ACORE Releases Renewable Energy in America Outlook

Joanna Schroeder

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has released The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014, jointly authored by U.S. renewable energy trade associations from the power, thermal, and fuel sectors. The Outlook assesses the renewable energy marketplace and forecasts the future of each renewable energy technology sector, from the perspectives of each of the associations, and provides a …

Renewable Energy, Research

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light

John Davis

A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for biodiesel and ethanol. The recently passed and signed Farm Bill contains a provision that would allow hemp to be grown for research purposes, including making it into the green fuels. “Hemp is a great crop for biodiesel, and we’ve already started experimenting with …

Audio, biofuels, farm bill, Government, Legislation, Research

Synthetic Chromosome Could Help Biodiesel, Ethanol

John Davis

The scientific world today is all a-buzz about the world’s first yeast synthetic chromosome, and the discovery could help the biodiesel and ethanol industries. This article from the Christian Science Monitor says researchers have put together man-made DNA into the synthetic version of a chromosome, a development expected to have implications for the green fuels. “For me, one of most …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

Research Looks Into Water-Free Biodiesel Brewing

John Davis

Efforts to make biodiesel production even more sustainable might get a boost from research into a water-free method of making the green fuel. This story from Biofuels Journal says researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal are looking at a way to eliminate the water normally used water to remove impurities to meet stringent quality standards. Instead of water, …

Biodiesel, International, Research

Biodiesel Bites Back… with a Gator CHOMP!

John Davis

We’ve told you before about how researchers found a way to turn alligator fat into biodiesel. But this article in Biodiesel Magazine says new findings show a method using a supercritical methanol to make the scaly-sourced biodiesel even more efficiently. Researchers reported on a novel method this week at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, to produce …

Biodiesel, Research

Better Sites for Algae Helps Biofuels Production

John Davis

A new process for identifying and evaluating algae production facilities could help with biofuels production. The article, “Siting Algae Cultivation Facilities for Biofuel Production in the United States: Trade-Offs between Growth Rate, Site Constructability, Water Availability, and Infrastructure,” in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, talks about the new method developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sapphire Energy …

ABO, algae, Biodiesel, biofuels, Research

Veterans Move Into Solar Industry Jobs

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report released jointly from Operation Free and The Solar Foundation, veterans are employed within the solar industry at higher than average rates. The report finds that for a group facing high unemployment, the solar industry is one of the best industries for jobs. The report, Veterans in Solar: Securing America’s Energy Future, highlights the contributions of …

Alternative energy, Research, Solar

MSU Increases Odds of Algal-Biofuel Success

Joanna Schroeder

A team of Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have invented a new technology that they believe increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels bridge the gap to success. The environmental photobioreactor or ePBR system is the first standard algae growing platform and it stimulates dynamic natural environments. The system is featured in the current issue of Algal Research. To better …

advance biofuels, algae, Research

Making Sugarcane into the Next Biodiesel Feedstock

John Davis

Sugarcane could be a better feedstock for biodiesel than soybeans, but it only grows in warm weather areas. But researchers at the University of Illinois believe they have a way to grow what could be a rich, oil-producing variety of sugarcane in colder climates. “Biodiesel is attractive because, for example, with soybean, once you’ve pressed the oil out it’s fairly …

Biodiesel, Research

Biodiesel By-product Could Help with Better Soils

John Davis

The quality of soils to grow the very feedstocks to make biodiesel could be helped by a by-product of that green fuel’s production. This article from Farmers Weekly says Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom found that applying biodiesel co-product (BCP) increased soil micro-organism numbers and this effectively “locked up” the nitrates in the soil until spring. Researchers looked at …

Biodiesel, Research