Stop the biofuel madness

Green (Living) Review

We must have gone totally insane to put fuel before food, whether it is corn (maize) being grown for biofuel or miscanthus, or whatever. And the sooner this was being realized the better and the futility of biofuels (and fracking) be abandoned.

UAE McDonalds Greases Its 100% Biodiesel Delivery Fleet

Green Prophet

McDonalds is poised to recycle all of its vegetable oil from UAE branches into 100% biodiesel. In conjunction with Dubai-based Neutral Fuels, LLC, McDonalds UAE has committed to converting all of its used vegetable oil into a biofuel. Biodiesel is better for the environment.

Piedmont Biofuels Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification

Green (Living) Review

Used cooking oil plant latest in biofuel entities to earn RSB sustainability certification McLean, VA, March 2013 : The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that Piedmont Biofuels has earned the RSB sustainability certification.

McDonalds Fleet Traveled 800,000 Miles With Recycled Biofuel

Green Prophet

It has been just 17 months since McDonalds announced its intention to recycle all of its vegetable oil for use as biofuel in its own fleet. We hope to take this sustainable initiative a step further by increasing our usage of biodiesel in the years to come.”

When is Biodiesel, Not Biodiesel? When You’re Being Conned!

Eco Friendly Daily

Blended biofuels are often inaccurately labeled, that is the claim in a study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. ” The organization took samples of blended biofuels from smaller retailers and discovered that some blends contained less than the advertised percentage of biofuel.

Biofuels: The ins and outs

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Broadly speaking, a biofuel is any plant or animal material that can be used as a source of energy. In fact, biofuel can be created from any carbon source that is easy to replenish, i.e. plants. Biofuels can come in solid, liquid, or gas form – while you may think of ethanol or biodiesel when you hear biofuel, it would be just as correct to think of wood, perhaps the most popular biofuel for the last millennia.

Turning Fat into Fuel: The Production of Biodiesel

Green Living Ideas

Biodiesel can be made from a variety of sources. If the water is left in the batch, it will cause the fat to turn into soap instead of biodiesel when it’s processed. For more information about biodiesel production, see this biodiesel 101 post here.

Biodiesel Gas Station on Interstate-70

Celsias

Biofuels USA has opened its new biodiesel station at exit 175 in New Florence, Missouri. The new facility offers prospective drivers a variety of homegrown biofuel choices for diesel vehicle drivers.

Algae Biofuels

Celsias

Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have assembled the draft genome of a marine algae sequence to aid scientists across the US in a project that aims to discover the best algae species for producing biodiesel fuel.

Is the Middle East Buying into Disastrous Biofuels?

Green Prophet

The Jatropha plant may produce bio-diesel for cars but, like other biofuels, it also leads to a rise in food prices due to competition for land space. But are biofuels really the solution to the Mideast’s dependency on gas and oil?

Chicken Fat Biodiesel Prevents Fuel Filter Clogs

Green Living Ideas

It seems that anything can be used to make biodiesel these days. From algae to hemp, biofuels run the gamut of possibilities. Now add chicken fat to the list of biodiesel sources. Operating a plant in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, R3 Energy began selling chicken fat biodiesels to rural consumers this week. The plant [.] [ Chicken Fat Biodiesel Prevents Fuel Filter Clogs from Green Living Ideas ].

Biofuel production may increase world hunger, claims study

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) UK, April 2011: A recent study found that biofuel production diverts crops and crop land from food production and increases food prices for impoverished people in developing countries even though biofuels may not solely to blame for rising food prices.

Lootah Biofuels to Grow Algae in Dubai to Reduce Oil Spillage

Green Prophet

The Arab gulf region is continuing to boost its international profile in renewable energy, the most recent initiative aims to use algae as biofuel. Lootah Biofuel s in Dubai has recently inked a deal with Singapore-based AlgaOil with the ultimate goal of using algae for oil extraction.

Biodiesel From Algae - More Economically

Celsias

Scientists today described an advance toward a long-sought economical process that could turn algae, like the stuff of pond scum, into a revolutionary new and sustainable source of biodiesel and other “green” fuels. “Algae has great promise as a next-generation biofuel, a fuel that is sustainable and renewable,” explained Julie Zimmerman, Ph.D.,

Biodiesel Blues: Car Manufacturers Say No to B100 in New Diesel Vehicles

Green Living Ideas

A few years ago when we bought a new truck, we specifically purchased a diesel so we could use biodiesel in it. If you are new to biodiesel, the number refers [.] Biodiesel Blues: Car Manufacturers Say No to B100 in New Diesel Vehicles. Biodiesel Fuel. Fueling a Biodiesel Nation. Tags: Alt Fuels and Transportation Biodiesel alternative fuels Biofuels cars clean air emissions

Biodiesel Blues: Car Manufacturers Say No to B100 in New Diesel Vehicles

Green Living Ideas

A few years ago when we bought a new truck, we specifically purchased a diesel so we could use biodiesel in it. If you are new to biodiesel, the number refers [.] Biodiesel Blues: Car Manufacturers Say No to B100 in New Diesel Vehicles. Biodiesel Fuel. Fueling a Biodiesel Nation. Tags: Alt Fuels and Transportation Biodiesel alternative fuels Biofuels cars clean air emissions

Alligator Fat as a New Source of Biodiesel Fuel?

Celsias

Amid growing concern that using soybeans and other food crops to produce biodiesel fuel will raise the price of food, scientists have identified a new and unlikely raw material for the fuel: Alligator fat. The search for non-food sources of biodiesel already has identified a number

Some Biofuels Do More Harm than Good

Eco Friendly Daily

Biodiesel enthusiasts have called biodiesel “green gold,” claiming that it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and is totally renewable. But scientists environmental groups are shedding light on some of biodiesel’s unintended consequences.

U.S. Navy Turns Green with Biodiesel Flying Vehicle

Eco Friendly Daily

Camelina is mainly cultivated in Montana and it seems to be the military’s aviation biofuel of choice. The Air Force is also planning on using 50 percent biofuels in its aircraft by 2016. The U.S.

Carluccio's restaurant chain to recycle waste oil

Green (Living) Review

biofuels biofuel biodiesel bio-fuelBy Michael Smith (Veshengro) Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's has announced plans to convert its waste cooking oil into bio-diesel and thereby slashing the organisation's annual carbon emissions by up to 90%. Carluccio's made the statement last week after finalising an agreement with leading bio-fuel producer Convert2Green to manage the conversion process.

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Scotland Company To Convert Whiskey To Biofuel

Eco Friendly Daily

Currently biofuels are produced using a variety of sources, including crops and fast-growing plants that would otherwise never be used as crops. Two major byproducts, pot ale and draff, are able to be used to create biofuel and other useful products.

Follow the Crop System Puts Biofuel Refinery in the Fields

Green Living Ideas

A new biofuel production system, dubbed “Follow the Crop&# , aims to reduce the costs of production and increase the income of small to medium growers by bringing the biorefinery right into the fields. The new system would open the biofuels market to smallholders, who could put marginal lands into biofuel crops without [.] Follow the Crop System Puts Biofuel Refinery in the Fields. Biodiesel Blues: Car Manufacturers Say No to B100 in New Diesel Vehicles.

Interest Grows in All Sorts of Biofuels in the US

Celsias

consider alternative biofuel sources beyond grain feedstocks such as corn and soybeans, everything from alligator fat to herbivore excrement is being subjected to study. As researchers in the U.S.

Bill Clinton tells Brazil “Biofuels produced at the expense of tropical forests are no victory”

Green (Living) Review

Bill Clinton said at the Ethanol Summit 2009 with reference to Brazil that being a world leader in ethanol production is no victory if it is coupled with escalating carbon emissions from deforestation President Clinton was quoted at saying: “What people are worried about Brazil is not whether you have the most efficient biofuel in the world.everybody knows that is true.

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Is US Biofuel Production Going to Double in the Next Decade?

Celsias

A recent study, released on 11 October, "Biofuel Markets and Technologies" released by Pike Research states that the global biofuel market will double within the next decade to $183.3

Synthetic accelerator speeds up biofuel production

EcoFriend

Researchers here have developed just such a magic bullet that can boost the ability of microbes to make biofuel. A demonstration of this technology resulted in a significant increase in the microbial production of biodiesel from glucose.

Lester Brown about Biofuels and Eco-Economics

The Green Changemakers

VIEW THESE FIVE VIDEOS AT [link] A Future For Biofuels – Part One Dr Brown explains that higher oil prices mean biofuels are now economically competitive. In 5 short Big-Picture clips, Lester Brown gives his view on some of the most pressing issues today.

Fungi Could Clean Pollution, Give Fuel and Food: Egypt Research

Green Prophet

In 2011 Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad, winner of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists, found a new way of turning plastic into biofuel. Abdel Azim and his team are bioprospecting some Egyptian fungi for the efficient production of biodiesel.

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Superpower “Laxative Nut” Tree Could Solve Egypt’s Fuel Crisis

Green Prophet

More commonly known as the Jatropha, this wonder tree has multiple benefits: it fights desertification, requires very little water, and – most importantly – can be used to provide biofuel. Seeds inside the fruit are comprised of up to 45 percent oil that can be used as biodiesel.

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Biodiesel - the industry fights back.

Eco_Living

Interesting piece on edie with Graham Hilton, chair of the Renewable Transport Fuels Working Group and managing director of The Energy Crops Company, accusing the Government of panicking in the face of public criticism of biofuels when DEFRA's own research concluded that biofuels have not had an effect on food prices. Tags: biofuels biodiesel

Superpower “Laxative Nut” Jatropha Tree Could Solve Egypt’s Fuel Crisis

Green Prophet

More commonly known as the Jatropha, this wonder tree has multiple benefits: it fights desertification, requires very little water, and – most importantly – can be used to provide biofuel. Seeds inside the fruit are comprised of up to 45 percent oil that can be used as biodiesel.

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Biodiesel watchdog set up.

Eco_Living

The ENDS Report is reporting that the Department for Transport has set up a watchdog, the Renewable Fuels Agency, to help ensure that biofuels used in the UK come from sustainable sources. This is timely with the new Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) coming into force in April 2009, which will require 5% of all vehicle fuels sold in the UK to be biofuels. Biodiesel seemed to go from eco-saviour to eco-demon in record time.

Educating About Living and Working Green | Living Green and Saving.

Living Green & Saving Energy

In parallel, I saw an article about grants being offered to high schools in Kentucky to design projects to teach, produce and use biofuels in their schools and community. This is an excellent, low cost program to promote awareness of the potential for biofuels and increase general knowledge about how they are produced. The funds are especially geared toward training and start-up costs for setting up local biodiesel production to turn waste oil from cooking into usable fuel.

Educating About Living and Working Green: Get Them While They Are.

Living Green & Saving Energy

In parallel, I saw an article about grants being offered to high schools in Kentucky to design projects to teach, produce and use biofuels in their schools and community. This is an excellent, low cost program to promote awareness of the potential for biofuels and increase general knowledge about how they are produced. The funds are especially geared toward training and start-up costs for setting up local biodiesel production to turn waste oil from cooking into usable fuel.

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Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution

Green (Living) Review

Ethanol, one of the so-called biofuels, the other is biodiesel, is produced, primarily, especially in the USA, from corn (maize), with biodiesel, mainly, being made from palm oil. And the same is the case as regards to biodiesel which has been shown to have far more dangerous emissions, especially of nanoparticles, than ordinary oil-based diesel and those nanoparticles are reckoned to be the causal agent for the increase of asthma, especially in children.

Renewable Energy Supported in Tax Bill

Living Green & Saving Energy

Biodiesel was not left out, getting a $1 per gallon tax credit through 2011. Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Renewable Energy Supported in Tax Bill by greenwise on December 22, 2010 The compromise bill that extended the Bush Tax Cuts included a lot of pork, and the renewable energy industry got its share of the bacon. Here is a rundown of the most prominent goodies.

Biodiesel: The answer to transport emissions?

Eco_Living

Biodiesel is diesel fuel made from vegetable oils rather than crude oil. Most biodiesel is sold as a 5% blend - in other words 95% of it is normal diesel. According to its manual, my VW Golf will run on 100% biodiesel in the summer and 50% in the winter.

Chocolate to Fuel Roadtrip From UK to Africa

Eco Friendly Daily

To reach this goal, they will use a mix of carbon cutting techniques, including biofuels and carbon offsetting. As an offset, they intend to deliver a small biodiesel processing unit to a Mali renewable energy charity that specializes in developing enterprise through environmental projects.

Bio-diesel made from food in oil-rich UAE

Green (Living) Review

It's set up the Middle East's first scheme to recycle cooking oil into biodiesel. One can but wonder as to whether those Arab oil nations that are headed the way of alternative energy and biofuels know something that they – or at least our governments – are not telling us. By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Middle East is a region where car is king and fuel is cheap, often leaving little incentive to find more environmentally-friendly ways of moving around.

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10 Examples of Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

Greentumble

Biofuels. Biofuels. The answer is simple – by transforming it into biofuels. According to the definition, “biofuel is a term that refers to a number of liquid fuels produced from biomass using biological processes.” Our demand for natural resources steadily rises.

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The U.S. continues to promote & invest in private car travel rather than public transportation

Green (Living) Review

The great majority of the public also cannot – nor do they want to – envisage life without the motorcar and when they come to realize that the time of oil may be coming to an end they come out with “oh, by that time we will be driving electric cars and then there is always biofuel.” Biofuels we simply cannot afford and that for a number of reasons. It is history, and also no electric car is going to solve that, not is biofuel.

UN: Innovation needed to feed people of the future

Green Prophet

Lower oil prices will contribute to lower food prices, by pushing energy and fertilizer costs down, and removing incentives for the production of first-generation biofuels made from food crops. Ethanol and biodiesel use is expected to grow at a slower pace over the next decade.

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This Week In Fuel

Eco Friendly Daily

The New York Times featured an article on Sunday about a promising new biodiesel source called Jatropha curcas or Barbados Nut – a weed that is currently used to shield food crops from animals in Northern Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean.

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