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Congress Still Hates Biofuel (For the Military)

June 20th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The U.S. military is – perhaps unsurprisingly – one of the driving forces behind alternative fuel sources; after all, not being dependent on potentially hostile foreign countries for vital fuel is a matter of national security. However, in the short term, said alternative fuels are more expensive than standard fossil fuels, and that creates a few problems.


Mushroom Detectives Find Key to Low-cost Biofuels

October 3rd, 2011 | by Tina Casey

Heat-loving fungi could provide a key enzyme for making low cost biofuel, and a team of "mushroom detectives" from the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute think they've just nailed their man - er, fungus. In an article published just yesterday in Nature Biotechnology, the team identified two types of fungi that can boost the biofuel refining process along at temperatures up to 75 degrees


Peugeot Jumps on the Tiny-e-Car Bandwagon

September 27th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Tiny short-range electric cars with room for one or two were not uncommon at the IAA 2011 – VW brought the Nils, Audi had the Urban Concept, and Opel showed the Rak e. Peugeot missed the auto show, but has announced its own tiny electric car anyway – the Velv


The Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor

August 27th, 2011 | by Silvio Marcacci

Alternative transportation fuels have been heralded as a way to shift heavy-duty trucks away from diesel or gasoline toward cleaner burning fuel, but the transition has remained a road too far for one main reason – lack of infrastructure. Even though gasoline prices are high and reducing pollution is an imperative to environmentalists, it’s still easy to find a gas station whenever you need one. The nationwide network of filling stations has been built over the past 100 years, giving oil-based fuels an advantage over newer alternatives, like hydrogen or natural gas. energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan traveled to California to learn about efforts to build a new network of alternative fuel filling stations – the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC)


U.S. EPA Makes It Easier to Convert Old Cars to Alternative Fuels

April 1st, 2011 | by Tina Casey

Do-it-yourselfers are probably rejoicing in the streets, now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has tweaked its rules for selling alternative fuel conversion systems for cars. The previous rule was intended to ensure that fuel conversions don't have the unintended consequence of creating significantly more



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