New biofuel from wastewater slashes vehicle CO2 emissions by 80%

March 20, 2017 by  
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An innovative new project called LIFE+ Methamorphosis is pioneering a new sustainable biofuel for cars . Car company SEAT and water management company Aqualia have transformed wastewater into the alternative fuel . Powered with this biofuel produced during one year at a treatment plant in Spain, a vehicle could circumnavigate the globe 100 times. SEAT and Aqualia came up with a creative answer to the issues of pollution from traditional car fuels – which have led to traffic restrictions in cities like Madrid – and reusing water , a scarce resource. To make their biomethane , wastewater is separated from sludge in treatment plants, and then becomes gas after a fermentation treatment. Following a purification and enrichment process, the biogas can be utilized as fuel. Compared against petrol, production and consumption of the biofuel releases 80 percent less carbon dioxide, according to SEAT . The new biofuel works in compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled cars. Related: Africa’s newest sustainable biofuel grows on trees The project aims to show feasibility at industrial scales through two waste treatment systems. The UMBRELLA prototype will be set up in a municipal waste treatment plant serving Barcelona. The METHARGO prototype will create biomethane at a plant handling animal manure. The biogas made with the second prototype can be utilized directly in cars or could be added to the natural gas distribution network, according to the project’s website . A mid-sized treatment plant can handle around 353,000 cubic feet of wastewater every day, which could yield 35,000 cubic feet of biomethane, according to companies involved with the project. All that biomethane could power 150 vehicles driving around 62 miles a day. SEAT will supply vehicles to test the biofuel over around 74,500 miles. The European Commission is funding the project. Other companies participating include Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas , Gas Natural , the Catalan Institute for Energy , and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area . Via New Atlas Images via SEAT and LIFE+ Methamorphosis

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Africa’s newest sustainable biofuel grows on trees

January 2, 2017 by  
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Until recently, the indigenous Croton megalocarpus tree common to central and east Africa was used mainly for firewood. But now Eco Fuels Kenya (EFK) is pioneering sustainable biofuel from croton nuts – without planting a single tree. As opposed to jatropha biofuel, once thought to hold immense promise as an alternative fuel but which required expensive plantations, croton nuts can be sourced from farmers. Managing Director Myles Katz described EFK’s approach as “completely local.” Research revealed croton nut oil could be a “direct replacement for diesel fuel” in some engines, according to EFK, who describe themselves as the first and only croton nut processing company. As the tree is so common, EFK hasn’t yet needed to plant new ones. Instead, as more people found out the nuts once considered useless could bring in extra income, EFK’s harvester network grew to over 3,000 farmers. This year EFK handled 1,000 tons of nuts. Related: Manta moves forward with revolutionary solar-powered algae harvester that makes crude oil Katz told CNN, “We can buy nuts from farmers so they get an income and we have a business model that does not require $10 million of funding and a big plantation to get off the ground…Everything we source, process, and sell should be within 100 kilometers of the factory.” On their website, EFK describes croton nut oil as “entirely environmentally friendly.” The tree flourishes without extra fertilizer or irrigation, and the nut oil production process requires little energy compared with traditional fuel production. Farmers don’t have to switch away from other crops to focus solely on croton nuts, and can even store the nuts for a year. The group says, “Croton trees’ newfound economic value promotes reforestation all over East Africa, which improves soil conditions as well as combats climate change . [Croton nut oil] replaces harmful natural fuels and since it’s produced locally and not imported, it saves carbon emissions as well.” The group also produces organic fertilizer from croton nut shells, and makes seedcake from pressed nuts to feed poultry. Croton nut oil is largely sold to local businesses to power generators. EFK ultimately aims to plant 300,000 trees between 2016 and 2022. + Eco Fuels Kenya Via CNN Images via Eco Fuels Kenya Facebook and Wikimedia Commons

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World’s first farm to grow food and fuel in the desert opens in Abu Dhabi

March 8, 2016 by  
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The world’s first research facility to grow both food and fuel just opened in the United Arab Emirates. Located on a 2-hectare site in Abu Dhabi, the desert facility uses coastal seawater irrigation to raise fish and shrimp for food, while growing salt-tolerant plants that can be harvested to create biofuel . Read the rest of World’s first farm to grow food and fuel in the desert opens in Abu Dhabi

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Manta moves forward with revolutionary solar-powered algae harvester that makes crude oil

October 21, 2015 by  
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Biofuel technology just got a major boost, as Maryland’s Manta Biofuel LLC got $150,000 worth of seed capital to put towards developing the next generation prototype of its revolutionary floating algae harvester. SeeNews reports that Manta got the funding from the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund for its portable, solar-powered prototype, which can autonomously navigate water and collect algae, which is then converted to crude oil through a process known as hydrothermal liquefaction . Read the rest of Manta moves forward with revolutionary solar-powered algae harvester that makes crude oil

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Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

October 28, 2014 by  
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Boeing was the first company to fly a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean , and now the company is opening a major operation in China that will be brewing the biofuel they need to run these revolutionary planes. Gizmag reports that Boeing is partnering with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to produce biofuel in a pilot plant that would ensure a constant and consistent supply of vegetable-based fuel for the planes in what’s being called the China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Project . Read the rest of Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aviation , biofuel , biofuels , boeing , china , cooking oil for planes , cooking oil fuel , flight , flying , green , plant , power

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Dutch Homes

October 1, 2014 by  
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14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

August 25, 2014 by  
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Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel , however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive – first you have to grow the algae, and then you extract oily lipids and convert them into fuel. Enter Gregory Martin , a brilliant 14-year-old who has found a way to boost the amount of lipids in algae by over 500% ! Gregory’s method uses fewer steps than other techniques, and it could lead to much higher biofuel yields. Read the rest of 14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Google Science Fair , algae , algae biofuel , biofuel , biofuel production , Gregory Martin , nitrogen depletion

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Iceland Limits Air Travel After Volcanic Eruption

August 25, 2014 by  
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A volcano in Iceland has started rumbling, threatening to spew havoc-wreaking ash into the air, which has prompted the country to close airspace over the mountain. The volcano actually erupted Saturday, but because it is buried under glacier ice, experts expect the ash to burst through the ice within the next day or so, though it is possible that the magma may never melt through the ice . If it does, authorities want to be prepared in order to avoid the same kind of chaos that surrounded the 2010 volcano, which disrupted aviation for a week. Read the rest of Iceland Limits Air Travel After Volcanic Eruption Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bardarbunga erupts , Eyjafjallajokul erupts , flight disruption Iceland , flying banned in Iceland , Iceland earthquakes , Iceland volcano , Iceland volcano 2010 , Iceland volcano 2014 , Iceland volcano erupts , Iceland volcano limits air travel , Iceland volcano stops flying , volcano eruptions

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Looking for an Eco-Friendly Way to Fuel Your Car? Make Your Own Biodiesel!

May 6, 2014 by  
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Gas prices continue to rise, and things are not getting better as far as oil resources are concerned. Fracking, deep-sea drilling, and massive spills are all wreaking havoc on the planet, and all that mess is a short-term solution anyway—crude oil is a finite resource, and it’s going to run out much more quickly than most folks realize. There are alternatives, however, and one of them is biodiesel . With the help of some reader feedback, we’ve put together a recipe and how-to instructions for making biodiesel. Read on to learn how you can have a healthier, cheaper, more environmentally friendly ride. Read the rest of Looking for an Eco-Friendly Way to Fuel Your Car? Make Your Own Biodiesel! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio diesel , biodiesel , biodiesel DIY , biofuel , car , diesel , DIY , eco fuel , fuel , gas , homemade biodiesel , how-to , make your own fuel , Making your Biodiesel , oil , truck , vegetable fuel , vegetable oil , waste oil , waste oil fuel

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Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

August 29, 2013 by  
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When it comes to matching the properties of gasoline, isobutanol packs more bang for its buck than ethanol. To create the biofuel , a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are taking a fungus and strain of bacteria and adding them to a mass of inedible plant material. By fabricating a tiny ecosystem from organic matter and microbes, the scientists can reproduce 82 percent of gasoline’s heat energy. Since the microbes work on waste stalks and leaves of corn , the process in not expected to drive up food costs. Read the rest of Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biofuel , Escherichia coli , ETHANOL , forestry waste , gasoline replacement , green transportation , isobutanol , jeremy minty , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , team of microbes , trichoderma reesi , university of michigan , waste corn , xiaoxia nina lin        

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