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Biofuels

News and Information about Biofuel and Biomass Fuel Technology.

Aug 04, 2015

Biofuels

Biofuels are produced from living organisms or from metabolic by-products (organic or food waste products). In order to be considered a biofuel the fuel must contain over 80 percent renewable materials. It is originally derived from the photosynthesis process and can therefore often be referred to as a solar energy source. There are many pros and cons to using biofuels as an energy source. This page contains articles that explore the many biofuel technologies.

Common Algae for Biofuel Butanol Production

Common Algae for Biofuel Butanol Production

There have been various methods tried for reducing fossil fuel dependency and containing carbon footprints for a healthier and more eco-friendly future. Corn-produced ethanol has been used for mixing

The New Role of Microbes in Bio-Fuel Production

The New Role of Microbes in Bio-Fuel Production

Currently biofuel is produced from plants as well as microbes. The oils, carbohydrates or fats generated by the microbes or plants are refined to produce biofuel. This is a

Forecasting Wind Data with Cell Phone Towers

Forecasting Wind Data with Cell Phone Towers

Wind data provider Onesemble has developed sensors which can keep note of wind date for around 95% of the wind farms existing in the Texas area. The help of

Fuel Additive Production Takes the Green Route

Fuel Additive Production Takes the Green Route

Research is on for the organic production of isobutene (isobutylene). Thomas Bobik, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology and David Gogerty, a doctoral student are doing pioneer research

Scientists Revisit Power from Potatoes

Scientists Revisit Power from Potatoes

This could very well be the magic formula for future power generation. Yes, scientists are busy crafting what is now called as “solid organic electric battery based upon treated

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Really amazing are the innovative ways solar power is put into use. Now a team of scientists working in Sandia National Laboratories is focusing on exploring basic steps to

Giant Inflatable Airship Powered by Algae

Giant Inflatable Airship Powered by Algae

This summer, piloted by Captain Allan Judd, Bullet 580 will usher in the return of inflatable giant airships. The 235 ft long and 65ft diameter ship is covered with

Two Wind Farms get Investment from Google

Two Wind Farms get Investment from Google

Now big companies are going green and proudly proclaiming it too from rooftops. Google Inc. has invested $38.8 million in two North Dakota wind farms. This is the first

Affordable Solar Power with Purple Pokeberries?

Affordable Solar Power with Purple Pokeberries?

Researchers at Wake Forest University’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials are trying to achieve source of clean and green power through pokeberries! Pokeberries could be helpful in making

Engineers Tap Algae Cells for Electricity

Engineers Tap Algae Cells for Electricity

With the help of photosynthesis plants convert light energy to chemical energy. This chemical energy is stored in the bonds of sugars they use for food. Photosynthesis happens inside

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Since time immemorial human beings are trying to use solar energy for their survival and day to day use. We know that green plants create their own food and

Fuel from Chicken Feathers?

Fuel from Chicken Feathers?

If we go by the stats, every year 11 billion pounds of poultry industry waste accumulates annually, because we have gigantic appetite for poultry products. They can’t be stuffed

Solar Energy from Plant Protein Structure

Solar Energy from Plant Protein Structure

Nanoscience is quite fascinated with the process of photosynthesis. They want to duplicate this process exhibited by green plants and utilize the solar power for energy use. Till now

Google Plans New Solar Mirror Technology

Google Plans New Solar Mirror Technology

Google’s Bill Weihl expresses his opinion, “We see a chance to make a difference in the field of renewable energy and energy information that can help bring the world

Waste to Energy Continues to Gain Steam

Waste to Energy Continues to Gain Steam

While new energy solutions are being discovered, refined and brought further and further into the public light, something that does not get a lot of headlines is waste to

Battery Free is Possible with the Ene Pocket

Battery Free is Possible with the Ene Pocket

Parents everywhere probably just sat up in their chairs reading that. Regardless of whether they are buying rechargeable batteries or getting Duracell batteries when they go on sale at

Solar Cells from Tobacco Plants May Be a Reality Soon

Solar Cells from Tobacco Plants May Be a Reality Soon

As the world continues its quest to use less fossil fuels, the latest possible solution comes from the most unlikely of sources: the tobacco plant. This latest news comes

Wood-Powered Cars: History Repeats Itself

Wood-Powered Cars: History Repeats Itself

Few people that are ripping around the streets in today’s gas guzzlers will remember wood-powered cars, but if things continue the way they are, they may be lucky enough

Biofuels from Engineered Tobacco Plants?

Biofuels from Engineered Tobacco Plants?

A biofuel is tricky to define because the usual fossil fuel we use, is in a way biofuel too. But we can safely say that most of the biofuels

Converting Carbon Dioxide into Liquid Fuel with Bacteria

Converting Carbon Dioxide into Liquid Fuel with Bacteria

More and more people are becoming aware of the harmful effects of greenhouse gases. Common people and scientists both are gearing up to reduce carbon footprints. Now more investments

Computer Modeling the Effects of Alternative Fuels

Computer Modeling the Effects of Alternative Fuels

Stephens-Romero is a UC Irvine doctoral candidate in the Advanced Power & Energy Program. His 2060 analysis was published online recently in Environmental Science & Technology. Stephens-Romero is painting

High-Temp Hydrogen Source from Algae

High-Temp Hydrogen Source from Algae

Hydrogen is a strong contender to the generation-next clean and green fuel. Scientists are always trying to eliminate or minimize its drawbacks and maximize its benefits. They want to

Commercial Flights Approved for Biofuels by 2010

Commercial Flights Approved for Biofuels by 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) wants to reduce its carbon footprints. That’s why they announced their quest to find a biofuel by 2010 for its commercial flights. Paul

Dirt-Powered Bacteria Batteries

Dirt-Powered Bacteria Batteries

Bacteria are one of the most abundant organisms on the planet and also one of the most studied. Today, scientists use bacteria for genetics research, antibiotics, and yes! Even

Turning Wastewater into Ethanol

Turning Wastewater into Ethanol

As the world continues to search for alternative fuels to fuel our cars and heat our homes, many different opportunities are being explored and there has finally been a

Getting Biofuel from the World’s Garbage

Getting Biofuel from the World’s Garbage

There is plenty of garbage on this planet; in fact there is so much garbage that many developed countries are trying to dump their garbage on the lands of

150mpg Algae-Powered Toyota Prius

150mpg Algae-Powered Toyota Prius

First algae fuel-powered vehicle in the world was officially launched in San Francisco. The car, called Algaeus is a modified Toyota Prius, which derives power from green crude, from

Ethanol Industry Loses Pioneer

Ethanol Industry Loses Pioneer

The renewable fuel industry received a jolt in the form of Kathy Bryan’s death. She was the founder of BBI International, a global bio fuels consulting and publishing company.

Biofuel as a Jet Fuel Alternative?

Biofuel as a Jet Fuel Alternative?

The seeds of a humble weed could lower a jet fuel’s cradle-to-grave carbon emissions by 84 percent. Camelina sativa is an oilseed crop and it might be used as

NRDC: The Right Way to Use Biofuels

NRDC: The Right Way to Use Biofuels

When we think about sources of alternative energy, we often feel a rush of positive thoughts engulfing us. We often think that while developing alternative sources of energy we