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2013-12-23 11:08:52

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. 'First generation' biofuels have already made an impact in the search for renewable and secure energy sources particularly through the generation of bioethanol manufactured from easy-to-digest food sources...

2013-11-02 23:01:23

Biofuels Market report outlines the difference between first, second, and third generation feedstock and their predominant usage in selected countries. http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/biofuels-market-297.html (PRWEB) November 02, 2013 According to the new market research report "Biofuels Market by Technology, Feedstocks, Regulations, Pricing & Commercialization Trends & Forecasts (2011 - 2016)", published by MarketsandMarkets, The biofuels (bioethanol and...

2013-09-20 11:18:48

Algae fuel will have a significant energy return on investment, consume waste CO2 and can be grown in saltwater on marginal lands Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum according to a new peer-reviewed paper published in Bioresource Technology. The study, which is the first to analyze real-world data from an existing algae-to-energy...

2013-05-09 11:55:48

Bioenergy crops, such as Miscanthus and switchgrass, appear to be promising resources for renewable energy, but these new crops did not come with a manual on how to measure details on their sustainability impacts. Jody Endres, University of Illinois professor of energy and environmental law and chair of the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production (CSBP) says standards are needed so farmers, ethanol producers, and others in the biofuels industry will all be on the same page here in the...

2012-10-25 11:03:05

Further innovations needed to reach full potential Scaling up the production of biofuels made from algae to meet at least 5 percent -- approximately 39 billion liters -- of U.S. transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, and nutrients, says a new report from the National Research Council. However, these concerns are not a definitive barrier for future production, and innovations that would require research and development could help realize algal...

2012-09-24 21:27:24

First tops, then flops. That is one way of summing up the history of biofuels so far. A new study led by Empa gives an up-to-date picture of the ecobalance of various biofuels and their production processes. Only a few are overall more environmentally friendly than petrol. In recent years, the demand for supposedly environmentally friendly biofuels has increased significantly worldwide; on the one hand, this has resulted in the increased cultivation of so-called energy plants and, on the...

2012-08-17 06:20:13

CHICAGO, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced it further strengthened its commitment to sustainability and the environment by joining the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), an industry working group whose objective is to accelerate the development and commercialization of aviation biofuels. "We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in our shared quest to advance sustainable biofuels," said Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of Global...

2012-08-02 14:21:35

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Senate Finance Committee marked up the Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which included key energy efficiency and biofuels tax credit provisions. The Committee's decision to keep these provisions in tact and extend them through 2013 is seen as a major victory for the biofuels industry. Advanced Biofuels Association President, Michael McAdams hailed the mark-up as a tide turning event for the biofuels industry:...

Deforestation and Food Demand
2012-06-26 05:21:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Informed decisions on land use will be the key to not only carbon emissions control, but to keeping food affordable, a new MIT study said. Using an “integrated global system model,” a team of researchers led by John Reilly analyzed the effects of deforestation and land-use choices on both agriculture and carbon capture. “With a larger and wealthier population, both energy and food demand will grow,” said Reilly, the co-director of...

2012-06-08 13:44:33

Two scientists are challenging the currently accepted norms of biofuel production. A commentary published today in GCB Bioenergy reveals that calculations of greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions from bioenergy production are neglecting crucial information that has led to the overestimation of the benefits of biofuels compared to fossil fuels. The critique extends to the Life Cycle Analysis models of bioenergy production. Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a technique used to measure and compile all...