Monthly Archives: March 2011

Poplar Trees Possible Candidate for Biofuels

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center may have discovered some clues that could lead to poplar trees as the next candidate for biofuels. The research is being led by Charles Wyman of the Bourns College of Engineering’s

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U.S. Soybean farmers windfall as biofuel demand increases

An updated, independent study funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff shows production of biodiesel continues to positively impact U.S. soybean farmers’ on-farm profitability as well as the bottom lines of poultry and livestock farmers. According to

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Obama seeks to cut oil imports by one-third, increases biofuel development

President Obama says more domestic drilling, biofuel development and greater vehicle fuel efficiency can reduce petroleum imports. The plan is an apparent response to criticism over high gas prices by Republicans. President Obama outlined a plan to reduce oil imports

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NASA Tests New Biofuel Made With Chicken Fat

A team from NASA’s Langley Research Center traveled this month from Virginia to California to meet with other researchers from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to experiment with a new biofuel for jets. Vegetarians, however, might not be too thrilled

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Boeing moves to fast-track jet biofuel certification

As fossil fuel prices continue to soar, Boeing is looking to accelerate the aviation industry’s transition towards alternative biofuels, taking the reins of an effort to simplify certification standards for biofuels. The aircraft giant yesterday announced it has teamed up

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Swedes eye budding biofuels industry

The Swedish government and its private sector are hoping to secure a foothold in Botswana’s nascent biofuels industry that kicked off recently with plans for a five million-litre per annum processing plant. According to a Memorandum of Understanding signed between

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Study reveals imported African biofuel may not be as green as expected

African biofuels destined for Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, a new study has revealed. The report, commissioned by the RSPB, ActionAid and Nature Kenya, focuses on the Dakatcha Woodlands in Kenya

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USAF flies F-22 Raptor on synthetic biofuel

An F-22 Raptor successfully flew at supercruise March 18 on a 50/50 (E50)  fuel blend of conventional petroleum-based JP-8 and biofuel derived from camelina, a weed-like plant not used for food. The flight was the capstone of a series of

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Posted in Biofuel for Military, Biofuel Research, News

Google Ventures Leads Financing of Biofuels Start-Up

Google Ventures has led a $20 million financing round in CoolPlanetBiofuels, a Southern California start-up that is developing mobile refineries to turn wood chips, agriculture waste and other biomass into biofuels. CoolPlanetBiofuels, an 18-month-old company, has also attracted the attention

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BAFA: Germany consumed 780 million gallons of biodiesel in 2010

Germany’s Federal Office for Economy and Export Control (BAFA) released figures recently on the nation’s total biodiesel sales in 2010. BAFA reports that approximately 2.6 million metric tons (780.5 million gallons) of biodiesel was sold into the German fuel market

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