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Gasoline Substitute Made From Plant Waste Developed By UC-Davis

Gasoline Substitute Made From Plant Waste Developed By UC-Davis

Plant-based diesel has been available for many years now but making a true gasoline-like hydrocarbon from plant oils has proven a lot more difficult. Chemists at the University of California, Davis think they've cracked it, though, using a new technique to make "biogasoline" from plant waste... read more

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GM E85 presentation

Ethanol A Victim Of Change As Gasoline Sales Have Flatlined?

Eight years ago, ethanol was going to let the U.S. grow its own vehicle fuel, reduce its use of gasoline made from imported oil, and boost energy security. How much have you... read more December 11, 2013 by 


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Biodiesel Makers Beg EPA To Notice: We're Not Ethanol!

One way to make vehicle fuels greener is to grow them--and it appears that biodiesel may have plenty of potential. Like the feedstocks for ethanol, the plant oils refined... read more October 30, 2013 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

New Lure For Ethanol Blends: More Ethanol, But A Lower Price?

Could low prices be the key to making ethanol more popular? One Michigan filling station allows customers to change the ethanol-gasoline blend in their fuel. As customers... read more September 27, 2013 by 


 
Brazilian sugarcane

Is Brazilian Sugarcane The Answer To U.S. Biofuels Needs?

Is Brazilian sugarcane the perfect biofuel for American drivers? Brazil believes ethanol made from sugarcane can supplement corn-based ethanol produced in the United States... read more September 20, 2013 by 


 
Algaeus, a 2008 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid conversion running on biofuel blended from algae

Biofuel Company Latest To Pay Off Government Loan Early

Government lending to green technology companies has been a political hot potato in recent years. Huge loans were offered to dozens of companies. Automakers, solar companies... read more August 1, 2013 by  3


 
All-gas biofuel plant in Chiclana, Spain (Image: All-gas)

Spanish Town To Run Cars On Biofuel From Human Poop...

Humans are a lot like cars. No, seriously--in order to make us work, we need fuel. That fuel is our food, which we metabolize in order to function, and anything not required... read more June 28, 2013 by  6


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Proving More Successful Than Expected

A report analyzing the uptake of low-carbon fuels says that fossil-fuel alternatives are actually growing faster than expected. The report, produced by a coalition of... read more June 13, 2013 by  7


 
Algae [source: VentureBeat]

U.S. Perfectly Placed For Algae-Based Biofuel Production

The U.S. is sitting on top of a fuel goldmine, it seems. Not shale gas or crude oil, but fresh water and suitable land to produce 25 billion gallons of algae-based biofuel--a... read more May 22, 2013 by  5


 
E. Coli bacteria the next source of biofuel? (Image: adonofrio Biology101.org on Flickr)

Biofuel From Bacteria Perfectly Mimics Hydrocarbon Fuel (In The Lab)

There are many reasons for wanting to wean ourselves off oil, but environmental issues and measuring out dwindling resources are two fairly significant ones. The trouble is... read more April 25, 2013 by  1


 
Beakers (Flickr user Move The Clouds)

Biofuel From CO2: Too Good To Be True?

We currently have two main issues in our transport future. The first is cutting down on fossil fuel use, ensuring our finite supplies can be used for longer than our current... read more March 26, 2013 by  1


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

U.S. Biofuels & Ethanol Mandate: More Vulnerable Than Ever Now?

Since 2007, U.S. fuel producers have been required by law to include more and more ethanol and other biofuels in their blends. Now, Pike Research suggests, the biofuels... read more March 13, 2013 by  12


 
Biobot 20 tabletop biodiesel generator

Biobot: Make Breakfast, Generate Biodiesel, Refuel Car

There are many facets to green motoring, but for some the prospect of buying a new hybrid or electric car is neither realistic nor desirable. For these people, biofuels may... read more February 14, 2013 by  12


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

EPA Quota For Cellulosic Fuels Tossed Out By Court As 'Wish'

Whatever the merits of ethanol as a fuel or a gasoline additive--and it's taken some hits lately--it's still in the running. The same cannot be said, however, for cellulosic... read more January 28, 2013 by  3


 
McDonalds sign

McDonald's Trucks Travel Greener On Recycled Frier Oil

The United Arab Emirates isn't known for its aversion to fossil fuels. The country has made its money from the stuff, and rapidly expanded in the last four decades into the... read more January 18, 2013 by  1


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

DoE Increases Biofuel From Biomass Funding By $10M

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has announced it will put up another $10 million in funding towards the expansion of biofuels. It's the second positive announcement in... read more January 7, 2013 by 


 
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