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  • Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

    09/30/2015 12:29:54 PM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    If the Senate is going to lift the nation’s longstanding ban on oil exports, Sen. Pat Toomey wants to make sure a federal biofuels mandate vanishes at the same time. The Republican from Pennsylvania is advancing a plan — cosponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — that would lift the requirement to blend traditional ethanol-based renewable fuels into U.S. gasoline. Toomey is set to offer the measure as an amendment to legislation that would authorize widespread oil exports when it is considered by the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. The biofuel change is sought by some refiners — including a...
  • GOP senator calls for more corn cronyism mandated by the EPA

    07/25/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | 24 July 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    It’s the same party with 2 wings. The Washington Crony Party. If one can fleece the taxpayer it will be done, Republican, Democrat, whatever, so long as money is funneled to the narrow interests which fund your campaigns. The Republican Party, though it has a free market wing which is young and growing is still dominated by the older big government crony Republicans. How long that generation can hold on, and how much damage they will create to the economy is anyone’s guess. (From The Surge) "Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just can’t help himself. He is intent on using the...
  • Joule says “will go commercial in 2017″: solar fuels on the way

    07/17/2015 6:38:31 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 24 replies
    biofuelsdigest.com ^ | Jim Lane | March 23, 2015
    Joule says “will go commercial in 2017″: solar fuels on the way March 23, 2015 | Jim Lane     “Staged industrialization process” beginning; exotic yields from an exotic organism that uses CO2, water and nutrients and secretes ethanol or diesel. Former Total, Alcatel CEO Serge Tchuruk is now at the helm as the Joule team updates The Digest on the progress in New Mexico. For fans of the “solar renewable fuels” company Joule, there’s significant news from Bedford: the company has announced that it will undertake a “staged industrialization process”, to culminate in a 1000-acre production plant starting construction...
  • 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...
  • Chinese loan to rescue BlueFire, Irvine-based biofuel plant

    11/11/2014 1:27:34 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct 24, 2014 | MARGOT ROOSEVELT
    Arnold Klann had spent two decades on his planet-friendly enterprise: making transportation fuel from plant waste. But two years ago, the CEO and President of Irvine-based BlueFire Renewables recalled, “We were thinking of shutting down the business.” Grants from the U.S. Department of Energy had dried up, as private banks, tightening credit in the wake of the financial crisis, refused to match government funds. Now, it seems, China is coming to the rescue. BlueFire announced Thursday that The Export-Import Bank of China has issued a letter of intent to provide a $270 million loan to build BlueFire’s first commercial plant,...
  • KiOR files for bankruptcy, but not Mississippi unit

    11/10/2014 8:11:07 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 10, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Kior, Inc., the Houston-area biofuels maker that hoped to tap new technology to produce clean energy, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. The company listed $58.3 million in assets along with $261.3 million debts in its filing in the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, where the company is incorporated. The company was at one-time considered a leader in the development of what’s known as cellulosic fuel — gasoline and diesel that is made from inedible plant material like woodchips and grass clippings. Though other biofuels are made from plants — ethanol, for example, is made from corn or sugarcane — cellulosic fuels...
  • Don’t Burn Food for Fuel – As Seen on National Geographic

    09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and...
  • Boeing launches plan to turn tobacco into jet fuel

    08/07/2014 8:54:18 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Business Aug. 08, 2014 - 06:18AM JST
    U.S. aerospace giant Boeing says it is working with South African Airways and a Dutch biofuel company to make jet fuel from tobacco seeds. The Dutch firm, SkyNRG, is boosting its production in South Africa of a hybrid, nicotine-free, tobacco crop called Solaris with “biofuel production expected… in the next few years,” the three companies said in a statement. “Initially, oil from the plant’s seeds will be converted into jet fuel. In coming years, Boeing expects emerging technologies to increase South Africa’s aviation biofuel production from the rest of the plant,” added the firms. Aviation biofuel, made from renewable resources...
  • US senator expects 2014 RFS volumes to go up, following meeting with Obama adviser

    07/25/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Platts.com ^ | 7-24-14 | Washington (Platts)
    Following a meeting with President Barack Obama's top energy adviser, Minnesota Senator Al Franken on Thursday said he believes the Environmental Protection Agency will raise its biofuels blending targets when it finalizes the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. "We are hoping for and we definitely believe we're going to get higher numbers than in the preliminary rule, and we hope they're significantly higher," Franken said on a conference call with reporters. Franken and eight other Democratic senators met with Obama adviser John Podesta to discuss the biodiesel mandate within the 2014 RFS, though Franken said ethanol issues came up, as well....
  • EU to set limit on food-based biofuels

    06/17/2014 8:17:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 14 June 2014
    EU ministers have agreed to 7% cap on the use of food-based biofuels in transport fuel. The agreement comes after a long-standing controversy, with biofuels being criticized for adding to environmental problems. The so-called "first generation" biofuels are made from crops such as maize, beetroot, or rapeseed. They were initially backed by the EU as a way to tackle climate change and reduce EU dependence on imported oil and gas. However, research has since shown that biofuels do more environmental harm than good. Making fuel out of crops has been criticized for displacing other crops and forcing the clearing of...
  • [2012] Growth of ethanol fuel stalls in Brazil

    02/22/2014 12:57:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Nature ^ | November 27, 2012 | Claudio Angelo
    Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. The price of pure ethanol at the pump is so high that in most states it is cheaper to fill up flexible-fuel cars with petrol blends that contain about 20% ethanol... It began with the 2008 economic crisis, which staunched new investments in the sector just as it was expanding rapidly, and deep in debt. Rather than developing new plantations, the industry fell back on harvesting cane from...
  • 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.
  • From Algae to Oil In Just One Hour

    12/25/2013 3:51:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 124 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 23, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead & Staff
    Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are pioneering a process that produces oil from algae in just one hour. Wet algae goes in, heat and pressure is applied, and crude oil comes out. From the PNNL itself: “It’s a bit like using a pressure cooker, only the pressures and temperatures we use are much higher,” said [Douglas Elliott, the laboratory fellow who led the PNNL team's research]. “In a sense, we are duplicating the process in the Earth that converted algae into oil over the course of millions of years. We’re just doing it much, much faster.” The...
  • Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

    12/20/2013 9:24:42 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 71 replies
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ^ | 12/17/2013 | Tom Rickey
    Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.(snip) In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor. Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae. With additional conventional refining, the crude algae oil is converted into aviation fuel, gasoline or diesel...
  • Obama campaign manager Jim Messina joins company awarded millions in federal cash

    09/25/2013 11:00:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Lachlan Markay — Wash. Free Beacon
    A former top White House official and the head of President Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts. LanzaTech announced Wednesday that Jim Messina, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reelection campaign manager, and the head of his retooled campaign apparatus Organizing for Action was appointed to the company’s board of directors. “Jim’s proven ability to merge technology, messaging, and communications in support of ideas that transcend ‘business as usual’ will help us continue our mission of reshaping how our world...
  • EU Biofuels Boondoggle Raising Global Food Prices

    09/10/2013 8:50:54 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 9, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Getting rid of biofuel programs would cut Europe’s food costs in half by 2020, and lower global food prices by 15 percent. That’s according to a new report, commissioned by the EU’s own Joint Research Center (JRC), released ahead of a critical European Parliament vote on Wednesday to cap biofuels’ contributions to the EU’s 2020 green targets. Current EU targets have more than half of the continent’s vegetable oils going towards biodiesel production in 2020. The new paper points out that global food prices are “strongly driven” by their end use. As Euractiv puts it, “[w]hen more soy and palm oil...
  • Vegetable oil prices rest on EU biofuel vote

    09/09/2013 8:30:20 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 23 replies
    Food Navigator ^ | 09/09/13 | Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn
    The more vegetable oil used for biofuel production, the less there is for food use. The report lays out forecast consequences for three proposed EU restrictions on the use of crop-based fuels.
  • Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell

    08/22/2013 9:57:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 17, 2013 | PAUL TULLIS
    THERE is an indisputable elegance to the idea of transforming garbage into fuel, of turning icky, smelly detritus into something valuable. But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification systems can expend a tremendous amount of energy to produce a tiny amount of electricity. Up to this point, it hasn’t seemed worth the trouble. Mike Hart thinks that he has solved those problems. In a former Air Force hangar outside Sacramento, his company, Sierra Energy, has spent the last several...
  • EPA Sets Biofuel Supply Requirements to Decrease Fossil Fuel Reliance

    08/06/2013 6:45:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    free beacon ^ | 8/6/13 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Environmental Protection Agency will require oil refiners to blend 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s gasoline supply this year as part of its efforts to spur new fuel technology and decrease fossil fuel dependence. Nearly eight months past the legal due date, the EPA announced its yearly blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on Tuesday. Renewable fuel associations applauded the announcement, but the oil and gas industry criticized the agency for continuing to push a “broken” system. The EPA’s blending requirements include 6 million gallons of the cellulosic biofuel, which is made from woodchips....
  • Florida Plant to Produce Advanced Ethanol

    07/31/2013 7:09:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 31, 2013 | RYAN TRACY
    Facility Offers Promise of Producing Fuel Out of Everything From Grass to Garbage A Florida plant started commercial-scale production of advanced ethanol, its owners said Wednesday, marking the first time a U.S. facility has made large quantities of the fuel from the inedible parts of plants. The news was a milestone for the renewable fuels industry, which has been dogged by criticism that its current method of making fuel from corn or sugar diverts those crops from the food chain and raises food prices. If INEOS Bio can sustain production at the Florida plant, it would offer the promise of...
  • Molecular switch for cheaper biofuel

    06/06/2013 2:00:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | June 3, 2013 | NA
    This is Christian Derntl in the bio-lab.Lignocellulosic waste such as sawdust or straw can be used to produce biofuel – but only if the long cellulose and xylan chains can be successfully broken down into smaller sugar molecules. To do this, fungi are used which, by means of a specific chemical signal, can be made to produce the necessary enzymes. Because this procedure is, however, very expensive, Vienna University of Technology has been investigating the molecular switch that regulates enzyme production in the fungus. As a result, it is now possible to manufacture genetically modified fungi that produce the necessary...
  • Bill would add natural gas-based ethanol to federal biofuels mandate

    05/14/2013 7:41:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 14, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    To the federal government, ethanol only counts as a conventional biofuel if it is produced from switchgrass, corn starch or some other easily replenished materials. But Texas Rep. Pete Olson wants to change that. On Tuesday, the Houston-area Republican is introducing legislation that would allow ethanol produced from natural gas to compete with corn-based ethanol under the federal renewable fuels standard, an eight-year-old mandate that forces refiners to blend an increasing amount of alternatives into petroleum-based fuels. Technically, the measure would create a new “domestic alternative fuel” category under the RFS, under which the natural-gas based product would qualify. Olson...
  • A biomass bonanza

    03/18/2013 7:43:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 February 2013 | Emma Davies
    Companies have put biofuels on the back burner to aim for higher margin chemicals, as Emma Davies finds out Tom Welton gives the wooden desk in his office a sharp rap with his knuckles. ‘That’s the sound of lignin,’ he says, grinning. ‘Have you seen its structure? It’s beautiful, full of aromatics, lovely compounds that make you think: I could make something useful from this.’Welton, who is head of chemistry at Imperial College London, UK, views lignin – the ‘really hard stuff’ that protects plants from biological attack – as a valuable source of renewable speciality chemicals. His group has...
  • Obama to unveil alternative energy proposal (Not again!)

    03/15/2013 4:49:07 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    cbs ^ | 3/15/2013 | By JILLIAN HUGHES
    President Obama today will urge Congress to establish a research fund for transportation and fuel alternatives, called an Energy Security Trust, according to White House officials. The president will tour and give remarks at Argonne National Laboratory just outside of Chicago, a Department of Energy facility for scientific research that specializes in advanced battery production. He will propose setting aside $2 billion over the next 10 years for an Energy Security Trust, which aims to support research and development for electric vehicles, domestic biofuels, fuel cells and U.S.-produced natural gas.
  • Scientists trick iron-eating bacteria into breathing electrons instead

    01/31/2013 3:47:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | January 30, 2013 | NA
    Scientists have developed a way to grow iron-oxidizing bacteria using electricity instead of iron, an advance that will allow them to better study the organisms and could one day be used to turn electricity into fuel. The study will be published on January 29 in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The method, called electrochemical cultivation, supplies these bacteria with a steady supply of electrons that the bacteria use to respire, or "breathe". It opens the possibility that one day electricity generated from renewable sources like wind or solar could be funneled to iron oxidizing...
  • Is It Time to Stop Putting Food in Our Cars?

    10/31/2012 9:53:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    The American ^ | October 31, 2012 | Kenneth P. Green and Elizabeth DeMeo
    The ethanol mandate continues to do more harm than good — inflicting environmental damage, raising food prices, and distorting energy markets. Two recent developments warrant a reexamination of the fuel ethanol issue.First, on August 20, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a call for comments on suspending the renewable fuel standard (RFS), sometimes known as the ethanol mandate:EPA is seeking comment on letters requesting a waiver of the renewable fuel standard and matters relevant to EPA’s consideration of those requests. Governors of the states of Arkansas and North Carolina submitted separate requests for a waiver. Section 211(o)(7)(A) of the...
  • Fuel industry pushes to keep high-ethanol blends off the market

    08/20/2012 3:07:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2012 | Zack Colman
    The head of a top fuel industry group wants Congress to take action that he says would protect consumers by keeping a more corrosive blend of gasoline off the market. American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles Drevna told The Hill on Monday that a U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia decision last week will put consumers at risk. The court upheld Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that let gas stations offer fuel with a higher ethanol content. Auto companies say the higher-blend ethanol fuel is more destructive to engines and is not covered by many...
  • Air Force spends $59 per gallon on biofuel

    07/24/2012 6:46:10 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 21 replies
    rt.com ^ | 16 June, 2012
    Air Force spends $59 per gallon on biofuel 12 June 2012 If you were mad about $4 per gallon of gas, think about this: the Air Force is spending $59 per gallon on "green biofuel" that supposedly has to compete with traditional petroleum jet fuel. ­The U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstration taking place this week, using biofuels at an alarming $26 per gallon, will flaunt the Pentagon’s wasteful spending and is already angering some U.S. lawmakers. But a lesser-known Air Force demonstration cost the government more than twice as much for biofuels. Purchasing 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from...
  • Air Force Buys $59/Gal Biofuel from Company Connected to Big Democratic Donor

    07/23/2012 8:17:28 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    In an effort to make good on President Barack Obama’s commitment to “green energy,” the United States Air Force spent $639,000 on 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from Gevo Inc., a Colorado biofuels company, at $59 a gallon. The cost of petroleum is presently $3.60 a gallon. Similarly, in preparation for last week's "Green Fleet Demonstration,” the U.S. Navy purchased $12 million in biofuels to prove that a carrier strike group could be run on biofuels for the day. It’s all part of the Obama Administration’s decision last year to direct the Navy, Agriculture department, and the Energy department to...
  • IEA Sees Renewable Energy Growth Accelerating Over Next Five Years

    07/16/2012 7:40:04 AM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    ERC ^ | 7/16/2012
    Renewable power generation is expected to continue its rapid growth over the next five years, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that acknowledges the coming-of-age of the renewable energy sector. The report says that despite economic uncertainties in many countries, global power generation from hydropower, solar, wind, and other renewable sources is projected to increase by more than 40% to almost six 400 terawatt hours (TWh)—or roughly one-and-a-half times current electricity production in the US. The study marks the first time the IEA has devoted a medium-term report to renewable power sources, a recognition of...
  • IER head: Navy’s biofuels test ‘squandering’ taxpayer dollars

    07/10/2012 5:21:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 10, 2012 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The head of the Institute for Energy Research today beseeched congressional leaders to investigate Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ decision to conduct test exercises using expensive alternative fuels this summer. Thomas Pyle, president of the industry-funded IER, said the move shows “the Obama administration is squandering limited national defense dollars on a political agenda.” “With huge reductions in resources for national defense already under way, wasting taxpayer money on biofuels costing ten times as much as conventional fuels makes no sense,” Pyle said in a letter to the heads of the House and Senate oversight and defense committees. Pyle’s letter comes...
  • Navy’s Green Fleet Runs Into Fiscal Storm (Algae Based Bio-Fuels Cost 4X More Than Petroleum Fuels)

    06/10/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | June 9, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    Navy’s green fleet runs into fiscal storm Demo still on for next month, includes San Diego ship Republicans in Congress are blocking the Navy’s march toward a future in which jets and ships run on biofuels, saying the “green” most in question is whether the United States has the money, with a shrinking military budget, to invest in a pricey fuel experiment. The Navy will demonstrate its “great green fleet” concept next month, a toe in the water toward easing the country away from dependence on unfriendly foreign oil. But opposition in Congress could push the effort onto the rocks...
  • Obama's algae energy euphoria: Is pond scum a green scam?

    05/07/2012 11:36:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 6, 2012 | Larry Bell
    Is there something fishy about algae? Is it the revolutionary new fuel source opportunity the Obama administration represents it to be? Last February, in a University of Miami campaign speech intended to pacify prospective pump price-panicked patrons, the president said: "We're making new investments in the development of gasoline and diesel and jet fuel that's actually made from a plant-like substance, algae...You've got a lot of algae out there, right? If we can figure out how to make energy out of that, we'll be doing all right. Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17% of the oil...
  • NASA shows off new algae farming technique for making biofuel

    04/16/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 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, they’ve 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...
  • Hybrid copper-gold nanoparticles convert CO2 (To Hydrocarbons!)

    04/11/2012 8:26:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 04-11-12 | Jennifer Chu - Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Copper -- the stuff of pennies and tea kettles -- is also one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels with relatively little energy. When fashioned into an electrode and stimulated with voltage, copper acts as a strong catalyst, setting off an electrochemical reaction with carbon dioxide that reduces the greenhouse gas to methane or methanol. Various researchers around the world have studied copper’s potential as an energy-efficient means of recycling carbon dioxide emissions in powerplants: Instead of being released into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide would be circulated through a copper catalyst and turned into...
  • Algae Biofuel Thrives in the Heart of Oil Country

    04/09/2012 12:42:03 PM PDT · by An American! · 34 replies
    Triple Pundit ^ | April 6, 2012 | Tina Casey
    As the U.S. transitions out of a petroleum economy, oil-rich Texas is emerging as something of a surprise leader in biofuel research. If the country’s quintessential oil state sees promise in biofuels, that stands as a powerful indicator that the national market is ready, too, even in the case of algae biofuel, which has been greeted with derision in some circles. One main driver of Texas’s vanguard position in the biofuel field has been Texas A&M University, the premier public education and research institution. The school’s AgriLife department has firmly established itself in the forefront of algae biofuel development despite...
  • 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 Canada’s oil sands—also known as tar sands—according 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...
  • New microbe turns sugary seaweed into fuel

    01/25/2012 7:49:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 19 January 2012 | Jon Evans
    It may be slimy, slippery and rather unpleasant, but seaweed actually has a surprisingly wide range of uses, being a common source of food, chemicals, medicines and cosmetics. It may soon also be a source of biofuel, thanks to an engineered microbe able to transform seaweed directly into ethanol. Seaweed has a number of important advantages over other biofuel feedstocks. Unlike maize and sugarcane, it isn't grown on fields that otherwise would be producing food and unlike wood and energy crops, such as switchgrass, it doesn't contain any lignin, which makes the sugar molecules in it much easier to release.  As a...
  • EPA Fines Companies Because They Didn’t Use A Fuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/11/2012 1:38:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 01/11/2012 | John Hayward
    Gosh, it’s tough to figure out why that recovery is stalled. The Orwellian nightmare of running a business in the shadow of the Obama Administration is nicely captured in this story from the New York Times, which explains why motor fuel companies are about to be fined $6.8 million for failure to use a biofuel that does not exist: In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons into gasoline and...
  • One Energy Subsidy Ended on January 1, 2012

    01/10/2012 9:10:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A major part of the United States' misguided policy on ethanol usage came to an end as the $6 billion-a-year ethanol subsidy dies America's corn farmers have been benefiting from annual federal subsidies of around $6 billion in recent years, all in the name of ethanol used as an additive for the nation's vehicles. That ends on Jan. 1, when the companies making ethanol will lose a tax credit of 46 cents per gallon, and even the ethanol industry is OK with it -- thanks in part to high oil prices that make ethanol competitive. Subsidized since 1979 as a...
  • A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

    01/10/2012 8:49:41 AM PST · by epithermal · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | Matthew L Wald
    WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law. But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist. In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required...
  • Worse than Madoff? USDA biofuels investment goes bust

    01/06/2012 10:02:01 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | January 6, 2012 | Institute for Energy Research
    USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 millionWASHINGTON D.C.—Upon reports Tuesday that a USDA-backed biofuels plant in Soperton, Georgia has lost taxpayers nearly $60 million, IER President Tom Pyleissued the following statement:“Apparently U.S. taxpayers have yet to discover life after Solyndra. Today’s announcement that a USDA-backed biofuels plant has been sold for pennies on the dollar—at a loss of nearly $60 million to U.S. taxpayers —further underscores the point that the federal government should not be in the venture capital business.The Bush administration secured the Range Fuels loan, and the Obama administration doubled down on the...
  • Navy Biofuel Deal is 'Cost Prohibitive,' 'Another Solyndra,’ Critics Say

    12/23/2011 10:22:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 23, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    Navy jet takes off from U.S.S. Ronald Reagan. (U.S. Navy photo) (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration’s deal to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuel for Navy jets comes at a cost of up to nine times higher than regular fuel, a spokesman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said, coming at a time when the U.S. military is already facing deep budget cuts. Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has supported biofuel projects in the past, but has problems with a program the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
  • Obama’s green addiction ripping us off, again

    12/21/2011 11:25:12 AM PST · by SmileRight · 10 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 12/21/2011 | Michael Dorstewitz
    When we hear the words “jet fuel,” we tend to think in terms of exotic, volatile mixtures, something akin to that which sends top fuel dragsters roaring down a quarter-mile track. In reality, jet propulsion fuel is pretty ordinary stuff. Depending on the type, it can be nothing more than the same kerosene we used to put in lanterns. So when I heard that the Navy was now paying as much as $16 a gallon for some of its jet fuel, every alarm on my internal radar sounded off in a deafening squeal. My first call naturally went to my...
  • Obama's Cronyism Compromises National Security

    12/16/2011 4:00:41 AM PST · by ashukla · 6 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | December 14, 2011 | John Hinderaker
    <p>Now we find the Navy partnering with the Agriculture Department to purchase hundreds of thousands of gallons of alternative biofuel in place of standard JP-5 fuel for Navy aircraft — the biggest federal purchase of biofuel ever.</p> <p>A look at the lucky seller of this environmentalist version of the proverbial $600 Pentagon toilet seat indicates that the move is not just wasteful, but ethically suspect.</p>
  • Obama administration gave $21.8 million stimulus grant to build a biofuel refinery.

    12/18/2011 10:12:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Blue Grass Pundit ^ | 12/18/11 | Bluegrass Pundit
    The $15 a gallon price is 4 times the world market price of conventional jet fuel. The U.S. has plenty of oil and natural gas if the Obama administration would only permit expanded exploration and development. The announcement is part of President Obama’s goal of advancing a domestic biofuels industry capable of powering vehicles that now use diesel and jet fuel. It’s also part of the administration’s ongoing effort to try to advance parts of its energy agenda that don’t require congressional approval. Another case in point was Obama’s announcement on Friday of new energy-efficient building initiatives. “We can’t wait...
  • Navy buys biofuel for $16 a gallon

    12/11/2011 4:28:39 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 11,2011 | J.E. DYER
    Teaming up with the Department of Agriculture (which has a cheery Rotary Club ring to it), the Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel for about $16 a gallon, or about 4 times the price of its standard marine fuel, JP-5, which has been going for under $4 a gallon. You won’t be surprised to learn that a member of Obama’s presidential transition team, T. J. Glauthier, is a “strategic advisor” at Solazyme, the California company that is selling a portion of the biofuel to the Navy. Glauthier worked – shock, shock – on the energy-sector portion of the 2009...
  • Another Failed Energy Loan - Taxpayers are being stuck with the losses.

    12/09/2011 10:27:47 AM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 8, 2011 | Robert Bryce
    Another Failed Energy LoanTaxpayers are being stuck with the losses. The biofuels bust continues. The latest failure: Range Fuels.Last week, the company defaulted on a government-guaranteed $80 million loan that it had used to build an ethanol plant in Georgia. AgSouth Farm Credit, the servicer of the loan, will begin a foreclosure sale on the plant in January. The foreclosure provides yet another indictment of the Obama administration’s energy policies.Twenty-one months ago, the Department of Agriculture trumpeted its $80 million loan guarantee to Range — which claimed it could produce millions of gallons of ethanol from wood chips — by...
  • Growing Push to End All Energy Subsidies

    11/18/2011 1:28:28 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/17/2011 | Tom Gantert
    There is a growing movement to end all federal subsidies for energy as the country’s national debt nears $15 trillion. One report released by a coalition of free-market analysts estimated there was $380 billion in government subsidies for energy in 2011. The Green Scissors 2011 report estimated that $53 billion was lost in oil and gas revenues from royalty-free leases in federal waters and another $6 billion a year in ethanol tax credits. Americans for Prosperity came to Michigan this Saturday as part of its Energy for America Tour. The tour continues Monday with stops in Portage at noon and...
  • US Navy Powers Destroyer with Biofuel in 20 Hour Trip Along California Coast

    11/17/2011 7:29:25 AM PST · by StolarStorm · 58 replies
    The Maritime Executive ^ | November 17, 2011 | unknown
    On Thursday the U.S. Navy completed the first leg of its largest alternative fuel test onboard a destroyer along the California coast. Twenty-thousand gallons of algae-based fuel was pumped into the retired destroyer, PAUL H. FOSTER, for the 20 hour trip that began Wednesday. The successful overnight trip is a big step in paving the way for a plan to unveil a small carrier strike group of destroyers, cruisers, aircraft, submarines and a carrier to run on alternative fuels and nuclear power next year. The Navy has been investing millions into alternative energies, in an effort to cut its dependence...