Biofuel Research Articles

  • Environmental ingenuity: These creative business ideas aim to be both sustainable and successful

    Picture this: Out in the open ocean, rows of farmed kelp spanning an area about the size of Mexico. Once harvested and processed, this rapid-growing seaweed would be turned into a fuel that you could pump into your car. No more relying on fossil fuels that take millions of years to form—and whose emissions into the atmosphere are the biggest contributor to the Earth's rising temperatures. ...


    By Marine BioEnergy, Inc.

  • Incentives for aviation biofuel have a limited role in decarbonisation of air travel

    While it was once hoped that biofuel would be a game-changer for transport emissions, evidence has since emerged of unwanted effects from biofuel production, including direct effects such as deforestation to grow biofuel crops, and ‘Indirect Land Use Change’ (ILUC) effects such as the use of previously forested land for agriculture (if agricultural land is used) for biofuel. Recent ...


    By A.E.F. S.r.l.

  • DOE Announces $15 Million In Funding For Algae-Based Biofuels And Bioproducts Research Projects

    On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $15 million in funding for three projects that will work to improve algal biomass yields to reduce production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts. The projects include Global Algae Innovations (San Diego, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

    Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Illinois and collaborators published their findings in the inaugural edition of the journal Nature Energy. The researchers call it ...


    By University of Illinois

  • Bioenergy Technologies Office Releases Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels Workshop Report

    On December 10, 2015, DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a summary report of the Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop, held on July 16, 2015. The workshop, co-sponsored by DOE and EERE, was held to receive input from stakeholders about the possible ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

    The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bioproducts to enable biofuels workshop announced

    On July 9, 2015, the DOE announced a public workshop to collect information about challenges that occur during coproduction of biobased chemicals, products, and biofuels. The Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Workshop was organized by the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and will cover the following topics: Identifying and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • BRDI Grants For Science And Engineering Research

    USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) is accepting research and education grant applications for projects to integrate science and engineering research in: (1) feedstock development; (2) biofuels and biobased products development; or (3) biofuels development analysis. A description of the solicitation, eligibility requirements, and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The second–generation ethanol in the state of São Paulo - Brazil: understanding the stakeholders' point of view

    This article aims at conducting a study on the productive sector of ethanol in Brazil, specifically regarding second–generation ethanol. To map the industry the technique of stakeholder analysis was used. The primary data were collected through semi structured interviews and questionnaires with ten experts from different stakeholder groups in the industry. The results showed that the ethanol ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Converting plant waste into biofuels

    Promising advances using yeast and fungi. Written by Nancy W. Stauffer. You can read the original story in MIT News MIT researchers are genetically engineering yeast to break down stubborn plant fibers into sugars that it can then ferment — a first ...

  • Report: algae-based biofuels to reach 61 million gallons by 2020

    Despite a series of stumbles and changed directions along the road to commercialization, the market for algae-based biofuels will take advantage of strong underlying drivers to reach 61 million gallons per year by 2020, according to a recent report by Pike Research (Boulder, CO). The inevitable resurgence of oil prices, volatility in the energy markets, and expansion of climate change ...

  • The diffusion of innovation and perceived risk for the adoption of alternative energy vehicles

    Many researchers have studied alternative energy issues from a policy or industry viewpoint, but few have explored the consumer's beliefs and opinions. Since most applications of alternative energy are being developed for the consumer market, the consumer's acceptance and adoption of these new fuels and alternative energy vehicles are key factors to consider. This research studies the consumer's ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The viability of the South African biofuels industrial strategy

    South Africa aims to replace 2% of its total liquid transportation fuels in the short term through a newly introduced biofuels industrial strategy. It is envisaged that this target is achievable without excessive economic support by utilising surplus agricultural capacity. The target is based on local production, both agricultural and manufacturing, to provide the benefits of employment, economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mulch producers tune into biofuel boom

    The biofuels boom, spurred by government pursuit of energy independence, is a key factor in a congressional movement on alterative energy. Already the government is spending millions on biofuel research and development, and federal law is in place to increase usage of forest and timber resources for biofuel. In their 2005 “Billion Ton Report,” the US Department of Energy (DOE) and ...

  • A brief history of the New England wood pellet

    Steve Walker started his company in 1992. New England Wood Pellet has grown from a single, “little tiny mill” to a 100,000-tonne plant; a research, development, and fabrication facility called Biofuel Energy Systems; and Palmer Reload and Packaging Center, which packages product brought by rail from B.C. Walker’s next initiative is to bring boilers into the US industrial northeast commercial ...

  • International context and lessons for B.C.

    Paul McFarlane presented a paper co-authored by W.E. Mabee and J.N. Saddler. The International Energy Agency (IEA) was founded in 1974 in response to energy concerns. IEA is a forum for energy cooperation among 26 member countries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It interacts with non-OECD countries to enhance supply security, give advice on energy policy ...

  • Biofuels: Let`s look before we leap

    by David Dickson, Science and Development Network A commitment to biofuels should be based on a careful assessment of their prospective benefits and costs, not a blind leap of faith. Several years ago, faced with growing food shortages, the government of Burma — now Myanmar — ordered farmers throughout the country to start growing rice, whatever type of land they owned. But rice proved to be ...

  • Focus Bioenergy No 8 2004: Biofuels for transports - making strong headway

    The Swedish transport sector is dependent on imported oil. A switch to domestic bio-fuels for transports would make us less vulnerable, create jobs and be better for the environment. An EU directive from 2003 states that the share of biofuels or other renewable fuels is to increase gradually up to 5.75 percent by 2010. To achieve this, long-term economic and tax policy incentives, a ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Executive Order and Proposed Bill Will Boost Biobased Products and Bioenergy

    Developments in the world of biobased products and bioenergy have flourished in recent years, as reported by sources such as The Carbohydrate Economy newsletter, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, the New Uses Council, and In Business magazine, among others. But while each new use for crop residues or another cellulosic ethanol project brings encouragement to sustainability proponents, the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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