New Research Using Biomass To Create Biofuels. University of Montana forestry Professor Beth Dodson is the project director of a grant recently funded for $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy’s Biomass Research and Development Initiative.

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Producing Fuels and Chemicals In A Very Different Way. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule […]

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The Promise of Hydrogen Production From Sunlight. Splitting water into its hydrogen and oxygen parts may sound like science fiction, but it’s the end goal of chemists and chemical engineers like Christopher Murray of the University of Pennsylvania and Matteo Cargnello of Stanford University.

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Using Tomato Waste To Make Electricity. The world needs to move away from burning fossil fuels for energy. The time has come to abandon primitive unsustainable forms of energy for renewable ones. It turns out that there are many new forms of renewable energy being discovered now that we are really looking for them.

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Hydrogen Power To Fuel The Globe?  Scientists are pursuing hydrogen as a clean, carbon-free, virtually limitless energy source for cars and for a range of other uses, from portable generators to telecommunications towers, with water as the only byproduct of combustion.

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Air transportation has grown at an amazing rate in the last 50 years and the industry is not showing any signs of slowing down. What this means is that the CO2 contributed by airplane engines, namely turbines is also on the increase and will continue to increase unless we make a step change in the […]

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A New Process for Synthetic Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel. A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into usable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

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The Problem With Ethanol. Ethanol from corn or other feedstocks is used as alternative fuel around the world but with the exception of Brazil it has not been accepted as a viable alternative. So what is the problem?

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Making Hydrogen Using Sunlight to Split Water. In the global battle to rid ourselves of fossil fuels, hydrogen often is presented as a way forward. As a energy carrier, hydrogen is not so attractive as it must be highly compressed and cooled to have sufficient energy per volume and it is not so easy to […]

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Making Alternative Liquid Fuel from CO2. Moving the world from fossil fuels and the corresponding reduction in atmospheric and ocean borne CO2 will require that we use all of the technologies at our disposal. Researchers the world over are investigating different types of alternative fuels that can be use to replace gasoline and diesel liquid […]

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