Video: Car Powered by Coffee Grinds Sets Land Speed Record

The technology to turn organic waste material into usable power has been around for a shockingly long time, though the large, unwieldly systems make applications…limited. But a team of British engineers managed to set a new (low) speed record for a car powered by waste organic matter…in this case, leftover coffee grinds.

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Gasification: Ultra-Cheap Biofuel From Any Carbon Source

Under a new research directive at Ames National Laboratory, scientists are honing in on a way to use a process called gasification to create cheap ethanol from almost any carbon source without fermentation. If they’re successful, crops, agricultural waste, lawn clippings, raked leaves, sewage sludge and garbage could all be turned into ethanol using the same efficient process, in the same facility, under one roof.

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