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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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Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

When it comes to matching the properties of gasoline, isobutanol packs more bang for its buck than ethanol. To create the biofuel, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are taking a fungus

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Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Virgina Tech Researchers Create Food from Non-Edible Plant Cellulose

Few people turn to a tree branch or corn husk for a meal, and for good reason. The cellulose found in the cell walls of plants is enormously difficult for the human digestive system to break down. The

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

In the hunt to replace petroleum, scientists are looking for more efficient ways to produce biofuels from organisms. A team of researchers at MIT have engineered yeast to manufacture the heavy alcohol

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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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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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New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

New Chemical Process Produces Biofuel Strong Enough to Power Jets

Jet photo from Shutterstock Thanks to scientists harnessing the power of chemistry, you may one day soon fly in a plane fueled by plants. An article published in the journal Nature last week describes

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Scientists Predict That Food Riots Will Grip The Planet Within A Year

Scientists Predict That Food Riots Will Grip The Planet Within A Year

A few years ago, Sir John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific advisor stated that with the world's population growing, food supplies diminishing, and water supplies becoming more scarce, all

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Tiny Aerogel Boat Runs for an Hour on Just a Drop of Ethanol!

Tiny Aerogel Boat Runs for an Hour on Just a Drop of Ethanol!

A scientist from Aalto University in Finland has created a tiny aerogel boat that is able to run for over an hour when powered by a single drop of ethanol. Robin Ras' creation builds upon the principle

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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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Scientists Isolate Plant Gene That Could Lead to Cheaper, More Efficient Ethanol Production

Scientists Isolate Plant Gene That Could Lead to Cheaper, More Efficient Ethanol Production

A research team at the Department of Energy's (DOE) BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) has isolated the gene that controls the amount of ethanol production a microorganism is capable of. Isolating the gene,

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U.S. Energy Dept. Gives $105M to Make Fuel From Corn Waste

U.S. Energy Dept. Gives $105M to Make Fuel From Corn Waste

In an effort to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, the U.S. has been working to ramp up its plant-based ethanol production in recent years, and while we're falling short of Congress's 500 million

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Did You Know That Plant-Based Bottles by PepsiCo and Coke are Actually Not Biodegradable?

Did You Know That Plant-Based Bottles by PepsiCo and Coke are Actually Not Biodegradable?

We badly wanted to believe that plant-based PET bottles would solve our plastic woes, but that is not the case, according to a recent Slate story. Although PepsiCo's 100% plant-based PET bottles have a

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Enerkem Receives $60 Million to Transform Garbage Into Fuel

Enerkem Receives $60 Million to Transform Garbage Into Fuel

Canadian company Enerkem has devised an innovative plan to transform garbage into a source of fuel, and today it received $60 million in new financing to bring its technology to the mainstream. The

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Canadian Waste Plant Will Power Itself Using Soda and Beer

Canadian Waste Plant Will Power Itself Using Soda and Beer

We know what you're thinking - you're thinking why would anyone waste perfectly good beer and soda to run a power plant? Rest assured because this beer and soda would only be poured down the drain anyway.

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Banned Four Loko Being Recycled into Auto Fuel

Banned Four Loko Being Recycled into Auto Fuel

The once-popular, now illegal, alcoholic energy drink Four Loko is being reborn -- as auto fuel. Wholesalers along the East Coast started sending cases of the fruity malt beverages to MXI Environmental

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$10 Million Auto X-Prize Announces Ultra-Efficient Winners!

$10 Million Auto X-Prize Announces Ultra-Efficient Winners!

The Progressive Auto X Prize has just announced the winners of its $10 million contest to design and build the world's most efficient eco vehicle, and the grand prize goes to... Edison2 for their

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Companies Transform Scrap Cardboard Into Ethanol Fuel

Companies Transform Scrap Cardboard Into Ethanol Fuel

A new partnership between a paperboard mill and a biofuel producer is now producing ethanol fuel from scrap cardboard fiber. While 95% of cardboard can easily be recycled again into more cardboard, the

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Delta Helicopters Developing World’s First Biofuel-Capable Helicopter

Delta Helicopters Developing World’s First Biofuel-Capable Helicopter

Plenty of airlines are testing out biofuels in passenger jets, but helicopters have largely been ignored -- until now. Australia-based Delta Helicopters is developing what it says is the first

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Engineers Develop Carbon-Capturing Photosynthetic Frog Foam

Engineers Develop Carbon-Capturing Photosynthetic Frog Foam

It may seem too good to be true, but engineers from the University of Cincinnati have devised a way to capture and remove CO2 out of the air and then convert it into biofuel building blocks. The engineers

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Green Means Go in Frankfurt

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Green Means Go in Frankfurt

The Frankfurt Motor Show, probably one of the biggest ones in the world, is occurring right now as we speak, and the word from the floor is that green, means go. In a huge reversal from the usual race to

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