Archive for the 'Alternative Fuels' Category

Creating Oil Instead Of Pumping It, Part 2

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Gas PumpIn an update to this Chad’s News article, the researchers at LS9 have made some significant advances with their genetically-engineered bacteria that create gasoline, especially in terms of what can be used as raw materials. From the article: “The company is not interested in using corn as feedstock … instead, different types of agricultural waste will be used according to whatever makes sense for the local climate and economy: wheat straw in California, for example, or woodchips in the South.”

(via Engadget)

Biofuel Cars Not So Great After All

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Gas PumpIn an update to this Chad’s News post, it turns out there can be serious problems with cars that run on grease, vegetable oil, and other biofuels. The problems are not mechanical or technical; rather, they have to do with legal and regulatory issues (at least in California).

(via Neatorama)

Inexpensive Ethanol Created From Anything Organic

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Gas PumpA startup company named Coskata claims it can make ethanol for $1 per gallon. The great thing about this, however, is that they can produce the ethanol from pretty much anything organic, so they won’t be cutting in to food production. Coskata is backed by General Motors, and we can expect to see production plants in the next few years.

(via Slashdot)

Biofuels: A Crime Against Humanity?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Gas PumpA United Nations expert says that it’s a “crime against humanity” to create biofuels from food (such as sugar cane or corn). He has a point, but I think he’s abusing the term.


Creating Oil Instead Of Pumping It

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Gas PumpFor some time now I have been wondering why we can’t just directly create the stuff that we currently rely on nature to provide: oil, food, etc. These items are basically made from four very plentiful elements—carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen—and I see no reason why we can’t just combine the elements in the right manner to create what we need. A company named LS9 has made a step in the right direction. They have developed bacteria that take corn-based sugars and convert them to oil. (They hope to eventually use switchgrass instead of corn.) One neat thing is that gasoline created from this oil is free of contaminants, such as sulfur, that exist in natural oil.

(via Slashdot)

How Ethanol Can Affect The Price Of Milk

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Gas PumpNo matter what you do, there always seems to be side effects.


Ethanol May Not Be the Answer

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Gas PumpEthanol is being touted as an alternative fuel because it emits less greenhouse gases than gasoline. Unfortunately, all is not wonderful in ethanol land. A recent study found that the overall health effects of ethanol would be slightly worse than gasoline, because ethanol exhaust has increased amounts of ozone—which contributes to smog and kills people with respiratory problems.

So while ethanol would free Americans from the oil tyranny of the Middle East and would reduce greenhouse gas emissions (thus saving coastal cities from flooding), its health benefits are actually worse.

(via digg)

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Restaurant Powers Its Vehicles With Waste Vegetable Oil

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

CarThis is just another step forward in the biodiesel trend that, with the rising price of gasoline, should become more prevalent over time.