Archive for the ‘biofuel’ Category

Coffee is Amazing!

December 11, 2008

Not only does it start your day, but it can fuel your car and heat your home!

Green Crude

September 25, 2008

High octane gasoline produced from algae, saltwater, carbon dioxide and sunlight.
No food crops or dead dinosaurs involved.

Details at Urbin Technology.

Well, no shit Sherlock…

July 5, 2008

The Guardian has leaked a “secret” World Bank report that breaks the news to the Illuminated Gnomes that turning food stocks into fuel caused the price of food to go up.

Gee, ya think? Corn based ethanol has long been called “Liquid Pork” and has been pushed by politicians who are owned and operated by the corn lobby, like Barak Obama.

Non food stock sources, like switch grass, have been pushed aside by those corn fed politicians. Interestingly enough, NPR did mention one politician who has pushed for the use of switch grass.

Ethanol from Garbage and Old Tires

March 10, 2008

Good news for America, bad news for those making a killing over liquid pork. Details at MIT Tech Review (registration required)

The tubes are the core of a bioreactor, which is itself the heart of a new tech­nology that Coskata claims can make etha­nol out of wood chips, household garbage, grass, and old tires–indeed, just about any organic material. The bioreactor, Tobey explains, allows the company to combine thermochemical and biological approaches to synthesizing ethanol. Taking advantage of both, he says, makes Coskata’s process cheaper and more versatile than either the technologies widely used today to make ethanol from corn or the experimental processes designed to work with sources other than corn.

Carbon Offset Scam!

April 26, 2007

Saw this one coming several miles away. The whole “carbon offset” deal is one big scam.
The Financial Times has a write up on the green version of Three Card Monty

A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases, suggesting some organisations are paying for emissions reductions that do not take place.

Others are meanwhile making big profits from carbon trading for very small expenditure and in some cases for clean-ups that they would have made anyway.

The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

Francis Sullivan, environment adviser at HSBC, the UK’s biggest bank that went carbon-neutral in 2005, said he found “serious credibility concerns” in the offsetting market after evaluating it for several months.

“The police, the fraud squad and trading standards need to be looking into this. Otherwise people will lose faith in it,” he said.

People loosing faith in the cult of Algore would be a damn good thing.

Getting to know your biofuels

April 10, 2007

Popular Mechanics has an article on the subject.

Keep in mind that the hard far left extremist moonbats consider Popular Mechanics part of the Evil Conspiracy ™.

Better biofuels through chemistry

April 3, 2007

There are very solid reasons for finding alternates to fossil fuels (including reducing the value of Middle Eastern oil reserve).
Amyris Biotechnologies is doing research into alternate biofuels using synthetic biology.

Unlike the conventional genetic engineering currently used in the manufacture of antibiotics and protein drugs such as insulin, synthetic biology involves hacking the entire metabolic system–changing the structure of some proteins, altering the expression of others, and adding in genes from other organisms–to create an efficient microbial machine.

The researchers selected several candidate compounds based on their energy content (ethanol has only 70 percent the energy of gasoline), their volatility (an ideal fuel shouldn’t evaporate too fast), and their solubility in water (unlike ethanol, a water-insoluble fuel could be piped around the country like petroleum). After narrowing the list by determining which fuels could be both produced in the lab and used in today’s engines, they were left with a selection of compounds including replacements for both diesel and jet fuel. “We’ve tested a lot of fuels with fantastic properties,” says Neil Renninger, Amyris cofounder and vice president of development.

It’s a fair bet that somebody will be protesting this and calling it “Frankenfuel.”