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Cuts To The Renewable Fuel Standard Would Hurt San Diego’s Biofuel Industry

By | Thursday, November 28, 2013|, , |

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to reduce renewable fuel standard (RFS) by almost 3 billion gallons in 2014. In their press release, the EPA explained that this was a response to a drop in gasoline consumption which meant that there was also a glut of ethanol (the “E10 blend wall”), but less than half [...]

SCRIPPS OCEANOGRAPHY RESEARCHERS ENGINEER BREAKTHROUGH FOR BIOFUEL PRODUCTION

By | Wednesday, November 20, 2013|, |

Prospects for economic and sustainable fuel alternative enhanced with discovery Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. As reported in this week’s online edition of theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Scripps graduate student Emily Trentacoste led the development [...]

A HIGH-RENEWABLES TOMORROW, TODAY: SAMSØ, DENMARK

By | Thursday, October 24, 2013|, , , , |

(Editor's Note: Samsø is an example of what a community can do when it works together. Unfortunately, this is not the usual model in the United States. Click on this link to access a comparison of the two models.) On a small island off the coast of Denmark, a group of potato farmers have turned [...]

INNOVATIONS THAT COULD MAKE US GREENER DRIVERS

By | Wednesday, October 16, 2013|, , |

With rising prices in a changeable economy, today’s eco-conscious drivers want to save money while lowering their carbon footprint. They look for alternatives to expensive and unsustainable gasoline-fueled transportation. The auto industry is in the process of making that happen. What’s New or on the Horizon? There’s a variety of interesting news for eco-conscious drivers [...]

GAS PRICES NOT SUBSTANTIALLY AFFECTED BY INCLUSION OF ETHANOL

By | Tuesday, October 15, 2013||

The widespread use of ethanol hasn’t substantially reduced the wholesale cost of gasoline, according to new research from MIT. The new findings contradict earlier research that attributed an observed reduction in the wholesale cost of gasoline during certain years to the increased use of ethanol as a gasoline additive during those years. Earlier research, which [...]

NASA SETS ITS SIGHTS ON $45 MILLION GREEN FUEL MISSION

By | Friday, July 19, 2013||

NASA has set an ambitious three-year goal for developing green fuel for spacecraft, and it looks like the mission is right on target. Called Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), the $45 million program is spearheaded by Ball Aerospace in partnership with the company Aerojet Rocketdyne and other public sector partners, with the aim of creating [...]

ETHANOL STEAM REFORMING FOR FUEL CELLS — MAJOR OBSTACLE OVERCOME

By | Wednesday, July 17, 2013||

(Editor's note: The following article is of interest to both Ethanol users and companies like San Diego based Pearson Fuels, which is installing 19 E85 stations between  San Diego and Lake Tahoe.) Ethanol steam reforming is a process whereby hydrogen gas can be generated directly within fuel cell systems by decomposing bioethanol — all that’s necessary [...]

SG BIOFUELS: POISED FOR THE FUTURE

By | Friday, June 28, 2013|, |

It has been months since SG Biofuels sent shockwaves through the industry by revealing it could manufacture Jatropha biofuel at a lower cost than conventional fuels. Meanwhile the price of gasoline keeps increasing. The average U.S. household spent $257 more to fuel the family car in 2012 than the previous year.  Yet it will probably [...]

Cool Planet Nears Commercial Production of Carbon Negative Biofuel

By | Monday, June 10, 2013||

(The following article was written by Tina Casey and originally published on Clean Technica; image above: Giant Miscanthus courtesy of USDAgov.) California based Cool Planet Energy has just announced almost $30 million in funding toward a goal of $100 million to build its first commercial facility for producing low cost biofuel that is not just carbon neutral, [...]

La Jolla based Oberon Fuels bringing the First North American Fuel grade DME operation Online

By | Friday, June 7, 2013|, |

(Image above: CEO Neil Senturia (left), President Rebecca Boudreaux and COO Elliot Hicks of Oberon Fuels - Courtesy Oberon Fuels) The first-ever North American production unit for clean-burning, fuel-grade DME will go online in Brawley, in the Imperial Valley, this month. It can produce 4,500 gallons of DME per day and was made by La Jolla [...]