September 2010

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Contradictory reports and new policy proposals are causing turbulence in efforts to extend the ethanol blenders tax credit, set to expire in December.

Fractionation—long considered an interesting but expensive add-on—may finally gain traction in the ethanol industry.

LPP Combustion LLC's technology converts any number of liquid fuels into natural gas substitute. ILLUSTRATION: LPP COMBUSTION LLC

Fueling a New Market

By Kris Bevill

A mid-Atlantic company may have developed a solution for two of ethanol producers' main problems: natural gas usage and how to increase demand for their product.

Walker, left, and Charlie Niebling, general manager of New England Wood Pellet, talk to tour participants about the wood pellet industry and the challenges they face.

Cheers to Biomass in Boston

By Anna Austin and Lisa Gibson

Woody biomass has been a controversial topic in the Northeast U.S., but speakers and attendees at the Northeast Biomass Conference & Expo demonstrated unwavering confidence in the future success of the industry.

An Algal Dream Team

By Lisa Gibson

The U.K.'s Carbon Trust has assembled a 'dream team' to collaborate on algae research and knock down the barriers blocking a commercial algal biofuel industry.

NREL has established a program similar to its Aquatic Species Program that specializes in algae research. PHOTO: NREL

A New Start

By Lisa Gibson

Ten years after NREL's Aquatic Species Program was shut down, a similar initiative began and now is thriving in its algae research, which includes the evaluation of CO2 recycling.

Biomass Production Process

Beyond the Hype

By Anna Austin


Carbon dioxide must be properly developed economically in order to yield the greatest return, while the implications for an ever-warming globe and the ultimate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions must also be considered.

2010 has been a year of uncertainty for the future of carbon credit trading. Optimism that the administration would push for an energy bill with a comprehensive national market-based compliance program has faded, while the sale of the first voluntary trading program in the U.S. for all six greenhouse gases, suggests a sagging commitment to a voluntary carbon trading market.

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