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July 05, 2015
China's Geely invests in Iceland methanol factory
Reykjavik (AFP) July 3, 2015
Chinese group Geely, the owner of Swedish carmaker Volvo, said Friday it had become a major shareholder in an Icelandic company that operates the world's first renewable methanol fuel plant. Geely said it would invest $45.5 million (41 million euros) over three years in Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and become a "major shareholder", but did not specify how much of the company it would hold. The aim is to "collaborate on the deployment of renewable methanol fuel production technology in Ch ... read more
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Leaving on a biofueled jet plane
The problem is simple to understand. Molecules of carbon and other greenhouse gases absorb heat. The more greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, the warmer the atmosphere becomes, exacerbatin ... more

A new method of converting algal oil to transportation fuels
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