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  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • Macomb Community College’s Renewable Energy Program

    09/09/2014 3:04:53 AM PDT · by equaviator · 10 replies
    Macomb Community College ^ | May 31, 2104 | Kiernan Manion
    We would like to take this time to announce the many programs that Macomb Community College has to offer! The idea of providing energy sources outside of electricity, and in the theme of a doomsday, emergency scenario, the many programs, areas of study, and implementation of new technologies at MCC are worth exploring! First and foremost, the Renewable Energy Certificate program and courses available through Macomb Community College are instrumental in building the foundation for a career in the field of Renewable Energy. Within the scope of preparing for natural disasters or widespread electrical failures, renewable and alternative energies are...
  • Study: Biomass Worse for Environment than Fossil Fuels

    07/26/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 25, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Power stations that burn biomass are worse for the environment than those that burn coal, new analysis suggests. According to David MacKay, the government’s chief scientific advisor on energy, burning wood imported from North America in British power stations produces more greenhouse gases than burning coal.As previously reported on Breitbart London, American scientists wrote a letter to the British government in May to protest the policy of subsidising power firms to import wooden pellets from the U.S. They said that this was anything but carbon neutral as the forests from which the pellets are taken act as a “carbon sink”, taking carbon dioxide...
  • Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    04/15/2014 10:28:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge ^ | april 15, 2014 |  Lachlan Markay
    As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message. Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing. The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy. The senator, who is facing reelection in November, will address the Alaska Wood Energy Conference on Wednesday. The conference brings together leaders in the state’s biomass industry. He has also promoted fossil fuel development, including effort to open areas of...
  • Extracting carbon from nature can aid climate but will be costly: U.N.

    03/26/2014 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants would burn biomass - wood, wood pellets, or plant waste like from sugar cane - to generate electricity while the carbon dioxide in the biomass is extracted, piped away and buried deep underground. Among techniques, a chemical process can strip carbon dioxide from the flue gases from combustion. The process - called bio-energy...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Biomass producer Big Island Carbon files Chapter 7 bankruptcy (Hawaii)

    11/27/2012 8:45:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | November 27, 2012 | Janis L. Magin, managing editor, digital content
    Big Island Carbon LLC, which spent some $50 million to build a biomass plant to turn Hawaii-grown macadamia nut shells into granulated activated carbon, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The company, which has not started commercial operations at the Kawaihae plant, has laid off all 25 employees, including CEO Rick Vidgen, who was let go on Oct. 9 along with Chief Operating Officer Fred Baker and Controller Gerald Gruber, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where the bankruptcy was filed on Nov. 5. Vidgen declined to comment on the bankruptcy filing. Big Island Carbon...
  • GOP puts biofuels on the chopping block

    07/11/2012 7:56:19 PM PDT · by rusty millet · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/12 | Zack Colman
    Biomass and biofuels groups warn that the loss of $800 million in guaranteed federal support would stall progress in developing the fuel source and cause job losses in rural communities that can least afford it. The industry claims interest groups such as fossil fuel producers and livestock owners have hijacked the process as the House Agriculture Committee begins a markup of the bill this week. “What is probably more broadly at play is a concerted effort by livestock groups, oil groups and some in the environmental community to denigrate biofuel production,” said Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the Renewable Fuels...
  • Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty

    06/14/2012 5:30:53 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 13, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    What would you do if gangs of robbers roamed your neighborhood at night, breaking into your neighbors' houses and stealing their family jewels and life savings? You would arm yourself to defend your property. Or you would move to a safer neighborhood. But if the robbers formed gangs called Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, or the Natural Resources Defense Fund, and assaulted your standard of living, the Che Guevara Democrats expect you to greet them with open arms, and gleefully turn over bushels of your cash, until your life savings is gone, and your standard of living has been reduced to...
  • High-Yield Path to Making Key Ingredient for Plastic, Xylene, from Biomass

    04/30/2012 11:44:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 30, 2012 | NA
    A team of chemical engineers led by Paul J. Dauenhauer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered a new, high-yield method of producing the key ingredient used to make plastic bottles from biomass. The process is inexpensive and currently creates the chemical p-xylene with an efficient yield of 75-percent, using most of the biomass feedstock, Dauenhauer says. The research is published in the journal ACS Catalysis. Dauenhauer, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at UMass Amherst, says the new discovery shows that there is an efficient, renewable way to produce a chemical that has immediate and recognizable use for...
  • Now biomass is the environment's enemy?

    04/17/2012 10:56:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Brunell
    When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead and diseased timber, put idled loggers and millworkers back to work and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. But since voters narrowly approved the initiative in 2006, many of those same activists are battling against biomass projects.
  • Researchers produce cheap sugars for sustainable biofuel production

    09/29/2011 10:33:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 09-29-2011 | Provided by Iowa State University
    Iowa State University's Robert C. Brown keeps a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid on his office table. "It looks like something you could pour on your pancakes," he said. "In many respects, it is similar to molasses." Brown, in fact, calls it "pyrolytic molasses." That's because it was produced by the fast pyrolysis of biomass such as corn stalks or wood chips. Fast pyrolysis involves quickly heating the biomass without oxygen to produce liquid or gas products. "We think this is a new way to make inexpensive sugars from biomass," said Brown, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering,...
  • Palin Thumps Harvard

    08/22/2011 9:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Townhall's Finance ^ | August 23, 2011 | John Ransom, Finance Editor
    If you drew a straight line between the Obama White House, Harvard and Martha’s Vineyard, you’d apparently find no real economists judging by the effluvia created through progressive economics in this country. But would it be too much to ask if we could have a few people who could just add, subtract, multiply and divide? What exactly is an Ivy League degree worth if you can’t do lower mathematics? I guess a lot less than Sarah Palin and a University of Idaho bachelor’s degree is worth. Go U of I Vandals! In a quest for a few more “green” jobs...
  • Palmer Renewable Energy seeking millions from Springfield for revocation of permit

    06/25/2011 2:02:52 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Palmer Renewable Energy has filed a lawsuit against Springfield after the City Council voted last month to revoke the energy development firm's permit to build a wood-burning biomass plant in East Springfield. Although details of the civil complaint were not immediately available on Saturday, Springfield City Councilor Timothy J. Rooke confirmed that the city has received notice of the suit, which is reportedly seeking somewhere in the ballpark of $50 million. On May 23, the 13-member City Council voted 10-2 -- one member was absent for the May vote -- to revoke the Palmer-based developer's special permit to build a...
  • IPCC: Half of Renewable Energy is Wood, Charcoal, and Animal Dung

    05/11/2011 9:08:40 AM PDT · by wewillnotcomply · 9 replies ^ | 5-11-11 | Sam Patterson
    The IPCC recently released the Summary of a report about renewable energy. Both Pielke Jr. and Donna Laframboise have mentioned it, and once the final report comes out at the end of the month I'm sure we'll hear more about it. However, in looking over the report I was stunned to find out what the IPCC considers as renewable energy (RE). This story at Scientific American covers it very well. I recommend reading it. Here's the problem. The IPCC has different categories of renewable energy. They include solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, ocean, and biomass. Biomass is by far the largest...
  • Renewable energy (biomass) plants fined for Clean Air Act violations

    02/17/2011 6:46:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    California Watch ^ | 2/17/11 | Sam Pearson
    Two Central Valley biomass plants have agreed to pay more than $830,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday. “Today’s enforcement actions are a victory for human health,” Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said in a statement. The plants in Chowchilla and El Nido, both owned by Global Ampersand, LLC, of Boston, were fined $343,000 and $492,000, respectively. Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment. David Kim, assistant regional counsel for the EPA, said that the fines showed that even the renewable energy industry could run...
  • Cellulose catalyst rewrites rules of attraction

    01/02/2011 9:04:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 December 2010 | James Urquhart
    Chinese researchers have developed a magnetic solid acid catalyst that raises the prospect of efficiently converting biomass cellulose into useful chemicals, such as sugars for biofuel production.According to the researchers, the catalyst is better than conventional equivalents because it shows good hydrothermal stability and can be recycled - magnetic nanoparticles pull the acid away from the substrate when a magnetic field is applied.Using biomass as a source of renewable fuel has attracted interest in recent years in response to global climate change and the search for alternatives to fossil fuels. The main component of biomass is cellulose - a polymer comprising many...
  • Using Waste, Swedish City Cuts Its Fossil Fuel Use

    12/11/2010 10:56:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 41 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2010 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    KRISTIANSTAD, Sweden — When this city vowed a decade ago to wean itself from fossil fuels, it was a lofty aspiration, like zero deaths from traffic accidents or the elimination of childhood obesity. But Kristianstad has already crossed a crucial threshold: the city and surrounding county, with a population of 80,000, essentially use no oil, natural gas or coal to heat homes and businesses, even during the long frigid winters. It is a complete reversal from 20 years ago, when all of their heat came from fossil fuels. But this area in southern Sweden, best known as the home of...
  • Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny

    06/19/2010 5:16:24 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 8 replies · 329+ views
    NY TImes ^ | June 18, 2010 | TOM ZELLER Jr.
    GREENFIELD, Mass. — Matthew Wolfe, an energy developer with plans to turn tree branches and other woody debris into electric power, sees himself as a positive force in the effort to wean his state off of planet-warming fossil fuels. “It’s way better than coal,” Mr. Wolfe said, “if you look at it over its life cycle.” Not everyone agrees, as evidenced by lawn signs in this northwestern Massachusetts town reading “Biomass? No Thanks.” In fact, power generated by burning wood, plants and other organic material, which makes up 50 percent of all renewable energy produced in the United States, according...
  • Jet fuels from biomass

    04/30/2010 8:15:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 435+ views
    Highlights in Chemical Science ^ | 27 April 2010 | Nicola Wise
    Biomass-derived fuels take a step closer to solving the energy problem thanks to a new process developed by US scientists. As fossil fuel resources continue to diminish, there is a greater need for developing new approaches for producing fuels from renewable resources. Solar cells and hydrogen fuel could provide long term solutions but the most immediate option is substitution of petrol with biofuels. First-generation biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel have shown this is possible but they can only satisfy a small portion of the energy demands of the transportation sector and they also use edible biomass as a feedstock increasing competition...
  • Biofuel used in Air Force aircraft test

    03/27/2010 7:27:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 317+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/25/2010 | UPI
    Air Force Maj. Michelle Coghill confirmed both of the military aircraft's engines used the biofuel for Thursday morning's flight at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, Fla., the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News reported. The Air Force said the flight represented the first time all of a military or civilian airplane's engines were fueled by a biofuels blend. The test flight represents part of an ongoing Air Force effort to develop and test biofuels. The Daily News said officials from both the Air Force Research Laboratory and Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base oversaw the test flight. Unlike conventional...
  • Ethanol giant shifts gears

    01/05/2010 5:03:06 AM PST · by thackney · 72 replies · 1,729+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan 5, 2010 | Tom Fowler
    Fagen Inc. was pretty busy from 2006 to 2008, building 47 ethanol projects across the U.S., bringing in about $2.2 billion in revenue for the family-owned business in Granite Falls, Minn. "Corn ethanol has been the best thing that has happened to the farmers since the invention of the combine," said 61-year-old Ron Fagen, who grew up in the tiny community of Maynard near Granite Falls. "It gives them another market for their corn." But the ethanol party's over, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ... Fagan is actually taking part in a project to build what is expected to be...
  • Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies

    07/15/2009 5:14:05 AM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 1,091+ views
    Fox ^ | July 15, 2009
    It could be a combination of 19th-century mechanics, 21st-century technology — and a 20th-century horror movie. A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies. -snip-
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Seeing the Forest for the Trees

    06/22/2008 7:09:28 PM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 4 replies · 126+ views
    biomass magazine ^ | APRIL 2008 | by Timothy Charles Holmseth
    Joann (Tink) Birchem says she “can see the forest for the trees.” In time, everyone else will see it too, she says. Birchem and her husband Jerry, own Valley Forest Wood Products LLC and Birchem Logging Inc., both in Mountain Iron, Minn. Somewhere in northeast Minnesota, where thousands of trees dot the landscape, Tink Birchem saw the forest that she believes holds the future of heating. That future is in the form of a small wood pellet that burns hot and clean inside special furnaces. Eventually, everyone is going to need them and the reason can be explained in one...
  • Sizing-Up Anaerobic Digestion

    06/17/2008 7:24:40 PM PDT · by Kevin J waldroup · 8 replies · 168+ views
    biomass magazine ^ | July 2008 Issue | Bryan Sims / Photos Jim Manganella
    Sizing-Up Anaerobic Digestion When Richard Kessel became the chief executive officer for the Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Environmental Power Corp. in July 2006, he was armed with more than 30 years experience in the energy field and the wherewithal to mold companies into formidable players in the renewable energy industry. EPC, and its single subsidiary Microgy Inc., is rapidly expanding its renewable energy portfolio by developing, owning and operating large-scale anaerobic digestion facilities that produce methane-rich biogas from agricultural livestock and organic wastes. EPC’s ability to design anaerobic digestion systems and to provide ongoing operational maintenance on a large scale sets it...
  • Huge hidden biomass lives deep beneath the oceans

    05/24/2008 5:15:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 101+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 22 May 2008 | Catherine Brahic
    It's the basement apartment like no other. Life has been found 1.6 kilometres beneath the sea floor, at temperatures reaching 100 °C. The discovery marks the deepest living cells ever to be found beneath the sea floor. Bacteria have been found deeper underneath the continents, but there they are rare. In comparison, the rocks beneath the sea appear to be teeming with life. John Parkes, a geobiologist at the University of Cardiff, UK, hopes his team's discovery might one day help find life on other planets. He says it might even redefine what we understand as life, and, bizarrely, what...
  • Anything that grows 'can convert into oil'

    05/06/2008 8:04:44 AM PDT · by Republic Can · 32 replies · 94+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 19,2008 | Joe Kovacs
    After three years of clandestine development, a Georgia company is now going public with a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil.
  • My Green Gasoline

    04/09/2008 8:11:54 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 30 replies · 65+ views ^ | April 9, 2008 | Josh Painter
    News item: ScienceDaily (Apr. 8, 2008) — Researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of "green gasoline," a liquid identical to standard gasoline yet created from sustainable biomass sources like switchgrass and poplar trees... While it may be five to 10 years before green gasoline arrives at the pump or finds its way into a fighter jet, these breakthroughs have bypassed significant hurdles to bringing green gasoline biofuels to market... "Green gasoline is an attractive alternative to bioethanol since it can be used in existing engines and does not incur the 30 percent gas mileage penalty of ethanol-based flex...
  • Researcher: Discovery could end energy crisis

    03/18/2008 7:25:31 PM PDT · by Borneo1 · 156 replies · 4,381+ views
    The Tifton Gazette ^ | 3/17/2008 | Jana Cone
    TIFTON — A Tifton agricultural researcher says he has found the solution to the world’s energy crisis through genetic modification and cloning of bacterial organisms that can convert bio-mass into hydrocarbons on a grand scale. The local researcher believes his groundbreaking discovery could result in the production of 500 to 1,000 barrels of hydrocarbon fuel per day from the initial production facility. The hydrocarbon fuel — commonly known as oil or fossil fuel when drilled — will require no modification to automobiles, oil pipelines or refineries as they exist today and could forever end the United States’ dependence on foreign...
  • Trash today, ethanol tomorrow: Invention promises major advance in biofuel production (No Corn!)

    03/11/2008 12:13:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies · 3,525+ views ^ | 03/10/2008 | Staff
    S. Degradans is the source of the Ethazyme mixtures. University of Maryland research that started with bacteria from the Chesapeake Bay has led to a process that may be able to convert large volumes of all kinds of plant products, from leftover brewer’s mash to paper trash, into ethanol and other biofuel alternatives to gasoline. That process, developed by University of Maryland professors Steve Hutcheson and Ron Weiner, is the foundation of their incubator company Zymetis, which was on view today in College Park for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and state and university officials. "The new Zymetis technology is...
  • Does fire threat drop as trees fall ?

    11/09/2007 8:08:42 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 78+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | November 8, 2007 | Edward Stoner
    Local foresters predict that up to 90 percent of lodgepole pines will die in some areas near West Vail. Local firefighters say that creates a veritable tenderbox that could easily ignite and spread. Sackbauer was pleased to see lots of work being done near his home this summer to reduce the risk of fire spreading, either from the forest into the neighborhood, or vice versa. workers created a 200- to 300-foot barrier of “defensible space,” a clear-cut area that aims to help stop the spread of fire. The town also hired a six-man “hand crew” to cut trees on town-owned...
  • Jeffco officials: Plans for biomass facility in Golden still on track

    09/12/2007 8:38:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Canyon Courier ^ | 09/04/2007 | Heath Urie
    Jefferson County officials said last week that plans to aid an Arizona businessman in his quest to construct a bio-energy facility in Golden are moving forward. Wade Yates, special project coordinator for Jeffco, said the county has finalized a $161,700 contract with CVL Consultants of Colorado for an engineering study and design plan for the proposed wood-pellet fuel biomass plant. If the report finds the site is appropriate for the Front Range’s first biomass facility, the consultants will help Jeffco rezone the land from agricultural to industrial uses and develop a comprehensive site development plan. At that point, “we’re really...
  • Study: Miscanthus More Than Twice as Productive as Switchgrass for Energy Crop

    07/12/2007 8:28:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies · 1,398+ views ^ | 07/11/2007 | Staff
    Miscanthus. Standing next to the grass is Dr. Emily Heaton (now with Ceres), who is 5' 4" (163 cm) tall. Source: UIUC Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made the first direct comparisons of the biomass productivity of two C4 perennial grasses: switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganteus). The two have been widely trialed as low-input bioenergy crops in the US and EU, respectively. Results from the trials throughout Illinois show that Miscanthus is more than twice as productive as switchgrass. Its efficiency of conversion of sunlight into biomass is amongst the highest ever...
  • Researchers Develop Method for Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Biomass at High Yields

    05/23/2007 11:46:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies · 1,117+ views ^ | 05/23/2007 | Staff
    Researchers at Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Georgia have developed a novel method using multiple enzymes as a catalyst for the direct, low-cost production of hydrogen from biomass. Applying the principles of synthetic biology, the researchers use a combination of 13 enzymes to form an unnatural enzymatic pathway to completely convert polysaccharides—e.g., starch and cellulose—and water into hydrogen at a yield higher than the theoretical yield of biological hydrogen fermentations. Their work is described in the 23 May issue of PLoS ONE, the online, open-access journal from the Public Library of Science. he synthetic...
  • New Fuel:Bio 50 MMGY Biodiesel Plant Goes Online in Elizabeth, NJ

    05/09/2007 2:19:28 AM PDT · by Rick_Michael · 14 replies · 950+ views
    Grainnet ^ | May. 01 2007 | Myke Feinman
    ELIZABETH, NJ – A 50-million-gallon-per-year biodiesel plant went online Feb. 10 with plans to eventually use algae as a feedstock. Fuel:Bio is currently using soy and palm oil to produce ASTM D6751 B100 biodiesel. “At present, Fuel:Bio is the largest commercial producer of biodiesel in the northeast, as determined by production volume,” according to John Borruso, government affairs liaison for Fuel:Bio. Borruso said that Fuel:Bio Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Elizabeth, NJ, plans to eventually have 10 production facilities located along the east coast of the United States. The company is privately-owned by a consortium of individual investors, Borruso said. He...
  • BIOCOUP: Refinery-Based Production of Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

    05/07/2007 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies · 365+ views ^ | 05/04/2007 | Staff
    The BIOCOUP project structure and different steps of the processing route. Click to enlarge. A European research consortium is working to develop a process to allow a range of different biomass feedstocks to be co-fed to a conventional oil refinery to produce renewable fuels and oxygenated chemicals. The overall objective of the five-year BIOCOUP Integrated Project, which is sponsored by the European Commission and coordinated by Finland’s VTT, is to upgrade biomass-derived liquids to make them suitable for refinery co-processing. A secondary objective is the separation of valuable chemicals from biomass and biomass–derived liquids prior to the upgrading. The consortium...
  • Hydrogen Injection Could Boost Bioful Production

    03/12/2007 5:43:17 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 630+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-12-2007 | Catherine Brahic
    Hydrogen injection could boost biofuel production 22:00 12 March 2007 news service Catherine Brahic A proposed new process for creating fuel from biomass could eliminate two major obstacles to producing sustainable biofuels – the low efficiency of conversion and the need for vast areas of land to grow biomass on. However, the new method hinges on having a cheap source of hydrogen – something which is not yet readily available. But the researchers behind the new biofuel concept, Rakesh Agrawal and colleagues at Purdue University, US, believe they may be about to make a breakthrough on that front, with...
  • Fire danger fuels trees-for-fuel plans (biomass / 'hog fuel')

    01/20/2007 1:20:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 2,263+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/07 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    O'BRIEN, Ore. - After nearly 90 years of sawing pine and Douglas fir logs into lumber, Rough & Ready Lumber Co. is branching into the energy business, building a $5 million plant to burn logging debris and to produce electricity that it can sell at a "green tag" premium to the regional power grid. "It's ripe," said Rough & Ready President Link Phillippi, who hopes to have a 1.5 megawatt plant up and running by this fall. "There are the economic benefits, the benefits of healthy forests, and the benefit of a country needing renewable energy — clean energy." The...
  • Greenpeace urges ADB to stop funding fossil fuel projects

    05/03/2006 9:27:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 153+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/3/06 | AFP
    HYDERABAD, India (AFP) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) can boost the fight against climate change by curbing funds for fossil fuel projects and supporting renewable energy, environmental watchdog Greenpeace International says. In a report titled "Irrelevance or Leadership," Greenpeace said if the ADB continued to fund coal-based projects it could fail in its mission to reduce poverty and promote development. "The main cause of climate change is our reliance on fossil fuels -- coal, oil and gas -- to produce energy and the solution is to shift to clean, renewable energy such as biomass, geothermal power plants and wind...
  • Biomass can change the world

    03/06/2006 6:42:02 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 24 replies · 1,471+ views
    Greenwood Commonwealth ^ | 3/6/06 | Wyatt Emmerich
    JACKSON - Hitler had one big problem in his plan to conquer the world: Germany had no oil or gas. The invasion of Russia was supposed to fix that problem, but that came to a bitter end. Germany's brilliant engineers came up with a solution. It was called Fischer-Tropsch, a complex chemical process that extracts fuel from tar, coal and lignite. These bulky raw materials were broken down into simple hydrogen and carbon molecules, then reconstituted into liquid fuel. After the failed Russian invasion, Germany embarked on a massive campaign to build the new plants.... After the war, the discovery...
  • Alcohol Saves the Planet

    02/03/2006 5:36:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 747+ views
    Reason ^ | February 3, 2006 | Ronald Bailey
    The future of booze-fueled machinesGive your car a drink, save the planet, and end dependence on foreign oil. That's more or less the plan George W. Bush unveiled during his State of the Union message earlier this week, in which he also declared his intention to "fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn, but from wood chips and stalks, or switch grass." By throwing tax dollars at research on how to turn vegetation into alcohol to burn in our cars and trucks, Bush hopes to move the country "beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make...
  • New partnership better than Kyoto: Macfarlane

    01/08/2006 11:40:10 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 7 replies · 451+ views
    The [Australian] federal Industry Minister says the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate will have a greater impact on greenhouse gases than the Kyoto Protocol. The partnership brings together Australia, Japan, China, India, South Korea and the United States. Ian Macfarlane says Australia's decision to join the partnership will prove to be a far better move than signing the Kyoto accord. "The reality is new technology will deliver three times the savings in greenhouse gas as the Kyoto Protocol will," he said. "Things like geosequistations, solar energy, better utilisation of the newer technologies that are going to see more...
  • EU launches new biomass push

    12/09/2005 7:13:34 PM PST · by jb6 · 8 replies · 264+ views
    7 Dec 2005, 17:47 GMT - The new action plan will present several measures to speed up the use of biomass energy (wood, wastes and agricultural crops) in the transport, electricity production and heating and cooling sectors. Doubling the use of biomass energy should help the EU achieve its goal of bringing renewables' share of the energy mix from 6% to 12% by 2010. Currently, the EU meets about 4% of its energy requirements from biomass. The union has already adopted targets for the use of biofuels for transport in 2003 with the directive on the promotion of biofuels. In...
  • Vanity---Alternative fuel

    11/16/2005 1:46:45 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 101 replies · 1,348+ views
    I am disgusted as I read the news. We buy oil from petty tyrants. South American thugs bad-talk us and threaten to shut off the tap. Middle-East royalty, two generations from living in mud huts fund jihadists who want to cut off our heads. We compete with communist slave-workers for oil driving up the prices. We may or may not be running out of the stuff creating the real possibility that we are going have to find a replacement anyway. Honestly, our oil economy is going to hurt us at some point. I don’t know if it will be now...
  • Patented Tornado Generator Technology which "atomizes" waste to aid Texas and Louisiana cleanup.

    10/04/2005 1:23:16 PM PDT · by Visioneer · 17 replies · 1,040+ views
    GreenShift Corporation; INSEQ Corporation ^ | Oct. 3. 2005 | Press release excerpts
    A new patented Tornado Generator(TM) accelerates compressed air to supersonic speeds in a closed cyclonic chamber where the air is powerful enough to almost instantly grind, flash desiccate and atomize solid and liquid wastes and other materials into micron sized powders. The Tornado Generator(TM) has no internal moving parts and is powered by compressed air. Needing only an appropriately sized generator and compressor, processing with the Tornado Generator(TM) is very robust and is capable of field operation. The technology can cost-effectively and rapidly process a very broad array of wastes including agricultural wastes, septic wastes, municipal solid wastes, and construction...
  • Mid-Western researchers ponder hydrogen

    05/07/2005 3:00:32 PM PDT · by Aaron_A · 19 replies · 714+ views
    Several universities and research groups in the American Mid-West hope to one day become a leading source of hydrogen fuel. South Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota are working on different projects under the auspices of the Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative. There is no abundant natural source of pure hydrogen, so it must be produced from other sources and that is where the Midwest hopes to cash in with its supplies of ethanol, wind energy, and farm waste. Rest of the article
  • Major Iraq wheat deal for US

    01/13/2005 3:09:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 436+ views
    TradeArabia (Reuters) ^ | Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | staff
    European traders said... Iraq's Grain Board had purchased about 300,000 tonnes of US hard red winter wheat in a tender. If confirmed, it would be one of the single largest sales of wheat to Iraq in recent years... In the 1980s and 1990s the US was a major supplier of wheat to Iraq, but since then Australia has stepped in as the primary supplier of wheat bought by Baghdad. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that Iraq will buy around 2.6 million tonnes of wheat this year. Another US source puts the figure at around 3 million tonnes.
  • Finally - a breakthrough for oil?

    12/08/2004 9:30:48 AM PST · by ckilmer · 97 replies · 3,486+ views
    Telepolis ^ | 12/06/2004 | Craig Morris
    Finally - a breakthrough for oil? Craig Morris 06.12.2004 A conversation with Brian Appel of Changing World Technologies In 2003, Changing World Technologies made headlines in the United States and abroad with the announcement that it would be able to make oil out of just about anything. The company had been running a plant that processed seven tonnes of turkey offal per day into oil at a cost of around $15 per barrel. After a larger plant that processes 238 tonnes of turkey offal per day did not go into operation on time (due - the company says - to...