Algae and agave, partners in the plight for clean fuel

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Two new novel forms of producing biofuel may prove helpful on the road to reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change. Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology have produced biodiesel out of algae grown in wastewater. Algae reduce the bacteria and toxins in the water therefore have a two-fold benefit: the cheap, fast production of renewable energyRead More …

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Boost for seaweed biofuel

7 February, 2011 by (comments)

The potential of seaweed biofuel has taken a big leap forward, following successful work to increase the effectiveness of yeast in converting galactose, the dominant sugar in dried seaweed, into ethanol. By modifying the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain to create more enzymes, scientists have been able to more than double the galactose-ethanol conversion rate. Click to read Sci-Dev’s reportRead More …

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Enough land for food, forests, forages – and fuel? New study says “Yes”

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois has found that biofuel crops could produce up to half of the world’s liquid fuel consumption – without affecting the amount of land available food crops, forests or pastures. The findings were published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, and reported widely in the media yesterday. Click toRead More …

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New Video – Cassava: fuel of the future?

2 October, 2009 by (comments)

The recent trial of cassava fuel to power a CIAT car attracted worldwide media attention. Now you can see it for yourselves. This short video documents the use of CIAT’s high-starch cassava varieties, together with small-scale processing plants developed by Clayuca, to produce ethanol from cassava. As Clayuca’s Bernardo Ospina explains, using the fuel to power a car isRead More …

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The power of cassava

10 August, 2009 by (comments)

The first vehicle completely powered by a biofuel made from cassava roots is already on the move in the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. The test run is being carried out using a CIAT pick-up truck. CIAT, together with Clayuca, a consortium that supports cassava research and development in Latin America and the Caribbean, recently inaugurated a pilotRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en