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Sugarcane Genetically Modified for High Biofuel Yield

Written by , on April 7, 2017

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce more oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. The modified sugarcane plants also produces more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production.  Read more »

Wood to Biofuel in Hours

Written by , on December 10, 2013

Until now, it has taken weeks to make biofuel from trees. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have now shortened the process to a few hours. In 2010, scientists at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences discovered a "super enzyne" which, in effect, shoots holes into the wood surface with the help […]  Read more »

Turning Seaweed into Fuel

Written by , on January 31, 2012

Seaweed would seem to an ideal source of biomass for making renewable fuels. Kelp has a high sugar content; it doesn’t need farmland or fresh water and large quantities can be sustainably harvested. Harvesting the kelp which is already growing along 3% of the world’s coastlines could potentially produce 60 billion gallons of ethanol. The […]  Read more »

Energy from Garbage

Written by , on January 27, 2010

American garbage-disposal giant, Waste Management, has partnered with InEnTec, an Oregon-based company, to begin commercializing a plasma-gasification process which converts garbage into energy. Plasma gasification technology has been in development and pilot testing for decades. Major pilot plants, capable of processing 1,000 tonnes or more of garbage daily, are under development in Florida, Louisiana and […]  Read more »

Ten Times More Ethanol from Waste

Written by , on July 30, 2008

University of Georgia researchers have developed a new technology that promises to dramatically increase the yield of ethanol from readily available non-food crops, including the waste from corn and sugarcane harvests, weeds such as bermudagrass, switchgrass and napiergrass and even garden waste. The new technology features a fast, mild, acid-free pretreatment process that increases the […]  Read more »

Algae to Ethanol Deal

Written by , on June 12, 2008

A Baltimore, Maryland company, Algenol, has signed an $850 million deal with Biofields, a Mexican company, to grow algae for fuel production. Algenol plans to make 100 million gallons of ethanol by the end of 2009 and to increase this to a billion gallons – more than 10% of the United States’ current ethanol capacity […]  Read more »


Written by , on May 25, 2008

As the world recognises the inevitability of peak oil and the necessity to reduce carbon emissions, the possibilty of  replacing fossil fuels with fuels produced from biomass – and the downside of doing so – is becoming an increasingly important issue. Already ethanol is starting to play a part as a transport fuel in the […]  Read more »

Biofuels and Food Prices

Written by , on May 18, 2008

Grain prices have soared in the past few years. Measured in US dollars, the price of corn, wheat and rice trebled and the price of soybeans doubled in the past three years. many press articles have blamed these price increases on the use of grains to make biofuels. But many other factors are much more […]  Read more »