Tag Archive for 'biofuel'

Burning fast growing trees as a biofuel negatively impacts human health and crop production

January 10th, 2013 by Lancaster University

Large-scale cultivation of biofuels in Europe could lead to increased human mortality and crop losses according to research from the Lancaster Environment Centre. These findings, published online in the letter ‘Impacts of biofuel cultivation on mortality and crop yields‘ in Nature Climate Change, demonstrate that the wider implications of biofuel cultivation need to be assessed […]

Companies planning £2.5 billion of investment in UK renewable energy

December 29th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has revealed more evidence of the economic benefits of renewable energy as he reaffirmed the UK government coalition’s commitment to meeting European Union renewable energy targets. This came as the UK published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable […]

Bacteria produce butanol, a superior biofuel to ethanol, directly from the cellulose in newspapers

August 26th, 2011 by Tulane University

Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain, dubbed “TU-103,” that can use paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline. They are currently experimenting with old editions of the Times Picayune newspaper with great success. TU-103 is the first bacterial strain from nature that produces 
butanol directly […]

Friends of the Earth warns that aviation biofuel target risks food price rises

June 22nd, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Plans announced by the European aviation industry on 22 June 2011 to fuel its planes with two million tonnes of biofuels by 2020, has been criticised by Friends of the Earth. The announcement, which follows expert warnings about the impact of biofuels on food prices and world hunger, comes as G20 ministers meet in Paris […]

Wageningen University’s micro-algae research centre to explore renewable energy and raw materials production

June 16th, 2011 by Wageningen University and Research Centre

On 17 June 2011 with the opening of AlgaePARC and the launch of the BioSolar Cells research project, a new research facility at Wageningen University & Research centre in the Netherlands starts exploring on a semi-industrial scale the potential of micro-algae as a sustainable source of energy and raw materials. The aim is to raise […]

World’s poor will suffer most from global food price rises

June 6th, 2011 by Oxfam

Oxfam warned on 31 May 2011 that average prices of staple crops will more than double in 20 years if urgent action is not taken to change the international food system, which is already failing to feed nearly one billion people a day. Research published in Oxfam’s report “Growing a Better Future” forecasts that average […]

Short rotation energy crops could help meet UK’s renewable energy targets

April 1st, 2011 by University of Southampton

Planting short rotation energy crops on England’s unused agricultural land could produce enough biomass to meet renewable energy targets without disrupting the food industry or the environment, according to research led by Professor Gail Taylor from the University of Southampton. The study, funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), is a rare investigation into […]

Drayson Racing and Aston University to research second generation biofuels

February 18th, 2011 by Aston University

Drayson Racing and Aston University (UK) have partnered to develop and demonstrate low carbon automotive technologies. The partnership will investigate ‘second generation’ biofuels to create high performance cars with reduced CO2 emissions. Renewable energy has always been a key concern for Lord Drayson, the former UK Minister for Science, who formed Drayson Racing to act […]