biofuels

Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

In the past nine years, global renewable energy capacity has nearly doubled from 800 gigawatts to 1,560 gigawatts, with solar and wind showing the biggest gains. According to the Renewable Energy Policy

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World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton, Canada just celebrated the opening of the world's first waste-to-biofuel facility, which could radically transform the way we deal with our garbage. The Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals

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Scientists Build ‘Designer’ Brewer’s Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Scientists Build ‘Designer’ Brewer’s Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

Humans are already capable of splicing specific genes from one organism into another to create glowing plants to shelf-stable tomatoes. Now, a group of researchers led by Jef Boeke from New York

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Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

Audi and Global Bioenergies Turn Sugar into a Sweet Biofuel Alternative

Sugar is classically one of the very worst things you can put in a car's gas tank but that has not stopped Audi from exploring ways to make biofuel made from the sweet powder. The German automaker has

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Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

 Photo © Shutterstock A new study in the journal PLoS One has revealed that UK honeybees are only providing a quarter of the pollination that is actually needed for all of the nation's crops. Out of

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Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Looking for an eco-friendly way to dine out that's good for both your health and your wallet? Check out BIOMAT, a temporary concept restaurant that lets diners exchange compost for discounts on their

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Panda Poop Microbes Could Lead to Biofuel Production that Doesn’t Use Corn

Panda Poop Microbes Could Lead to Biofuel Production that Doesn’t Use Corn

Pandas at the Memphis Zoo may be contributing to their upkeep soon thanks to research from the Mississippi State University. This week, scientists presented research at the 246th National Meeting &

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UP Projects Unveils Eco-Friendly Floating Cinema in London

UP Projects Unveils Eco-Friendly Floating Cinema in London

With its quirky name and vibrant colors, the Floating Cinema will host a variety of onboard screenings, large-scale outdoor films for bankside audiences, floating tours of the waterways, and educational

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

Horse photo from Shutterstock Scientists just discovered a key ingredient that could help propel the production of biofuel: horse poop. Converting corn stalks and grass to biofuel requires removing

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Caffeine-Addicted E. Coli Bacteria Could Decontaminate Coffee-Ridden Wastewater

Caffeine-Addicted E. Coli Bacteria Could Decontaminate Coffee-Ridden Wastewater

Photo via Shutterstock The news that the Pacific Ocean is polluted with coffee, or rather, caffeine in general, was pretty baffling. But one research team has developed a solution that may be even

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Brown University Identifies Hungry Microbe That Could be Key to Turning Biomass Into Biofuel

Brown University Identifies Hungry Microbe That Could be Key to Turning Biomass Into Biofuel

The quick rise and depressing downward spiral of the ethanol industry proved that using food to make biofuel is both wasteful and costly. Non food-based biofuels, such as those derived from grasses,

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MIT Team Creates Genetic Circuits From Bacteria That Remember Logical Functions

MIT Team Creates Genetic Circuits From Bacteria That Remember Logical Functions

A team of engineers from MIT has created genetic circuits in bacterial cells that can not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results. These functions can then be encoded within the

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Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into “Breathing” Electrons in Effort to Create Biofuels

Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into “Breathing” Electrons in Effort to Create Biofuels

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists have developed a technique to “trick” common iron-eating bacteria into capturing electrons, which the bacteria use to grow. Typically the bacteria contribute

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MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

MIT Turns Carbon Dioxide from Bioengineered Soil Bacteria into Clean Biofuel

Scientists at MIT have genetically engineered a soil bacteria that can create fuel for cars. The bioengineered Ralstonia eutropha converts carbon into isobutanol—an alcohol that can replace or blend

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Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

Plant-Invading Fungi Could Be the Key to Creating the Next Sustainable Biofuel

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Jensbn Fungus might ruin your bread but its invasive nature could also lead to a new source of renewable energy. Scientists at Montana State University made a surprising

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UC Davis Researchers Engineer Blue-Green Algae to Make Fuel From Sunlight

UC Davis Researchers Engineer Blue-Green Algae to Make Fuel From Sunlight

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae that could help replace fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. The researchers engineered algae, or

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Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

Photo from Shutterstock Ghana’s parliament recently set a mandate to derive 10% of the nation's energy from alternative sources by 2020 - and the country is turning to poo power to meet the quota!

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New EU Plan Limits Food-based Biofuels Used for Transport

New EU Plan Limits Food-based Biofuels Used for Transport

Announced just less than a month ago, the European commission will seek to impose a limit of 5% on the use of crop-based biofuels. The initiative comes as part of a larger plan to raise the share of

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US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

US Navy Scientists Develop Process to Transform Seawater into Green Jet Fuel

Feeling the pinch of high gas prices every time you fill up your car? Be thankful you're not the U.S. Military. Tired of wasting so much of its budget on fossil fuels, the US Navy has led the quest for

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NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

NEW PHOTOS: Spectacular Solar Supertrees Open this Month at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

The 10 days of revelry celebrating the opening of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay promise to be quite the event, with headliners including Jason Mraz performing on opening night. The Supertrees will also

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Africa’s First Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

Africa’s First Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

Yesterday Africa’s first bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant opened in central Mozambique. The partnership between Novozymes and CleanStar Mozambique, NDZiLO, will provide cleaner, safer and cheaper cooking

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USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

At airports, the usable space is limited to a few areas: runways, terminals and storage facilities. Much of the rest of the land is left fallow, requiring maintenance from airport operators (mowing the

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PooCareTM System Turns China’s Pig Waste into Usable Poo Power

PooCareTM System Turns China’s Pig Waste into Usable Poo Power

Funny pigs image from Shutterstock China’s pig population is approaching one billion, so you can imagine how much pig poo the nation has at its disposal. One Australian firm, CRC CARE, thinks it

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X SEA TY is a Carbon-Absorbing, Algae-Producing Floating City

X SEA TY is a Carbon-Absorbing, Algae-Producing Floating City

X SEA TY is a proposed floating city that works to clean up the cities by transforming them from carbon dioxide-polluting environments by exploiting biochemical energy algae. The buildings are made with

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New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

New Poo Power Device Could Help Sewage Plants Transform Wastewater Into Wattage

Poo-power, or the science of turning excrement into energy, has been gaining popularity over recent years, and now scientists at Penn State University have developed a device which they claim could allow

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US Defense Logistics Agency Makes Single Largest Gov. Purchase of Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Ever

US Defense Logistics Agency Makes Single Largest Gov. Purchase of Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Ever

As part of the government's push to wean the United States off of foreign oil, the US Department of Defense in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture just announced the largest single

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Plug-in Prius Wins the 2011 Rallye International Vert de Montreal

Plug-in Prius Wins the 2011 Rallye International Vert de Montreal

Fifty kilometers per hour isn't much--just 31 miles per hour--but that's still a reasonable driving speed for alternative energy cars built for city driving. Toyota Canada engineer Vinh Pham drove the

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Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

Panda Poop Could be the Key to Cheap and Efficient Biofuel Production

  Giant Pandas are well-loved for their distinctive appearance and sedentary nature. Now they will receive even greater adoration and attention for their bowel-based contribution to the

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