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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Company hoping to mass-produce biofuels receives funding

Joule Unlimited raises another $40 million in funds. Julie Unlimited, the Bedford-based developer of alternative fuels, has raised $200 million to date in private investment since it was established in 2007, and has recently announced its latest $40 million in funding from Flagship Ventures, its chief financial backer, which the company will use to help it achieve its goal of mass producing biofuels, reported the Boston Business Journal. Joule is an innovative clean energy company producing unique renewable fuel. Joule has developed technology to create renewable fuels, including ethanol and…

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Algae-based biofuels now available in California

Biofuels from algae

Algae-based biofuels available to consumers for the first time Transportation is evolving as automakers and fuel producers begin taking alternative energy more seriously. Traditional fossil-fuels are becoming more expensive, especially in the U.S. Political tensions with the Middle East have set the price of oil on a steady incline. Further boosting interest behind clean transportation are new fuel efficiency standards. Automakers have largely focused on hydrogen fuel for the future, but some fuel producers have chosen to embrace algae-based biofuels. Propel Fuels teams with Solarzyme to provide biofuels Earlier this…

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Bank of America revives the Solar Strong project to bring solar power to residencies throughout the U.S.

Solar Energy

Bank of America Merril Lynch, formerly one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. prior to the 2008 economic crisis, has entered into an agreement with SolarCity, a leading solar energy system design and financing firm, regarding the Solar Strong initiative. Solar Strong is a large scale project that aims to install more solar power systems in more than 120,000 military housing units and homes throughout the U.S. The project had been put on hold due to lack of financing, a problem that has been remedies by BofA-Merril Lynch.…

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Talking green power on Earth Day 2011

Earth Day is here, bringing to mind the number of environmental issues currently facing humanity. While such issues are subject to vehement debate, it is clear that changes need to be made in the way people look at the world. Breaking society’s reliance on oil is one of the most widely agreed upon issues of today, but solutions to this problem have been few and far between. Ethanol, once lauded as the future fuel of the world, proved to be more environmentally costly than its supporters had claimed. This has…

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South Africa coming in as a heavy contender in hydrogen world market

South Africa may become the world’s leading producer of hydrogen powered vehicles, according to Professor Vladimir Linkov of the University of the Western Cape. Speaking at the launch conference of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, Linkov said that the hydrogen economy presents a opportunity for massive economic growth. As the demand for alternative fuels grows, countries investing in the development of hydrogen fuel cells are likely to experience the same opportunity. “There is a clear technological path ahead,” says Linkov. “The world could be consuming South African fuel cell…

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United States still has it’s hand in the hydrogen fuel market

Amidst rising fuel prices and fears for the environment, more attention is being focused on alternative fuels. Despite massive cuts in funding from the Obama administration, the federal government is still looking for ways to break their reliance on foreign oil and fossil-fuels. Hydrogen fuel cells are seen as a viable source of energy but largely considered a distant solution to an emergent problem. There are companies, however, that are making strides in changing that mindset. Power Plug Inc., a leader in clean, reliable energy solutions, is hard at work…

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Tapping into the World’s Resources

Britain may be facing a fuel crisis in the years to come, according to Energy Secretary Chris Huhne. Earlier this month, Huhne stressed the importance of lowering the UK’s reliance on oil and the adoption of alternative fuels. Turmoil in the Middle East has politicians around the world on edge. The price for oil is expected to rise as a result of the happening in the unstable region, and the price may be more than countries are willing to pay. Huhne’s comments have been branded as alarmist by some British…

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Hydrogen fuel market moving ahead

As the world anxiously awaits the next breakthrough in alternative fuels for transportation, many have placed their support in electric cars. The infrastructure to support cars powered by electricity is already firmly in place and much easier to support. Tom Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators in Toano, Virginia, believes that hydrogen is the best solution to the world’s struggle with energy. Sullivan has invested millions into hydrogen technology. He purchased Proton Energy Systems, a company that specializes in providing hydrogen fuel. Last year, SunHydro, the world’s first privately funded chain…

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Cella Energy uses micro-beads for hydrogen storage

Cella Energy, an Oxford-based hydrogen fuel cell production company, has announced their partnership with an unnamed automobile manufacturer to develop its first commercial products based on its hydrogen storage technology. Cella gained significant momentum for the project after winning £40,000 of funding from Shell’s Springboard low-carbon technology competition. Cella has developed a new method that makes use of nano-materials as a form of hydrogen storage. The nano-materials are called micro-bead and are capable of holding hydrogen at extremely low pressures and are nearly 30 times smaller than a grain of…

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Green technology helping the bottom line and the earth

The Wildcat 9000 is a hydrogen injection booster which is being marketed by Highline Technical Innovations (HTI) and SmartPower technologies (SPT). This system is being presented at improving fuel economy by up to eighteen to thirty percent. It can also help reduce greenhouse gas emission up to fifty percent.  SPT will make use of their green technology expertise in order to advertise their hydrogen supplemental system to a greater scope mainly on the United States’ east coast. This hydrogen booster presents people the choice to fast increasing fuel prices. The…

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Students granted a sneak peak into the future

Engineering students at the University of Missouri-Kansas are getting a sneak peek of Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell concept cars. Students are abuzz with excitement as they get the chance to see the future of what they may be designing one day. Toyota’s new concept cars are said to be the next step in hybrid vehicles, utilizing a new brand of hydrogen fuel cell for power. The Toyota Fuel Cell Advanced Hybrid Vehicle is similar to the already popular Prius, but uses no gasoline. Instead, electrical power is generated by…

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Reasons for a hydrogen fuel powered tomorrow…

The environment of the United States is being effected by a place that is over two thousand miles away. The Greenland Ice Sheet is similar to a time capsule; giving scientists a snapshot look at environmental occurrences over the last 100 thousand years. Samples from over two miles deep into the ice core have given fantastic insights and brought disturbing realizations. Greenland has about 80 percent of its surface covered in ice; that’s over 650 thousand square miles. This area is commonly called the Greenland Ice Sheet, and it is…

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Researchers struggle with new ways to produce hydrogen fuel cell

Researchers at Penn. State University may have found a more efficient way to producing hydrogen by mimicking plants. Using biomimicry, Thomas Mallouk, of Penn State’s department of chemistry, is trying to replicate photosynthesis as a means to generate hydrogen. Mallouk calls the process the “hardest way” to make fuel and has struggled with getting an efficiency rating above 0.3% with this method in the past. During his recent meeting with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Mallouk announced that using a new model for photosynthesis, he would be…

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New research showing expensive platinum may be replaced

Acal Energy Ltd. is a small company that was founded in 2004 in the United Kingdom. The company develops fuel cell systems and consumable chemicals for stationary, residential, electronic, and automotive applications.  They have been working with hydrogen fuel cells and receiving a large portion of their funding, approximately 1 million pounds (1.6 million U.S.), from a U.K. government agency for their research. A Belgium chemical company and a Japanese car company are working with them too. So what does this company have that everyone wants to be a part…

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What is hydrogen fuel cell and why is it better

Hydrogen Based Economy

Hydrogen fuel is an alternative energy source that is now being explored to be a source of fuel for passenger vehicles. Researches and studies have confirmed that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to provide power for electric motors as well as burned in ICEs or internal combustion engines. There are two natural elements that are combined to make water and one of them is hydrogen. Hydrogen is an element that carries energy and it can be a compact energy source for batteries and fuel cells.   There are several…

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