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Startup uses whiskey production waste to create sustainable fuel

Edinburgh - Scotland is a country that is synonymous with producing world-class whiskey over the centuries. The whiskey-making process produces a large amount of waste and a new start-up company has made use of that waste, creating a new sustainable biofuel.

Why corn is best used for food and not for biofuels

Should corn production be orientated more towards biofuels, as a green energy alternative, or for food? This debate has continued to run since biofuel technology has come to the fore. A new report argues that the biofuel argument has lost credibility.

Essential Science: Making more efficient biofuels

Are biofuels the answer to the world’s energy needs or do the problems, including diverting food crops for fuel, carry an unnecessary level of social and economic problems? If biofuels are the answer, how can they be made for efficient?

New carbon dioxide recycling method aids biofuels

A new method for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide has been developed. This process step could be used to drive efficiencies in biofuel production, as well as aiding with the manufacture of some chemical products.

Essential Science: Bio-designing yeast to improve biofuels

Scientists have engineered a new strain of yeast designed to create biofuel from switchgrass, turning the collected cellulosic biomass into an energy alternative. The process is described together with a review of biofuel progress.

Oilseed plants being considered for biofuels

A non-food oilseed crop appears to a strong candidate for biofuel production. The crop has not previously been considered as a basis for fuels. New research suggests the crop has potential.

Just how ethical are biofuels?

Geneva - One subject sure to divide opinion is biofuel. Are they a a sustainable energy supply or a product harmful to the environment? Swiss Federal Laboratories have developed a new way to answer this question.

Switching algae on and off may help with cancer and biofuels

Scientists have found a way to switch certain cells on and off – a type of “cellular snooze button”. Knowing this could potentially help researchers improve biofuel production and cancer detection.

Tricking algae into making biofuels

Scientists have found a way to manipulate the internal clock of algae into thinking it is permanent daylight. This technique could lead to increased biofuel production.

Microbes harnessed to make isobutanol for biofuels

The combination of a bacterium and a fungus have been used to turn tough waste plant material into isobutanol for use as a biofuel.

Wood-eating gribble helps to produce biofuel

Tiny marine wood-borers called 'gribbles' contain an enzyme which could be used to turn paper, scrap wood and straw into a liquid biofuel.

Algae engineered to create richer biofuels

Chemists based at the University of California, Davis, have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel.

GMO plant created for biofuel production

Researchers at Michigan State University have engineered a plant with oily leaves. The plant has been designed to enhance biofuel production and lead to improved animal feeds.

Green biodiesel possibility

Scientists have successfully engineered two strains of blue-green algae like bacteria (cyanobacteria) to produce a liquid fuel. The fuel is being declared as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.

Bees in Alsace make M&M's coloured honey

Ribeauville - Beekeepers in Alsace in eastern France had a nasty surprise recently after discovering their bees were producing honey in shades of blue, green and chocolate brown. The source of the problem was traced to a nearby Mars factory producing M&M's sweets.

Biofuel waste product recycled for electricity

A waste product from the manufacture of biofuels has been developed to power fuel cells, which in turn can be used to generate low cost electricity.

Op-Ed: Death By Radical Environmentalism

Two startling new reports illustrate how policies advanced by radical environmentalists have resulted in the deaths of tens of millions, and may yet result in the deaths of millions more.

Study says US biofuels policies flawed

Rice University policy paper says U,S. needs to rethink its policy of promoting ethanol to diversify its energy sources and increase energy security.

Op-Ed: Biofuels, the Answer to our Future Energy Needs

With instability in the Middle East, the shrinking oil reserves, and global warming, many countries are turning to biofuels as the answer to their fuel needs of the future.

ExxonMobil will launch biofuels program

ExxonMobil announced an alliance with leading biotech company, Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), to research and develop next generation biofuels from photosynthetic algae.

First Shipment of Biodiesel Ever Through American Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced Wednesday the first successful transport of biodiesel for commercial purposes. The pipeline is located in the southeastern United states and is owned by Plantation Pipeline Company.

Biofuels could clean up Chernobyl 'badlands'

Company claims contaminated lands, blighted by fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, could be cleaned up in a clever way: by growing biofuels.

Is bioelectricity the answer?

Instead of pumping biofuels into our cars, researchers in California are finding benefits in using these biofuels to generate electricity.

Op-Ed: Developing Countries Must Be Made Accountable For Reforestation Funds

Developing countries must not be given a free ride as far as funds for reforestation are concerned. Before demanding or expecting funds from the developed nations, these countries must first assure the world that these funds would not be misused.

Gasification Subject of New Research

Say the word “biofuels” and most people think of grain ethanol and biodiesel. But an older technology called gasification is getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.

UK: Accountibilty, Quality Issues Raise Questions About Effectiveness Of Biofuels

A recent study in Britain showed that only a small percentage of biofuels used as transport fuels actually conform to the environmental standards.

Crop Residue May Be Too Valuable To Harvest For Biofuels

Converting crop residues into ethanol may seem like a great idea; however, that might not be advisable for farmers growing crops without irrigation in regions receiving less than 25 inches of precipitation annually

Food Prices Up 75% Due to Biofuel production

An unpublished World Bank report states a large-scale push in the U.S. and the European Union (UN) to convert food crops to biofuel has tightened supplies and raised financial speculation,

50 Million More Hungry People in 2007

The number of hungry people increased by about 50 million in 2007 as a result of high food prices, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today.

Biofuels Increase Food Prices 30 Per Cent, 30 Million People Face Poverty Worldwide

According to a report issued by aid agency Oxfam today, biofuels are to blame for a 30 per cent increase in global food prices. In the search for alternative fuel sources, Oxfam says biofuels have also pushed 30 million people into poverty globally.
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