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WillieRun ’08 Going Coast to Coast Without Stopping for Fuel


On September 22, two guys in a biodiesel-drinking Jetta are going to drive from Midtown Manhattan to Los Angeles without ever stopping for fuel. And they’re going to do buy cialis pill it in two days.

The Jetta is equipped with a primary tank and levitra 6 free samples a second high-capacity tank…as in, a giant extra tank…and the viagra sale Bio Willie brand biodiesel put in the tank in Manhattan is expected to get them all the way to LA.

The whole point of WillieRun ’08 is to draw attention to cheap levitra online the fact that there are other options out there for fuel efficiency than hybrids.

Biodiesel is great in that a little bit goes a long way because of the energy density, and it is carbon neutral. However, there is very good site get viagra in canada still the notion of using food for fuel, since biodiesel often comes from corn or soy. But, we know there are several potential ways to get around this, using non-food-based feedstock for biodiesel.

Considering biodiesel is a whole lot better than gas, it’d awesome to be able to get from one end of buy cialis cannada the states to the other without having to stop for refills.

We think it’s a pretty cool publicity stunt and if it hits the mainstream, will accomplish the goal of the creators. If you also think it’s a cool idea, you might be able to get in on the action for next year’s race.


Bacteria Make Ethanol Plants 50% More Efficient

New ways to improve corn ethanol production has been the focus of quite a bit of research. Increasing the efficiency of the production process of ethanol is the bull’s eye for researchers at Washington University. They have found a way to coax bacteria into breaking down the waste during the process, which releases large amounts of methane that can be pumped back into the it's cool cialis dosage plant to power it, closing the loop a little and cutting down on the amount of onlinr tramadol power a plant needs to produce ethanol.

This anaerobic digestion system can cut an ethanol plant’s use of natural gas by as much as 50%, as well as significantly cut the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Those are some serious numbers, considering researchers at the University of Minnesota found that ethanol provides only 26% more energy than what is used to produce it. Not much of a return on investment. This new process utilizing bacterial would change that to 70%. A HUGE jump. The numbers may not pan out to be quite as big when the process is done commercially, but it could still make a significant improvement.

The researchers were interested in improving the efficiency because they wanted to see a short-term solution for improving corn ethanol production while we wait for better ethanol products and systems – such as cellulosic – to go commercial nationwide. The only problem is getting ethanol plants to go for it. It’s a new system, untested on a large scale, and may take just as long to prove itself as the other ethanol processes in the works, making it not quite the short-term solution the researchers are hoping for.

Nevertheless, having this technology on hand and ready to sales cialis go is pretty great, and hopefully a couple corn ethanol plants are willing to try it out. The results of the Washington University researchers’ study have been published in Environmental Science and Technology.

Via TechnologyReview; photo via planmygreen


Could Camelina Sativa be a Biofuel Miracle Crop?

While jatropha is taking off as a biofuel stock, camelina sativa is garnering some attention of its own for its potential as a biofuel that would work with, not against, food crops.

The pros of the plant include that it doesn’t require much rainfall, yields crops double that of soy beans, produces an oil resistant to colder temperatures, and the leftovers after the oil is extracted makes for good livestock feed. Additionally, it can be grown in rotation with wheat crops, helping to increase wheat yields by 15% while producing up to 100 gallons of camelina oil per acre. Since it produces industrial oil, and not food oil, yet leftovers can be used as food for animals that become food, it would go a long way in reducing the debate swirling around food crops as biofuel. Those are some pretty attractive pros.

The cons include growers not knowing much about the plant, and not a lot of field testing has been done on buy cialis australia it (Montana State University is working on more studies on that). However one feels about growing crops to fuel machines, advocates of biofuel may be turning to this plant as an option for a high-yield crop that doesn’t get in the way of other important food crops like wheat.

Via Biofuels Digest, CheckBiotech


Cow Poo Powers Carnival Ride

Finally, a way for the cow barns to best and cheapest viagra pills mingle with the distantly placed rides. The California State Fair is hosting the first carnival ride powered by cow poo. Aptly called the Barnyard Animal Train, the ride will utilize biogas made from California dairy cows. So not only is it renewable, it’s also relatively locally produced. How very green. And even better, kids hopping aboard will learn about renewable energy during their ride.


I actually just went to my county fair, where everything is still powered by diesel generators, and the ride tickets actually had a $1 fuel surcharge! I think cow pattie power's time has come.


It’d be cool to see this energy coming from the manure produced at the fair itself. Talk about a clean event! With rides going solar, and now biogas powered, we may soon see all kinds of renewably powered ride options. Just wait until the 4H kids have all their cows wearing backpacks to help run the fair using methane.


Via Cleantechnica; photo via domincspics


Verenium Goes In with BP for $90 Million

BP has a lot of money, and they want to focus a big chunk into cellulosic ethanol. So, they’re partnering up with Verenium and giving the company $90 million over the next year and buying viagra online a half in order to gain some of Verenium’s technology and hopefully speed up commercialization of cellulosic ethanol.

Looking towards sugar cane, miscanthus, and energy cane, they’re hoping to scale up biofuel’s availability from these and other sources. The $90m will go towards helping put up low-cost production facilities across the US, and will give BP licenses to intellectual property of viagra blood thinner Verenium.

BP’s president Sue Ellerbusch said that this partnership positions BP as having the best technology in cellulosic ethanol production and makes them leaders in the area. Not surprising since they’re forming other partnerships that help them corner the biofuel industry, including partnerships with DuPont, Tropica BioEnergia and D1 Oils.

BP’s fuel sales during 2007 accounted for 10% of the global biofuels market. So they’re serious about making sure that biofuels become more easily available.

Via Verenium, BP; Photo via Verenium

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