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Green news harvest: Algae progress, corn ethanol woes

Algae demonstration plant in Colorado, Pacific Ethanol's quarterly loss, a peek at a quiet clean-tech energy investor, using biomass from Hurricane Ike instead of coal, Fisker expands in Michigan, and the ethanol "blend wall."

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Martin LaMonica Former Staff writer, CNET News
Martin LaMonica is a senior writer covering green tech and cutting-edge technologies. He joined CNET in 2002 to cover enterprise IT and Web development and was previously executive editor of IT publication InfoWorld.
Martin LaMonica
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    A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.

  • Colorado company to take algae-based fuel to the next level--NYTimes.com
    Solix Biofuels makes progress on scaling up algae photobioreactor.
  • Pacific Ethanol Q3 loss reaches $54.9M--Sacramento Business Journal
    More bad news for ethanol companies, which blame volatile corn and ethanol prices for financial problems.
  • A demonstration algae biofuel facility in Colorado. Solix via New York Times

  • The secret life of the Quercus Trust--Greentech Media
    A look at quiet angel investor who puts money in clean energy and social start-ups.
  • Carbon policy raising doubts over U.S. electric reliability--Platts
    The primary concern here is the impact of "dashing" to natural gas to replace coal plants because of climate regulations.
  • Green Energy Resources commences shipment of 20,000 tons of Hurricane Ike wood to power plant--press release
    Fallen wood from hurricane fuels a Texas biomass plant that normally burns coal.
  • Out with Tesla, in with Fisker--Los Angeles Times
    Plug-in hybrid luxury car maker Fisker Automotive will open a design center in Pontiac, Mich., hiring 200 people, weeks after Tesla closes its Michigan office.
  • House farm chief backs higher bio-blend--Reuters
    A snapshot of the policy reactions to an ethanol business in trouble. Expect to hear more politicians push to boost ethanol concentration in gasoline to 15 percent to overcome the "blend wall."
  • Making silicon less reflective--Technology Review
    An indicator of the activity level in solar research, academics at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute develop a coating that allows solar cells to absorb more light.
  • Mitsubishi Ramps Up clean-tech commitment, BP bows out of U.K. wind energy efforts--GreenBiz.com
    Mitsubishi boosts energy investments while BP redirects its wind business to the U.S. following Obama victory.