Michael Ricks Alternative Fuel Development

The trick will be to move quickly to find alternatives that do not compete with the production of food for human consumption.

First generation bio-fuels have the challenge of being ethanol-based. Ethanol fuels usually contain water which can freeze (a problem in cold climates and in aircraft) and host microbial growth (a big problem for bio-diesel tanks in vehicles and storage).

Speeding up the development process, innovative companies like Swift Enterprises (http://www.swiftenterprises.com) are testing catalytic systems with high-powered software solutions. One of their projects seeks to replace 100 Low Lead, the fuel used in piston aircraft. This would eliminate the lead component of aviation fuel, reduce dependence upon fossil fuels, increase efficiency and keep a fleet of existing, useful aircraft in the air.
Posted: 13 May 2008 at 00:00

Per Gøbel Jensen Alternativ fuel source

DAKA Biofuel is producing fuel from organic fat and other animal remains. Please see this link http://www.dakabiodiesel.com/page552.asp
It's a great way to transform surplus of animal fat.
Posted: 15 May 2008 at 15:04

Doug Vining Modified bacteria produce oil

US Start-Up Modifies Bacteria to Produce Oil - [VNU Net] A coalition of Silicon Valley investors is funding a company that modifies bacteria to produce oil. LS9 Inc has genetically modified E. coli so that when it consumes organic products like wood chips or wheat straw it excretes crude oil.
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/vdunet/20080617/ttc-us-start-up-modifies-bacteria-to-pro-6315470.html
Posted: 23 June 2008 at 10:22

Doug Vining Green crude from modified algae

Algae oil promises truly green fuel
10 June 2008
From New Scientist Print Edition:
THIS is one biofuel that lives up to its green billing in more ways than one. It's an emerald-green crude oil, produced by photosynthesis in algae, which could fuel cars, trucks and aircraft - without consuming crops that can be used as food.

"This product can go right into today's oil pipeline," claims Jason Pyle of Sapphire Energy in San Diego, California, which developed the fuel. He says the "green crude" is similar in quality to naturally occurring crude oil. It is produced as a by-product of photosynthesis by a genetically engineered strain of algae, housed in tanks of treated waste-water and exposed to sunlight. The tanks can be placed on non-arable land.

Gasoline, diesel and jet fuel have already been refined from the green crude, and the company aims to produce 10,000 barrels per day within five years.
Posted: 23 June 2008 at 10:38

Doug Vining Diesel from sugar

It seems that Amyris, the company that uses bacteria to turn sugar into jet fuel and diesel, is going in to commercial production, but in Brazil, not the United States. The reason is that sugar is much cheaper in Brazil, improving the chances for commercial success.
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Posted: 4 May 2011 at 08:03

Doug Vining Catalyst for a better synfuel could revive coal-to-oil process



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