GM Announces Biofuel Partnership with Coskata: Cheap, Green Ethanol?

Published on January 13th, 2008 | by

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LIVE FROM DETROIT AUTO SHOW: GM ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH BIO-BASED ETHANOL PRODUCER COSKATA BIOFUELS TO RAPIDLY COMMERCIALIZE AND DISTRIBUTE ETHANOL FOR FLEXFUEL VEHICLES. At noon today, General Motors announced an undisclosed equity share in Coskata, Inc., a renewable energy company with the means to produce low-cost ethanol from virtually any carbon-containing feedstock including biomass, municipal […]

Gearing Up For The Detroit Auto Show

Published on January 11th, 2008 | by

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Tomorrow I’ll be traveling to Detroit, MI to cover the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Judging by the itinerary and the documented experiences of Jeff McIntire-Strasburg from last year, it should be a busy trip. I’ll be reporting on the latest developments in greener personal transportation with a particular focus on new gas-electric hybrid […]

Biodiesel Guide: 7 Steps to Buying a Diesel

Published on January 9th, 2008 | by

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Thinking about ‘converting’ to biodiesel? It’s not as hard as you think. This series of posts is intended for readers looking to start using biodiesel by finding an older diesel vehicle, ‘converting it’, and then finding a local fuel source. Before embarking on a biodiesel adventure, it may be a good idea to determine whether […]

Sandia's Next Fuel Source: Thin Air

Published on January 7th, 2008 | by

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A research team from Sandia National Laboratories is trying to reverse the combustion process and turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel. The process works something like this: concentrated solar power from a giant solar furnace is used to superheat a set of catalytic cobalt ferrite rings that, once activated, literally rip carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules […]

Air Car in Showrooms by End of Year

Published on January 5th, 2008 | by

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Run your car on compressed air? Drivers in Europe may be doing just that by the end of the year with the air car, according to a report from the BBC… [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Ov4t1P9bdGw” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Like to know more about the air car? Here’s their website.

Portland's Grease Wars: Battling for Biodiesel-Bound Cooking Oil

Published on January 4th, 2008 | by

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Used-cooking-oil, the golden-brown waste product left over from making French-fries, doesn’t strike most of us as a particularly valuable commodity. But recycled grease represents a source of cheap energy to some, one that can be converted to biodiesel or used directly as a substitute for diesel fuel. Having collected waste oil for both of these […]

Europe Faces Biodiesel Feedstock Crunch

Published on January 3rd, 2008 | by

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Are biofuel mandates and tax credits such a good idea? It may be wise to learn from the EU’s experience… After passage of the new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) late last year (see earlier post), which mandates production of 15 billion gallons of corn-grain ethanol by by 2015, many of us are left contemplating the […]

Happy New Year From Gas 2.0

Published on January 1st, 2008 | by

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The team here at Gas 2.0 would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. After we all recover from the busy holiday season, you can expect things to start rolling with on-site coverage of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). I’ll be traveling to a wintry Detroit, Michigan, to see the cutting […]

Chocolate Fuels Truck Across Sahara Desert

Published on December 23rd, 2007 | by

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What do they do with chocolate products they can’t sell? Off to the landfill to decompose and create methane. Wish they could just send it to me. Two young Britons, Andy Pag and John Grimshaw, have traveled more than 4,000 miles across the Sahara using such chocolate as fuel. The two decided to prove the […]

Popular Mechanics: Ethanol Bill Bad News

Published on December 20th, 2007 | by

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Congress and the president have spoken: ethanol is America’s new renewable fuel. Yesterday, President Bush signed into law energy bill H.R.6, which establishes a new renewable fuel standard in the United States (see Max’s earlier post). But not everyone is applauding Capitol Hill. James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics, has railed against ethanol in […]

Air Force Will Be Coal-Powered by 2011

Published on December 19th, 2007 | by

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Not everyone has the same definition for the term ‘renewable-fuel’. The United States Air Force is well on their way to becoming coal-powered. On Monday, the USAF carried out a transcontinental test flight using a 50-50 blend of standard jet fuel and coal-based ‘synfuel’. “The Air Force is taking a leadership role in testing and […]

B100 Biodiesel Approved by Agricultural Giants Case IH, John Deere

Published on December 18th, 2007 | by

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If biodiesel suits any demographic best, it’s farmers. Biodiesel was designed as an emergency fuel, intended to keep farm equipment humming when military conflict cut off oil supplies. That being said, it’s taken a while for major engine manufacturers to endorse biodiesel blends higher than 20%. This month Case IH, a global leader in heavy-duty […]

New Algae System Could Supply All Our Energy Needs

Published on December 17th, 2007 | by

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Lvb53l_Nfys” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] All that green pond scum I used to avoid could well produce enough fuel to satisfy all the energy needs in the United States. That’s a pretty far out statement, but Glen Kertz, CEO of Valcent Products made it very clear that a process of growing algae vertically is […]

50 MPG+ And Cleaner Than Gasoline: Where Are The 'Clean-Diesels'?

Published on December 17th, 2007 | by

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Since last year, many of us have been eagerly awaiting the introduction of ‘clean-diesels’: the 2008-2009 models touted as having superior mileage and cleaner emissions than comparable gas models. So where are they? Strangely, promised 2008 models didn’t materialize, and I had trouble finding more on the story. As far as I can tell, we’ll […]

Car Hacker's Hummer Gets 60 MPG

Published on December 14th, 2007 | by

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If you haven’ heard of the Motorhead Messiah, Jonathan Goodwin, let me introduce you: he hacks cars for a living, and he can get 60 mpg out of an H3 Hummer while doubling the horsepower and cutting emissions in half. Unbelievable? Yes, but this is no joke, and it’s doesn’t defy the laws of physics […]