9/11: Bringing biofuels into focus: Climate Spectator

Climate Spectator has republished an article from The Conversation – ‘9/11: Bringing biofuels into focus’ by Susan Pond.

The article tracks biofuels developments and policies since 9/11 when energy security and reducing reliance on foreign oil were reignited as issues in the U.S.

Pond explains: “The decade since 9/11 has seen substantial development in US energy policy. Because transport accounts for 70 per cent of oil consumption, it was the obvious sector to target for petroleum oil replacement.”

The article goes onto explore changes in the defence forces and their clean energy milestones. “The US Navy aims to convert 50 per cent of its energy requirements to fossil fuel alternatives by 2020. By 2016, the Navy will sail a “Great Green Fleet” powered by 8 million barrels of advanced biofuels, including bio-jet fuel.”

Pond concludes the article by looking at what the decade since 9/11 has meant for the production and use of biofuels.

“9/11 was a catalyst for development of advanced biofuels industry in the US.

“The challenge will be to maintain policy certainty across election cycles. The industry needs time to reach commercial scale and manufacture advanced biofuels at parity pricing to oil.”

‘9/11: bringing biofuels into focus’ can be read on Climate Spectator.

Algae cultivation to meet energy needs: BioSpectrum

Algae.Tec has appeared in BioSpectrum a leading news source for the life sciences industry the Asia Pacific Region.

“Trailblazers: Algae cultivation to meet energy needs” explains how Algae.Tec’s McChoncie-Stroud System is designed to cultivate algae virtually anywhere, unlike other biofuel agricultural crops such as corn that use precious land resources.

The article details the next focus area for Algae.Tec which is the third party validation of the technology, and then the establishment of commercial algae facilities.

Mr Roger Stroud, co-founder, Algae.Tec also comments on the challenge to “establish and fine tune relations with prospective investors”. To combat this Algae.Tec listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in January 2011 and successful share prices are now contributing the funding and research.

The article can be viewed here.