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.

Former Admiral and current president of the American Council on Renewable Energy Dennis McGinn discusses the power of choice in overcoming oil dependency.
Are flex-fuel cars the future? Former CIA Director James Woolsey proposes that we "do like the Brazilians do." See why this idea may transform the vehicle fleet.
Planet Forward
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National Science Foundation
Mixed prairie grasses, grown on degraded land, may be a better source of biofuel than corn ethanol or soybean biodiesel. The study, led by David Tilman at the University of Minnesota, showed that fuel made from prairie grass yields 51 percent more... Read More
EcoTech Fuels, LLC
EcoTech Fuels enters into a joint venture with the Native Self-Sufficiency Center of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (New York) that will convert local waste materials into advanced synfuels -- AND provide cash for Mohawk youth programs.
Cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cultivate a new fuel source by managing methane emissions from landfills. In this video, Lawson Oates, Director of Toronto’s Environment Office, talks about the opportunities to be found in waste... Read More
Planet Forward
You've met innovator Jamie Hestekin, NOW meet the machine. The one that turns dried algae into butanol. In this innovator update, Jamie's team of students at the University of Arkansas put the machine back together and explain their steps.
The George Washington University
This WEBISODE focuses on Dom Bosco Catholic University’s biochemistry laboratory in Campo Grande, Brazil. Dom Bosco is experimenting with a plant called bocaiúva, a native palm which could yield a new source of renewable energy.
The George Washington University
Planet Forward checks in with Innovator of the Year, Jamie Hestekin of the University of Arkansas. We ask him about his plan for the next year, his goals, and challenges he faces in building an automated machine that converts algae to butanol.
Is nuclear power safe? Could tornadoes be linked to climate change? Do you prefer the freedom of boxers or the security of briefs? Bill Nye answered two of those questions when we sat down with The Science Guy on Friday, plus more submitted by the... Read More

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