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Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

December 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows renewable natural gas to qualify as cellulosic biofuel even though RNG is not cellulosic, but this helps the EPA to appear to be meeting their goals.[read more]

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Beyond Electrification: Why Fuels Matter for Energy Access

December 9, 2014 by Angi Acocella
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Energy Access and Clean Fuels

Though awareness of energy access challenges in developing countries grows, most of the attention goes to electricity. The statistics on access to clean cooking and heating fuels are just as, if not more staggering as the electrification challenge. Ensuring access to modern fuels demands as much urgency.[read more]

Catalyzing Greener Products

December 3, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Catalyzing Green

Yuriy Román leads a research group in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering. The core of his research is the catalytic conversion of the inedible parts of plant matter, such as cellulose and lignin, into chemicals useful for making fuels and substances like plastics, lubricants, and pharmaceuticals.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]

Torrefaction via Radio Waves

November 25, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Radio Waves and Energy

I have found over the years that the vast majority of biomass to energy projects aren’t economically viable for one reason or another. I have looked at companies that utilize many different conversion technologies, and most of the time my job consisted of searching for fatal flaws of different approaches.[read more]

Utilizing GIS for Renewable Energy Projects

November 15, 2014 by Dan Liggett

GIS and Renewables

Your renewable energy infrastructure projects are far too expensive to make random decisions on siting. For many reasons – not the least of which are cost, efficiency and productivity – siting should be as exact as the science behind renewable energy itself.[read more]

Cellulosic Ethanol

November 13, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra
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Ethanol and Fuel Standards

The hand-wringing and soul-searching that has gone on at the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding a proposed reduction in the amount of ethanol to be blended in the gasoline in 2014 is emblematic of a policy based on optimistic projections divorced from reality.[read more]

'2030 Climate and Energy Package Vital to EU's Energy Security' Stresses European Commission [VIDEO]

October 28, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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EU Energy and Climate Planning

 

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'This Would Have Been Simply Impossible Without the Establishment of the Renewable Fuel Standard'

October 26, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Renewaable Fuel Standard Effects

The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to introduce increasing volumes of biofuels into the US liquid transportation fuel system. The standard has been expanded over time with greater focus given to advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol that do not use food crops as a direct feedstock.[read more]

LanzaTech's Vulnerability

October 21, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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LanzaTech proposes to take waste carbon monoxide from sources like steel manufacturers and ferment that to produce ethanol. Holmgren says that the bacterium they use for their fermentation, Clostridium autoethanogenum, is highly ethanol tolerant.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Consumers, Not the Federal Government, Should Determine What Goes in their Cars'

October 19, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Consumer Choice and Fuel Regulation

The always-ugly battle between US oil refiners and the biofuels industry over EPA’s renewable fuel standards heated up again recently when 31 oil executives sent a letter to President Obama urging EPA to stick with fuel blending volumes proposed last November.[read more]

The Bell Tolls for KiOR

October 13, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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In 2004, Khosla was telling anyone who would listen to him that the only things standing in the way of running the entire country on biofuels were the oil companies, and a lack of funding. He set out to change both of those things, vilifying the oil industry at every turn. The result has been a debacle.[read more]

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production

October 10, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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New Biofuel Approach

Yeast is commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry.[read more]

5 Toughest Questions for Miguel Arias Cañete on Energy and Climate Action - Hearings of New European Commission

October 6, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Questions and the New European Commission

Miguel Arias Cañete - European Commissioner-designate for Climate Action and Energy - had to answer a number of difficult questions during his hearing by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Research & Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (ENVI) on 1 October.[read more]