The food vs. fuel crowd lives in ignorance and plays off the ignorance of the media to scare folks and generally just make trouble. Reality is a very different thing. Almost a complete reversal from the popular concept now so well sold. I was triggered to write today by a headline for a press release […]

Diane Hildebrandt, the Director of the Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis at The University of Witwatersrand and colleagues at Rutgers University are proposing new Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) reaction chemistry and process designs. They are saying in their letter published in Science Vol. 323. no. 5922, pp. 1680 – 1681 doi: 10.1126/science.1168455 that the new reaction […]

Back in September of 2008 UOP, a Honeywell company, and Ensyn announced they would form a new joint venture company to use UOP’s Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) technology expected to use municipal, farm and forestry wastes. This new company would also accelerate research and development efforts to commercialize UOP’s next-generation upgrading technology to refine the […]

Robert Rapier has his “Renewable Diesel Primer” up on his site R-Squared Energy Blog and its in Mr. Rapier’s classic technologically top form. It’s a read and bookmark kind of page. If you use diesel, sell, or invest in the market this is a great piece to have ready access to and for giving to […]

It isn’t distiller’s fermentation. It isn’t even just a single process. It’s a combined process using both biochemical and thermochemical processes without the complications of using yeast or bacteria to get the sugars converted directly to ethanol. And it isn’t limited to just ethanol as a product output. A quick review – cellulosic feedstocks are […]

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