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Directory:Biofuel Sources

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Actual and potential feedstock sources for making biofuel, with an emphasis on sustainability, e.g. not competing with food.

Biofuel Sources

Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Biofuels > Directory:Biofuel Sources / Directory:BioElectricity > Scientists discover way to recharge laptops and cell phones with soda pop and vegetable oil - Saint Louis University researchers say they've created the first fuel cell that produces electricity with technology borrowed from natural biological powerhouses, saying these biofuel cells can transform sugar and fats into energy for running a host of machines and devices as reported at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. (Natural News September 11, 2010)

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Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Biofuels > Directory:Biofuel Sources / Directory:Microorganisms in Energy Production >A step to artificial life: Manmade DNA powers cell - The Maryland inventors call it the world's first synthetic cell, although this initial step is more a re-creation of existing life — changing one simple type of bacterium into another — than a built-from-scratch kind. Expected applications include new fuels, better ways to clean polluted water. (Associated Press May 20, 2010)
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Latest: Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Biodiesel > Directory:Biofuel Sources > Widtsoe Institute facilitates farmers growing their own fuel/meal - Utah's newly-formed Widtsoe Institute envisions seeing local farmers not only growing their own fuel, but also providing feed for local livestock, while also producing enough excess fuel for the diesel fleets of the various government entities in the valley. (PESN Nov. 25, 2009) (Comment)
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Latest: Directory:Biomass / Directory:Biofuel Sources > Article:Junipers are great for renewable biomass - You can selectively and sustainably harvest some of a Juniper via the ancient practice of 'decoupage' in which the major part of a tree is removed while leaving one major, healthy limb coming from near the base of the tree, which will grow into a new trunk. Juniper biomass is rich in oil and can be 'slow roasted' by pyrolysis into syngas and biochar. (PESWiki Oct. 12, 2009)
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Seven Weeds That Could Power Your Car - With the attention on first generation corn ethanol fading, the next big thing on the sustainable fuel horizon is nonfood biofuel crops. Within that category, inedible weeds are taking a front-row seat due to their relatively low demands on water, pesticides, and herbicides, and their reduced need for tilling and other mechanized soil prep. (Gas 2.0 Sept. 30, 2009)

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Directory:Biofuels > Ugly Watermelons Could Make Good Biofuel - 20 percent of every annual watermelon crop is unused because, well, it's ugly. Misshapen or bruised fruit doesn't sell, so farmers leave them in the field and take a loss. Those extra watermelons could be processed for their juice, which could then be made into biofuel. (EcoGeek Aug. 28, 2009)

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Ignition for Colombian yucca car - After a three-year slog Colombian scientists have revved up a car that runs on yucca-derived ethanol, spurring hopes that the Latin American staple could be transformed into an abundant fuel. Cars can be adopted to use the fuel with a 120 dollar kit. (EarthAlternate Aug. 22, 2009)

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Enkoco Greengold Vegie Fuel - Three decades of research and field innovations supersedes petroleum-based fuels as Garcialen as a gasoline substitute and Medesel as a diesel substitute. Made in the Philippines. (Enkoco March 4, 2009)

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Directory:Biofuels / Directory:CO2 Sequestration >Could your breath be turned into biofuel? - The Liverpool John Lennon Airport is testing out a device called an Ecobox from Origo Industries that will capture CO2 from the air that’s exhaled by passengers and turn it into fuel to be used by the airport’s diesel vehicles and heating system. (Greener.Ideal Feb. 6, 2009)

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Air New Zealand tests biofuel Boeing - Air New Zealand, along with Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and Honeywell, retooled one of the four Rolls-Royce RB211 engines on a Boeing 747-400 to run on an unusually fruity blend of half Jet A1 fuel and half jatropha oil, according to Air New Zealand. Jatropha has been used in making biodiesel for cars and trucks, but this is one of the first known attempts to use it as a biofuel in a commercial-size airplane. (CNet News Jan. 2, 2009)

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Waste coffee grounds offer new source of biodiesel fuel - Coffee-based fuel — which actually smells like java — had a major advantage in being more stable than traditional biodiesel, due to coffee's high antioxidant content. Solids left over from the conversion can be converted to ethanol or used as compost, according to the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (PhysOrg Dec. 10, 2008)

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Directory:Biodiesel >Flower Power: Run Your Ride on a Wild Weed - What makes stinkweed different than the plethora of other world-saving, game-changing biofuels that came before it, is farmers can't help but grow it. When executives from Innovation Fuels asked farmer Brian Ziehm about growing an acre of stinkweed on his property, he was dumbfounded. "It was like, 'What the heck? I've been trying to get rid of these things for 30 years. Now you want me to plant them?" (Wired Sept. 16, 2008)

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Oil Seed Rape Grown For Biofuel Can Help Clean Up Toxic Soils - Using plants to help clean up heavily polluted soils has been successfully tested for many years and shown to be a cheap and environmentally friendly way to clear heavy metals such as arsenic, copper, zinc and chromium from contaminated land. Researchers in Ireland are combining heavy metal tolerant bacteria with plants used to make biofuels such as oil seed rape. (ScienceDaily Sept. 10, 2008)

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Camelina sativa - Being grown by Targeted Growth, it is high in Omega-3 fatty acids (45%) and is being used as a "marginal ground" crop being optimized for human and biofuel consumption and categorized as a "functional food".

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The fuel of the future? Say 'cheese' - Wisconsin entrepreneur Joe Van Groll's company, Grand Meadow Energy LLC, produces both ethanol and bio-diesel from waste from surrounding cheese plants and raw canola oil from a nearby farm. (FDL Reporter Nov. 4, 2007)

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China Develops Technology To Generate Power from Grass - One kilogram of English cordgrass, an overgrowing burden since its introduction into China in the 1970s, can produce two cubic meters of flammable gas, which can generate one kilowatt-hour of electricity. All 3.3 million hectares of English cordgrass could produce 75 billion kw-h. (Sci-Tech Today Dec. 27, 2005)

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Honduras Taps Biodiesel From Fish Guts - A fish farm in El Borboton, is using fish guts--heads, skins, and internal organs--to produce biodiesel. Instead of dumping what's left after filleting for commercial sale, Saint Peter's cooks the parts down to produce 300,000 gallons of fish oil fuel. (TreeHugger July 31, 2007)

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Directory:Cannabis Hemp as a Global Warming Solution - Proponents argue that easily grown and robust Cannabis Hemp is one of the best if not the very best plants overall for fuel, building supplies, medicine, fiber, food, paper, and substitute for wood. Some go so far as to argue that it could be the best solution to global warming. (PESWiki Feb. 28, 2008)

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Sweet sorghum, clean miracle crop for feed and fuel - The hardy sweet sorghum plant could be the miracle crop that provides cheap animal feed and fuel without straining the world's food supply or harming the environment, said scientists working on a pilot farming project in India. (Physorg May 13, 2008)

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Directory:Biofuel:Asian Carp - Ted Karson proposes harvesting the millions, if not billions of carp that have infested the Mississippi River system, to use for food, fertilizer, and biofuel turning a pestilence into an opportunity. (PESWiki June 16, 2008)

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Switch Grass - A perennial and has a huge biomass output, the raw plant material used to make biofuel, of 6-10 tons per acre, starting to be produced near Guymon, OK.

See also

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Directory:Alternative Fuels

Directory:Air Cars

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Directory:Algae for Oil


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Directory:Biodiesel from Algae Oil

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Directory:Boron-Powered Vehicles

Directory:Hydrogen from Water using Boron



Directory:Cellulosic Ethanol

OS:Solar Ethanol

Directory:Ethanol Woes


Directory:Hydrogen from Water

Directory:Hydroxy or HHO Injection Systems

Directory:Solar Hydrogen



Directory:Liquid Nitrogen economy




Directory:Sorganol Biofuel

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Directory:Waste to Energy

Directory:Animal and Crop Waste to Energy

Directory:Water as Fuel

Directory:Running Vehicles on Water


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