Browsing the "Biodiesel" Category

The US Navy, Biofuels, and the Eco Arms Race

August 12th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás

America’s military leaders have been strong advocates for converting America’s war machine to renewable biofuels in general and ethanol in particular, and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus just wrote a new article over at Foreign Policy that lays out all of his reasons to move away from oil, from dependence on foreign powers to oil’s troublesome logistics and environmental impact

Mazda 6 Diesel Racer Falls To Mechanical Woes At 24 Hours Of Daytona

February 6th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

Utilizing a production-based car and engine, the Mazda 6 diesel is proof that you can have fast, efficient fun thanks to turbodiesel technology. This diesel Mazda race car uses a synthetic blend of smokeless diesel for competition, but a fueling system issue knocked the three racers out of competition just six hours into the 24 Hours of Daytona

Propel Fuels Planning Massive Expansion

December 19th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

While many major oil companies are trying to grow their green credentials, few actually offer an alternative to the oil-based petroleum. But Propel Fuels is looking to change that, offering drivers in California and the Pacific Northwest their choice of E85 ethanol or biodiesel. And soon, more people will have access to these sustainable fuels, as Propel has announced a massive expansion to new and existing markets

Ford Confirms New 5-Cylinder Diesel For North America

December 10th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

While European automakers like Volkswagen have not been shy about importing diesel engines from Europe, Ford has been coy, even going so far as to say diesels don't "make sense" for America. But the Blue Oval seems to have changed its mind with the announcement that the Ford Transit van will be available with a 3.2 liter 5-cylinder diesel engine right here in North America.

Study Says That Algae Could Replace Petroleum And Soybean Diesel

November 26th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Ethanol has lost a lot of support in the past few years for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest knocks against corn-derived ethanol is the reduced horsepower and fuel economy, causing some to be wary of an alternative fuel promises. But a new study shows that algae-based biodiesel has nearly the same horsepower and torque output as petrol and soybean diesel

Algae Biodiesel Goes On Sale In San Francisco Area

November 19th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

While some people may scoff at the notion of using seaweed and pond scum to power our vehicles, the potential for algae to replace petroleum as a sustainable fuel source is there. Last week four San Francisco Bay-area gas stations began selling a biodiesel blend of 20% algae-sourced fuel at market rates

This Biodiesel Corvette Race Car Can Be Yours For $3,500

October 31st, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

Diesel-powered vehicles are gaining popularity in America, opening up many more opportunities for high fuel-efficiency and the use of biodiesel. But this next ride, a C4 Corvette, boasts a diesel powertrain that would shame even the most stalwart Corvette fans. But for those of us who cheer on the use of alternative fuels, the biodiesel-powered “Corvegge” is a vehicular wonder...and it could be yours for just $3,500.

Pro Tractor Pulling Goes Green With Biodiesel

October 26th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

I grew up in a farm town, and one of the biggest events of the year was the tractor pulling event at the annual town fair. But that was small time; pro tractor pulling involves huge machines making massive amounts of horsepower, and starting next year, they will do so running 100% biodiesel. Yeehaw!

Cheese Powered Dragster Sets Biofuel Land Speed Record

September 26th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

If I didn’t suck at math, I’d have loved to be an engineer, because engineers get to build all sorts of cool stuff. The latest example that has me regretting taking Tolstoy over tech school is a 100% biodiesel-powered dragster built by Utah State University students that set a new land speed record using a new biofuel sourced from cheese waste

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