Biofuels

Coal Power Plant Wastewater

Waste Fuel As A Significant Energy Source

Waste fuel accounted for 29% of U.S. manufacturing fuel use in 2010, according to EIA’s latest Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS). Waste fuels are usually byproducts of onsite production processes; most have little to no economic value and are generally… Read More
ethanol biofuels

US Ethanol In Throes Of Tumult

There’s even more turmoil than usual in the U.S. biofuels policy realm, with lawsuits, demands for criminal investigations, leaked documents and threats flying all over the place. It all revolves around the 2007 renewable fuel standard that requires increasing amounts… Read More

Austrian Town Thrives Thanks To Clean Energy

A small town in Austria that had no significant industry or trade business is now thriving thanks to local renewable resources. Güssing (population: 4,000) sits in eastern Austria. In 1988 the region (population: 27,000) was one of the poorest districts… Read More
biochar

Not So Fast With The Biochar, Scientists Say

A new review of the scientific literature suggests the world step back and take a closer look before embracing biochar, the coal-like material created from biomass that many believe can remove carbon from the atmosphere while helping improve soils and… Read More

Big Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Opens In Italy

It’s being called “the world’s first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant” and “the world’s largest advanced biofuels facility.” And it’s up and running, turning a nonfood energy crop and agricultural waste like wheat and rice straw into a gasoline extender.… Read More
advanced biofuels

Audit Gives Advanced Biofuels A Fail So Far

It might not be completely fair, but the U.S. Department of Energy is under fresh criticism for the sorry state of advanced biofuels production in the country. An audit [PDF] from the department’s Office of Inspector General said that, yes,… Read More
panda poop power

Very Important Panda Poop Research Powers On

It’s been a few years since Ashli Brown and her colleagues began combing through panda poop and got their first indications that the stuff might harbor a renewable energy breakthrough.  Now the reasearchers are sounding even more confident in the… Read More