracting liquid fuel from algae: getting the algae out of the water, and then getting the oil out of the algae. The pumps and centrifuges required to do this consume a lot of energy. A California company, LiveFuels, is trying out a new, less energy-intensive approach: It is feeding the algae to small fish and letting them do the job of harvesting. After the fish fatten up, workers catch them in nets and process them for oil (as well as protein for animal feed). This is a bit like gathering whale oil,...
  • Giving Up Meat To Save The Planet?

    08/10/2009 10:55:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 2,984+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | August 10, 2009 | Dennis T. Avery
    One of the persistent, shallow global food myths is that the world could feed more people if we gave up eating meat. Ezra Klein wrote another misguided column about this--"The Meat of the Problem"--in the Washington Post of July 29. Klein cites as his authority a naive "study" by the kids at Carnegie-Mellon University. Klein asserts, "It is more energy efficient to grow grain and feed it to people than it is to grow grain and turn it into feed that we give to calves until they become adults that we then slaughter to feed to people." No, Mr. Klein,...
  • Jay Leno's EcoJet: Soaring on a freeway near you? [Biodiesel fueled jet turbine automobile]

    08/01/2009 2:13:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,699+ views
    Yahoo! Autos / Road & Track Magazine ^ | August 1, 2009 | John Lamm
    We first saw Jay Leno's EcoJet mid-engine turbine coupe at the 2006 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Leno, with General Motors' Design Chief, Ed Welburn, and Frank Saucedo, who heads the automaker's west coast studio, penned the design concept. Leno has both a motorcycle and a pickup truck powered by "jet" turbine engines, so the plan was to create an automobile that would run on a similar powerplant fueled by biodiesel. The EcoJet was initially a static exhibit, but one thing about Jay's Garage is that everything runs. So Jim Hall, Bernard Juchli and the other wizards in the Burbank...
  • Washington state is way off its target for biofuel

    05/30/2009 6:04:51 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 10 replies · 1,357+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 5/30/9 | Ron Hebron
    Another bold Locke/Gregoire move. Set a high goal, then miss it by a mile. Then say... What do they say? Governor Locke set the goal of the state's fleet of vehicles using 20% biodiesel by June 1, 2009. No single agency will meet that goal, let alone the total fleet. They got to 2.1%. Hey, that's over 10% of their goal! A subsequent law, HB2424, signed by Chris Gregoire in 2006 has no penalties for noncompliance. This is the government! Penalties are for citizens and private industry. What does Chris Gregoire say now? "I don't want to lose the momentum...
  • Environmentalists delay S.F. biodiesel plans

    04/22/2009 9:49:25 AM PDT · by Joiseydude · 3 replies · 317+ views
    SFGate ^ | Friday, April 3, 2009 | Robert Selna
    Plans to build San Francisco's first biodiesel plant have been tripped up by environmentalists who argue that the city failed to consider hazards associated with converting fat into fuel. A group of environmentalists and neighbors became concerned when the city's Planning Department concluded that Darling's new biodiesel operations required no environmental review. That decision was appealed to the Board of Supervisors. "Once constructed, Darling's proposed biodiesel facility will cause air pollution, wastewater discharges, hazardous waste and increased truck, rail and boat traffic in a neighborhood already over-burdened with a high level of industrial activities," stated the appeal by a group...