Next-gen biofuels making slow, slow, slow progress in 2013

  by Katie Fehrenbacher SUMMARY:Companies that are still looking to produce biofuels from plant waste (and not corn) are making slow, but steady progress on milestones in 2013. tweet this In the time it takes to scale up the production of advanced biofuels — which use plant waste, not corn, for fuel — numerous web startups […]

Weighing Butanol as an Alternative to Ethanol –

Weighing Butanol as an Alternative to Ethanol –

Serious’ Error Found in Carbon Savings for Biofuels

By JAMES KANTER The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error,” according to a draft opinion by an influential committee of 19 scientists and academics. The European Environment Agency Scientific Committee writes that the role of energy from crops like biofuels in […]

SEE Algae Technology: Another Path to Biofuels

By MATTHEW L. WALD Last week I wrote about two companies that are racing to be first in commercial-scale production of motor fuel from nonfood sources. A large group of other companies is pursuing various other strategies, one or two steps behind. One of those companies is planning to use algae. SEE AlgaeAfter its water is removed, […]

Corn Ethanol Makers Weigh Switch to Butanol

NEARLY a decade after the adoption of federal renewable fuel standards led to a sharp increase in production of ethanol, some producers in the Corn Belt are considering making a different fuel. The fuel, butyl alcohol, or butanol, is worth more to refiners because it has more energy than ethanol, is easier to handle and more of […]

U.S. Struggles to Rescue Green Program Hit by Fraud

By MATTHEW L. WALD WASHINGTON — A Maryland man is awaiting sentencing for what may seem an unusual crime: selling bogus renewable energy credits and using the $9.3 million in illicit proceeds to buy jewelry and a fleet of luxury cars. Leif C. Forer, a partner in Piedmont Biofuels, said that fraud in the industry had made […]

Khosla-Backed Coskata Shelves IPO, Shifting Focus To Gas

  By Andrew Herndon – Jul 20, 2012 11:12 AM MT Coskata Inc. (COSK), a biofuel company backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, shelved its $100 million initial public offering and is seeking investors for a plant that will convert natural gas into ethanol. Unfavorable market conditions were the main reason for putting the IPO on hold, […]

Primus dedicates ‘drop-in’ fuel plant in New Jersey

By Danny KingRSS feed   Many alt-rock fans think fondly of Primus, the name of the Bay Area funk-metal group led by legendary bassist Les Claypool. Now, perhaps, alt-fuel fans can get a similarly positive vibe. Primus Green Energy is almost finished building a plant in New Jersey for its so-called “drop-in” gasoline made from a combination […]

Focus On Fuel Savings

  By Elyse Moody  As mergers, consolidation and a stressed operational environment reshape commercial aviation, fuel efficiency has risen to the top of airline business concerns. Not only is it the industry’s single biggest expense, but economic and environmental pressures are forcing carriers to watch fuel consumption like a hawk. According to Airlines for America’s […]

On the Horizon, Planes Powered by Plant Fuel

By MATTHEW L. WALD The use of jet fuel from renewable sources is now well demonstrated, but it costs more than double what fuel made from petroleum does, according to airlines, aircraft companies and suppliers. One way to cut the cost may be to tinker with the plants that biofuel is made from. Take jatropha, for example. […]

Aviation Biofuels Program In Brazil Draws Heavyweight Industry Leadership

Aviation Biofuels Program In Brazil Draws Heavyweight Industry Leadership Boeing, Embraer And Sao Paulo Research Foundation To Guide Renewable Fuel Research Boeing, Embraer, and the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) have announced plans to collaborate on long-term aviation biofuels-related research and development, a move that represents another major step toward the creation of a […]

The goal of Swedish Biofuels AB is to offer a complete solution for environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil motor fuels.

  LOW CARBON AVIATION FUEL PRODUCED BY SWEDISH BIOFUELS TECHNOLOGY TO BE USED BY VIRGIN ATLANTIC 11 OCTOBER, 2011 Swedish Biofuels have made an unprecedented advance in the development of sustainable fuel technology in cooperation with the Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech partnership for a world-first low carbon aviation fuel with half the carbon footprint of […]