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NEWS UPDATE May 21, 2012

Biofuel pits SECNAV vs. House Republicans

By Charles Hoskinson, Navy Times  •    •  Posted May 21, 2012

The Navy this summer plans to sail a carrier strike group powered by a biofuel mix amid efforts by congressional Republicans to cut off funds for Secretary Ray Mabus’ signature initiative. The cruiser Princeton and destroyers Chafee and Chung-Hoon, along with the aircraft aboard the nuclear-powered Nimitz, will run on a 50/50 blend of diesel and biofuel made from used cooking oil and algae during the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise June 29-Aug. 3. [ read more … ]

Biofuel Production Facilities Spotlight Next Generation

By Matt Daily, Reuters  •    •  Posted May 21, 2012

After a decade of promise, advanced biofuels makers are entering a crucial make-or-break period with the first of a new generation of production facilities about to come on line. The new facilities are designed to take biofuels beyond corn-based ethanol and begin to shift the industry to “advanced” fuels made with a lower carbon footprint derived from products that will not compete with demand for food. [ read more … ]

Swapping Out Charcoal With Ethanol

By JOANNA M. FOSTER, New York Times  •    •  Posted May 21, 2012

This week, CleanStar Mozambique, a company formed by CleanStar Ventures and Novozymes, opened a biofuel plant to supply ethanol to the hundreds of thousands of households in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, that rely on charcoal for cooking. The organizers are also working with rural farmers to help them shift from slash-and-burn subsistence agriculture and charcoal production to more modern farming methods that could result in far bigger food crops and the use of cleaner fuel. The push to supplant charcoal is also a big business opportunity: the charcoal market in sub-Saharan Africa is valued at more than $10 billion. [ read more … ]

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