Green news harvest: Ethanol industry falls short
Corn ethanol companies are shutting down operations, while cellulosic ethanol from nonfood sources is still years away from commercial-scale production.
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
- Goals for Ethanol Production Are in Peril - The New York Times
"The ethanol industry is on its back despite the billions of dollars they have gotten in taxpayer assistance, and a guaranteed market," according to one analyst. And the industry is unlikely to meet government production mandates.
- Saudi Oil Min: Renewables Push Could Create Energy Havoc - Dow Jones
Saudi oil minister warns of a "nightmare scenario of diminishing energy supplies" if renewable energy is adopted too quickly.
- How Better Place plans to revive the electric car - CNET Australia
Australia will be one of the first places to have Better Place's automated battery-swapping stations for electric cars. CNET Australia's Car Tech blog gets the lowdown.
- Sequoia Backs Stealthy C12 To Capture Carbon - VentureWire
Boston-area start-up wants to make underground storage of carbon dioxide--of great interest to utilities--less expensive. Commercialization is years away, though.
- Wind turbine 'broke due to mechanical failure not collision with flying object' - The Daily Telegraph
So much for the UFO theory.
- Hybrids Powered by Air - Technology Review
Researchers look for a more efficient way to use stored compressed air to help power a (smaller) motor.
- When Oil Rig Met Wind Turbine - Greentech Media
To do offshore wind, talk to people who know a bit about offshore oil.
- Does a Big Economy Need Big Power Plants? - The New York Times
Guest post by energy maven , who says that gigantic power plants no longer make sense and that distributed "micropower" is the way to grow.
- Dell Announces Major Expansion of Free Computer Recycling Program - press release
You can recycle your Dell PC at 1,000 locations in the U.S. now.