Envisioning a convivial post-corporate world requires a diversity of new/old concepts, policies, technologies, best practices, etc. that are imaginable or currently available for decentralized implementation.

This blog is intended to collate promising contributions to this vision from experts in many fields.

Participants are requested to classify each of their posts with one or more of the Category Labels (listed here).

September 23, 2012

Fuel - the film

Now nearly 5 years old, this documentary remains one of the finest and most hopeful responses to our global suicide pact with the fossil fuel industry. If you want less analysis & Veggie Van nostalgia and more concrete solutions, skip to the last 30 minutes where a sane post-corporate vision is laid out in considerable detail. - Ed.

September 18, 2012

New biofuel fermentation tech yields over 70% energy recovery

New biofuel process creates 20 times more energy than existing methods

By: Anne Seccombe
July 15, 2012

A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University researchers produces 20 times more energy than existing methods.

The results, published in the current issue of Environmental Science and Technology, showcase a novel way to use microbes to produce biofuel and hydrogen, all while consuming agricultural wastes.

Dr Gemma Reguera, an Assistant Professor at MSU with PhDs in both biology and microbiology and a post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard, runs a laboratory which studies the adaptive responses of microbes to their natural environment and exploits this knowledge to find novel biotechnological applications for microbial processes. Her team has developed bioelectrochemical systems known as microbial electrolysis cells, or MECs, using bacteria to breakdown and ferment agricultural waste into ethanol. Reguera’s platform is unique because it employs a second bacterium, which, when added to the mix, removes all the waste fermentation byproducts or nonethanol materials while generating electricity.