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Kerosine jet engines can now run on biofuel

Increased in oil prices have provided new incentives to develop alternative fuel sources for jet engines. Whilst the use of biofuels in jet engines is not new, recent technological advances have meant that biofuel blends can be used without any … Continue reading

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Mutant biofuel offers more power

Much of today’s biofuel is generated using cellulose; a membrane complex that surrounds plant cell walls. Enzymes target the cellulose and convert it into sugars which can then be used for fuel production. However, as cellulose has a very stable, … Continue reading

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Renewable power sources could meet all global energy needs by 2050

The decreasing cost of renewable power generation combined with new technical solutions to reliability challenges, should mean there are no economic or technical barriers to fulfilling the world’s energy from renewable sources, a recent study suggests. Solutions such as better … Continue reading

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Alternative fuels

EU requirements stating that all fuel must contain 10% biofuel by 2020 are fast approaching. Butanol is a common biofuel that may be added to petrol at concentrations approaching 20% without changes being made to combustion engines. Produced via the … Continue reading

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The increasing contribution of biofuels to energy security

Biomethane, produced from a range of feed stocks such as organic waste materials, can be injected to the natural gas grid and has shown to be far superior to first generation liquid biofuels such as biodiesel. Roadmaps developed by the … Continue reading

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Second generation algal biofuel

The shipping industry contributes 3-4% of global greenhouse gas emissions and coupled with volatile oil prices, alternative fuels are an attractive proposition. US based Solazyme has developed one such substitute – fast growing crop and forest waste fed algae that … Continue reading

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Food waste to fuel in 6 days…. to give zero to 60 in 3.9sec!

A new Biorefinery Centre has been opened at the Institute of Food Research, which will be used to explore new ways of making use of left over plant material from agriculture and food processing. One of the main facilities will … Continue reading

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