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The search for a less-expensive, sustainable source of biomass, or plant material, for producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel has led scientists to duckweed, that fast-growing floating plant that turns ponds and lakes green. That’s the topic of a report in ACS’ journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Christodoulos A ... keep reading
In the race for renewable biofuels, the three leading U.S. contenders are algae, jatropha and camelina. All have their passionate advocates, but amidst the partisan campaigning, camelina is emerging at the initial winner, with enormous potential implications for U.S. agronomy and companies involved in its cultivation. On 26 ... keep reading
Amid efforts to expand production of biofuels, scientists are reporting new estimates that downgrade the amount of additional land available for growing fuel crops by almost 80 percent. Their report appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Steffen Fritz and colleagues explain that growing concern exists in the U ... keep reading
Following record droughts across the United States the benefits of the ethanol subsidy were once again hotly debated and biofuels in general found themselves generating quite a few unflattering headlines. But as always the mainstream media overreacted and we wanted to help put the record straight as to whether biofuels ... keep reading
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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington is working to develop a system that can produce jet fuel from seawater. Last year the US Naval Military Sea Lift Command, the main fuel supplier to Naval vessels that are at sea, delivered around 600 million gallons to ships that were on ... keep reading
A brief follow up to my article last month on biomass energy with a look at one of the most innovative projects proposed in the United Kingdom who’s fate now hangs in limbo. A blending of art, function, and ecology the project known as BEI-Teesside could have brought much ... keep reading
Scientists today described an advance toward a long-sought economical process that could turn algae, like the stuff of pond scum, into a revolutionary new and sustainable source of biodiesel and other “green” fuels. “Algae has great promise as a next-generation biofuel, a fuel that is sustainable and renewable,” explained Julie ... keep reading
On the surface, the southwestern United States may not seem a likely choice for growing biofuels, since this part of the country is dry and has soils with low fertility. But because the region is also rich in sunlight, it has the potential to contribute a significant proportion of our ... keep reading
When the smell of french fries wafts through the airplane cabin, is it from that guy in 24D scarfing down a fast-food meal — or the jet engines? That question certainly could be food-for-thought for imaginative passengers, as airline companies develop a bigger appetite for the fuels described in the current ... keep reading
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