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Scientists discover newspaper-chomping microbe that makes fuel

Don't count newspapers out yet – they might someday be used to power your car. A research team at Tulane University has discovered a microbe that eats newspapers for lunch and then spits out biofuel.

Cheers! Scottish researchers turn whiskey into butanol (sort of)

Drinking and driving is a bad idea, but drinking to help put fuel in the tank? That's worth looking into.

German-engineered yeast makes for larger cellulosic ethanol yields

Scientists in Germany have engineered the common industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ferment the sugars pentose (C5) and hexose (C6) from biomass feedstock to create ethanol and butanol. Translation: cellulosic ethanol may be one step closer to being more than the green automotive buzzword of 2008 or, worse, one of the Nik Bristow

American Le Mans Series approves butanol, Dyson-Mazda to go first

Dyson Racing B09/96 running at Mid-Ohio – click above for high-res image gallery

American Le Mans Series approves butanol, Dyson-Mazda to go first

Dyson Racing B09/96 running at Mid-Ohio – click above for high-res image gallery

BP prepares output of new biofuels - algae diesel and butanol - starting in 2010

BP could become the first major energy company to start commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol in 2010 if all goes according to plan. BP has been partnering with Verenium Corporation to commercialize the latter company's process for breaking down cellulose into sugars.

Dyson Racing debuts ethanol-biobutanol blend at Petit Le Mans

Dyson Racing B09/96 running at Mid-Ohio - click above for high res image gallery

Dyson Racing debuts ethanol-biobutanol blend at Petit Le Mans

Dyson Racing B09/96 running at Mid-Ohio - click above for high-res image gallery

Want waste from zoo animals powering your car? New butanol process could make it happen

Butanol is the oft-ignored orphan of the biofuel world, but it's getting some attention down south. Scientists in New Orleans think that waste from zoo animals might be just the ticket to making the fuel for automobile use. Researchers form Tulane University aren't looking to turn the animal feces itself into fuel, but are investigating the waste product of plant-eating animals in the zoo to se

Panoz could return to ALMS prototype class with algae butanol power

Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series, wants to return his brand back to the top ranks of the series and possibly bring a new greener fuel as well. Panoz spoke at press conference in the run up to Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring and announced that the race car manufacturer he owns is working on a LMP1 class coupe. Like the Panoz GTR-1 that ran successfully both in ALMS and in Europe in the late '90s first in GT1 and later with modifications as P1 car, this one would be front-engined,

Panoz could return to ALMS prototype class with algae butanol power

Don Panoz, founder of the American Le Mans Series, wants to return his brand back to the top ranks of the series and possibly bring a new greener fuel as well. Panoz spoke at press conference in the run up to Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring and announced that the race car manufacturer he owns is working on a LMP1 class coupe. Like the Panoz GTR-1 that ran successfully both in ALMS and in Europe in the late '90s first in GT1 and later with modifications as P1 car, this one would be front engined.

DuPont chief calls on Detroit to make 'Car of the Future'... that uses his fuel

It's debatable whether or not now is the right time to make changes in the way our cars are made, with some believing that Detroit should follow the path it's already on and others claiming there couldn't be a better time to make major sweeping changes. Count DuPont head Chad Holliday among the latter. Holliday's so-called "Detroit Project" would challenge American automakers to introduce a new "Car of the Future" tha

Don't forget the other alcohol: Cobalt Biofuels raises $25M for biobutanol production

With all the negative publicity about corn ethanol lately there hasn't been much discussion about another longer chain alcohol, specifically butanol. Like other alcohols, it makes a good motor fuel and it can also be synthesized from biomass. Mountainview, CA-based Cobalt Biofuels has raised a $25 million round of venture funding toward its goal of commercializing biobutanol. The company has developed a microbe-based process for producing butanol from non-food biomass. The new funding will be us

Cobalt Biofuels gets $25 million for biobutanol

When most people think of biofuels, the usual suspects that first sprint to mind are ethanol and biodiesel. That's not to say, though, that these are the only game in town. There's another player for a non-petroleum alcohol fuel that could displace gasoline in the form of butanol, which can be distilled in a similar manner as ethanol. There are many proponents for biobutanol who claim that the fuel is superior to its ethanol sibling, and there

There's more than algae for non-food biofuels

As our readers know, the biofuels field of investigation is huge and there are quite a number of upcoming technologies that can make the renewable fuel without competing with feedstocks. The most notable of these technologies use waste streams and often also require less water to make biofuel. Popular Mechanics lists seven of these new biofuel technologies and provides some numbers about how and when they will be available:

Robert Zubrin talks about requiring all cars to be flex-fuel capable

Robert Zubrin has new book on gaining petroleum independence by switching from imported oil to alcohol fuels. He wants Congress to require that all new cars and trucks built be flex-fuel capable. There's an int

Will requiring flex-fuel capable cars free us from foreign oil?

Robert Zubrin thinks so. Zubrin is an aerospace engineer and long-time advocate of manned missions to Mars. While going to Mars is a highly dubious proposition given the issues we need to deal with on our planet right now, making all gasoline engines flex-fuel capable as Zubrin promotes in his new book is probably a very good idea.

The Economist says everyone is wrong about ethanol

This article will certainly please some of our readers, and with good reason.

How butanol is made

We have covered a few times the potential of biobutanol as a biofuel: It seems to have better properties than ethanol and it can be used in cars without modifications. It also has almost the same energy content as gasoline, thus reducing fuel consumption in comparison to ethanol.

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