Can 3rd And 4th Gen Biofuels Wean Us From Our Petro-Addiction?

With images of oil-drenched wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico fresh in our minds, we look at innovations in biofuels that might displace our petroleum habit.

Last summer saw a surge of investment in algae-based biofuel technologies. Synthetic Genomics alone received $300 million from Exxon. Using a variety of approaches, Sapphire, Aurora, Solazyme and Amyris all received significant funding to go after the elusive trick of coaxing biofuels from algae. ... "fourth-generation" biofuels, created using petroleum-like hydroprocessing, advanced biochemistry, or revolutionary processes like Joule’s "solar-to-fuel" ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Beth Wellington - Jun 14, 2010 - 7:28 PM PDT
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Edited by: Kaizar Campwala - Jun 15, 2010 - 6:12 AM PDT

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by Beth Wellington - Jun. 14, 2010

This article explains the different generations of biofuels and provides links to a series of articles in the source about algae (third generation.)

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jun. 15, 2010

A wonkish, Economist-style analysis of the biofuel field. It's a teaser for their full report which is behind a paywall.

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by Fabrice Florin - Jun. 15, 2010

Interesting perspective on biofuels. This short post provides highlights from a more in-depth report which it is selling on this topic. As a result, this is more of a teaser than a comprehensive article, but it does offer some insights about the potential of this technology.

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