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Fill ‘er up, with microalgae

Microalgae are an interesting alternative to other biofuel crops such as corn or soy. Microalgae are individual cells or…
There’s a lot of carbon in there. John Tann

Is using native forests for energy really carbon-neutral?

Australia’s forest conflict gets easier to solve as every day passes. In reality, the conflict will solve itself if the government can just resist reviving the environmentally and economically inferior…

Photosynthesis-inspired device makes biofuel

Scientists have developed a tiny solar-powered device that can produce hydrogen biofuel. The device was developed using biomimicry…
India’s power needs are growing at a staggering rate and coal won’t do the job. NASA

How do you power a billion lives?

As the Australian Labor Party changes its stance on trading uranium with India, a pertinent question arises: why is India so keen to buy this controversial fuel? And what do India’s energy resources look…
Microbial fuel cells: a bit of mud or sewage, a few bacteria and, bingo: electricity. engineering for change

Mud power: how bacteria can turn waste into electricity

When you read the word “bacteria” you probably think about illness, advertisements for “probiotic” food supplements, and maybe about brushing your teeth. Chances are, you probably don’t think about electricity…

Does turning cow poo to power pay?

Studies have estimated that converting manure from the 95 million animal units in the United States would produce renewable…

Artificial leaves turn water into fuel

Channeling inspiration from leaves and the process of photosynthesis, two research teams have developed improved techniques…
Future fuels will be made from a range of raw materials, including algae. SandiaLabs

Explainer: the evolution of biofuels

It’s one of the key challenges of our generation: transforming our global energy use from emissions-intensive, non-renewable fossil fuels to low-carbon, sustainable energy technologies. The challenge for…
American public transport employs biofuels instead of petrol . AAP

9/11: using biofuels to reduce American dependence on foreign oil

“We are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history. Never before has our nation enjoyed, at once, so much prosperity and social progress with so little internal crisis and so few external threats…

Biofuel’s new secret weapon: panda poop

Panda poop is particularly effective in breaking down plant material so it can be used for biofuel. The bacteria from the…

Forget horsepower, try alligators

Alligator fat could be a key component in future biofuel production due to its high lipid content. The alligator meat processing…

A new catalyst for ethanol

A new catalyst material that could replace chemicals currently derived from petroleum has been developed. The catalyst will…
Sea levels are expected to rise between 0.5m and 1m by 2100, potentially at great cost to coastal infrastructure. AAP

Fix climate by 2020 or face huge costs

Governments and communities must take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions this decade or face enormous social…

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