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 to double in the next …

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 whether they could boost the …

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 up with a new use …

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 energy capacity to meet a …

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 liquid that are produced when …

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 American plastic surgeon Dr Craig …

Energy Positive: How Denmark’s Samsø Island Switched to Zero Carbon

Anyone doubting the potential of renewable energy need look no further than the Danish island of Samsø. The 4,000-inhabitant island nestled in the Kattegat Sea has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than it consumes. Samsø’s transformation from a carbon-dependent importer of oil and coal-fuelled electricity to a …