ESA Reports on Biofuels and Sustainability

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) published four Biofuels and Sustainability Reports. Biofuels, generally defined as liquid fuels derived from biological materials, can be made from plants, vegetable oils, forest products, or waste materials. The raw materials can be grown specifically for fuel purposes, or can be the residues or wastes of existing supply and […]

Bad News for Biofuels: Five-Year Moratorium Proposed

BBC News: Biofuels ‘crime against humanity’. ‘A United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity. The UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, said he feared biofuels would bring more hunger. The growth in the production of […]

Cellulosic Ethanol on Wired Magazine

Cellulosic Ethanol: One Molecule Could Cure Our Addiction to Oil. ‘On a blackboard, it looks so simple: Take a plant and extract the cellulose. Add some enzymes and convert the cellulose molecules into sugars. Ferment the sugar into alcohol. Then distill the alcohol into fuel. One, two, three, four — and we’re powering our cars […]

Economist Article on Biofuels

Economist: Ethanol, schmethanol. ‘Everyone seems to think that ethanol is a good way to make cars greener. Everyone is wrong. SOMETIMES you do things simply because you know how to. People have known how to make ethanol since the dawn of civilisation, if not before. Take some sugary liquid. Add yeast. Wait. They have also […]

Biofpr (Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining)

Biofpr (Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining). ‘Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining (Biofpr) is the definitive source of information on sustainable products, fuels and energy. There is an exciting blend of news, patent intelligence and feature articles on this web portal, as well as the publication of a peer-reviewed journal. Both the web portal,, and the peer-reviewed […]