Solar energy to power Japan’s future

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan. It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power. One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down. After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to…

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Alternative fuels will be taxed in Wyoming

A new law taxes biodiesel, natural gas, and other alternative highway fuels. Wyoming consumers who drive vehicles powered by alternative fuels, like biodiesel and ethanol, will soon have to pay the same fuel taxes as those who fuel up with gasoline and diesel, as a new bill recently signed into law by the state’s governor, Gov. Matthew H. Mead, will impose a tax on these greener fuels, which is set to take effect this summer. The 24 cents per gallon tax is the same rate traditional fuels are taxed. However,…

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Alternative fuel sources used to power cargo ship

A ship has been designed to run off of wind power and gas. Norwegian engineer, Terje Lade, is working on a new method for ships that will lower emissions, fuel consumption, and bunker expenses, in an effort to make ships more eco-efficient, and has designed a cargo vessel – Vindskip – that relies on alternative fuel sources for power, instead of on heavy fuel oil for propulsion. The sea vessel makes use of wind energy and LNG. Lade, the managing director of the company Lade AS, has developed a new…

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Electric vehicles may not be as clean as people think

Study finds electric cars may be dirtier than those powered by gasoline. A study from the University of Minnesota, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that electric vehicles (EVs) that are powered by batteries that have been recharged with electricity produced by coal-fired power stations are likely to cause more than triple the number of deaths from pollution compared to conventional vehicles powered by gasoline. The report analyzed the life cycle of car emissions. The study was conducted by Jason Hill, Christopher Tessum…

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Shipworms may help in the production of Biofuels

Sea creatures give researchers idea on how to create environmentally friendly fuels. Shipworms, which look like worms but are actually clams, are not only odd looking ocean-dwelling creatures that have the unique ability to digest wood, researchers also believe that by harnessing the digestion capabilities of these “termites of the sea”, this could help them enhance the production of biofuels. Bacteria that breaks down the wood is located in the gills of the clam, not its gut. The discovery made by at team of researchers, which included Daniel Distel, research…

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Indian Railways turns to alternative fuel sources

India seeks to decrease its dependence on diesel. Indian Railways has made the decision to replace diesel in some of its locomotives and use alternative fuel sources, such as bio-diesel, to power a fleet of 4,000 locomotives, which is part of its initiative to increase awareness about the importance of a clean environment and reduce dependence on limited and dirtier fuel. Diesel locomotives accommodate a significant section of rail traffic in the nation. Locomotives powered by diesel are heavily relied upon in India and haul freight trains and passengers. As…

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Alternative fuel is created from plastic waste

Recycling technology converts plastic into oil. Recently, EcoMachines Incubator, a seed fund specialist based in London, England, announced that it has invested in Recycling Technologies, a company based in the English town of Swindon that recycles waste and plastic into PlaxOil, which is a trademarked alternative fuel in the form of a clean heavy oil. The fuel can be used in combined heat and power (CHP) facilities. Recycling Technologies manufactures machines that transform mixed plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or at incineration plants into oil that…

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Alternative fuel source could come from landfill in Arkansas

The city of Conway has voted to search for methane gas under its landfill. Last week, Conway leaders agreed to drill pilot wells for the purpose of searching for methane gas beneath the city’s landfill, which, if found, would be purified and transformed into an alternative fuel source that could be sold, used to power vehicles or produce electricity. Conway’s mayor believes that it will “be a good investment for the city”. Methane gas is a natural byproduct of the million tons of waste that rots in the landfill. The…

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Alternative fuel source could come from bacteria

E.coli Bacteria could one day be a renewable energy source. The quest for alternative fuel sources to fossil fuels that are cleaner, more environmentally friendly and are renewable, has been one that researchers have been embarking on for years, and now a team of Finnish and British researchers have discovered a way to modify E.coli bacteria and potentially transform it into propane. Propane is a cleaner fuel source to fossil fuels. The modification method the team of researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Turku in Finland have…

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Alternative fuel vehicles popularity is determined by fuel economy

According to a new study, fuel economy is the chief consideration when selecting gas or alternative powered vehicles. A new consumer survey carried out by the non-partisan think tank, Fuels Institute, which analyzes market issues in relation to fuels, and was founded by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), found that for consumers, the largest deciding factor when it comes to buying gasoline or alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), is fuel economy. The cost of the vehicle also plays a huge role in a consumer’s purchasing decision. In regard to…

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Alternative fuel vehicles receive funding offer from US

The United States has offered over $4 million in funds to support green vehicles. As much as $4.5 million in funding has been offered by the US government, as part of its Clean Cities program, to back ideas that could assist in boosting the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). Any project involving the use of alternative fuel sources for vehicles to increase acceptance and uptake will be supported. Whether the vehicles are entirely electric, are plug-in hybrids, or run on propane, ethanol, flex-fuel or natural gas, all such projects…

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Alternative fuel sources become an important part of China’s latest mandate

30 percent of government cars must be fueled by alternative energy sources in the next two years. According to an announcement made by China and reported by Bloomberg News, China’s plan for “new-energy vehicles” includes vehicles that use alternative fuel sources, which can include electric cars, hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrids, and a minimum of 30 percent of government vehicles bought between now and 2016 must be one of these types of vehicles. Local provinces will also need to meet the new green fuel target after 2016.…

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Plastic waste could be an alternative fuel source of the future

A cement plant in Nova Scotia, Canada intends to generate energy from plastic. The Brookfield-based Lafarge cement facility is seeking approval from the Canadian province to use some plastic waste as an alternative fuel source to coal, which the plant believes will help lower greenhouse gas emissions and could also help reduce a buildup of plastics in landfills. According to a recent study, using plastics can lower CO2 emissions. The plant manager, Scarth MacDonnell, said that a study, which was recently conducted by Dalhousie University, stated that the use of…

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Waste to biofuels plant opens in Edmonton

The first ever garbage to biofuels facility comes online in Canada. Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton, is home to the first municipal waste to biofuels facility in the world, which is located in the Edmonton Waste Management Centre where the industrial plant will convert garbage – that would typically be sent to landfills – into chemicals and biofuels. The innovative facility was born from the collaboration of three parties. Edmonton, Calgary and Enerkem, a private company that operates the plant, teamed up to bring the city’s Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals Facility to…

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Alternative energy not expected to top oil energy any time soon

ExxonMobil anticipates that oil will continue to be the primary fuel source for another quarter century. According to Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson, although alternative energy will continue to grow, he predicts that oil will remain the leading source of energy through 2040 and he believes natural gas will exceed coal and become the second most relied upon fuel source. ExxonMobil has been accused of not developing enough alternative fuel sources. It was during the company’s yearly shareholder meeting where Tillerson made his predictions. During the meeting, protestors gathered…

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Alternative energy becomes focus of new research partnership

U.S. Navy teams up with Purdue University to investigate alternative fuel sources. The U.S. Navy is collaborating with researchers at Purdue to help the country’s military take steps toward a greener future and they have begun working toward finding alternative energy sources for liquid fuels needed for transportation. The alternative fuel being researched is similar to gasoline. According to the director of Purdue’s Energy Center in Discovery Park, Maureen McCann, the biofuel the university is studying is chemically alike gasoline and aviation fuel. The main difference between the two is…

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