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Sustainable Oils, Inc., provided camelina-based fuels for Japan Airlines demo flight.
January 30, 2009 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

Also known as gold-of-pleasure or false flax, camelina, the main feedstock used for the recent Japan Airlines test flight, is good candidate for a sustainable biofuel source, given its high oil content and ability to …

California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Greenhouse Gas Regulations; Reconsideration of EPA’s Denial of a Waiver of Preemption
January 30, 2009 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

The California Air Resources Board in December 2005 requested a waiver of pre-emption for its greenhouse gas regulations for certain new motor vehicles beginning with Model Year 2009. On March 6, 2008, EPA published a …

New Catalyst Paves the Path for Ethanol-Powered Fuel Cells
January 29, 2009 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, has developed a new catalyst that could make ethanol-powered …

Genome Sequence Shows Sorghum’s Immense Potential
January 29, 2009 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

Southerners may best know sorghum as sweet, biscuit-topping syrup. But the small grain’s uses range from a dependable, drought-tolerant food crop to biofuel source, says a University of Georgia researcher who led a team that …

Wood-Boring Marine Bug’s Stomach Bugs Studied in UK Biofuels Research
January 28, 2009 – 7:53 am | No Comment

Research is under way to pinpoint the enzymes produced in the four-spotted gribble’s stomach, and the genes that control them, so that the process can be applied to woody biofuel crops such as willow. The …

UK’s Biggest Public Investment in Bioenergy Research Includes Advanced Biofuels
January 28, 2009 – 7:48 am | No Comment

At the University of Nottingham, two of six research projects being run by the national £27m BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre hope to lead the way in the development of sustainable bioenergy fuels — Ethanol and …

DARPA Contract Awarded to Develop Jet Biofuel from Algae
January 26, 2009 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

On January 26, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) a contract to help develop an alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel from agricultural and aquacultural feedstocks.  The contract is …

The Myth of the Plug-In Hybrid
January 23, 2009 – 8:33 am | No Comment

You have heard the hype, the hope, the promise that electric cars are our hope for a clean, low-carbon, sustainable transportation future.   CLICK HERE to see a brief comparison of  sustainability of near-term plug-in hybrid technology, …

Michigan State University Pre-Treatment Process Cuts Cost of Making Cellulosic Biofuels
January 22, 2009 – 8:23 am | No Comment

A patented Michigan State University process to pre-treat corn-crop waste before conversion into ethanol means extra nutrients don’t have to be added, cutting the cost of making biofuels from cellulose. READ MORE

Detroit Auto Show’s Electric Promises Belie Internal Combustion Reality
January 20, 2009 – 8:46 am | No Comment

”Listening, watching and reading the international media’s reporting on the Detroit car show, you could be forgiven for thinking that we will soon all be zipping around noiselessly in environmentally neutral electric cars.”   Neil Winton …

Bionavitas Announces Light Immersion Technology to Aid Algae Growth for Biofuels Production
January 19, 2009 – 11:02 am | No Comment

The “self-shading” phenomenon for algae results in a layer that limits the amount of algae per acre that can be grown and harvested. The Light Immersion Technology developed by Bionavitas fundamentally changes this equation by …

Study Finds Biofuel Carbon Footprint Overstated
January 15, 2009 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

A  Michigan State University study finds that the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions may be significantly less than other studies have indicated.  The researchers found that the carbon “pay back” time – the theoretical amount of …

South Dakota POET Plant Produces Cellulosic Ethanol from Corn Cobs
January 13, 2009 – 4:21 pm | One Comment

Following a successful start-up in the fourth quarter of 2008, POET Research Center in Scotland, S.D. is now producing cellulosic ethanol at a pilot scale, completing a crucial step toward development of commercially viable cellulosic …

Algae, Coal, and Jatropha: the Future of Aviation Fuels?
January 12, 2009 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

On January 7, 2009, Continental Airlines flew a successful demonstration out of Houston in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell’s UOP. One of the Boeing 737’s two engines was powered with standard A1 …

Cornell Technology Makes Biogas Greener
January 9, 2009 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

Cornell plant scientists have invented a new method that uses manure and other farm byproducts to remove toxic hydrogen sulfide from biogas — a renewable energy source — derived from the breakdown of animal waste.  …

Sugar Cane Stalks Serve as Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock in Louisiana
January 9, 2009 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

Verenium operates one of the nation’s first cellulosic ethanol pilot plants, an R&D facility, in Jennings, Louisiana and has recently entered the start-up phase at its 1.4 million-gallon-per-year demonstration-scale facility.  Stacks of crushed sugar cane …

California Scientists Create E.Coli-based Fuel That’s Much More Efficient Than Ethanol
January 8, 2009 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

U.S. scientists say they can turn E.coli, a strain of bacteria present in the human digestive tract, into a fuel that is twice or three times more efficient than ethanol. The scientists, attached to the …

BioJetFuel Powers Passenger Jet Test Flight
January 7, 2009 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

A New Zealand Air passenger jet partially powered by a 50-50 blend of oil from jatropha plants and standard A1 jet fuel successfully completed a two-hour flight December 30 to test a biofuel that could …

Human Stomach Bugs Used to Make Biofuels
January 7, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment

California scientists say they can use E.coli, a strain of bacteria present in the human digestive tract, to make a fuel that is twice or three times more efficient than ethanol. READ MORE: Article 1 …

Termite Stomach Bug Used to Make Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Biochemicals
January 7, 2009 – 7:57 am | No Comment

ZeaChem, a company that uses the microbes in termite guts to make ethanol, announced it has raised $34 million to build its first plant.  The biorefinery, which could be located in Boardman, Ore., will begin …

Switchgrass-Ethanol Study Shows Positive Findings
January 6, 2009 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

Switchgrass grown for biofuel production produced 540 percent more energy than needed to grow, harvest and process it into cellulosic ethanol, according to estimates from a large on-farm study by researchers at the University of …

Green Solutions for the Stimulus Package: Advanced Biofuels Research Funding
January 6, 2009 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

THE PROBLEM:        
How do we get money circulating in the economy  FAST, EASILY and EFFECTIVELY?
THE SOLUTIONS:
FAST:  

Invest in Renewable Energy Programs to Promote Energy Independence by Fully Funding Title II of the 2007 Energy Act and Title …