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Sunday, May 14th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Once considered an eco-warrior’s pipe dream, renewable energy is rapidly gaining ground in the traditional mining state of Western AustraliaAlong the remote southern coastline of Western Australia, the locals have cottoned on to a new, surefire way to keep their beer cold.
The energy grid around Esperance and Ravensthorpe is unreliable at the best of times, but after a bushfire took out the poles and wires around these far-flung outback towns last year, the power company asked residents if they might be interested in trying out a more economically and environmentally sustainable way to keep the lights on and the bar fridge humming
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2017-05-14 18:19:10
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, doing for the world’s planes, ships and automobiles what windfarms and solar panels are doing for its electricity grids
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2017-05-09 20:36:28
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky, while thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below.
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2017-03-15 14:16:25
Friday, March 10th, 2017      Leave a Comment
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Nordic forestry firms racing to replace paper business lost to the internet are trying to transform their pulp mill by-products into glue, biofuel and carbon fiber for aircraft and wind turbines.
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2017-03-10 11:02:11
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017      Leave a Comment
The small island’s energy makeover took less than a decade and was spurred on by local commitment, providing a template for how regional Australia could transition to renewablesAnyone doubting the potential of renewable energy need look no further than the Danish island of Samsø. The 4,000-inhabitant island nestled in the Kattegat Sea has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than it consumes
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2017-02-23 16:48:17
Thursday, January 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday said that ethanol made from corn is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country's biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some in the industry concerned.
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2017-01-12 14:44:16
Monday, January 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Will the legacy of biofuel’s failure in Kenya prevent croton oil from transforming the industry? Tall, spindly and grey, croton trees grow everywhere in Kenya. Although they tend to be used for little more than firewood or shade, their nuts turn out to be an excellent source of biofuel. This overlooked plant could be the answer to Africa’s growing demand for cheap, low-carbon energy
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2017-01-09 23:00:24
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017      Leave a Comment
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revoke Genscape's ability to verify biofuels compliance credits after regulators say it failed to detect a massive fraud perpetrated by companies it was monitoring.
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2017-01-04 19:05:56
Monday, December 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
A third unit at Drax’s coal power station will switch to burning wood pellets after commission’s state aid investigation approves financial support The share price of Britain’s biggest power station operator has jumped to a five-month high after the European commission approved subsidies for its conversion to burn wood pellets instead of coal
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2016-12-19 07:34:05
Thursday, December 15th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The emerging biofuel industry is casting the net wide to find solutions to two environmental problems: reducing waste and increasing fuel production In a world of dwindling resources, waste is one thing in no danger of running out. Each Australian generates more than 2,000kg of waste per year, and around half of that ends up in landfill
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2016-12-15 16:26:14
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Monday, December 5th, 2016      Leave a Comment
BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative by youth organizations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea and Bamenda.
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2016-12-05 01:21:11