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The Boy Genius Tackling Energy’s Toughest Problem

The Boy Genius Tackling Energy’s Toughest Problem

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Alternative Energy / Biofuels

UK Biomass: Savoir or Destroyer?

UK Biomass: Savoir or Destroyer?

Sep 19, 2013 at 17:44 | Joao Peixe

Taking effect April 2015, all biomass-fired power generators in the UK will have to prove that they are doing more good than harm or face government funding cuts.

Switchgrass Fuel: Bush Wanted It, Obama Gets It

Switchgrass Fuel: Bush Wanted It, Obama Gets It

Sep 18, 2013 at 18:11 | Joao Peixe

The idea of using switchgrass to produce biofuels was brought up by former US president George W. Bush in his 2006 State of the Union address, which was received with…

Why the Advanced Biofuel Industry is Struggling

Why the Advanced Biofuel Industry is Struggling

Sep 13, 2013 at 16:53 | Robert Rapier

Ask and Ye Shall ReceiveLast week, The Economist posed the following question: “What happened to biofuels?” The biofuels in question are so-called second generation biofuels that…

Algae Produces more Fat for Biofuels when Starved

Algae Produces more Fat for Biofuels when Starved

Sep 04, 2013 at 16:55 | Futurity

Algae cells make fat quickly, a finding that means they could hold promise as a sustainable, environmentally sound source of oil.Algal lipids from microalgae are one of the…

New Biofuel Created from Bacteria and Fungus

New Biofuel Created from Bacteria and Fungus

Aug 26, 2013 at 17:09 | Science Progress

By throwing together a common fungus and a common bacterium, researchers are producing isobutanol — a biofuel that gallon-for-gallon delivers 82 percent of gasoline’s heat energy. The more common…

Algae Creeps Slowly Towards Viability

Algae Creeps Slowly Towards Viability

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:23 | James Stafford

Right now algae is simply too expensive to produce—and the process uses more energy than we get back. But by around 2017, with more money being dumped into research, we…

How Much is Too Much Ethanol?

How Much is Too Much Ethanol?

Aug 19, 2013 at 17:22 | Charles Kennedy

The heat is on for ethanol, as the oil industry lobbies the Obama administration to lower the ethanol-gas mandate for 2014, but the folks in Iowa, for one, want to…

Sky’s the Limit – Aviation Biofuels About to Take Off?

Sky’s the Limit – Aviation Biofuels About to Take Off?

Aug 09, 2013 at 17:49 | John Daly

For the past decade, commercial production of jet biofuel has become of major interest to international airlines.Renewable Jet A-1 biofuel has two alluring aspects.First, it is…

Genetically Engineering Jatropha Plants for Large Scale Production

Genetically Engineering Jatropha Plants for Large Scale Production

Jul 18, 2013 at 17:13 | Futurity

Scientists have identified the first step toward engineering a more drought-resistant variety of Jatropha, a potential biofuel plant.Jatropha has seeds with high oil content. But the oil’s potential…

A Biofuel Cell that Uses Fungus to Generate Cheap Electricty

A Biofuel Cell that Uses Fungus to Generate Cheap Electricty

Jul 11, 2013 at 17:34 | Brian Westenhaus

In a new concept for biofuel cells Sabine Sané, doctoral candidate in the research training group Micro Energy Harvesting at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University…

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