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2009-07-11 07:19:18

They've been dubbed "grassoline" - second generation biofuels made from inedible plant material, including fast-growing weeds, agricultural waste, sawdust, etc. - and numerous scientific studies have shown them to be prime candidates for replacing gasoline to meet our transportation needs. However, before we can begin to roll down the highways on sustainable, carbon-neutral grassoline, numerous barriers must be overcome, starting with finding ways to break lignocellulosic biomass down into...

2009-04-23 13:55:48

U.S. scientists say they've determined what makes the cell walls of some inedible plants so tough -- a finding that might lead to better biomass processing. The researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory said they have identified potential weaknesses among sheets of cellulose molecules comprising lignocellulosic biomass-- a material that might be an abundant source of sugar that can be used to produce methanol or butanol. They say that insight ultimately could lead to a cost-effective...

2009-04-02 03:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost all of the technologies for the production of second generation biofuels are in the final stage of commercialisation and their launch is expected within the next two years. These are biofuels that are derived from non-food biomass such as agricultural and forest waste, or energy crops like miscanthus and switch grass. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) "The success of such fuels depends, to a large extent,...

2009-03-25 12:21:00

Re: Letter to Governor Misrepresented My Views: LCFS and iLUC are critical to National Security WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A letter recently delivered to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Indirect Land Use Change (iLUC), signed by me and others concerned about national security, was well-intended. However, upon more careful research and reflection, I now believe the letter missed the mark. It was my understanding that the...

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2009-02-14 07:10:00

A conference on second generation biofuels organized by German commodity analysts F.O. Licht heard on Friday that new-generation biofuels will come from a wide range of sources and no single feedstock may dominate, Reuters reported. Cornhusks, grasses and algae, jatropha oilseeds, tree bark and twigs were just some of the non-food plants and crops mentioned at the conference as possibilities for use in future biofuels. Food sources such as corn, sugar and vegetable oils are the standard first...

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2009-02-11 14:46:59

Taking a chemical approach, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a two-step method to convert the cellulose in raw biomass into a promising biofuel. The process, which is described in the Wednesday, Feb. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, is unprecedented in its use of untreated, inedible biomass as the starting material. The key to the new process is the first step, in which cellulose is converted into the "platform" chemical...

2009-01-21 04:08:00

LONDON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- First generation biofuels are outdated and second generation biofuels are not yet commercially feasible. Improvements in conversion processes of second generation biofuels will be an important factor in regions such as Europe complying with the 10 per cent biofuels mandate by 2020. Third and fourth generation biofuels are still in their infancy. Consequently, Europe is expected to achieve only 5 per cent against a biofuels target of 5.75 per cent by 2010....

2009-01-12 07:00:00

Major milestone achieved bringing Enerkem one step closer to becoming the first producer of biofuels and biochemicals to commercially use waste feedstock MONTREAL, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ - Enerkem Inc., a leading advanced biofuels and biochemicals technology company, announced today that its first commercial-scale plant located in Westbury, Quebec, is entering the start-up phase with the production of its clean conditioned synthesis gas. Construction on the plant began in October...

2008-11-04 21:00:12

USA Biomass Chairman Robert Cleaves will chair Platts' highly anticipated national Biomass Power Forum November 6-7 in Florida, which features biopower experts from throughout the country -- including Cleaves -- who will explore biomass economics, key biomass finance structures, the role biomass plays in meeting RPS, and opportunities for expansion and financial investment in this growing industry. "It's an honor to chair Platts' Forum this year. Not only is Platts the global leader in...

2008-10-15 12:00:28

Siemens Energy & Automation and the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service have entered into a cooperative research and development agreement that will improve the processes used to convert second generation, non-food-based, biofuel feedstocks into liquid biofuel intermediates, such as bio-oil. As part of the cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), Logical Innovations of Richmond, Virginia, will work with researchers at US Department of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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