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Michigan State University gets $2.9 million for biofuel research

Michigan State University has received $2.9 million in federal grants for biofuel research. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded five-year grants for three projects focusing on various aspects of producing biofuels, which use renewable plant materials instead of petroleum. “Americans

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Biofuel From Algae Could Compete With Oil

Biofuels made from algae can be produced in a way that make this energy source cost-competitive with crude oil by increasing the amount of energy algae stores as fat, according to early research from VG Energy, an alternative energy and agricultural

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Diesel biofuel found to reduce local air emissions

A fuel trial in Helsinki, Finland, has found that diesel biofuel can significantly reduce air emissions. The final results of the three-year trial organised by Neste Oil,Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) and Proventia show that Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel biofuel can significantly reduce

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Australian scientists find biofuel gene

Researchers at an Adelaide University have successfully isolated a gene that could see commercially viable quantities of biofuel produced. The gene has been identified as causing production of the renewable algae responsible for underground crude oil resources. Dr Steven Hensen,

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EU Biofuels Goals May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Lobby Groups Say

Biofuels targets in the European Union could raise emissions of greenhouse gases because forests and wetlands will be destroyed to grow the crops necessary, nine environmental groups said in a study. Energy targets for 23 of the EU’s 27 members

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South Africa: Biofuel and its local spin-offs on the agenda again

The debate about biofuel has largely been silent since the advent of the recession but as the economy slowly recovers the talk has begun again. Last week the Democratic Alliance welcomed what it called a “significant policy shift” by the

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Boeing to test China biofuels

Boeing Co., in cooperation with Air China Ltd. and others, plans to test a commercial-jet biofuel in China produced from a locally grown plant by the middle of 2011-part of an effort to commercialize cleaner fuels world-wide and bolster China’s

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Innovation award for ‘bubble-maker’ that boosts algae growth

Royal Society gives £250,000 prize to fluidic oscillator that transforms the cost and effectiveness of growing algae for biofuels. A bubble-maker that looks like the flux capacitor from the Back to the Future films last night won a £250,000 prize

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New enzymes yield “sustainable biofuel”

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences at Aas, Norway, claim to have broken the code for hyper-effective production of biofuels. The discovery of a whole new type of enzymes may lead to optimized production of biofuels, enabling a

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Scientists say it is high time for hemp based biofuels

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found that hemp is a viable feedstock for biodiesel fuel and are now working on plans to build a biofuel refinery capable of processing the versatile material. Working with a selection of research students, associate

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