Boeing completes 787 test flight with 'green diesel'

Dec 4, 2014

Boeing completes 787 test flight with 'green diesel'

Boeing announced Wednesday that it completed the first test flight with “green diesel,” which offers potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in aviation. A Boeing 787 dubbed the ecoDemonstrator successfully flew with 85 percent conventional fuel and 15 percent green diesel, the company said. ...

Scientists produce propane fuel from gut bacteria

Sep 4, 2014

Scientists produce propane fuel from gut bacteria

Driven by the quest for an abundant, nonpolluting alternative to fossil fuel, scientists have developed a method to produce propane using sugar and the gut bacteria E. coli. Though still far from being commercially viable, the inventors of the process hope it will one ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan's airlines hope to power planes using biofuels by 2020

An association of Japanese airlines and other entities announced an initiative on Wednesday aimed at enabling the use of biofuels to power passenger jets by 2020, in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions. Launched in May by 33 companies and organizations to develop and ...

Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Nov 17, 2013

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he is not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, ...

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

Nov 16, 2013

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

by Steven Mufson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed lowering requirements for biofuel use in 2014, trimming targets for corn-based ethanol use for the first time. The proposal would set ethanol use at 15.21 billion gallons (57.58 billion liters), just under 10 percent of motor ...