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.
America's political divide is frustrating at least one venture capitalist who is expect more government support for renewable energy technology development.
1 | June 22, 2012 7:23pm |
Record low natural gas prices has lured one biofuel maker to shift away from biomass on its journey to commercialization.
June 22, 2012 6:41pm |
Soybeans and spent cooking oil doesn't make biofuel - mathematics does. Biofuel producers are on the cutting edge of business analytics, and profit requires risk management and agility.
June 13, 2012 9:46pm |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder reviews why unconventional oil pushes oil prices higher, and forecasts oil prices through 2014 and beyond.
26 | June 13, 2012 3:00am |
A solar powered aircraft the size of a commercial jetliner made an intercontinent flight form Europe to Africa this week. Could the sun be enough for commercial transportation?
4 | June 6, 2012 3:35pm |
Giving renewable resources a more integral role in smart grid systems will promote sustainability and create a market niche for alternative energy integration.
1 | May 31, 2012 9:44am |
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about biofuels.
May 28, 2012 1:03am |
Cars and planes can run on biomass. Why not trains as well?
4 | May 26, 2012 7:18am |
In a bid to encourage EV purchase, the U.S. government has introduced a payback system on their fuel economy website.
May 22, 2012 5:57am |
A startup aims to tackle environmental, economic and public health problems in Mozambique's capital by changing what fuel people use to cook food.
2 | May 22, 2012 3:00am |
Is the Navy's renewable energy investment in jeopardy?
27 | May 15, 2012 7:48am |
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about biofuel production.
4 | May 8, 2012 1:35am |
As part of its quarterly review of innovation, Lux Research has picked 10 companies that have compelling tech and business models.
1 | May 4, 2012 11:24am |
The world continues to increase its use of fossil fuels, and global warming is still way above safe levels, head of International Energy Agency warns US Energy Secretary Chu and others.
26 | April 26, 2012 5:42am |
Biofuel start-up OriginOil is repurposing its algae processing technology to clean contaminated water at oil and natural gas drilling locations.
April 25, 2012 2:53pm |
Speaking at a forum on green technology, Ford's CEO revealed how much electric vehicle batteries actually cost.
10 | April 23, 2012 3:52am |
WestJet unveiled new technology on Earth Day that will allow it to switch from gasoline to electricity-powered luggage tugs in airports -- the tractors that tow baggage on runways.
April 23, 2012 2:25am |
Energy columnist Chris Nelder shows why the production costs of oil from tight oil shales, tar sands, deepwater, and the Arctic will mean that oil becomes unaffordable for the U.S. by 2015.
40 | April 18, 2012 5:00am |
Boeing completes its first transpacific flight powered by biofuels, using a 787 Dreamliner running on used cooking oil between the U.S. and Tokyo.
8 | April 17, 2012 8:29am |
"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about the expansion of the biofuels industry.
1 | April 16, 2012 1:16am |