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Algae biofuels certainly hold lots of promise in terms of yields. Certainly lots of fossil fuel companies seem to be betting on them to be what comes next in liquid transportation fuels. A new study in the journal
Gather up agricultural leftovers, blast them with pyrolysis (high heat, low oxygen), and what you get is a crumbly, black matter that could save the world. Making biochar generates clean energy, and at the same time sequesters carbon dioxide in a
KLM is one of the growing number of airlines looking to camelina, completing the first aviation biofuel with passengers late last year. Photo: Peter Hellberg.
Camelina is emerging as an aviation biofuel feedstock with some promise. Everyone from KLM to
And then there were... well, I've stopped counting how many airlines are trying to develop a biofuel that will enable them to keep on flying and become carbon neutral(ish), but Qatar Airways is the latest to enter the ring. The
Willie Smits long ago abandoned the customary role of the microbiologist. After working in the Indonesian rainforest for three decades (and marrying a tribal queen), he has taken it upon himself to regrow the delicate ecosystems
What do you do once you've traveled across America on used grease? Why, you start all over again using algae, of course. Many years back I bought Josh Tickell's classic book—From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank. This was
Much to the horror of environmentalists, a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been approved again; this time by the Committee on Climate Change, an independent body set up to advise the government on the impact on carbon
With a continuing stream of announcements regarding the aviation industry's drive to keep on flying while being a bit greener about it -- KLM is making the first aviation biofuel test flight with passengers today --
This week at Fast Company, we looked at a Silicon Valley designer's green take on the little red wagon, a zoo that replaced real polar bears with electronic versions, a prosthetic leg that replaces crutches, and Joule Biotechnologies' attempt to make
Even in the early heydays, Henry Ford was fond of using plants like hemp and straw to reinforce plastic components for his cars. Now bioplastics are back and turning up in cell phones, forks, and more. Ford Motors started trying out soy-based seat foam
Let's leave aside for the moment the fact that military vehicles are some of the most fuel-inefficient out there, and issues with wars and environmental degradation. In light of Veteran's Day, let's take a look at just some
This week at Fast Company, we looked at BP's move into next-generation biofuels, a plan to grow algae quickly and efficiently in abandoned mines, EnerDel's hybrid makeover of the Humvee, and the world's tallest green building.
Mark your calendars for November 23rd. That's when the first aviation biofuel test flight with passengers aboard is scheduled to take place, and the first test flight in Europe. Dutch airline KLM has announced that "a
And then there were five... Indian Oil Corporation has become the fifth major oil company to stake a claim in the world of algae biofuels. IOCL has a signed a memorandum of understanding with Florida-based PetroAlgae to license
I recently returned from the Do Lectures in Wales, a collection of talks given by visionary people who've decided to put their ideas into action; to "do." I walked away inspired by nearly all of the lectures, but
Money from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (aka The Stimulus) continues to find its ways through the governmental pipes and out into the world. The latest: The Department of Energy has announced that $151 million in