Researchers from the University of Georgia believe they have discovered a method that could turn CO2 from the air into useable industrial products.
The company, which makes biofuel from a microbes, said it will stay the course, and expects a demo flight with its biofuel soon.
Startup Joule lands $70 million in private equity to build larger-scale plants that make diesel fuel directly from sunlight, carbon dioxide, and nutrients in solar panel-like bioreactors.
Mascoma and investor Valero plant to build a $232 million plant to convert wood chips normally used for paper or lumber into ethanol, a step forward for the struggling cellulosic ethanol industry.
A Continental Airlines Boeing 737 yesterday made the first U.S. flight running on an algae-based biofuel blend. That single flight alone may have saved the equivalent of 30,000 miles of one car's carbon dioxide emissions.
Projects funded include those utilizing ethanol, biodiesel, and landfill gas made from a variety of renewable biomass resources.
Biofuel cells implanted into live bodies can use glucose and oxygen to generate electricity, and may be powering devices such as artificial organs and prosthetics within the next decade.
National Research Council says that without "major technological innovation or policy changes" long-term targets for cellulosic biofuels are not likely to be met.
Government researchers say they've successfully engineered a substance called bisabolane into a biosynthetic alternative to diesel fuel.
Renmatix says its new process allows it to produce cellulosic sugars--from which some types of biofuel are derived--more cheaply than ever. SmartPlanet reports from Philadelphia.