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  • Growing Plastic: A New Use for Biomass

    In the constant push for ever newer and greener technology and energy, we sometimes forget that it is often both simpler and cheaper to revisit old techniques in new ways. And that’s exactly what a group of researchers in California has done. By combining several old and well understood chemical techniques and reactions, they have […] More

  • Chinese Investors Showing Interest in Biodiesel Palm Oil Plants in North Sumatra

    Biofuels Digest reports that a group of Chinese investors are showing interest in palm oil-based biodiesel production in North Sumatra.  The investment group has sent an exploration team and is investigating the financing of construction projects that would commence in 2009.  Berita Sore points out that crude palm oil and other animal/phyto oil exports in the January-October 2008 period were […] More

  • Green Muck Has Biofuel Investors Chomping at the Bit

    When you visit the Khosla Ventures website, you are greeted with a quote that articulates the spirit of the movement that we are trying to capture at the Inspired Economist.  It reads, “Innovative bottom up methods will solve problems that now seem intractable- from energy to poverty to disease. Science and technology, powered by the […] More

  • Growing Food to Feed Cars Will Continue to Drive Up the Price of Food

    As the demand for biofuels increases, so too will food prices around the world.  The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s recent report notes that “the historic linkages between agriculture and the energy sector are becoming stronger and are changing in character.  Biofuel demand will continue to exercise upward pressure on agricultural prices for considerable time to […] More