DOE to issue funding to support biofuel

Department of Energy begins to show more support for biofuels The U.S. Department of Energy is preparing to launch more support for biofuels. The federal agency has been showing strong support for a wide variety of new forms of energy, such as solar, wind, and hydrogen as part of the government’s “all of the above” energy plan. This plan has the federal government supporting renewable energy and fossil-fuels alike in order to improve the country’s energy security and continued sustainability. DOE to spend $25 million on efforts to reduce the…

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Isobutanol produced by tweaking common bacterium

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MIT researchers create biofuel using Ralstonia eutropha Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been experimenting with a bacterium known as Ralstonia eutropha, which is commonly found in soil. It is known that the bacterium has a tendency to produce massive amounts of carbon compounds when it is stressed. This tendency has led scientists to believe that the bacterium may be able to produce usable fuel. Researchers have manipulated the bacterium to produce a kind of alcohol known as isobutanol, which can replace or be combined with traditional…

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Biofuels to become a major source of energy in 2018

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Report highlights the growing popularity of biofuels Biofuels are becoming more popular around the world. Concerns regarding the potential effects of climate change, increasing oil prices, and the scarcity of resources, have caused biofuels to become a viable form of energy in a multitude of applications. A new report from Global Industry Analysis, a business intelligence and research firm, shows that the consumption of biofuels is poised to skyrocket in the coming years. The report highlights several factors that are contributing to this trend and provides some insight concerning these…

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Methane biofuel produced through the use of microbes

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New methane production method could be a boon for industry Researchers from Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University have been working on a new system that produces industrial gases through the use of microorganisms. Scientists from the universities believe that microbes can be used to create methane gas and other chemical compounds using electricity generated from renewable sources. Methane can, in turn, be used to power fuel cells and other energy systems that produce clean electricity. Researchers believe that their method of fuel production could eliminate the need for fossil-fuels…

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U.S. Navy advances on biofuels

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Military continues its pursuit of biofuels despite political controversy In U.S. politics, alternative energy is a controversial issue. While many politicians have shown their support for alternative energy as an overarching concept, they have also shown hesitation in embracing clean energy due to some of its less popular incarnations. Congress has shown relative disdain for biofuels for some time. The U.S. military – specifically the Navy – believes that biofuels will be the next generation of energy for the country. The Navy has been leading the charge in showing that…

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Biofuels find a home within the U.S. Coast Guard

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Military continues its experimentation with alternative energy The U.S military is no stranger to alternative energy. Lead by the Department of Defense’s aggressive energy plan, the country’s armed forces have been experimenting with ways to incorporate alternative energies, such as solar and hydrogen fuel cells, for some time. Biofuels, in particular, have been getting a great deal of attention from the Navy, Army, and Air Force recently, each launching their own projects to examine the capabilities of the fuel. The U.S. Coast Guard has also taken a keen interest in…

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Sorghum may be capable of improving the stance of biofuels

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Researchers identify sorghum as a promising source of energy Sorghum, a plant whose various species are used for food around the world, may be the key to the future of biofuels. Researchers at Purdue University have been experimenting with the plant recently, hoping to find a new way to create environmentally friendly fuels. Along with scientists from Cornell University and the University of Illinois, the Purdue team have found that sorghum may be a source of sustainable biofuel without the need of a new infrastructure to support it. Biofuels continues…

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Biofuels losing support of U.S. government

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U.S. military continues to push for the adoption of alternative energy despite political turmoil The U.S. military is one of the largest consumers of fossil-fuels in the world. Over the past two years, the Department of Defense has made an effort to shift the country’s focus away from fossil-fuels, citing energy as a major national security issue. While the agency is not necessarily looking to reduce the country’s consumption of fuel, it is looking to make alternative energy a more prominent focus. Biofuel has been among the agency’s interests in…

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Biofuel production process from Purdue University hailed as promising breakthrough

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H2Boil method used to produce biofuel through use of biomass materials and hydrogen gas Researchers from Purdue University have developed a new process for creating biofuels. The process have shown promise in making affordable, production scale biofuels available to a wide range of consumers, which could make this form of energy a viable competition with fossil-fuels. The process is known currently as the H2Boil method, which utilizes pressurized hydrogen gas, high temperatures, and biomass materials such as switchgrass and corn stover. According to economic analysis conducted by the university, the…

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University of Leeds researchers seek to improve biofuel cells

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Biofuel cells could produce electricity from light and hydrogen Researchers from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom have been working on ways to develop more efficient fuel cells that use biofuel. Biofuel cells, often referred to as microbial fuel cells, are attracting a great deal of attention for their ability to convert waste into electricity. Typical biofuel cells contain enzymes that are capable of converting glucose into electricity. These fuel cells typically do not produce significant amounts of energy because of their need for a large fuel source.…

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U.S. and India partner to research biofuel

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Biofuel research and development to take place in India The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that the University of Florida will be working with the Indian government on a new alternative energy project concerning biofuel. The initiative aims to research the uses of biofuel and develop a biofuel production system from non-food crops. The project will span a five-year period and is receiving $125 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project will also examine the use and development of solar energy. This particular aspect of…

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World’s first electrified snail generates electricity with a biofuel cell

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Scientists from the Clarkson University in New York have created the world’s first electrified snail. The snail’s shell is equipped with a small biofuel cell that produces electricity. The snail is the latest addition in living organisms sporting their own energy systems. The science community has been interested in how energy systems can be integrated into living organisms for some time. Last year, a cockroach fitted with its own hydrogen fuel cell made its debut and was to be used as a new kind of spy device. Researchers implanted a…

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NASA develops new biofuel energy system using algae and plastic bags

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NASA’s new interest in alternative energy research gives way to new options with algae biofuel. NASA may no longer be conducting ambitious missions in the field of space exploration, but that does not mean the agency is resting on its laurels. The agency has taken an interest in alternative energy and has recently been experimenting with hydrogen, solar and wind power. NASA has also found an interest in biofuels and their production. This week, the agency unveiled a new system that is capable of growing massive amounts of algae. These…

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