Bri-stool turns toilet flushes to clean energy

The city is using raw sewage to generate renewable, low carbon poo-wer

Qantas biofuel flight cuts the mustard

The world’s first biofuel-powered flight between the US and Australia took place yesterday. Flying between Los Angeles and Melbourne, the Qantas flight used approximately 24,000 kilograms of blended biofuel, saving an estimated 18,000 kilograms of carbon emissions. The biofuel it used is processed from a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that can be grown […]

Whiskey waste-to-biofuel site gets planning permission

A Scottish energy firm has secured planning permission to build a whisky residue biofuel plant at Grangemouth. Celtic Renewables’ commercial demonstrator facility is expected to produce more than half a million litres of the green fuel each year from waste products generated in the manufacture of the alcoholic beverage. The firm has launched a funding […]

Emissions grinding you down? London could save a latte…

Shell is working as part of a collaboration to power a number of London buses with biofuel made from waste coffee grounds. The energy giant is working with bio-bean to help scale-up its innovative B20 coffee oil-based biofuel. Buses and a number of other diesel vehicles can run using the fuel without need for any […]

Is North Korea rocketing towards algae energy?

North Korea could be growing algae in an attempt to diversify its energy resources and become more independent. That’s the suggestion from 38 North, part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which claims a blooming algae industry could allow the isolated nation to “mitigate the negative effects of sanctions both on the […]

Government told ‘biofuels could be essential in greening transport’

Advanced drop-in biofuels could be essential in decarbonising the shipping, aviation and heavy duty road vehicle sectors. That’s the suggestion made in a new Department for Transport commissioned study from consultancy E4tech, which states the technology will have to play a major role in the clean energy transition if the UK is to meet its […]

US announces $22m for seaweed biofuels

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced $22 million (£16.3m) in funding to develop biofuels from seaweed. The money, provided by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative, will be spent developing marine biomass technologies across 18 innovative projects. The department says the seaweed or macroalgae can be used as a feedstock for domestic transportation […]

Biofuel process ‘more efficient than photosynthesis’

A new solar-powered electrolysis cell can convert carbon dioxide to biofuels and alcohols at record efficiency levels. The scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who developed the process say it is the first time anyone has been able to rival the productivity of natural photosynthesis. They believe the discovery, which […]

Rubbish flights on the way

  No, not the state of low cost airlines. The UK is looking into powering planes with rubbish! As part of plans to promote clean alternative fuels, the government is offering funding for projects to develop low carbon waste-based fuels for planes and lorries, with matching funding from industry. Trials of sustainable jet fuel, made […]

ExxonMobil gets green with biofuel research deal

ExxonMobil and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) have renewed research into the conversion of biomass into green transportation fuels. The oil giant and the university have agreed to work together for two more years on a project aiming to identify scalable and commercially viable solutions to use the renewable resource to help meet increasing global energy demand. Researchers say it will leverage the university’s biomass expertise with ExxonMobil’s […]