Biofuel mandates would make corn shortfall costly, experts say
Grocery shoppers face hefty price increases if bad weather withers a U.S. corn crop that is now tethered to grain-intensive renewable fuel mandates, a new University of Illinois study warns.
Alternative Energy Crops in Space
(PhysOrg.com) -- What if space held the key to producing alternative energy crops on Earth? That's what researchers are hoping to find in a new experiment on the International Space Station.
High-Speed Pipeline Revs Up Biomass Analysis
(PhysOrg.com) -- High throughput system can analyze enzymes, poplars, switch grass, thousands at a time to help determine which plants are best suited for biofuels.
Argonne launches unique research initiative to realize solar energy's full potential
(PhysOrg.com) -- Spurred by global development and population growth, the world's energy needs are expected to double by 2050. The best solution to meet this coming demand is an energy mix that includes generous ...
Fueling the future with fish tank residue: Scientists discuss use of algae as a biofuel
As Americans demand new and cleaner ways to meet the country's energy needs, researchers are turning to algae as a promising new fuel source. The approach has the potential to significantly reduce the nation's reliance on ...
Beyond the corn field: Balancing fuel, food and biodiversity
The development of alternative fuel will greatly benefit the U.S., say scientists in an Energy Foundation-funded report published today by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation's largest organization of ecological ...
US military to make jet fuel from algae
Gene discovery to increase biomass needed for green fuel
(PhysOrg.com) -- Manchester scientists have identified the genes that make plants grow fatter and plan to use their research to increase plant biomass in trees and other species - thus helping meet the need ...
Alternative futures of a warming world
An international team of climate scientists will take a new approach to modeling the Earth's climate future, according to a paper in 11 February Nature. The next set of models will include, for the first time, tightly linked ...
Fermenting fodder into fuel
(PhysOrg.com) -- As climate change challenges continue to crop up around fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide, identifying renewable fuel materials and developing processes that ...
Chicken waste turned to watts
A Nevada energy developer says it has developed an environmentally clean way of using animal waste from chicken farms across the state to light up homes and offices. Green Energy Solutions wants to convert ...
NREL Evaluates UPS Hybrid-Electric Van Performance
(PhysOrg.com) -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has collected and analyzed fuel economy, maintenance and other vehicle performance data from UPS’s first generation hybrid diesel ...
Can Snowmobiles Adapt in the Age of Ethanol?
(PhysOrg.com) -- By 2022, federal regulations will require a 400 percent increase in the amount of renewable fuel in America’s gasoline, from 9 billion to 36 billion gallons.
Study expects rising interest in energy saving
(AP) -- Energy-efficient technology for batteries, grids and power storage will be trendy in 2010, according to a study released Wednesday on clean energy technology.