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2011-08-17 15:07:44

Despite growing evidence that biofuels may not be the cure-all once envisioned, many countries are still rushing headlong with biofuels development policies that experts say are having negative as well as positive impacts on the sustainable-energy dream. That's the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. In the article, C&EN Contributing Editor Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay points out that belief in biofuels'...

2011-08-16 12:28:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following remarks were made by Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), after this morning's announcement by the Obama administration that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million during the next three years to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. "The Obama Administration should be commended for...

2011-07-14 13:08:00

Online Petition Seeks Support for End to Corn-based Ethanol's Federal Support WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The connection between rising food prices and federal support for corn-based ethanol is explained in a new website, http://www.cornforfoodnotfuel.com/, launched today by organizations whose members produce and process the majority of meat and poultry in the United States. Food prices are up - meat and poultry prices specifically are up 8.5 percent from a...

2011-07-13 11:45:00

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week's report on corn and other grains by the U.S. Department of Agriculture marks an important turning point in the evolution of agriculture, according to the National Chicken Council: for the first time, the government is predicting that more corn will be used in this crop year for motor fuel than used for animal feed to help produce food for people. "Raising poultry and livestock as food for people is taking second place to...

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2011-07-05 08:42:12

Seaweed may prove a viable future biofuel "“ especially if harvested in summer. The use of kelp (Laminaria digitata) could provide an important alternative to terrestrial grown biofuels; however the suitability of its chemical composition varies on a seasonal basis. Harvesting the kelp in July when carbohydrate levels are at their highest would ensure optimal sugar release for biofuel production. "The storage carbohydrate and soluble sugars get converted into ethanol in the fermentation...

2011-06-16 03:00:00

DALLAS, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Allard Research and Development, the world leader in small to medium-scale ethanol fuel production systems, announced today the world's first self-powered modular cellulose ethanol refinery utilizing cellulose feedstock grown as part of the system in hydroponic shipping containers. A 20 gallon-per-hour modular cellulose ethanol refinery module with feedstock grow containers will have a 3,600 sq. ft. footprint. These modules can be networked together...

2011-06-02 13:37:00

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands and SAO PAULO, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) and Cosan today launched a multi-billion dollar joint venture that will become a leading producer of the low-carbon biofuel, ethanol made from sugar cane. Named Raizen, this major retail and commercial fuels company will operate in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing markets. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:...


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