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A High Carb Diet Could Be A Good Thing — For Green Algae That Is

Photosynthetic green algae have the potential to be small green factories for producing alternative fuels.  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown that increasing the microbes’ overall metabolism by feeding them more carbon increases oil production as the organisms continue to grow. Getting microscopic algae to create alternative fuels is […]

July 17th

Biofuel Plant Converts Fruit Waste Into Alternative Fuel

I am a laid back guy, but wasting food really bothers me. There are people in the world who would kill for that half-finished burger or apple you took two bites out of. But I’m also not one of those “freegans” who rummage through peoples’ trash either. Sometimes bad food is bad food, and it […]

February 14th

E. Coli Used To Turn Seaweed Into Ethanol

Our planet’s oceans are our most precious resource, and as it turns out, a great source of energy as well. From algae to tidal turbines to seaweed, scientists the world over are looking to the oceans for answers to tomorrow’s energy questions. Researchers at Bio Architecture Labs, Inc. and the University of Washington at Seattle […]

January 27th

Algae-based Fuels Could Cut Foreign Oil Use by 17%

According to a team of researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, algea-based biofuels could replace up to 17 % of America’s petroleum imports each year, without a significant impact on fresh water use. The issue of where the water necessary to grow the algal components for the fuel is (arguably) the greatest singles source […]

April 22nd

Cleantechnica: Questions Surround GMO Algea Biofuel

We’ve covered some of the most recent advances in genetically modified bio-fuel sources here on Gas 2.0, and while all this exciting R&D might be regarded as revolutionary, Zachary Shahan – over on our award-winning sister site, Cleantechnica – reminds us that this sort of rapid progress also raises doubts among some about what the […]

April 6th

U.S. Navy Buys 20,000 Gallons Of Algae Fuel

In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt instructed 16 battleships and a fleet of escort cruisers to travel around the world. Called the Great White Fleet, it was a demonstration of America’s up-and-coming power. Powered by coal, these smoke-belchers spent two years at sea sailing from port to port. They went through a lot of coal, but […]

September 17th

World’s Largest Airship Lifts the Standard for Efficient Blimps

A new airship from E-Green Technologies/21st Century Airships sports the crackerjack name Bullet 580 along with a “radically different” design according to E-Green Chairman and CEO Michael Lawson. The innovations allow for more efficient performance and a larger cargo capacity, all with more energy efficiency relative to conventional aircraft. The Bullet 580 is 235 feet […]

April 14th

Ancient Protein May be Key to Unlocking Potential of Algae Biofuels

In a discovery that should help sustainable algae biofuels make the leap from an exotic curiosity to a mainstream fuel, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have identified an ancient protein that helps keep green algae from imbibing too much sunlight during photosynthesis. [social_buttons] The protein, called LHCSR, is a molecular self-regulator that protects […]

November 30th

Scientists Researching How Plants Can Make Petroleum

[social_buttons] As part of a National Science Foundation grant program to examine cutting edge ways to make nature work for us, a team of scientists at Iowa State University have been awarded $2 million to unravel how some plants and algae can make hydrocarbons and discover if the genes that govern that process might be […]

October 2nd