Boeing moves forward with biofuels

There’s no technological challenge to flying commercial airliners on fuels with a substantial renewable component. It’s been done, done and done again.

Biofuel quest gets major push forward

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant step in the search to develop effective second generation biofuels. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at York have discovered a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.

Tricking algae's biological clock boosts production of drugs, biofuels

Tricking algae's biological clock to remain in its daytime setting can dramatically boost the amount of valuable compounds that these simple marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light.

Solar power beats biofuels for powering cars

Photovoltaics (PV) technology is much more efficient than biomass at fuelling a car, say researchers, making a mockery of the US 2005 energy bill that calls for more use of corn ethanol as a biofuel.

Report: Solar beats biofuels for EVs

It’s always nice when a real live scientist who actually knows what he’s talking about steps in and confirms your half-baked suspicions.

Report: Algae biofuels not yet sustainable

Significant progress has been made on producing electricity sustainably, but cracking the clean transportation fuel nut continues to be a challenge.

Report: Most biofuels aren't green

Biofuels were under the microscope all summer in the U.S. due to drought-prompted concerns about the bite they can take out of food supplies.

Gasoline 'more green than many biofuels'

Most biofuels are worse for the environment than gasoline, according to the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa).

Administration not backing off on military biofuels

The Republican-led House won't like this – another play by the Obama administration to boost biofuel use by the US military.

Could biofuels go native with prairie cordgrass?

Cows aren't fond of it. "Prairie cordgrass provides fair to poor forage for livestock and wildlife," the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Hands off our biofuels, Panetta tells Congress

In yet another Washington fight over energy policy, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pushed back Wednesday against Congressional efforts to curtail the military push into alternative fuels.

Biofuels not so green after all

The environmental benefits of biofuels are being systematically overestimated, says a University of Edinburgh scientist.

Seaweed is the new algae of biofuels

We've certainly been hearing a lot about algae as a biofuel feedstock. 

Clean energy military engagement a positive action

Progressives have never been very good about admitting - let alone claiming - victory.

Navy buying 450,000 gallons of biofuels

The U.S. Navy’s steadily growing biofuels program is taking a leap forward with the purchase of 450,000 gallons of plant-based fuel that will help power a carrier group during big maritime exercises next summer.

Study: US biofuels policy a fail

The U.S. government has thrown billions of dollars in support behind the biofuels industry, in the form of mandates and loan guarantees (and, again, here), in the hopes of weaning the country off foreign oil and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Modded Mazda Miata Spyder uses biofuels

One of the stars of this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) auto show in Las Vegas was a Mazda Miata MX-5 Spyder.

Cells in bending trees make good biofuels

Since 2007, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been looking for ways to make cost-effective biofuels from nonfood "cellulosic" plant fibers.

Wood-based biofuels get boost by USDA

The U.S. biofuels industry has mostly been centered in Midwestern agricultural states. 

Bringing advanced biofuels to the real world

"Advanced biofuels," as defined by the Energy Independence and Security Act, are renewable fuels that produce at least 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than the fossil fuels they replace.