When biofuels are mentioned in conversation, most people are referencing ethanol. Ethanol has already pervaded the existing gasoline infrastructure, with most gas sold containing 10% ethanol. Also, there has recently been a proposal to increase that to 15%. One biofuel that doesn’t get a lot of press is algal fuel, which is made from algae, [...]
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Creating biofuels from algae isn’t new, but the recent announcement of $85 billion in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy should make it more widespread. The funding package will also promote the development of other advanced biofuels, but none of it will be used to create cellulosic ethanol. What’s so great about algal fuel [...]
Henry Ford tells Modern Mechanix about his vision of a future made of biofuels and bioplastics, in 1934:
“I foresee the time when industry shall no longer denude the forests which require generations to mature, nor use up the mines which were ages in the making, but shall draw its raw material largely from the annual products of the fields,” he declared.
“I am convinced that we shall be able to get out of the yearly crops most of the basic materials which we now get from forest and mine. We shall grow annually many if not most of the substances needed in manufacturing.
“When that day comes, and it is surely on the way, the farmer will not lack a market and the …