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Aviation Industry an Enormous Growth Challenge for Biofuels

Boeing 757-200

To meet the demand for sustainable aviation biofuels with algae, the industry would have to build a new plant every month for the next 20 to 30 years, Biojet Corp. Chairman Chuck Fishel noted during Tuesday’s General Plenary Session at BIO’s World Congress. Michael Lakeman of Boeing put forward a more cautious goal of meeting 1 percent of jet fuel demand with biofuels by 2015. That would still require 60 million gallons, though, and from Read More >

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Will Congress focus on petroleum replacement alternatives this year?

During the breakout session titled “What is Congress Up To?” on Monday, June 28 at BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, distinguished staff from key Congressional offices addressed World Congress attendees to give an industrial biotechnology legislative update. BIO was fortunate to provide this unique perspective on industrial biotechnology policy to World Congress attendees in Washington, DC. Will there be energy or climate legislation this summer to accomplish the goal of reducing our petroleum use Read More >

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Wrong Question: Can Biofuels Be Carbon Friendly?

The Science Insider blog last week hosted an interesting debate between Tim Searchinger, Princeton visiting scholar, and John Sheehan, of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, regarding the recent policy proposal in the pages of Science by Searchinger et al. to “fix” the carbon accounting of biomass for bioenergy and biofuels in U.S. legislation and the successor to the Kyoto protocol, by giving credit only to biomass that can be managed Read More >

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Road Music: From Bluegrass to Switchgrass

To get from here to there sometimes you need a little road music, and that’s just what the Biofuels Center of North Carolina is aiming to do. Earlier this week, according to Science in the Triangle, a RTI Fellows Symposium, “was held Monday and Tuesday at the University of North Carolina’s Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Global warming and what role biofuels will play in the energy supply were two of the scientific challenges addressed Read More >

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Compounded Climate Accounting Errors

Timothy Searchinger, visiting scholar at Princeton University, Dan Kammen of the University of California Berkeley, David Tilman of the University of Minnesota and other authors from the Environmental Defense Fund published an interesting new proposal in the Policy Forum section of Science magazine today. The argument put forward is that “Replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy does not by itself reduce carbon emissions, because the CO2 released by tailpipes and smokestacks is roughly the same per Read More >

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