biofuel

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Peak Moment: A Green Built, Solar Powered, Biofuels Station

05 Apr 2008 | |
View all related to biodiesel | biofuel | ethanol | green building | Peak Moment Television | solar
From an early start producing biodiesel from used cooking oil in his garage, Ian Hill was instrumental in creating a market for biofuels in the state of Oregon. Now Managing Partner of SeQuential Biofuels in Eugene, he has gone on to build the first retail biofuels station in the state -- and it's not an ordinary fueling station: A solar panel canopy provides 50% of the needed electricity. The convenience store is a passive solar design to help with heating and cooling, and stocks as much locally produced food as possible. Its "living roof", of mostly native plants, helps cool the building in summer, and slow and filter stormwater runoff. This optimistic enteprenuer says he and his family have found that consuming less can bring greater happiness. Episode 104.
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Biofuel without tears – but how much?

21 Feb 2008 |
View all related to biofuel | Renewables | Resource Depletion

Biofuel can be produced without clearing rainforest, raising CO2 emissions or displacing food production, according to the chief executive of D1 Oils, the British company pioneering oil from jatropha curcas in the developing world. And according to Elliott Mannis, the fuel could even work out cheaper than damaging first generation biofuels.

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Peak Moment: People-Centered Developments for Reduced-Energy Living

28 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to biofuel | Energy | green building | Peak Moment Television | Renewables | waste

Developer Steven Ribeiro is re-creating traditional towns, that put "waste" resources to good use. A mixed-use three-story building augments power from its solar panels (which provide shade and collect rainwater) with a tugboat engine (running on local biodiesel), using engine heat to warm the building. Cars are secondary in a 68-acre village, whose dwellings of all sizes are walkable to retail, offices, schools, entertainment, and open space. Episode 82.

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Peak Moment: Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part II

18 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to alcohol | biofuel | Peak Moment Television

Permaculturist David Blume discusses alcohol's low emissions, and producing alcohol as a biological complex in which wastes become raw materials for other processes. He claims that with one year of the U.S. Defense budget, the entire world could be set up to produce alcohol and permanently replace oil for transportation. He discusses vehicle conversion, and how citizens can undertake alcohol fuel distribution. Episode 79.

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Peak Moment: Alcohol Can Be a Gas, Part I

18 Nov 2007 | |
View all related to alcohol | biofuel | Peak Moment Television
The first automobile fuel was alcohol, which could be produced by most farms. Permaculturist David Blume discusses the history, production and properties of alcohol. He notes that plants are more efficient in producing sugars (used for alcohol) than oils (biodiesel). If corn were first fermented, its starch could be used for alcohol and the remainder fed to cattle -- far more efficient for food, fuel and land use. Episode 78.

 

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Deconstructing Dinner: Biofuel Boom: Greenwashing and Crimes Against Humanity II

13 Nov 2007 |
View all related to biofuel | Deconstructing Dinner

On Part II, we examine the accusation that biofuels are a crime against humanity and how the biofuel boom will affect food prices around the world. We deconstruct the suggestion that biofuels will help farmers and rural communities, and we explore the controversy on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley where on February 1, 2007, a biofuel research deal worth half a billion dollars was announced between BP (British Petroleum) and the University.

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Deconstructing Dinner: Biofuel Boom: Greenwashing and Crimes Against Humanity

06 Nov 2007 |
View all related to biofuel | Deconstructing Dinner

The first of a two-part series that will crtically analyze what is being suggested as the worst public policy mistake in a generation. A prominent UN representative calls it a "crime against humanity". On Part I we explore the key term being used by industry and government to promote the conversion of agricultural crops into fuel... "renewable".

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Peak Moment: The Inside Scoop from a Biodiesel Pioneer

05 Sep 2007 | |
View all related to biodiesel | biofuel | fuel | India | jatropha | land use | Mexico | Peak Moment Television | Transportation

Russ Teall has developed biodiesel production equipment since the industry was in its infancy. He discusses biodiesel's advantages over petroleum diesel, and the land-for-food vs. fuel issue. His projects involve small scale refineries using multiple oil feedstocks, decentralized production facilities, and oil-rich plants grown on marginal lands. Episode 70.

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The Case for the Electric Tractor

30 Jun 2007
View all related to biofuel | Renewables
View all related to Jason Bradford | David Fridley

The discourse has been heating up around biofuel for well over a year now. The classic food versus fuel debate has been engaged recently by the United Nations, while scientists, climate change experts, and farmers begin to question the scale and logistics of biofuel replacement of the current liquid fuel demand. In this article, Energy Farm Development Specialist Christoffer Hansen and Post Carbon Fellow Dr. Jason Bradford make the case for the electric tractor.

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Reality Report: Local Biofuels Production

18 Jun 2007 |
View all related to biofuel | Local Energy | Reality Report | Renewables
View all related to Jason Bradford

Kumar Plocher of Yokayo Biofuels and Chris Hansen of the Post Carbon Institute's Local Energy Farms discuss production of local biofuels—what are the options for crops, land, processing and distribution?