On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18 million in funding for six projects to develop bioproducts and biofuels from algae.
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There used to be a time when every politician became a fan of wind and bio-fuel as alternative energy sources. That time was called “before the Iowa presidential caucuses.” Iowa, you see, will never have oil. But it does have biomass and a lot of space where nobody wants to live where you can put… Keep reading →
Fuel stability woes challenge the increase of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) biodiesel beyond the current B5, or 5% blend. Mercedes-Benz and some other original engine manufacturers (OEM’s) will not warranty their engines when blends of B6 or higher are used. The reason is due to poor oxidation stability that causes the fuel to biodegrade… Keep reading →
Many people love the smell of gasoline, but carcinogenic benzene flavors those aromatic vapors. What if instead of harmful toxins you could fill up your Ferrari or Lamborghini with a “green” fuel that smelled like a manly cologne? That’s exactly what some Dutch researchers are working on, with an eye toward supplying the luxury car… Keep reading →
Last weekend [April 26th], Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz waved the iconic green flag — kicking off the NASCAR race at the Richmond International Raceway. While at the track, Secretary Moniz learned firsthand how NASCAR is working to reduce the sport’s environmental impact and educating its fans to do the same — from using advanced biofuels and testing fuel… Keep reading →
This article is part of the Energy.gov series highlighting the “Top Things You Didn’t Know About…” Be sure to check back for more entries soon. From chemical science to global climate change and beyond, the Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) is leading the way in cutting-edge science that is changing the way Americans live and… Keep reading →
Today the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) kicked off its fifth Energy Innovation Summit near Washington, D.C, — an event that brings together innovators, academia, government and industry to discuss pressing energy issues and collaborate on innovative energy technologies. To set the stage for the three-day event, Dr. Sylvia Earle — oceanographer Explorer in… Keep reading →
Joule is a biotech firm developing a breakthrough photosynthesis based system for the production of liquid fuels using biocatalysts fueled by sunlight and carbon dioxide. The Joule process looks like many of the algal biofuel processes from the outside, but under the hood it is completely different. If proven successful the Joule process could be… Keep reading →
Ethanol requirements for U.S. gasoline appear to be losing friends and influencing the wrong people, with calls growing to reform or scrap the government mandates altogether. The Environmental Protection Agency in November proposed reducing the amount of renewable fuels, including corn-based ethanol, that oil refiners must blend with gasoline. The rule is a centerpiece of… Keep reading →