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F-U-N-D-E-D: Why a global auto giant just invested in a tiny parking app

Automakers are pouring money into tech so that cars stay relevant.

By September 4, 2015


Shell, Cargill invest more in Virent for biogasoline

Virent's technology for converting sugar water into replacements for gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel gets a boost with a $46.4 million investment from Shell, Cargill, and existing investors.

By June 8, 2010


Virent Energy to turn sugar into green gasoline

Are hydrocarbons made from biomass a better route for biofuels? A Wisconsin start-up will build a pilot plant to turn plants into gasoline, jet fuel, or diesel fuels.

By March 20, 2009


'Green' gas and diesel get boost in biofuel grants

Federal government pumps more than $600 million in projects to demonstrate advanced biofuels, including cellulosic ethanol and plant-based replacements for diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline.

By December 4, 2009


Plants-to-hydrocarbons company Virent Energy lands funding

Second round brings $21 million to commercialize process for converting biomass to liquid fuels.

By September 6, 2007


Ethanol made from straw flows at Shell pump

Cellulosic ethanol company Iogen delivers ethanol made from agricultural residue to a pumping station in Ottawa but commercial-scale production is still not ready.

By June 10, 2009


Oil giant Total invests in butanol maker Gevo

Advanced biofuels company attracts investment from Total for a process to turn biomass into butanol, which can be converted into renewable gasoline and jet fuel.

By April 28, 2009


Where federal energy research money should go

The Energy Department's new ARPA-E program aims to find "transformational energy technologies" beyond fossil fuels. Here are some offbeat ideas on how it could get started.

By April 28, 2009


Green Tech news harvest: More-efficient solar cells and 'biogasoline'

Paying for solar on commercial rooftops; more-efficient polysilicon and thin-film solar cells; JPMorgan buys into carbon trading; biogasoline; and GreenFuel Technologies' progress could mean the first commercial-scale algae fuel plant.

By March 27, 2008