Biofuel company Kior gets $75 million loan from Mississippi to scale up its catalyst-based process for turning biomass into gasoline or diesel fuel.
Turning up the heat to turn up the fuel; Alaska gets steamy and policy changes on the horizon.
While the ethanol industry faces more skepticism, biofuel companies making drop-in replacements for petrofuels are moving out of demonstration stage to larger-scale production.
Kior said it has a term sheet for a $1 billion loan guarantee from the DOE to build four plants that will convert wood chips into a gasoline substitute.
With political paralysis and the turmoil of Solyndra in Washington, states are taking the lead on green technology action, pitting individual states against other countries.
To navigate uncertain policies in the U.S., clean-tech start-ups are trying to grow on the cheap and get first products online in China and other countries.
A debate is growing between techno-optimists who argue for a sharp increase in clean-energy research to pursue breakthroughs and those who say we should push harder on existing green technologies.