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Turning Fatbergs Into Biofuel

Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by

A few years ago, many of us became acquainted with a singularly revolting word: fatberg. The word described an increasingly common scenario in the world’s sewer systems, wherein cooking oils and other greases congeal in the pipes, creating sludgy […]

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Algae could light up our cities at night

Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018 by

Proper lighting at night is important for safety in cities and along highways, but all of those lamps require a lot of electricity to keep them going all night. Many places have transitioned to LED lighting, the most energy efficient lighting currently available, to cut down on the energy use of street lamps, but […]

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Egg Whites Could Power a Clean Energy Future

Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 by

Egg whites — they’re not just (a cholesterol-free) breakfast anymore. A Japanese researcher has found a way to use molecules from a protein-based chemical found in egg whites to generate hydrogen more efficiently, putting scientists a step closer to producing hydrogen from water without using fossils fuels and raising the possibility that hydrogen could become a clean, […]

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Qantas uses mustard seeds in first ever biofuel flight between Australia and US

Posted on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 by

A Qantas plane powered partly by mustard seeds has become the world’s first biofuel flight between Australia and the United States, after landing in Melbourneon Tuesday. The 15-hour flight used a blended fuel that was 10% derived from the brassica carinata, an industrial type of mustard seed that functions as a fallow crop – meaning […]

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Maryland could generate electricity from … chicken waste

Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by

CleanBay Renewables is seeking to construct an anaerobic digestion facility in Sussex County, MD, as reported by Delmarva Now. The location would be purposed to process chicken litter into methane. The proposed facility would have a yearly capacity of 90,000 tons and produce around 9.6 MW of energy from AD, Andy Hallmark, a spokesman for […]

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Toyota Drives the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017 by

Toyota is building a massive power plant that will churn out 1.2 tons of hydrogen every single day. That’s enough for the daily driving needs of almost 1,500 cars. They described the project as the “world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant” – and it will allow them to power their operations at the Long Beach Port entirely with renewable […]

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This Renewable ‘Instant Coal’ Could Be The Fuel of The Future

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by

The world is shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy in a big way right now, but a group of scientists has come up with a new kind of material that works like a renewable substitute for coal. This ‘instant coal’ biofuel brings the high energy efficiency of coal without the usual damaging side-effects – such […]

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Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 by

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) – What’s made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring. The lightweight electric car, created by students in the Netherlands, is made of a resin derived from sugar […]

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Norway’s Statkraft to make biofuel from wood chips and other waste

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 by

Norwegian utility Statkraft has found a way to produce biofuel from wood chippings and other solid organic waste, which it says replicates in minutes a process that made crude oil underground over millions of years. Using high temperatures and pressure, Statkraft’s “hydro thermal liquefaction” process turns wood and organic waste into diesel, […]

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100% Biodegradable Potato Plastics

Posted on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by

Biofuels, bioplastics, Moss-based drugs and algae for food. All of these are pioneering areas of GreenTech progress.  So what are the major developments in this forward-thinking field? 1. 100% Biodegradable Potato Plastics The Italian company Bio-On from Bologna is specialized in the production of environmentally sustainable materials, including Minverv PHAs. These are ‘green’ biopolymers with […]

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