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The State of Algal Biodiesel

When I first heard about algal biodiesel it seemed like the liquid fuels problem had just been solved. Unfortunately like so many things that sound a little too good to be true, so it has…

Sandia / GM Study Finds Large-Scale Biofuel is…

A joint biofuels study by Sandia National Laboratories and GM’s R&D Center in 2008 concluded that the large-scale production of advanced biofuels produced from plant and forestry waste and dedicated energy crops in volumes well…

GreenShift Awarded Grant to Produce Algae From CO2

A test algae bioreactor project run by GreenShift Corporation was just awarded a $375,000 grant by the Montana Department of Commerce and may, if it works out as hoped, pave the way for commercialization of…

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First Commercial Biofuel Jet Test Flight is a…

The first biofuel test flight by a commercial airline was completed yesterday by Air New Zealand using a 50:50 blend of a jatropha-derived synthetic paraffinic kerosene and conventional Jet A1 fuel (named NZ-J50) in an…

Re-Engineered Bacteria Produces Better Fuel

Researchers from UCLA reported that they have re-engineered a common bacteria to produce complex and energy-dense alcohols. They have used the bacteria Escherichia coli to produce various long-chain alcohols with carbon numbers ranging from 5…

Low Oil Price Threatens Biofuel Firms

Oil has now dipped to levels that could be too low for many advanced-biofuel startups to succeed, especially those that attracted investment this summer, while oil was well above $100 a barrel. Tight credit markets…