US Navy flies First Green Supersonic Jet on Earth Day

April 22, 2010 / 1 Comment

Coincidence apart, but what better occasion than the Earth Day for the world’s most well equipped military to try and reduce its carbon footprint and move closer towards getting a green makeover? In an effort to clean up its armed forces the US Navy will take the Hornet on a supersonic test flight using bio-fuel.

Scientists see Huge Biofuel Potential in Wood-Eating Gribble

March 10, 2010 / No Comments

The image you see above, is the not-too-good-looking pest, Gribble. The marine pest that troubled seafarers by chomping on ships and wooden piers may soon become valued because of its wood-eating capabilities. Researchers from Britain believe that the enzymes produced by the Gribbles and the energy rich sugars that are then produced may lead to the path of energy, with ...

British Airways Turns to City Waste for Fuel

February 15, 2010 / No Comments

British Airways will soon start using fuel sourced from municipal waste. According to a deal British Airways signed with US based biofuel company Solena Group, by 2014, a portion of the jet fuel required by the airways will be sourced from municipal waste. Likely to be located in London, the plant will produce 16 million gallons of green jet fuel ...

Brazil Gets World’s First Ethanol-fired Power Plant

January 19, 2010 / No Comments

Brazil has opened up the first ethanol fired power plant in the world, and hopes that this would help increasing the clean power output from the country. Brazil mostly uses hydroelectric power for its energy needs, but backup thermoelectric generation is required during the dry season. The plant in question is the Juiz de Fora plant, an 87-megawatt power plant ...

Revenge Adds an Utopian Green Twist to the Verde Supercar

January 13, 2010 / 1 Comment

Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, the Verde supercar from Revenge motors claims to provide supercar performance, while going slightly easy on the environment. Effectively producing a supercar that can be branded environmentally friendly is easier said than done, but Revenge claims a fantastical (utopian?) efficiency of 110mpg. And when those fuel efficiency figures come from a powerful V8 engine, ...

Self-Destructing Pond Scum Could Provide Good Biofuel

December 9, 2009 / No Comments

Cynobacteria, whom we know better as pond scum, could prove to be very useful, at least as a high yield source of biofuel. Scientists at the Arizona State University have been able to genetically engineer the bacteria into an easier biofuel source with high yield. Researchers achieved these results by adding genes from the bacteriaphage to the cynobacteria.

Study Finds Sugarcane Ethanol a Viable Alternative to Gasoline

November 2, 2009 / No Comments

A study by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has found that ethanol can be a viable alternative to gasoline for vehicles, and at the same time, its use can effectively reduce emissions. Brazil is one of the world's largest producers of sugarcane, and cane-based ethanol. Researchers found that the ethanol provides nearly eight times the energy used ...

Chicago 2016 Olympic bid is blue-green

October 1, 2009 / 2 Comments

Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics is bold. It’s exciting. And, it’s green. In fact, Chicago 2016 organizers even call their concept of the Olympics the “Blue-Green Games.” Blue for clean air and water. And, green for parks and nature. Together, the blue and green combine to create the ideal conditions necessary for optimal athletic performance. What’s more, Chicago 2016 organizers have ...

Architects See Biofuel Producing Eco Pods Aid Construction of Stalled Projects

September 21, 2009 / No Comments

As the economy took a beating, a number of construction projects were stalled and abandoned. The Boston Globe asked architects to have a look at such sites and come up with new projects that would be feasible, and also help improve the city. One of such buildings is the Filene development in downtown Boston. The structure of the building is ...

Biofuel Rules Will Hamper Green Industry

May 7, 2009 / No Comments

California regulators have passed some new rules that will ban storing some types of biodiesel underground. The fear is the new rule will hamper the fledgling green industry. "...gas stations, fleet yards and others who distribute the increasingly popular 'green' fuel can only store biodiesel blends of up to 20 percent in underground tanks, even if the tanks are double-walled." The tanks ...