Solar fuels just years away, propelled by breakthrough in catalyst research

Research doesn’t have to be glamorous or flashy to be significant.

Aggressive driving burns up to 40% more fuel and can waste one dollar per gallon

Ah cost, the ultimate motivator.

New method developed to create biocrude oil from wastewater

From your toilet to the gas tank.

Photosynthetic solar cell turns carbon dioxide and sunlight into fuel

Fossil fuels could soon be a thing of the past.

NASA plans to make airplanes cleaner and 50% more fuel efficient by reviving the wing truss

NASA plans to improve today’s planes with a blast from the past — re-implementing a structure known as a wing truss would reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions of common commercial aircraft by as much as 50%, according to computational models.

Significant breakthrough in biofuels

I was writing a while ago that major biofuel production is not really that far away and the good news is things seem to be moving in that direction. The importance of biofuels has been underlined as a possible solution to fight the crisis, but the big problem was that creating such alternative fuels required too big amounts of power,

‘Green Gasoline’ from sugar

This month, two independent teams have announced that they have succesfully converted sugar-potentially derived waste from agriculture and non-food plants into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other chemical substances of high importance. Randy Cortright, a chemical engineer at Virent Energy Systems of Madison, Wisc. announced that carbohydrates and sugars can be processed into a number of substances used as petroleum,