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Logging offsets green efforts made by wood for biofuel, study finds

A new study regarding using wood for biofuel found that carbon dioxide released from logging offsets the green efforts made by using the clean fuel. The study, titled “Mineral soil carbon fluxes in forests and implications for carbon balance assessment,” revealed that using wood for biofuel harvested through logging actually releases vast amounts of carbon that is stored in the deep forest soil,...

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Marine pest holds promise for better biofuel production

A wood boring pest – a bane to the shipping and lumber industries – could prove to be a boon to the cellulosic biofuel industry. The Limnoria quadripunctata, a marine wood borer commonly known as the gribble, is 1-3 millimeters in length and can quickly bore through wood causing significant natural and man-made marine timber damage around the world. Scientists at the Universities of Portsmouth and York...

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Biofuel development key to meet California’s GHG emission reduction goal

Biofuel development could be the answer for California to meet its 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction goal, according to a new report that focuses on the state’s biofuel potential. The report titled “California Energy Future: The Potential for Biofuels,” done by the California Council on Science and Technology, co-authored by Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville, concluded that developing the...

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Fortum opens Baltics’ first waste-to energy combined heat and power plant

Finnish electricity provider Fortum has launched the first waste-to-energy combined heat and power project in the Baltic region. Located at Klaipeda, Lithuania, the new plant has a generation capacity of 20 megawatts electricity and 50 megawatts heat, delivering about 140 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 400 GWh of heat annually. Significantly, this amount of heat covers around 40 percent of Klaipeda’s...

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Ionic liquid pretreatment developed for cellulosic biofuel production

A recyclable liquid for the pre-treatment of cellulosic biomass could bring down the cost of biofuel production. Researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have developed the new treatment using ionic liquids – salts that are liquids at room temperature. This new liquid pre-treatment does not require the expensive enzymes that many other pretreatments depend...

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U.S. domestic biofuel production sector gets $18 million funding boost

The United States is funding four innovative pilot-scale biorefineries in California, Iowa and Washington. The Obama Administration is set on advancing biofuels technology in order to develop a domestic alternative to fossil fuels to power cars, trucks, planes and ships. The four new biorefinary projects will be the recipients of nearly $18 million in funding to produce biofuels that meet military specifications...

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Iowa’s biodiesel market grew over 60 percent in 2012

The biodiesel market in Iowa is booming, with sales and consumption increasing more than 60 percent last year, according to a new report from the Iowa Department of Revenue. Figures from the 2012 Retailers Motor Fuel Gallons Annual Report revealed that total of biodiesel gallons sold by fuel retailers rose from 13.9 gallons in 2011 to 23.27 gallons in 2012. “These numbers show Iowa’s fuel retailers are realizing...

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SkyNRG certified as sustainable jet fuel provider

Sustainable jet fuel maker, SkyNRG, has become the first biofuel operator worldwide to earn a Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels certification for their entire supply chain. R.S.B. is a multi-stakeholder derived global standard concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuels production and processing. Certified entities must demonstrate that their operations comply with several safeguards including the protection...

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Brazil’s drive towards biofuel affecting its landscape, climate

Brazil may be successfully cutting its dependence on fossil fuels through the use of bioethanol, but the sugar plantations that fuel the bioethanol industry are causing regional climate effects. Brazil is the second largest global producer and consumer of bioethanol and this has led to a boom in sugarcane production. To meet the demand, large swaths of Brazilian land are being converted into sugar plantations and this...

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Scotland limiting support for wood-burning biomass power

The Scottish government has decided to limit its support for biomass stations. After a consultation on the levels of support available to electricity generators under the Renewables Obligation for biomass and solar energy, the Scottish government decided that for wood fuelled biomass stations with an installed capacity greater than 15 megawatts, only those who operate as a combined heat and power station would qualify for...

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