While many scientists agree that Africa is the likely cradle of mankind, these days the whole continent is something of a mess. Rife with war, famine, poverty, and disease, Africa can use all the help it can get. And thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a new refining […]
Once the realm of fringe biofuel fanatics, the demand for restaurant grease to refine into biodiesel has sent prices skyrocketing. Not surprisingly, this has also meant that theft of restaurant grease is on the rise, threatening legitimate businesses as grease rustlers raid restaurants for a new kind of payday. Greasy Gold Rising gas prices have […]
The art of racing a truck is not for the faint of heart. After all, trucks are about as aerodynamic as a brick, extremely heavy, and even when equipped with huge engines, far from fast. But there are exceptions, like the Hajek Motorsports F-250, which just smashed the land speed records for diesel and biodiesel trucks.
OK, it takes more than fresh air and sunshine to make usable, sustainable bio-fuels … but thanks to the work of Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited, it doesn’t take much more! Joule has developed a genetically-modified organism (GMO, but it’s good GMO … not like, Monsanto GMO) that can be “directed” to secrete usable forms of ethanol […]
We aren’t just going to wake up one day and no longer use oil. It’s going to take a lot of baby steps to get there. Preem, a Swedish oil “giant,” will go another small step towards an oil-free world by offering B15 biodiesel at stations throughout Sweden.
These photos show the final production version of Saab’s long-anticipated 9-4X Biopower concept, which will feature Saab’s new design language and slick new turbo-charged gas and diesel engines which should deliver on the concept’s flex-fuel promises. Saab first showed its 9-4X Biopower concept more than 2 years ago, to largely positive reviews in the press. Since […]
A research paper published by the American Chemical Society indicates that biodiesel production from municipal sewage is tantalizingly close (within several pennies) of being profitable. Although kind of disgusting, few would argue there isn’t a tremendous, renewable supply of the stuff. Nor would they say that every municipality doesn’t already have its’ own sources.
Many of us have often dreamed of traveling the world one way or another. I usually dreamed about it during math class. But say you’re someone who takes the environment and your carbon footprint into consideration. How would you cross the globe without creating a huge footprint from all the flying, staying in hotels, and […]
I try to stay out of politics. It is an ugly, ugly arena, especially these days. I like cars much more. But so far I have liked Obama’s stance on automobiles. He is pushing for alternative fuels, electric cars, and better fuel efficiency. I can definitely dig that. But in my mind, the best leaders lead by […]
Some interesting tidbits are coming out of the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco this week. First we heard about a product made from renewable materials that could substitute a large portion of the crude oil currently used to make tires. And now comes word from a scientist at the University of Orleans in […]
Already the largest market in the world for sustainable, cost-competitive ethanol production, Brazil may be setting its sights on another interesting biofuel: biodiesel made from the leftover entrails of the Tilapia farming industry.
If you don’t like big trucks loaded with torque, you should just stop reading now. But if you’re like me, you love you some torque and towing capacity. The 2011 Ford Super Duty truck has best in class towing capacity and payload hauling, as well as two new engines; a 6.2 liter gas engine good […]