TAG: Biofuel

Corn: A Kernel Of Destruction

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Corn has become an inescapable additive to both edible and non-edible products. Every day, we are bombarded with corn derived products. Sodas laden with corn-syrup, ketchup, tortillas, ice cream, candy – foods far from resembling the light golden kernels of freshly husked corn – are a constant source of corn and its most prevalent by-product, corn-syrup. The use of which has increased diabetes and obesity rates. In addition, the majority of corn grown in the U.S. goes to feed livestock. But it doesn’t end with our diets. The excess of corn brought on by overproduction leaves the USDA scrambling for other avenues… read more

Algae Into Crude Oil In Less Than An Hour

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The great potential for algae to be used as an alternative fuel has long been realized and researched–the trick so far has been putting it into practice. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have discovered a way to “cook” and process algae into crude oil in less than an hour. Check it out: Since studies have shown that the entire planet will run out of crude oil sometime in the mid-21st century, alternative methods of creating crude oil are necessary, since the transition to electric vehicles won’t nearly be complete by that… read more

Organic Diesel Is Here To Stay

Organic Diesel is Here To Stay

In the current race for alternate fuels, a new contender has joined up. After staying in the shadows for the past few decades, this contender has recently gained enough popularity & fame due to its ease of production and as a probable contender to replace the current diesel. The Organic-diesel (or popularly known as Biodiesel) can be used as an organic alternative to the conventional diesel, which is being used in most of our heavy machinery. While, in some engines this fuel can be directly used as an alternative to diesel, in others, it needs to be blended with the… read more

Engineered Tobacco Plants Could Produce Biofuel Directly

Engineered Tobacco Plants Could Produce Biofuel Directly

Although tobacco use and acceptance may have been cut in recent years, tobacco growers could potentially grow the same product, but instead of supplying smokers, end up making their mark in the biofuel revolution in the US. A multimillion dollar project at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), funded by ARPA-E, is working to engineer tobacco plants that can turn sunlight into fuel molecules, right in their leaves. “We want to bypass downstream processes like fermentation and produce fuels directly in the crop. After the biomass is crushed, we could extract the hydrocarbon molecules, and crack them into shorter molecules,… read more

Australia to Build First CO2 Capture Plant for Algae Biofuel

Australia to Build First CO2 Capture Plant for Algae Biofuel

In what’s considered to be the world’s first on-site carbon emissions capture program at a coal-fired power plant, a facility built by Algae.tec will turn some of the plant’s waste carbon dioxide emissions into an enclosed algae growth system for producing biofuel. The power company, Macquarie Generation, is one of the largest in the world and now could be one of the most forward-thinking, thanks to an agreement with Algae.tec that will allow an on-site algae facility next to the 2640MW Bayswater power station. Algae.tec will use the CO2 emitted from the power station to feed its algae systems, which… read more

Sea Squirts Could Provide Renewable Biofuel Feedstock

Sea Squirts Could Provide Renewable Biofuel Feedstock

When trying to produce a viable and sustainable biofuel, one that can be produced from renewable resources and used in conventional combustion engines, one of the big hangups is the need to use large tracts of land to grow the feedstock. But technologies such as algae biofuel are promising more efficient land use in biofuel production, and it turns out that another great source for biofuel feedstock can be found in the ocean, in the form of the sea squirt. Researchers at the University of Bergen (UiB) and Uni Research have identified a specific kind of tunicate, ascidiacea, as great… read more

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

There are many ways of converting substances to biodiesel fuel, and researchers are continually finding new ways to use neat materials for gassing up vehicles. Algae are one example of a conceivable substance that seems to have some potential. When mixed with sunlight, bacteria and carbon dioxide, algae, in its water dense environment produces a lot of oil. In fact, an alga’s mass contains around 50% oil, which can be gathered, processed and converted into biodiesel fuel. Palm oils, in contrast, contain about 20% of convertible oil. Algae are naturally carbohydrate rich and can be turned into ethanol. Using algae as… read more

Making Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts

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A Kansas State University (KSU) civil engineer is working to develop a new version of concrete, using just the right mix of ingredients to to make it stronger, and to reduce the carbon footprint of this ubiquitous building material. The surprising ingredient is something that must ordinarily be dealt with as a waste product: the byproducts of biofuel production. With some 7 billion cubic meters of concrete poured every year, it is easily the most-used industrial material, and one that also carries a rather large carbon footprint – one which adds up to somewhere between 3 and 8% of our… read more

Mass Soybean Production

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Is mass production of soybeans sustainable? Evidence from South America suggests that the answer is “no.” Making way for soy farms requires not only clearing the land needed to grow the beans, but also the development of infrastructure to transport inputs and harvested produce. To make matters worse, most soy farms grow genetically modified crops, which present additional risks to the environment. When soybean farms take over, natural ecosystems are destroyed and biodiversity is diminished. Massive monocultures displace diversified subsistence farms, leaving local people short of food and afflicted with pesticide-induced health problems. Government funds are diverted to subsidize soybean… read more