Category Archives: Biofuels

Rethinking Algae: Beyond Biofuels

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When we hear “algae,” most of us think “biofuels,” but Brad Bartilson, founder and CEO of Photon8, has a much broader vision of the future for this tiny organism – namely increasing the resiliency and sustainability of our food system.

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New EPA Rules: A Setback for Advanced Biofuels?

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Proposed reductions in biofuel mandates could stunt an emerging industry

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Fuel From Landfill Methane Hits The Market

Clean Energy Fuel releases Redeem, a truly renewable natural gas fuel made from landfill methane gas, to be sold at 40 filling stations across California.

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Advanced Biofuels Reach New Milestone

The quest for commercial-scale production of cellulosic ethanol has been under way for some time now. Despite the exciting potential of ethanol produced from renewable sources, real progress has been slow: KiOR’s first shipment of cellulosic gasoline was delivered in late June, and the DuPont refinery is still being built. But just last week, INEOS Bio announced that they are officially producing cellulosic ethanol at a commercial scale.

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Algae Is Moving Fast

It’s no surprise that algae-based biofuels continue to make great progress. Algae is fast-growing and doesn’t compete with existing food sources like corn ethanol does. With an increase in funding, the support of the military and exciting new research happening all the time, we’re excited to follow the development of this burgeoning industry. This week, we offer the most recent algae news.

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A Rush to Grow Corn and Soy Is Overtaking America’s Grasslands

The biofuels industry’s thirst for corn and soy ethanol is driving a rush to convert Midwest grasslands to croplands. But how much is too much?

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Untangling Our Food and Fuel Systems

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EPA mandates for cellulosic biofuel blends cannot be met as production is literally non-existent. How the EPA manages the mandates for 2013 may have a direct effect on food prices at the grocery store in the near future.

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Biofuel Mandates Leave Guatemalans Hungry

In our interconnected world, the U.S. renewable fuel mandates are causing food prices to rise in other parts of the world. For Guatemalans, it’s becoming a dire situation.

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Boeing’s Plans for Renewable Jet Fuels

"The Moon" by Dr Wendy Longo

Boeing aims to develop renewable jet fuels using region specific biofuel feedstocks like recycled cooking oil and fast growing grasses.

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DuPont’s New Cellulosic Biorefinery

"Shredded Corn Stover" by [Margaret Broeren]

DuPont breaks ground on a new cellulosic biorefinery that will use discarded corn stover waste to create 30 million gallons of biofuel a year. It’s a model they hope will spread around the world.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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