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Restaurant Grease Theft On The Rise

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 […]

November 14th

All We Need to Make New Fuels is Fresh Air and Sunshine

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 […]

February 28th

Sweden to get B15 Biodiesel this Spring

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.

February 28th

Production Saab 9-4X Biopower Spied Ahead of LA Show

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 […]

September 28th

Biodiesel From Poop 2.0 – Sewage Claus is Comin’ to Town

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.

May 24th

Obama’s Limo Will Not Get a Hybrid Drivetrain

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 […]

Low Tech, DIY Plasma Gasifier Makes Fuel From Waste

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 […]

March 26th