Friday, December 30, 2005

Saab showcases 9-5 Aero BioPower at Detroit Auto Show

Saab News | Saab showcases 9-5 Aero BioPower at Detroit Auto Show:
12/29/2005 -- easier.com
"Following the overwhelmingly successful launch of the Saab 9-5 2.0t BioPower flex fuel car in Sweden, Saab will this week unveil a concept version of the 9-5 Aero BioPower, capable of producing 310bhp and 440 Nm torque, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Powered by E85 bioethanol, a renewable and sustainable fuel, the 2.3-litre high-output turbocharged engine of the 9-5 Aero Estate show car delivers almost 20 per cent more power (310 bhp vs. 260 bhp) and 25 per cent more torque (440 Nm/325 lb.ft vs. 350 Nm/258 lb.ft) than its regular petrol equivalent, proving that it is possible for drivers to enjoy the benefits of increased power and performance while having a greater regard for the environment."

How efficient is ethanol? It depends on who is asked

How efficient is ethanol? It depends on who is asked:
by Nat Williams -- Agrinews -- 12/30/2005
"'Why hasn't anybody pointed out that gasoline is only at 0.8 and is never going to get any better than that?' Brown said.
He also pointed out the production efficiency of ethanol and biodiesel is likely to improve as technology improves."

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Peak Oil Crisis: Growing our Fuel

Falls Church News-Press
12/29/2005

Ethanol crops option for canker-ravaged citrus farm

Bradenton Herald | 12/29/2005 | Ethanol crops option for canker-ravaged land:
by Richard Dymond
"MANATEE - Ever since Byron and Betty Hodgin lost their 80-acre New Garden Grove near Buckeye Road to citrus canker recently, they have considered selling the land.They also might plant food crops or let it lie fallow.But a fourth option also exists - to grow corn or sorghum and sell it to Tampa-based U.S. EnviroFuels, which hopes to build the state's first 40-million-gallon-per-year corn-ethanol-production facility in the next two years at Port Manatee."

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Governor orders southwest Mo. turkey oil plant shut for odors

AP Wire | 12/28/2005 | Governor orders southwest Mo. turkey oil plant shut for odors
"SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Gov. Matt Blunt on Wednesday told the Department of Natural Resources to shut down a Carthage plant that turns turkey byproducts into fuel oil until the operator can find a way to stop emitting bad smells."

Can biodiesel production take off in the state of Washington?

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Homegrown fuel: a waste of energy?:
by Warren Cornwall -- 12/28/2005
"Though getting fuel from plants isn't new, the industry has been mostly confined to the Midwest, where corn is turned into ethanol and soybean oil is made into biodiesel. Biodiesel can be mixed with regular diesel or, in some engines, used alone.
But recent high gas prices and global warming, joined with farmers' hunger for a new lucrative crop, have people in Washington talking seriously about homegrown fuel.
While most of the biodiesel today comes from soybeans, the oil can also come from canola and mustard seeds that grow well in Washington."

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Lack of Water Curtails Sowthwest Minn. Ethanol Plans

Argus Leader - Business
AP article -- 12/27/2005
"'People can see they’re running out of water,'said Tim Cowdery, a Minnesota-based hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. 'They’d like to build more industry. They’d like to build more ethanol plants. They just don’t have the water to do it.'"

New highway signs will help guide motorists to Minnesota's 190 E-85 fueling stations

New highway signs will help guide motorists to Minnesota?s 190 E-85 fueling stations:
12/23/05 -- HometownSource.com
"NEWS RELEASE -- Santa Claus made a pre-Christmas visit to the State Capitol today, arriving with Mrs. Claus in a red sleigh pulled by an E-85 powered vehicle."

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Agriculture could play major role in U.S. energy picture

Southeast Farm Press:
by Paul Hollis -- 12/15/2005
"It's not unrealistic to assume that by 2025, agriculture will be supplying as much as 35 percent of the U.S. energy supply, says David Bransby, an Auburn University professor of agronomy and soils and a nationally recognized authority on biofuel alternatives."

Wisconsin assembly passes ethanol fuel mandate

JS Online: Assembly passes ethanol fuel measure:
by Stacy Forster & Steven Walters -- 12/15/2005
"Madison - The state Assembly Thursday passed a bill that would require ethanol to make up 10% of regular-grade gasoline, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate."

Notre Dame's New Center to Research Renewable Energy

RenewableEnergyAccess.com | Notre Dame's New Center to Research Renewable Energy:
12/21/2005
"Notre Dame, Indiana [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The Notre Dame Energy Center, designed to unite researchers working on new energy technologies to meet the compelling global challenge, was established by the University to play a key role in energy education, literacy, policy, and exploration of the ethical implications associated with energy, according to Joan F. Brennecke, director, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. "

State's consultant says nation is primed for using Alaska gas

State's consultant says nation is primed for using Alaska gas | EnergyBulletin.net | Peak Oil News Clearinghouse:
by Bill White, Anchorage Daily News -- 12/18/2005
"Doug Reynolds' career choice of 20 years ago has finally gotten red hot.
Reynolds is one of a small handful of energy economists working in Alaska. And increasingly he's being asked to share his insights and research on the biggest development issue before the state: the proposed $20 billion project to move the North Slope's natural gas bounty to Lower 48 consumers."

Groups announce plan to boost ethanol use

WHO TV - Des Moines: Groups announce plan to boost ethanol use:
2005
"DES MOINES, Iowa Two groups that support ethanol are pushing for greater use of renewables fuels in Iowa.
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and the Iowa Corn Growers Association say they'll asked the Legislature to replace 25 percent of all gasoline sold in the state with renewable fuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel."

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

EPA invents battery-less hybrid system

EPA invents battery-less hybrid system - Dec. 21, 2005
by Peter Valdes-Dapena -- CNNMoney.com
"The Environmental Protection Agency says it can help drivers save fuel. It has said that for a long time, of course, but this time it's not talking about providing fuel mileage data for car shoppers. It's talking about a new invention created in its own Ann Arbor, Mich. research laboratories
Called hydraulic hybrid technology, the system uses energy stored up during braking to help propel a vehicle during acceleration. The energy is stored in pressurized hydraulic fluid, the same sort of fluid used in brake lines and for power steering."

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Too cool for school ... literally

Too cool for school ... literally - Oil & Energy - MSNBC.com:
12/16/2005
"WASHINGTON - Bundle up, kids. It's getting cold inside.
As oil and natural gas prices soar, public schools are having to make some tough decisions: turning down the thermostat, finding alternative sources of fuel, even cutting back on the school week."

Goldman's Murti Says 'Peak Oil' Risks Sending Prices Above $105

Bloomberg.com: News & Commentary:
"Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analyst Arjun Murti, who roiled oil markets in March by saying crude may reach $105 a barrel, now says that may be conservative if the ``peak oil'' theory is right and world supplies are running out.
The belief that the world's oil supply is close to an irreversible drop is no longer ``on the fringes'' of the market, said a research report by New York-based Murti, who forecasts oil of $50 to $105 a barrel until 2009. UBS AG analyst James Hubbard, a former oil engineer at Schlumberger Ltd., said an inevitable decline in supply will start sooner and be worse than expected unless investment increases for many years. "

Monday, December 19, 2005

Costly commodities spark global change

BBC NEWS | Business | Costly commodities spark global change
By Jorn Madslien -- 12/19/2005
"The idea that biofuels - made from plants such as sugar beet or corn - can re-emerge as an alternative to oil is gaining currency - in Europe, the US and, not least, in Brazil, where the military government first started thinking about biodiesel during the 1970s oil crisis.
Brazil's original state-run biofuel programme - using sugar from sugar cane - was set up for patriotic rather than financial or environmental reasons. It was a great success during the 1980s when more than 90% of cars were designed to run on a mixture of biofuels and ordinary petrol or diesel, though as oil prices fell drivers began to shun biofuels.
Brazil is now working hard to reintroduce biofuel, thus sending demand for sugar cane soaring, which in turn has seen sugar prices in New York double to levels not seen since the mid-1990s.
And the move towards biofuels is just one of many technological and practical solutions to the problems posed by expensive energy and raw materials.
In the petroleum industry, whole armies of engineers are pushing robotics technology to new levels to make it feasible to extract oil and gas from unchartered depths off Africa's coast, or from beneath the icebergs in the Barents Sea.
In the laboratories, scientists are searching for ways to make synthetic fuels from a whole range of raw materials, while in the field their colleagues are pushing the boundaries further in the search for ever more efficient solar and wind power.
The era of easy oil may be over, acknowledges Chevron's chief technology officer, Don Paul, but his message is nevertheless one of high hopes for the future.
'We're not going to run out of fuel. We're going to learn to make it out of other things.'"

Friday, December 16, 2005

Minnesota requiring 20 percent ethanol in gasoline by 2013

The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.:
by Kelley Gorman -- 12/15/2005
"So-called E20 legislation passed and signed into law this year requires a 20 percent ethanol content in gasoline sold in Minnesota by 2013, according to information provided by state representatives. However, they also provided that we may be seeing a case where the market will out-pace a legislative mandate.
The E20 legislation states the 20 percent ethanol mandate will be waived if 20 percent of total gasoline sales in Minnesota is ethanol. Basically that means if enough E85 is sold, regular unleaded gas can remain at a 10 percent ethanol level."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bill Gates bets $84M on ethanol

Bill Gates bets $84M on ethanol - Dec. 13, 2005
CNNMoney
"When the richest man in the world invests $84 million in a company, you can be sure Wall Street notices.
That's why Neil Koehler, president and chief executive of Pacific Ethanol Inc. (Research), was looking as if he had won the Powerball jackpot on Tuesday."

The Peaks and Valleys Of Oil Dependence

The Peaks and Valleys Of Oil Dependence: Worldwatch Institute News
12/15/2005
While we will never wake up to the headline, "World Runs Out of Oil," says Kaufmann, before production declines to very low levels, the peak will mark a point of no return that will affect every aspect of modern life. "As oil becomes dearer," writes Smil, "we will use it more selectively and more efficiently, and we will intensify a shift that has already begun." Says Flavin: "Roughly $30 billion was invested in advanced biofuels, giant wind farms, solar manufacturing plants, and other technologies in 2004, attracting companies such as General Electric and Shell to the fasting growing segment of the global energy business.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Shell spending to rise as costs soar

Market News and Investment Information | Reuters.co.uk
by Tom Bergin -- 12/14/2005
"Shell repeated it expects to produce 3.5-3.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2005 and 2006.
The Hague-based firm aims to raise production to 3.8-4.0 million boepd by 2009 and 4.5-5.0 million boepd by 2014, compared with current production of around 3.5 million boepd, Voser said.
Some analysts are concerned that much of this growth will come from sources such as gas-to-liquids and tar sands projects, which have traditionally not offered as high returns as finding and pumping oil."

Fields of fuel come into focus for Ireland

They're talking about ethanol in the form of E85.
Galway Independent
12/14/2005
Our farming field could well be the oil fields of the future if the success of the new Ford Focus Flexi Fuel (FFV) model recently tested in Ireland is anything to go by. The car has been tested with an Irish produced bio-fuel, made with a mix of petrol and a waste from the dairy industry. And while the development is still in its early stages, Michael Moroney was impressed with the driving result from the Focus FFV – the world is about to change!

Ag Waste Tested for Making Electricity

DesMoinesRegister.com:
by Frank Vinluan -- 12/14/2005
"Studies also show that burning biomass produces less carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide - which affect the environment - compared with burning coal.
If Cedar Falls Utilities is able to convert the turbine's fuel source from coal to biomass, the renewable fuel would replace up to 25 percent of the utility's coal-fired power generation. Most of the utility's power comes from coal-fired generating stations in Council Bluffs and Sioux City.

Others are exploring biomass. Alliant Energy is a partner with Chariton Valley Resource Conservation and Development and the U.S. Department of Energy on a biomass project in Chillicothe, near Ottumwa. That project burns switchgrass."

In support of a biofuel mandate

The Capital Times:
editorial -- 12/13/2005
"Last winter, when a bill was introduced in the state Legislature that would require a 10 percent ethanol blend be sold at all Wisconsin gas stations, we expressed reservations. Proponents claim E-10 would reduce fossil fuel use but, in fact, manufacturing ethanol from corn is a very energy-intensive process.
Today, however, promising advances in research and a willingness on the part of state officials, particularly Gov. Jim Doyle, to endorse the broader field of biofuels have changed our view.
We now support Assembly Bill 15, with a caveat: Don't stop with corn. We endorse this bill as a step toward the eventual manufacture of ethanol from a variety of non-corn sources, including switch grass, municipal waste and wood waste. Researchers here in Madison and elsewhere are developing the enzymes needed to produce ethanol from these sources. The next challenge is to make that process cost-effective.
An ethanol mandate would help spur such efforts and encourage Wisconsin to become a leader in the emerging and economically promising biofuels field.
Already, researchers at Badger State Ethanol in Monroe are looking at techniques to power the plant with corn fiber instead of natural gas. In addition to manufacturing ethanol, which it sells for about a dollar less a gallon than regular gasoline, the plant also markets the fuel's byproducts of carbon dioxide and distillers grains."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Production Of Ford's Flexible Fuel Capable F-150s Begins

WebWire� | Production Of Ford's Flexible Fuel Capable F-150s Begins
12/13/2005
The first flexible fuel capable Ford F-150 pickups are rolling off the line at Ford Motor Company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Cow power can fuel ethanol innovations

Wisconsin State Journal:
12/13/2005
"The goal is to create a largely self-sufficient operation. For example, cattle manure would be used to produce methane to power the operations, including the ethanol plant, which would produce a by-product called distillers grain, which would be fed to the cattle.
The process turns manure from a pollution problem into an alternative energy solution. And it makes ethanol, an alcohol fuel made from renewable sources, into a more cost-effective competitor to gasoline made from depleting oil supplies.
Overall, the Belmont operation would produce beef, ethanol, distillers grain, carbon dioxide, electricity, ammonia products, fertilizer, bedding and potted plants, all of which would be used on site or sold for cash."

Monday, December 12, 2005

Time to attack energy insecurity

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 11/27/2005 | Time to attack energy insecurity:
by Norm Coleman -- 11/27/2005
"The Vehicle and Fuel Choices for American Security Act will help make fueling America from our farms a reality by making a commitment to producing ethanol from sugar, investing heavily in our E-85 infrastructure, and setting goals for the use of flex fuel vehicles.
The bill calls for increasing the ethanol tax credit to 50 percent, authorizes loan guarantees through the Agriculture Department to assist farmer-owned ethanol producers to develop and build infrastructure for E-85, and sets requirements for manufacturers to produce flexible fuel vehicles to meet a 50 percent requirement by year 2016"

Going green with insulating "honeycomb" glass & ground source heat pump

TheStar.com - Going green with glass:
by Tyler Hamilton -- 12/5/2005
"The entire arena-civic centre complex is also heated and cooled using a ground source heat pump or 'geothermal' system. A unique part of the system is the use of waste heat that results from ice making, which can usually be seen as steam coming out the back of arenas. The waste heat is captured and used to provide radiant heating in the arena through ethanol-filled loops that line the floors and bleachers in the building, even extending to the sidewalks outside to prevent ice build-up during colder months."

A Mushrooming Approach for Ethanol

RenewableEnergyAccess.com | A Mushrooming Approach for Biofuels:
12/6/2005
"Albany, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Fallen logs on the forest floor make a perfect home for Shiitake mushrooms. These fungi -- sold as a delicacy in the produce sections of local supermarkets -- thrive on the downed wood, turning it into sugars that they use for food. The mushrooms could also offer a new approach to the efficient production of biofuels like ethanol, according to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency."

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Ethanol and Fuel Cells

Abengoa Bioenergy [Bioethanol Utilization]:
"Fuel Cell: One of the newest markets being looked at for bioethanol uses is fuel cells. Electrochemical fuel cells convert the chemical energy of bioethanol directly into electrical energy to provide a clean and highly efficient energy source. Fuel cells work similarly to batteries except they can run continuously as long as fuel is supplied, and they can obtain 40 to 50% efficiency in conversion of the fuel energy into useable power, compared with approximately 18% efficiency for the average internal combustion engine. Besides high efficiency, other benefits of fuel cell use in the transportation sector include a tremendous decrease in emissions, less vehicle maintenance and the ability to achieve up to 80 mpg. Fuel cell's could eventually be used to supply power to homes, vehicles, and small electronic devices."

Advanced biorefining of distillers grain & corn stover blends increases ethanol production efficiency

Abengoa Bioenergy [DOE Project]:
"Abengoa Bioenergy R&D, in collaboration with Novozymes North America, Inc., the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Stake Technology, will lead the research team to develop novel biomass-derived process technology that utilizes advanced bio-refined Distiller's Grain and Corn Stover blends to achieve significantly higher bioethanol yields while maintaining the protein feed value. This technology will enable a more economical, sustainable industry, reduce petroleum use per bioethanol gallon produced, and increase the availability of bioethanol."

A New Sweetener from Ethanol Waste

A New Sweetener from Ethanol Waste / July 3, 2000 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service:
by Ben Hardin -- 7/3/2000
"Corn fiber that's left over from ethanol production could be turned into a high-value, low- calorie sweetener for niche markets, based on a process being developed by Agricultural Research Service scientists."

Earth-friendly farming could lower costs, energy use

Earth-friendly farming:
by Ben Ready -- The daily Times-Call -- 11/22/2005
"'This will save me on (planting) costs, easily,' said Elmquist pointing to a till. 'And if you consider wear and tear on equipment and driving time, I'll save even more than that.'
Strip tillage cuts precise furrows for planting and leaves organic trash such as dried corn stalks lying undisturbed on fields year-round. In traditional tillage, every inch of farmland is plowed and organic trash is buried underground.
Conventionally, the ground is then disked to break up clods of dirt, mulched several times to prevent erosion and control weeds, and then repacked into a seed bed before planting can occur.

Pete Dillan, a strip till distributor from Nebraska, says a strip till farmer in his state spends only $360 per acre to produce corn compared to the $420-per-acre cost for a farmer using traditional methods."

Xethanol Corporation to extract ethanol and xylitol from waste biomass

Xethanol Corporation and USDA Forest Products Laboratory Finalize Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance:
12/5/2005 -- Press Release
"Xethanol Corporation's goal is to be the leader in the emerging biomass-to-ethanol industry. Xethanol's mission is to optimize the use of biomass in the renewable energy field and convert biomass that is currently being abandoned or land filled into ethanol and other valuable co-products, especially xylitol. Xethanol's strategy is to deploy proprietary biotechnologies that will extract and ferment the sugars trapped in these biomass waste concentrations. Xethanol's strategic value proposition is to produce ethanol and valuable co-products cost effectively with ethanol plants located closer to biomass sources. In Iowa, Xethanol owns two ethanol production facilities, where it is deploying these technologies. For more information about Xethanol, please visit its website at http://www.xethanol.com."

Once just a kernel of innovation, ethanol industry now popping

McClatchy Newspapers:
by Greg Gordon -- 12/9/2005
"WASHINGTON - A Midwestern farmers cooperative is spending $8 million so it can make ethanol by burning scrap wood instead of more expensive natural gas.
Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. is building a plant that will make five times as much of the gasoline additive as a typical operation.
And in Canada and Louisiana, cornstalks, trees and leaves are being tested to see whether ethanol might someday come from a variety of sources instead of the corn that is now its mainstay.
After years of struggle in which some wondered whether the industry that converts corn kernels to auto fuel would ever be viable, it appears that ethanol is coming of age."

Thursday, December 08, 2005

RFA president reassures BP CEO on Misgivings about ethanol

Grainnet - News & Information for the Grain, Milling, Feed & Seed Industries
12/8/2005
"Moreover, as you know the ethanol industry is expanding in the U.S. at an unprecedented rate. The industry has nearly doubled in size since USDA last did a survey of energy inputs, and there are 26 plants under construction today. Each of these new plants is utilizing the latest and most efficient technologies. Recent developments include low heat fermentation and oil fractionation. And historically high natural gas prices are driving companies to look at other sources of power, including biomass gasification. Several companies are extremely close to commercializing cellulosic ethanol production, a development that when it occurs will revolutionize the industry."

Hydraulic Heat Engine Inventor Brings Dream to Marketplace

Engine inventor AZ Republic 10-07-2005:
by Max Jarman
"At a small warehouse in Phoenix, the self-styled engineer is perfecting an engine that promises to reduce the cost of pumping oil, generating electricity and desalinating water, among many other applications.
In the Kansas oil fields, for example, a prototype is pumping oil for substantially less than a conventional electric 'grasshopper' pump.
Hageman's Natural Energy Engine? uses hot and cold water to drive a piston that can be used to pump liquids or turn a wheel.
The hot and cold water expands and contracts pressurized carbon dioxide to push and pull the piston."

Low Grade Heat Energy Engine Could Revolutionize Energy Industry

FLC Press Release:
Phoenix -- 9/21/2005
"The FLC, a national network of hundreds of federal laboratories and research centers, honored Deluge and the Department of Energy's Rocky Mountain Oil Testing Center (RMOTC) for their collaborative work pumping oil from a well at the Naval Petroleum Reserve near Casper, Wyoming, using geothermal water as the sole source of fuel. The testing, which was completed in 2004, demonstrated that the Natural Energy Engine (NE Engine) is capable of pumping oil from wells at depths ranging from 400 to 1,600 feet with power to spare."

USDA Announces Energy Strategy to Help Farmers and Ranchers with High Energy Costs

Release No. 0534.05:
USDA Press Release -- Contact Kristin Scuderi
"WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2005--Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today unveiled a comprehensive energy strategy to help farmers and ranchers mitigate the impact of high energy costs and develop long-term solutions."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Roof mounted solar panels available for hybrid electric vehicles

Automotive News: Stay current on what's new in the automotive world
"Solatec LLC(TM) is pleased to introduce flexible, rooftop-mounted Solar Panels for Hybrid Vehicles, starting with a kit for the 2004-2006 Toyota Prius. The $2,195 kits will be available nationwide through dealer franchises."

Rep. Offers 'Man on the Moon' Problem-Solving to Combat Oil Shortage

FOXNews.com - Politics - Rep. Offers 'Man on the Moon' Problem-Solving to Combat Oil Shortage
by Jacqeline Ruttiman -- 12/7/2005
"In 1970, the United States already reached the halfway point of its oil production and has been facing diminishing supplies ever since. The rest of the world will soon approach the same "peak" or tipping point -- some experts project that will arrive as soon as 2015, but no later than 2030 -- and when it does, it will have to face numerous economic, political and social issues that come along with it."

Lawmakers: US should prepare for global oil flow peak

Oil & Gas Journal - Lawmakers: US should prepare for global oil flow peak
by Nick Snow, Washington Correspondent -- 12/7/2005
"While there is disagreement about when world crude oil production will hit its peak, the US should begin preparing for it now, two US House members told an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Dec. 7.
Reps. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) and Tom Udall (D-NM) led off the hearing before the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee because they lead the House Peak Oil Caucus, which has six other members."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Nanoscientists and biologists copying, co-opting nature for solar fuels

Inside Bay Area - San Mateo County Times - Local News:
by Ian Hoffman -- 11/27/2005
"Plant photosynthesis works one molecule at a time, and generally 4 percent or less of incoming solar energy ends up as plant fuel. Sunlight is plentiful enough that plants haven't been under evolutionary pressure to convert more, but what they do already may be enough.
Midwest farmers now produce enough corn for digestion and fermentation into 4 billion gallons of ethanol. But a recent study by the Energy Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, titled the 'Billion Ton Vision,' found enough available farmland and forestland to produce tens of billions of gallons of biofuels, supplying a third or more of U.S. transportation fuel needs, without sacrificing food production.
'We're at the stage with this biomass technology that we have something that works. Can we make it work twice as efficiently? I think we could,' said Chris Somerville, a Stanford biochemist who leads the Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology. "

Missouri could enact 10 percent ethanol Mandate

Mo. gas could have 10 percent ethanol - Columbia Missourian:
by Katie Peterson -- 12/6/2005
"JEFFERSON CITY -- All Missouri drivers would have corn in their gas tank if a bill filed for the next legislation session that addresses a key Missouri agriculture issue passes.
The bill would require all gasoline sold after Jan. 1, 2007, to be blended with at least 10 percent ethanol. Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from fermented agricultural products, such as corn.
The sponsor of the bill, Sen. John Cauthorn, R-Mexico, said he filed the bill to provide a safe, clean renewable fuel that would create less dependency on foreign fuels."

Monday, December 05, 2005

Energy in the 21st century

DenverPost.com - OPINION
By John D. "Jack" Edwards -- 12/4/2005
"I believe world oil production will peak between 2020 and 2040, and the United States' only way out of this fossil fuel "bear trap" is to encourage increased use of sustainable, alternative less-polluting fuels. These fuels, in order of economic viability, include: hydrogen fuel cells, nuclear, wind, coal bed methane, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric."

Saudis shun role of last resort for oil

We need to take this seriously. It shows that world reserves are no longer able to grow with world demand, even according to Saudi Arabia itself.
Saudis shun role of last resort for oil - Business - International Herald Tribune
by Jad Mouawad, New York Times -- 12/5/2005
"They now say that consuming nations need to look at alternative energies and conservation and not look at Saudi Arabia to make up for the growth in demand."

Shenandoah's ethanol plant construction begins

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil - 12/04/2005 - Shenandoah's ethanol plant construction begins
"Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. and citizens from southwest Iowa celebrated the ground breaking for the new ethanol plant in Shenandoah on Thursday but did so from inside the Elks Club due to the cold winter weather."

Cassava to be used in pilot ethanol plant

Cassava to be used in pilot ethanol plant - 05/12/2005
Australia -- "It is called the 'potato of the tropics' but soon perhaps it might be dubbed the 'potato of power'.
Cassava is a tropical shrub that grows large starchy tubers and it could be the perfect feedstock for a Northern Territory ethanol plant.
Jim Sullivan from Mataranka says with a small pilot ethanol plant, the industry could easily be worth $20 million to the Katherine region."

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Saab Biopower 9-5 for Germany too

Trollhattan Saab: Biopower 9-5 for Germany too:
11/29/2005
"The Saab 9-5 Biopower's initial sales in Sweden have been encouraging. It's coming to the UK soon. It's coming to the United States as a concept in 2006 for possible sale in the future.
I didn't know this, but it's coming up for release in Germany as well."