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Fuel for you, fuel for your car: Coffee grounds used for biodiesel

Coffee to wake you up, the coffee grounds to fuel your vehicles and provide your energy needs. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are working with old coffee grounds to find a second use for them as a source of cheaper, cleaner fuels for cars as well as furnaces and other energy sources. With coffee being one of the world’s most popular beverages, waste coffee grounds are an abundant and cheap material...

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Renewable Energy Group acquires third Iowan biodiesel facility

Renewable Energy Group has acquired a 30-million gallon per year capacity biodiesel plant in Mason City, Iowa, from Soy Energy, LLC. R.E.G. acquired the biorefinery for $11 million in cash and a $5.1 million promissory note. Former Soy Energy, LLC unit holders approved the sale in a vote on July 29. Plans are in place to repair and re-start the facility to produce biodiesel from soybean oil and low free...

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Does the Renewable Fuel Standard Spell The End of Classic Vehicles?

Are classic muscle cars and vintage motorcycles suffering from a debilitating diet? As the amount of biofuel blended with U.S gasoline supplies increases, many vintage vehicles could be feeling the long-term effects. Modern gasoline blends are far different than those used in the era of classic cars and motorcycles. Do higher biofuel blending percentages, such as the widespread but practically unknown “E15,” spell...

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How the Jatropha responds to stress – it’s in the genes

An international group of scientists is looking to improve the drought resistance of the biofuel plant Jatropha. The Jatropha has seeds with a high oil content that can be used in the production of biodiesel. Currently however, its potential as a biofuel crop is limited because it has yet to be cultivated on the large-scale. “It is thought that Jatropha’s future lies in further improvement of Jatropha for large-scale...

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America’s water resources enough for 25 billion gallons of algal fuel

The United States possesses enough sources of water –fresh, salty or saline groundwater and seawater – to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-derived oil annually. This is enough to fill the nation’s current oil needs for one month – about 600 million barrels – every year. The findings come from an in-depth look at the water resources that would be needed to grow significant amounts of algae. The study was done...

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Overfed algae produce more oil for biofuels – Brookhaven

A team of researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory are “overfeeding” algae with carbon to make them produce more oil and serve as efficient raw material for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. According to Brookhaven biologist Changcheng Xu, who led the research team, what happens to overfed algae is similar to what happens to people who eat a carbohydrate rich diet.

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E.P.A. launches online waste-to-biogas mapping tool

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Pacific Southwest Region launched the United States’ first online waste-to-biogas mapping tool which is aimed at supporting the use of organic waste for renewable energy projects.

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Winter crop pennycress being promoted as biodiesel source

A North American winter crop considered by many as a weed is being seen as an advantageous biodiesel resource, the United States National Biodiesel Board reports. Pennycress, a member of the mustard family known for its small, coin-like seedpods, is being developed for commercialization and could see growth in the coming years, according to early adopters.

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U.S. biodiesel production down compared with late 2011 surge

In the first two months of 2012, the United States biodiesel industry produced 135 million gallons of fuel, up from the same period last year but down from 160 million gallons in December. The latest numbers released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicate that from January and February 2011, production totaled less than 80 million gallons.

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FreeWays to Fuel program goes to next stage with OnSite Energy

Michigan State University Extension moves forward with the second stage of their biofuel research project by partnering with OnSite Energy LLC to test the potential of growing oilseed crops for biodiesel production on unused land along roads.

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