Driving Under the Influence? It is Possible in a Car Powered by Whisky Biofuel

Alcohol and automobiles famously do not mix – but one Scottish scientist has disproved that maxim by driving a car powered by biofuel derived from making whisky. Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables has developed a process to manufacture the biofuel biobutanol from draff and pot ale – barley kernels and a yeasty …

Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, other Biofuels and Gasoline is Pretty Simple

Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to …

Report: Green Gas Could Now Power One Million Homes

Anaerobic digestion (AD) plants across the UK now produce enough green gas to power more than a million homes, according to an industry report released today by the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA). Capacity has jumped 18 per cent over the last year, the report found, bringing total AD …

Brilliant or Bizarre: The world’s strangest sources of biofuel

Seemingly biofuel can be made out of almost anything, from chocolate to human fat. But what are the weirdest biofuel sources out there? Biofuel can be made from a variety of weird and wonderful sources, and researchers and companies around the world are constantly finding new options. Some, like the …

ETI Launches Project to Clean Up Biomass Impurities

  The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has this week launched a new project to investigate how removing impurities from sustainable biomass feedstocks can improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of biomass energy. The £2.2m project will bring together the ETI, biomass feedstocks specialist Forest Fuels, and Uniper Technologies to explore …

Poultry Industry in a Flap Over Potential Impact of Renewable Heat Reforms

Proposed changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme that would adjust the way subsidy support is calculated are continuing to face opposition from small-scale biomass combined heat and power (CHP) generators and developers. Originally outlined by the government last summer, the planned changes would double the minimum power efficiency …