Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RAND report disses military biofuel use

from a press release on January 25, 2011:

Algal Biomass Organization Questions RAND Military Biofuels Report
Today, the RAND Corporation issued a press release and published a study calling into question the effectiveness of renewable fuels such as those made from algae for military use. This report, which ABO considers inaccurate, could have a chilling effect on support for biofuels in general, and algae in particular.

Our concerns: In canvassing our members and other players in the algae-to-fuel space, it appears that researchers from RAND did not reach out to the leading companies in the industry. We believe researchers relied on outdated or incomplete information, potentially skewing their recommendations.

How you can help: If you’re in the industry (algae, aviation, biofuels, etc.) and think you should have been contacted, and weren’t, please let us know. We’re preparing a formal response to the report.

The report can be found here:

A copy of the press release is here:


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