Nissan shows off new solid oxide fuel cell vehicle in Brazil

Olympics gives Nissan an opportunity to show off its new clean vehicle The 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing in Brazil and Japanese automaker Nissan has taken the chance to show off its first solid oxide fuel cell vehicle. The new car is powered entirely by ethanol and an ethanol-water blend. The solid oxide fuel cell consumes ethanol in order to generate hydrogen, which is then used to produce electricity. According to Nissan, the vehicle is so efficient it can travel nearly 400 miles before needing to be refueled.…

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Scientists identify plant enzyme that could lead to mass-production of biofuels

Researchers may have found an enzyme that could enable any plant to product fuel. In their quest to find the next best environmentally friendly fuel, a team of international researchers have announced that they have successfully isolated an enzyme with lycopaoctaene synthase activity in common algae known as Botryococcus braunii. This enzyme is responsible for hydrocarbon oil production and the scientists are investigating how to use the enzyme to mass-produce biofuels. This discovery could be a breakthrough for the alternative fuel industry. Although not as clean as other forms of…

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Huge biofuels pilot plant announced in Australia

The development of renewable energy in Queensland would help to address climate change. Queensland, the second largest and third most populous state in Australia, is improving its renewable energy efforts by establishing a biofuels pilot plant. The state government has secured the $16 million facility for Gladstone in central Queensland. If the project is successful it could result in the state establishing a large-scale alternative fuel industry. The development of renewable energy in Queensland will also help to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is located off…

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United Airlines powers regularly scheduled flights with biofuel

According to the major American airline, it is the first to use sustainable fuel on a regular route. Although United Airlines is not the first to have tested biofuel in its jets, it claims that it is the first to use the green fuel on a regular route. Its Boeing 737 jet that flies the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, four to five times daily, will be fueled by a mixture of 30% biofuel and 70% petroleum fuel, reported the Los Angeles Times. The first flight took off on…

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U.S. scientists may have found new technique to lower biofuel cost

Decreasing plant lignin could help make green fuel cheaper. Biofuel could become cheaper as scientists have shown for the first time that it is possible to lower lignin in plants by tweaking an enzyme; a discovery which could be highly beneficial to the bioenergy industry. The technique discovered by the scientists from the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), could help reduce the cost required to convert biomass into carbon-neutral fuels used to power cars and other sustainably develop bio-products, reported Phys.org. The technique lowers…

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Plans revealed for world’s first enzymatic untreated waste-to-energy plant

The future UK W2E plant will use a special enzyme technology. Dong Energy UK has announced that it will begin work on its innovative waste-to-energy plant, to be located in Northwich, Cheshire, starting next month. The plant that is to be built will be a commercial, full-scale facility capable of producing biogas and recyclable materials from untreated municipal solid waste (ex. household waste); the first of its kind in the world. The company will be able to convert the untreated waste into green fuel using its REnescience enzyme technology. The…

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Mexico opens world’s first cactus-powered biogas plant

The biofuel made from the new plant will be used to power a vehicle fleet. Mexican company, NopaliMex, has successfully constructed the world’s first power plant that uses prickly pear cacti to make biogas. According to Nocticias MVS, the digester was designed to power the plant’s daily 8-ton production operations, as well as provide fuel for the vehicle fleet in the Mexican town of Zitacuaro, located in central Michoacan state, reported EcoWatch. The alternative fuel is expected to lower the use of gasoline by a minimum of 40%. The prickly…

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Biodiesel has become so inexpensive in the U.S. that it’s free

Some refiners are being paid to use biofuel. Tax credits in the U.S. have made biodiesel so cheap in some parts of the country that some refiners are being paid to use this clean substitute to diesel. More specifically, one-dollar-a-gallon tax subsidy and other credits, has resulted in Midwest refiners paying as little as 64.5 cents a gallon for the alternative fuel. This, plus additional clean energy incentives offered by California, has lead to some customers in the Golden State obtaining the fuel for free, reported Bloomberg. The commitment to…

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Scientists Find Cheaper and Eco-Friendlier Way to Make Biofuels

Researchers have discovered a low-cost method to deliver carbon dioxide (CO2) to microalgae. Although the growth of microalgae can be sped up by carbon dioxide, the CO2 has to be free of contamination or the algae die. Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have found a cheap way to purify the carbon dioxide within the power station flue gasses by absorbing the CO2 into a liquid, allowing it to be delivered to microalgae, which makes it possible to harvest the microalgae and make biofuels. This purification process is typically…

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U.S. Navy deploys warships fueled by alternative energy

The first carrier strike group partially powered by biofuel was launched Wednesday. Known as the “Great Green Fleet”, US Navy’s warships, which are powered by alternative energy, have been sent to conduct operations in the Pacific. These ships that run partly on renewable fuel, are part of the Navy’s goal to go green and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. The ships run on 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. The biofuel used as part of the ships’ fuel is made out of beer fat. According to the…

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New research may have found a way to develop better biofuel

Researchers have created a new “nano-reactor” that could catalyze hydrogen production. According to a new study published in the scientific journal, Nature Chemistry, researchers have managed to develop a new biomaterial, by hiding a modified enzyme inside a virus, which is capable of efficiently catalyzing the production of hydrogen. Dubbed the “nano-reactor,” the modified enzyme may result in a biofuel production process that is more efficient and profitable. The modified hydrogen-producing enzyme is 150 times more efficient than an enzyme that has been unaltered. Within the capsid, which is the…

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Market Analysis And Prospect Of Algae Biofuels Industry In China 2015-2020 Proposal: MarketResearchReports.Biz

MarketResearchReports.Biz has announced addition of new report “Market Analysis And Prospect Of Algae Biofuels Industry In China 2015-2020 Proposal” to its database. Algae Biofuel is one of the promising new energy besides solar energy. Some types of algae can produce oil for energy storage, which means those could be used as biofuel in the future. The output of algae is 10 to 100 times of the traditional biofuel materials such as corns and soybean. As the global biofuel market was approximately USD100 billion in 2013 and the demand continues to…

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New biofuel project may convert forestry waste into aviation biofuel

A consortium of aviation companies and scientists are investigating whether forest-industry waste could fuel jet planes. A project that will be led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, and includes aviation and aviation-related companies Boeing, Air Canada, Bombardier, WestJet and SkyNRG, will assess whether waste from the forest industry, including sawdust and leftover branches, can be converted into sustainable aviation biofuel. A study determined that the forestry waste to energy conversion could meet 10% of B.C.’s annual jet fuel demand. Earlier this year, a…

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Biofuel may be produced from roadside weed

Researchers from Nevada think they may be able to produce diesel fuel from gumweed. Nevada scientists believe that curlycup gumweed, a common roadside weed that grows across much of Nevada’s high desert, may be ideal for producing biofuel. More specifically, the researchers think that they are close to producing diesel fuel and may even one day be able to produce jet fuel from the plant, reported the Associated Press. Very little water is needed to grow gumweed. Back in the 1980’s, a University of Nevada researcher and mining engineer, Darrell…

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New algae-eating green technology may clean up the Baltic Sea

A remote-controlled floating drone could clean up excess algae and turn it into biofuel. The Baltic Sea has become a breeding ground for frequent algae blooms and this has lead to the accumulation of high levels of toxic algae, which could be dangerous to existing ecosystems. To help deal with this overabundant toxic algae problem, A Swedish design student, Fredrik Ausinsch, has developed a conceptual machine that is not only capable of eating the algae but his green technology also turns it into biofuel. The drone would be designed with…

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Grants awarded to switchgrass biofuel research project

Scientists to study plant’s effectiveness as an alternative energy source. A professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, Tom Juenger, will receive two grants totaling to $15 million to study a native prairie grass known as switchgrass, to determine how it can be used as an alternative source of energy. More specifically, the study will focus on biofuel research. It is believed that switchgrass can become a sustainable source of bioenergy. According to the University of Texas at Austin’s UT News, Juenger will lead a team…

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