Biofuels

Algae! Trash! Poop! Organisms convert energy from the sun into energy for life. PF Members offer their solutions on how to turn that biomass into an energy source for mankind.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi live in symbiosis with plant roots and are able to store up to 70 percent of organic carbon from leaf litter. (Mark Perkins/Flickr)

George Washington University
In many cases microbes are already helping the planet in underrated ways. Technological developments and advanced genetic engineering make microbiological innovation a major player in climate change mitigation.

Ambitions for a carbon-free impact and few emissions: At eco-town Kalu Yala, members of the community live as sparingly as possible, using what they can from the environment around them while replenishing what they can. (Candace Butera/Medill)

Northwestern University
Through a scientific process that seems almost magical, the creation of biochar takes you a step closer to reducing your carbon footprint. But this technique has a history that dates back further than you might think.
Planet Forward Intern/Marymount University
A food factory in the UK is taking the term "plant power" to a new level: It runs on potatoes.
Planet Forward
Biofuels have us making energy from all sorts of substances, but Duke University researchers are taking waste-to-energy literally with fuel from pig poop.
Planet Forward
John Motter, farmer and director of the United Soybean Board, thinks we can replace petroleum products with biobased materials.
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden: Beyond Food
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden: Beyond Food
Planet Forward
It turns out you can do a lot with a little bean. Hear from the experts on how biobased products can replace petroleum and break new ground.
Planet Forward, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs
Biobased alternatives to petroleum products are numerous but not everyone is aware of them yet - read up on the Biobased Stakeholders Dialog, where creators and consumers came together to discuss these products.
Planet Forward
Get an up-close look at how Mary Njenga's briquette formula can produce cheap, clean fuel and a sustainable business for women in Kenya for about two cents each.
Planet Forward
Montana State University research may have cracked the code on food-free biofuel.
The Pennsylvania State University
What's greasing the wheels of your elevator? If you're at Penn State, it could be something surprisingly edible.

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