In Kenya, An Entrepreneur Is Using Biodiesel To Fight Climate Change

The story began in 1935, when Taher Zavery’s grandfather emigrated to Kitui, Kenya, all the way from Gujarat, India, to set up a cotton ginning factory. There was no trace of electricity in the region at that time, and today, power is still unreliable, so the entire plant runs on …

World’s First Biofuel Flight Between the US and Australia Powered by Mustard Seeds

The world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia landed in Melbourne after a 15-hour trip. The Guardian reported the blended fuel was 10 percent derived from brassica carinat, which Qantas describes as a “non-food, industrial type of mustard seed.” They said the use of blended biofuel in …

Jet Fuel Made From Sugar Cane? It’s Not a Flight of Fancy

The aviation industry produces 2 percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small – for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent – but aviation is one of the world’s fastest-growing greenhouse gas sources. Demand for air travel is projected …

Breakthrough in Algae Production Could Usher in Desert Farming, Claim Scientists

Biologists from Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates have engineered a new form of microalgae that can grow rapidly in desert conditions, a discovery they claim could be used to sustainably produce biofuels, animal feed and other bio-based products in otherwise barren environments. The researchers set out to discover …

MEXICO: Cactus Gas Possible Future Of Biofuel

The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag. It was considered sacred by the ancient Aztecs, and modern-day Mexicans eat it, drink it, and even use it in medicines and shampoos. Now scientists have come …

Renewable Energy Can Deliver 25% Of India’s Energy Demand By 2030

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency has concluded that India can meet a quarter of its energy demand with renewable energy sources by 2030. The new study published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Tuesday, Renewable energy prospects for India, concluded that increasing India’s renewable …

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 …