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Bugs that excrete oil?


It was widely reported that LS9, a startup company in Silicon Valley, claims to have genetically modified E.coli to excrete crude oil, and they further claim the process is carbon negative:
LS9’s bugs are single-cell organisms, each a fraction of a billionth the size of an ant. They start out as industrial yeast or nonpathogenic strains […]

Virgin Plans Biofuel Test-flight


AboutMyPlanet reports that Virgin Atlantic has announced its decision to run a biofuel test flight from London to Amsterdam, using a Boeing 747. Personally, I am really glad they are taking this first step, setting an example for other airlines to follow, since air travel has long been loathed for its contribution to air pollution. […]

New Renewable Energy Mass Production Ventures


A couple of major announcements of new renewable energy factories have been made in December 2007 thusfar, and by major I’m referring to the types “first of its kind” and “world’s biggest”. Here I review four of those announcements.
First US Solar Thermal Manufacturing Plant
REA reported that Ausra Inc. announced the construction of a 130′000 sq […]

SF Fleet 100% Biodiesel


According to the NY Times, San Francisco is now claiming that it has the largest “green” fleet in the US after converting all of its diesel vehicles to run on biodiesel - from ambulances to street sweepers. The city imported virgin soy oil from the midwest to power its fleet of 1500 diesel vehicles.

The vehicles […]

Former Weed: Ideal Biofuel?


The Christian Science Monitor has a good investigation into Jatropha, a weed which some say could be the ideal crop to extract biofuel from in the future. At the moment, very little is known about the plant, but despite the uncertainty it has triggered a goldrush-type of reaction:
From China to Brazil, countries have begun setting […]

Chocolate-powered biodiesel roadtrip


AboutMyPlanet reports that two British men have embarked on a roadtrip with a difference this month - they are covering the 4500 miles between England’s south coast and Timbuktu in Mali using biofuel derived from waste chocolate. Their goal: to raise awareness about climate change and biofuels along the way.
The duo will start […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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