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About 10% of the UK’s fuel needs could come from a new strain of bacteria found in compost heaps.

Researchers at TMO Renewables told scientists at the Society of General Microbiology’s meeting in Dublin this week that the bacteria can convert plant fibers into ethanol. Eventually, that process could fuel 10% of the country’s transport requirements.

The bacteria can break down straw, hedge clippings, garden trimmings, cardboard as well as other biodegradable substances.

“The bioethanol produced in our process can be blended with existing gasoline to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Paul Milner, the fermentation development manager of Surrey-based TMO Renewables Ltd. Milner says the viagra sales in canada new strain is more energy-intensive and link for you buying viagra in canada cheaper than traditional yeast-based processes.

The company’s scientists searched through thousands of naturally occurring bacteria, looking for those specifically that loved heat and liked feeding off different plant-based materials. It found its bacteria, from the Geobacillus family, and altered its internal metabolism. The bacteria produces lactic acid in its wild form when it breaks down biomass and TMO modified its internal metabolism to produce ethanol instead.

In the UK alone, there is seven million tons of surplus straw each year. Turning garbage and other agricultural waste into ethanol also makes more sense than crop-derived biofuels, the company believes.

Via Science Daily, The Environmental Transport Association; Photo via nakedcharlton


Austin Building Nation’s Largest Wood-Waste Biomass Plant

Austin is building a biomass plant, and in traditional Texas fashion, it’s huge. The city of Austin approved a $2.3 billion purchasing agreement to buy all the energy produced by a 100 MW facility that will be up and running sometime around 2012 in Sacul, Texas. 100 MW is pretty dang big, beating out Hawaii’s biomass plant by 76 MW.

The plant will utilize wood waste from logging and mill operations, urban tree trimming and shipping pallets. But there’s a bit of order viagra now a catch that may throw a wrench in the works before the 20-year purchase agreement is up. The plant is going to require about a million tons of fuel per year, which is fine since there are about 2 million tons available within a 75 mile radius of the plant. However, there are other folks who want to lowest levitra price start similar plants, and so there may not be enough local wood waste to go around. This plant might end up putting a cap on the number of similar plants that can be built, or there might be some issues coming up regarding access to wood waste.

As far as the burning of wood waste goes, the plant plans to be carbon neutral since the i recommend order generic viagra amount of carbon released is balanced by the carbon sequestered by trees that are growing…so they say. There are some logistical details about that fact I’m curious to find out about.

The cost of Austin Energy’s purchase is going to be off-set by the projection that natural gas will be more expensive by the time the plant is online, so customers may ultimately save a little money. We’ll see how all this works out, but Texas is definitely an interesting place to keep an eye on as far as renewable power is concerned.

Via Ecolocalizer; photo via best price levitra tfarrell


India Exploring the Many Uses of Sugarcane Waste

Sameerwadi, Karnataka in India is looking into the various ways money can be made off the waste from sugarcane processing. After juice is pressed out of we recommend cialis blood thinner sugarcane, a fiber waste called bagasse is on line pharmacy left over. A whole lot of bagasse. As a way to insulate sugarcane businesses from variations in market prices, a few technologies to next day tramadol turn bagasse into a usable substance are popping up.

On the one hand, Godavari Sugar Mills Ltd will use the fiber to make ethanol. The project hopes to be able to scale up from demonstration size to commercial size within a few years, processing about 5,000 tons of bagasse within four years, but they don’t state how much ethanol they plan to make with it. GSML also wants to make items like paper, cardboard, textiles, water-soluble adhesives, cements, dyes – even L-lactic acid – and other items from the waste to help make the cialis professional generic facility viable. In other words, they don’t feel they’ll make very much from ethanol production. It’s the high-grade cellulose, lignin and discount cialis prices hemicellulose derived from bagasse that will be the money makers.

Getting as much product and profit from sugarcane in both its edible and nonedible forms is the exact way we can make crops stretch and hopefully reduce the amount of the earth’s resources used to only today 100 mg cialis make various products.

Via TreeHugger, LiveMint; photo via GSML


Hawaii Swaps Coal Power Plant for Biomass

Power plants swapping their coal for renewable fuel sources seems to be a growing trend, and Hawaii looks to add this idea to the host of other sustainable practices the state has been implementing. Hawaii has just finished a blessing ceremony for the Hu Honua Bioenergy Facility on Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.

The 24 MW plant is a project of MMA Renewable Ventures and will supply about 7-10% of the island’s power needs – or enough for about 18,000 homes. The fuel source is plant waste that would otherwise go into landfills. Residents are excited about the levitra by mail project, which is expected to generate hundreds of local jobs. Their excitement was documented in the fact that a whopping 95% of residents approached with a petition to convert the power plant from coal to biomass went ahead and signed the petition.

The conversion helps Hawaii meet the goal of having 20% of its energy come from renewable resources by 2020, and in turn helps all of us get an eensy bit closer to ending our use of coal.

Via RenewableEnergyWorld, MM Renewable Ventures


Gasoline From Trash as a Cheap New Alternative

Old cars that run on gas aren’t going away soon, and it’ll take a fair sized paradigm shift to get most people to convert their gas-powered cars into something that runs on anything else, or even convert them to hybrids. So technology that can make gasoline from a renewable resource is pretty dang handy for the time between now and when the last gas-powered car goes into a museum or Jay Leno’s garage.

We’ve seen the potential of gasoline from algae, but there is also a push to turn trash into gas – a concept that has many appeal factors. Byogy, out of Bakersfield, CA, is claiming its process converts trash, manure (both animal and human), landscaping wastes, and other food wastes into high-grade, 95 octane gasoline at a production cost of only $1.20-$2.00 per gallon.

The process and company have yet to prove themselves, and a facility won’t be online until two years from now. But Byogy hopes that by 2022, it can fill 2% of the nation’s gas tanks. If the technology is successful, I suspect that a larger percentage than that will be obtained by several companies picking through waste sites – a very happy image.

In theory, this “biofuel” is as ECO of Byogy Daniel L Rudnick says, “the Holy Grail of all biofuels” – but I hesitate to call it that just yet, considering we haven’t really seen results.

While gasoline simply isn’t a perfect option for our energy needs, this new tech is definitely an exciting prospect and, in keeping with reality, we need a sustainable alternative to bestellen cialis online gasoline that the masses can use while our nation, and the world, shifts mindsets to realize that gas-powered vehicles are so last season.

Via TreeHugger; photo via blueisbest

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