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.

Its mascot might be the Sun Devil, but Arizona State University is using solar energy to make positive changes in its community. They’ve already installed the largest university solar system in the country, giving students an opportunity to learn... Read More
Minnesota 2020
How can communities take advantage of local resources to produce enough energy to meet their needs? This research program from the University of Minnesota is trying to find out.
One of today's issues in our country is the prices of gasoline and the cleanliness of gasoline. Biofuels has been used, like ethanol, to help make gas more efficient and clean it up, making it better for the environment. Ethanol has, however,... Read More
National Science Foundation
A team of engineers and scientists at North Carolina State University has developed a new method for harvesting marine algae. By applying an electric charge they change the chemistry of the algae cell boundary and cause cells to clump together.... Read More
National Science Foundation
Researchers have developed a way to make an efficient catalyst that transforms biomass-derived sugars into a compound used in fuels, plastics and pharmaceuticals. The solid acid catalyst is noncorrosive and easily recovered for re-use, making it... Read More
THIS WEEK: Did you know the vegetable oil we use to make our french fries could also power our cars? In this webisode, Planet Forward drops by GreenLight BioFuels’ new plant in Maryland where they’ve been turning cooking waste into biofuel.
By Katrina Schwartz, KQED Climate Watch The newest biofuel making a splash is seaweed.
National Science Foundation
Researchers have re-engineered an anaerobic bacterium known as clostridia to prevent spore formation, a change that improves the bacteria's productivity in making biofuels. The University of Delaware engineers demonstrated the feasibility of using... Read More
Students from Clemson's EPA P3 team have developed a device that will generate power from organic material found on the forest floor.
The George Washington University
Maryland's new biodiesel plant is turning used vegetable oil into biofuel. Can we power our cars from the fat from making our food?

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