Biofuels are a type of renewable fuel that is derived from biomass, often plant matter or another kind of biological material. They are used to partially or completely replace petroleum-derived fossil fuels. Kinds of biofuels include solid biomass, liquid fuels and biogases. Specific examples include bioethanol, made from sugar and starch crops, and biodiesel, made from vegetable oils, animals fats and other recycled greases.
Scientists from Pennsylvania State University have identified new genes in corn that could increase crop yields and biofuel potential.
2 | June 12, 2010 6:50am |
DuPont's Tom Connelly, chief innovation officer, outlined the company's plans to find a replacement for ethanol, a first-generation biofuel that needs to be replaced with something more efficient.
15 | June 3, 2010 3:27am |
A new study finds the destructive kudzu plant also causes air pollution. Could the invasive weed's potential as a biofuel help redeem itself?
8 | May 28, 2010 4:00am |
Acciona's Eric Schneider says the U.S. has wind power potential that's the envy of the world -- and the Midwest holds the key. But a major federal push is required to build out the necessary...
8 | May 27, 2010 8:36am |
Former British prime minister Tony Blair announced that he has joined Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Khosla Ventures to oversee its green portfolio.
3 | May 24, 2010 6:54pm |
New research from J. Craig Venter's crew replicates and enlivens a bacterial genome. Will an algae genome follow to spark the next generation of biofuels?
3 | May 21, 2010 4:00am |
Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute have constructed the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.
1 | May 20, 2010 10:23am |
Energy, packaging and water usage are three primary pillars of its sustainability innovation investments.
2 | May 19, 2010 10:57am |
The EPA and oil industry want to boost the ethanol content in gasoline. Automakers say the new blend may ruin your car.
24 | May 7, 2010 9:08am |
Germany is on a path to leapfrog the U.S. to dominate the cleantech industry. Here's how.
4 | May 6, 2010 5:55am |
In its eighth corporate responsibility report, the energy company outlines emerging technology investments, including huge carbon dioxide reuse project off Australia.
May 5, 2010 10:56am |
Cereplast wants to make plastic entirely from algae. The company is close â€”Â it is ready to go commercial after developing a hybrid algae plastic material. The only thing holding it back is a...
1 | May 4, 2010 3:34am |
At the Nordic Green conference in Menlo Park, Calif., Bob Wilson, director of chemical science and technology at SRI International, discusses with biotech executives the impediments they are...
April 29, 2010 4:01pm
University of Michigan researchers develop a fast way of turning algae into crude oil. Pressure-cook the microalgae!
3 | April 27, 2010 3:44am |
A U.S. Navy-owned F/A-18 Super Hornet is the first supersonic jet with afterburners to fly on a biofuels blend.
13 | April 22, 2010 1:30pm |
Fat from cattle is now powering a train between Oklahoma and Texas.
19 | April 21, 2010 5:00am |
Royal Dutch Shell is putting the finishing touches on a $19 billion plant in Qatar that will convert the area's abundant natural gas reserves into an odorless diesel.
2 | April 19, 2010 7:54am |
Investors are showing growing interest in initial public offerings by cleantech companies. Nineteen are on deck for 2010 -- here are 10 more to watch.
April 16, 2010 4:42am |
Picking up the mountain pine beetle's scraps, start-up Cobalt Technologies produces bio-butanol. Will Colorado's dead forests soon be powering its cars?
1 | April 7, 2010 9:27pm |
The U.S. Air Force begins test flights for a plant-powered, hydrocarbon synthetic jet fuel. Are greener fighter fuels ready to take off?
6 | March 30, 2010 10:22am |