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    BMW i8 to surge ahead on hydrogen fuel

    Putting its eco-friendly line in overdrive, BMW have unleashed the possibilities of the i8 Concept that runs on hydrogen fuel. In addition to its unparalleled, futuristic swag, the car is here to take on Toyota’s offering. The car has not been christened in all its glory as yet and continues to be a prototype that’s only getting better with each passing day. The company has been researching on hydrogen fuel for nearly three decades, which doesn’t really boast about their speed of operation. On the other hand Toyota’s 2016 Mirai will be available as the first hydrogen fuel cell EV, next year. Both companies formed a joint venture to leverage Toyota’s fuel cell expertise to the fullest. This explains why the i8 model will brag the same fuel cell technology that the 2016 Mirai will contain.

    Posted in Biofuels on July 6, 2015
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    Cleveland-based company powers up the Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala with organic waste

    chevroletHaven’t we always dreamed of living in a utopia where sewage could literally be used to power our transport systems? Well, we might not have reached that dream completely, but the 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala is a start. The car gobbles up leftovers and waste to power up and is the next greenest way to get around since the dawn of electric vehicles. To power up the car, the Quasar Energy Group based in Cleveland uses organic waste to produce a renewable energy called Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). This is then used as a fuel for the car.

    Posted in Biofuels on October 27, 2014
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    NASA to launch a green spacecraft in 2016 with environment-friendly propellants

    green-fuel-spacecraftNASA, the guys who have been known to send men and monkeys into space, has now taken a step closer towards a greener tomorrow. The organization has decided to replace switches traditional (and toxic) propellants with a safer, more efficient alternative, as part of the Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM). The project will see the SpaceX Falcon flight launch in 2016, powered with environment friendly propellants.

    Posted in Biofuels on August 23, 2014
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    Hotchkiss School uses cleaner biomass burners to go green

    A school in the United States recently decided to cut short its power bills and came up with a smart strategy to do the same. The Hotchkiss School replaced its oil-burning boiler with woodchip biomass ones, subsequently reducing its energy bills as well as the carbon footprint. The effort reduced the carbon footprint of the school by a sweet 45%. The building also now sports a green-roof, making it an LEED-certified facility.

    Posted in Biofuels on May 3, 2013
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    Audi Pioneers Solar, Wind and CO2 ‘E-Gas’

    Always at the cutting edge of car design, German car manufacturers, Audi, have now announced plans to produce e-gas – a fuel made out of solar power, wind power and captured CO2 (which is carbon free). Audi are currently building a huge synthetic natural gas plant, from where they will conduct research to prove that this will be an efficient, effective and economically viable product. They plan to produce the fuel like this: wind turbines will generate electricity, which will produce hydrogen by electrolysis. This will then be combined with the CO2 captured from the atmosphere – their plant can capture almost 3,000 metric tons every year – to produce methane, or as Audi call it: e-gas. Sounds simple, right? Let’s see if Audi can pull it off!

    Posted in Biofuels on February 1, 2013
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    Teenagers develop urine-powered electricity generator

    Power generators have never been powered with urine before. Icky as it may sound, the concept could work as a win-win situation, helping users efficiently put away human waste and generate electricity in a green way. Keeping that in mind, four young whiz-kids, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Bello Eniola and Faleke Oluwatoyi, all in their early teens, have come up with a one-of-a-kind power generator that works on urine!

    Posted in Biofuels on November 17, 2012
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    Saudi Arabia to use 100% green energy in the years to come

    Saudi Arabia, the land of oil, has realized the need for cleaner and greener energy. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has recently announced its intentions of going 100% renewable energy in the foreseeable future. According to an official statement by Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, the Arab state will strive hard to go green as a leaf. Currently, Saudi Arabia relies completely on oil to power up with just one thirds of its energy requirements met with natural gas.

    Posted in Biofuels on October 23, 2012
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    Singaporean scientists develop eco-friendly waste-separating toilet that helps generate energy

    Toilets have never amounted to more than places to answer nature’s beckoning before. However, a bunch of scientists thought differently, and have come up with a super eco-friendly toile t that not only uses 90% less water than the conventional but also generates energy! Developed by the brains at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet separates solid and liquid waste and uses vacuum to flush it all along with 1 or 0.2 liters of water for solid and liquid waste respectively. Once separated and flushed away, the liquid waste can then be used to source ingredients for fertilizers including nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus while the solid waste can be used to harvest methane which in turn can be used to generate power!

    Posted in Biofuels on July 2, 2012
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    Algae growing in Roman Baths, future of world’s biodiesels

    The world’s slowly bidding farewell to fossil fuels, in a bid to use cleaner and greener fuels, that don’t punch those devastating holes in our environment. Now, the Department of Biology & Biochemistry study has a new-found interest in algae growing in Roman Baths that can be used to produce biodiesel by extracting oil from algae cells. Growing algae as such could help boost the wide-scale production of biofuels, which could soon turn into the next best way to power up our lives in future.

    Posted in Biofuels on July 13, 2011
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    Joule Unlimited develops process to create biodiesel using CO2, water and sunlight

    Joule.jpgNo-one probably thought of mixing up a bit of water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to make fuel before, until now. Joule Unlimited has come up with concept that has received Patent No. 7,794,969 recently. The firm developed an engineered form of cynobacteria, blue – green algae basically, growing in water that secretes biodiesel fuel, all with the help of waste carbon dioxide and water. According to Joule, this can be done in glass bioreactors, to produce biodiesel directly. Using two enzymes with cyanobacteria, the process creates an organism that can create hydrocarbons or chemicals. The system for now is being tested to create diesel and ethanol.

    Posted in Biofuels on September 15, 2010
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