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By Robert Rapier on Apr 5, 2012 with 16 responses

Poet, KiOR, and Waste-to-Heat — R-Squared Energy TV Ep. 17

In this week’s episode of R-Squared Energy TV, I answer questions about POET’s Project Liberty, about why KiOR might need a natural gas pipeline, and whether there are better options out there for utilization of waste heat from electrical generating plants.

Some of the topics discussed this week are:

  • POET’s prospects for success with their cellulosic ethanol venture
  • The synergy of co-locating a cellulosic ethanol plant next to a corn ethanol plant
  • Why a renewable energy company might require natural gas
  • Options for utilizing energy from waste hot water

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By Robert Rapier on Jun 6, 2011 with 42 responses

Taking Care of the Topsoil

Following my inclusion in the Top 10 list of ethanol enemies, I sought to Set the Ethanol Record Straight on my actual views on ethanol. I set out three broad tenets that shape my views. They are: Tenet One: We must transition from fossil fuels with a sense of urgency. Tenet Two: We need to develop systems and services with a much lower fossil fuel dependency. Tenet Three: We must take care of our topsoil. The second and third tenets are where I usually run afoul of ethanol supporters, because I feel many of our ethanol policies simply maintain a high level of fossil fuel dependency. Further, the rush to turn corn into gold has led to practices that have… Continue»