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Newswise: Algae: Biofuel of the Future?
Released: 15-Aug-2008 8:00 AM EDT
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.

Released: 15-Jan-2008 8:00 AM EST
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.

Newswise: Improving Fuel Cell Durability Starts with Failures
Released: 28-Nov-2007 8:00 AM EST
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.

Released: 15-Nov-2007 8:00 AM EST
Inaugural Green500 List: Encouraging Sustainable Supercomputing
Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech released the inaugural Green500 List (www.green500.org) this morning (Nov. 15, 2007) at the Supercomputing 2007 (SC|07) conference in Reno.

Newswise: Youtube Video "˜Planet Bob' Uses Humor to Focus on Biodiversity
Released: 26-Oct-2007 8:00 AM EDT
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.

Released: 16-Oct-2007 8:00 AM EDT
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.

Released: 10-Oct-2007 5:00 PM EDT
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.

Released: 12-Jun-2007 11:10 AM EDT
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.

Released: 18-Apr-2007 8:50 AM EDT
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.

Released: 12-Apr-2007 8:50 AM EDT
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.


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