We're yet to find a car manufacturer that isn't working on some form of alternative powertrain solution. Heck, even Morgan is going hybrid. As a part of its quest for long range electric vehicles, Nissan is developing a solid oxide fuel cell car which turns bio-ethanol into electricity for battery powered motoring.Read More
Public toilets are generally pretty crappy, but researchers have built one at a university in South Korea that might make it fun to drop in, drop trou' and drop anchor. Not only does it look like a nice environment to induce the deuce, but it turns your browns into green energy solutions, and eventually, similar to the OpenBiome project, you might even be paid to poop.Read More
There's been a lot of talk about the most eco-friendly ways to generate electric power. Everything from using human waste to getting bacteria to do the job for us has been discussed. But researchers from Japan's RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC) may have just figured out the most natural way of getting electricity of all – straight from a fish known as an electric ray or torpedo fish.Read More
Inside your body, the wrong kind of bacteria can sap you of energy. Inside a battery, however, it turns out that the right kind of bacteria can cause an energy boost that might be able to help power our lives. That's the finding from researchers in the Netherlands, who've just developed a bacteria-based battery that they were able to charge and discharge 15 times in a row.
Without much in the way of fanfare, United Airlines began flying regularly scheduled flights using biofuels earlier this month. Following years of demonstration and test flights to prove the fuel's viability, it's the first instance of a US airline putting commercial-scale volumes of biofuel into passenger-carrying planes on an ongoing basis.Read More
If a recently-announced consortium of scientists and aviation companies is successful, you could one day be flying in jets powered by the remains of decay – otherwise known as biofuel from forest-industry waste. The project will be led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, and includes aviation and related companies Boeing, Air Canada, WestJet, SkyNRG and Bombardier.Read More
That morning cup of joe ahead of your daily commute may end up providing more than just the refreshing boost needed to tackle the day ahead. London-based company, Bio-bean, hopes to turn left-over coffee grounds into biodiesel for vehicles and biomass pellets to heat buildings.
Biofuels can be made from various source materials such as waste from the winemaking industry and woody biomass. Reseachers are also looking for new methods to improve its environmental credentials as there is still controversy as to how green biofuels really are. Now, a team at the Catalysis Institute at Cardiff University is hoping to make biofuel production more efficient and sustainable by recycling the leftovers from the process.Read More
Researchers are already developing methods of making biofuel from cellulosic waste, such as corn stover and wood fibers, offering reduced environmental impact and no competition with food crops. Now, new research is investigating the possibility of turning waste from the winemaking industry into biofuel, not requiring the planting of any new crops.Read More
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have created a hybrid system of bacteria and semiconducting nanowires that mimics photosynthesis. According to the researchers, their versatile, high-yield system can take water, sunlight and carbon dioxide and turn them into the building blocks of biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even biofuel. Read More
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