ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "biofuels"

Observations

President Obama Awards National Medals of Science and Technology at the White House

“You have improved our lives in ways that are practical and inspirational,” said President Barack Obama. He saluted the top U.S. researchers with the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government, the National Science and Technology Medals. At the White House ceremony on February 1, he honored 12 winners for the National Medals of Science [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

World’s First Transatlantic Flight… on Biofuels [Video]

This past weekend, the Paris Air Show witnessed two historic firsts: the first transatlantic flight on biofuels, closely followed by the second, which involved a much larger jet (although a smaller percentage of bio–jet fuel).  Honeywell’s corporate Gulfstream G450 sped from North America to Europe burning a 50–50 blend of kerosene derived from fossil algae [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Co-location could make algae biofuels affordable

SAN DIEGO—Researchers are continuing to develop strains of algae that yield a greater volume of oily compounds that can be processed into biofuels. But as more new and established companies examine how to scale up lab processes to commercial levels, scientists and engineers seem to be finding that standalone operations may not be economically viable. [...]

Keep reading »
Observations

Burning bunnies for biofuel?

rabbit-in-clover

The Swedes, those latter-day descendants of bloodthirsty Vikings, have found a new use for rabbits: heating fuel. According to Der Spiegel, stray rabbits in Stockholm are being shot, frozen and then shipped to a heating plant to be incinerated. In the Swedes’ defense, the bunnies are a menace; a plague of wild and stray pet [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Researchers produce propane using E.coli bacteria

Diverse_e_Coli

A team of scientists has transformed E.coli bacteria into a propane factory. In their Nature magazine article, researchers from the University of Turku (Finland) and Imperial College (United Kingdom) described a new metabolic pathway for producing propane from Escherichia coli (E.coli). In “normal” E.coli, a biological process exists that turns fatty acids into cell membranes. In their September 2014 [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Photo Friday: Beer for Biofuels

The technology at Iowa State University

Algae-based biofuels offer a potential solution to many of the concerns related to corn-based biofuels in the United States, including the food-versus-fuel debate. In Colorado, Superior Ecotech has developed technology that grows algae using the carbon dioxide released through brewing beer. The team’s hoped to use their algae oils to produce cost-effective and sustainable biofuels. After winning the [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

Corn-waste biofuels might be worse than gasoline in the short term

roastedcorn

Biofuels made using corn waste could release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared to conventional gasoline. As a result, this type of cellulosic ethanol could be inelligible to meet quotas under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). According to a new study published yesterday in Nature Climate Change, this [...]

Keep reading »
Plugged In

The U.S. Now Uses More Corn For Fuel Than For Feed

roastedcorn

For every 10 ears of corn that are grown in the United States today, only 2 are consumed directly by humans as food. The remaining 8 are used in almost equal shares for animal feed and for ethanol. And, for the 12 months from August 2011 to 2012, the U.S. biofuels industry used more corn [...]

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Scientific American Holiday Sale

Give a Gift &
Get a Gift - Free!

Give a 1 year subscription as low as $14.99

Subscribe Now! >

X

Email this Article

X