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Newswise: Algae: Biofuel of the Future?

Article ID: 543515

Algae: Biofuel of the Future?

University of Virginia

Algae are tiny biological factories that use photosynthesis to transform carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy so efficiently that they can double their weight several times a day, producing oil in the process "” 30 times more oil per acre than soybeans, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Like soybean oil, the algae oil can be burned directly in diesel engines or further refined into biodiesel.

15-Aug-2008 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 536919

GM and Renewable Energy Company Coskata Partner on Biofuel Research

Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Biology based renewable energy company Coskata Inc. and automotive giant General Motors announced their cooperative plans to reduce fossil fuel consumption this past weekend, thanks in part to Coskata's "next generation ethanol" process based on research and technology developed by the OSU Biofuels Team and licensed exclusively to Coskata.

15-Jan-2008 8:00 AM EST
Newswise: Improving Fuel Cell Durability Starts with Failures

Article ID: 535705

Improving Fuel Cell Durability Starts with Failures

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute's (GTRI) Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies believe that understanding how and why fuel cells fail is the key to both reducing cost and improving durability. The problems they are addressing include chemical attack of the membrane, carbon corrosion and platinum instability.

28-Nov-2007 8:00 AM EST

Article ID: 535401

Inaugural Green500 List: Encouraging Sustainable Supercomputing

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech released the inaugural Green500 List ( this morning (Nov. 15, 2007) at the Supercomputing 2007 (SC|07) conference in Reno.

15-Nov-2007 8:00 AM EST
Newswise: Youtube Video "˜Planet Bob' Uses Humor to Focus on Biodiversity

Article ID: 534747

Youtube Video "˜Planet Bob' Uses Humor to Focus on Biodiversity

Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Planet Bob," a joint video production from Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration and Media Alchemy Inc., uses live action, state-of-the-art animation, and the vocal talents of venerable TV host Hugh Downs and others, to present the mysterious, exciting "“ and surprisingly funny "“ side of taxonomy.

26-Oct-2007 8:00 AM EDT



Article ID: 534359

Energy Partnership Aimed at Greening Greater Washington D.C.

Virginia Tech

The "Energy Efficiency Partnership of Greater Washington" will tackle global warming by retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficiency products designed to decrease energy use and significantly cut carbon emissions.

16-Oct-2007 8:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 534213

Enviro Groups Develop Opt-out System for Catalogs

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Consumers, tired of sifting through overflowing mailboxes can now sign up for a new free service that gives users the power to choose the catalogs they no longer want to receive in the mail.

10-Oct-2007 5:00 PM EDT

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Article ID: 530780

Extreme Environment Biology Research May Help Solve Lignocellulosic Ethanol Puzzle

Sandia National Laboratories

Beneath a sulfurous cauldron in European seas lies a class of microorganisms known as extremophiles. These organisms and their associated enzymes could somehow unlock the key to a new transportation economy based on a renewable biofuel, lignocellulosic ethanol. That's the concept behind a research program at Sandia National Laboratories.

12-Jun-2007 11:10 AM EDT

Article ID: 529120

Device Uses Solar Energy to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

University of California San Diego

Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated the feasibility of exploiting sunlight to transform a greenhouse gas into a useful product.

18-Apr-2007 8:50 AM EDT

Article ID: 528963

Town, City, University to Use Biodiesel Fuel

Virginia Tech

Illustrating their commitment to sustaining the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Town of Blacksburg, City of Roanoke, and Virginia Tech are converting their diesel fuel-powered public works and facilities vehicles and power equipment to biodiesel fuel "” a cleaner-burning, renewable diesel fuel replacement made primarily from soybean oil.

12-Apr-2007 8:50 AM EDT

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