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Biofuels from Algae – The New Frontier of Third Generation Biofuels

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 10:28:00 AM

News and innovations in biofuels have been plentiful recently, with regular announcements of scientific breakthroughs especially within the algal biofuels sector.

The latter is one of the most promising sectors in the field, with high yields for minimum input available, and ideal for inclusion in the OPEN Cleantech Bond programme. OPEN’s new fact sheet “Biofuels from Algae – the New Frontier of Third Generation Biofuels” details the new solutions available in a sector that could revolutionise the aviation, marine and road haulage industries.

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Topics: Biofuels, Transport, Algae, Innovation

Moving to a 100% Carbon-Free Future

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 4:50:00 PM

Many targets have been set, and forecasts made, towards decarbonisation and the need to obtain all our energy from renewable sources at a global level.

A recent study by top researchers in the USA provided a nationwide outline of meeting the transitional requirements, however it concentrates mainly on the opportunities available in wind and solar.

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Topics: Carbon-free, Biofuels, Ethanol, Bio Mass, Algae

Promising Development for Biofuels of the Future

Posted on May 25, 2017 10:34:42 AM

Within the variety of sustainable options, biofuels and bioenergy are essential as they are the only renewable energy which can be used for electricity, heat and all forms of transportation including marine and aviation. Within this sector algal biofuel has great potential to help meet the world’s ever growing energy needs in a carbon neutral, reliable and sustainable manner.

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Topics: Biofuels, Renewables, Algae

Breakthrough on the Road to Cheaper Biofuels

Posted on May 11, 2017 11:48:53 AM

In this article we examine how scientists are in the frontline when it comes to making biofuels more cost effective...

Scientists are on the way to discovering how to make use of the leftovers from the process of making biofuel from plants, and hence making them far more cost effective.

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Topics: Biofuels, Listing, Waste, Lawrence Berkeley, Lignin

Biofuel Flight Research Project Underway

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 1:05:00 PM

Here we examine how biofuels may help reduce the persistence of damaging high altitude contrails in the aircraft industry...

A Canadian research project is looking to study the effects on the possible beneficial environmental effects on contrails when aircraft are fuelled with biofuels.

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Topics: Biofuels, Listing, Aviation, Transport

Biofuel Set for Take-off

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 11:11:14 AM

In this article we look at how biofuels could help transform the carbon footprint of aviation...

The potential for the use of environmentally friendly fuels in the much criticized aviation industry has been demonstrated after a jet fighter aircraft flew on 100% biofuel for the first time.

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Topics: Biofuels, Listing, Aviation, Transport

Wind Set Fair for Greener Marine Transport

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

For thousands of years sailors relied on the wind to power their journeys across the world's seas – and now they are embracing the force of nature once more as they tackle climate change.

The massive cargo ships relied on by the world for trade are fueled by highly polluting 'bunker' oil and at the moment there is no practical renewable alternative if they are to keep to schedule.

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Topics: Biofuels, Marine, Shipping, Rotor Sails, Maersk

Sour Milk Could Be a Sweet and Green Success

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 1:04:00 PM

A pioneering company has become the first to create a process that turns waste milk, butter and cream into a commercially viable bio-diesel that may well help reduce the carbon footprint of dairy farming.

With livestock estimated to account for 18% of global carbon equivalent emissions it is a serious issue that has scientists looking for a solution. While some have focused on developing new strains of grass that are more easily digestible so cattle emit less methane, a two-year research project in Dubai has found a way of turning waste from the dairy industry into a useful product.

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Topics: Biofuels, Biodiesel, Dubai, Mcdonalds

UK Retailers Switching to Gas Powered Trucks

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 1:13:00 PM

The carbon impact of Christmas is set to be lowered in the UK as major companies turn increasingly towards biomethane-fuelled trucks.

Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos are amongst the major retailers who are using a new form of bio-fuel that is derived from local food waste and cuts C02 equivalent emissions by 70%.

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Topics: Biofuels, Carbon Footprint, Low Carbon Fuel, Bio-methane

Producing Biofuel in Indonesia Without Chopping Down the Rain Forests

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 11:15:00 AM

The production of biofuels in Indonesia has garnered a bad reputation over the past decade as rainforests have been cleared to make way for palm-oil plantations covering millions of hectares.

Combined with what was often a rapacious demand for timber from paper mills the country has seen its forest cover dwindle and heavy pollution poison of some of its rivers.

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Topics: Biofuels, Rainforest, Biodiesel

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