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"The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources is a long and expensive but an absolutely vital process. We need a long term (30 to 50 years), high-priority program using a substantial part of the GNP and covering the entire scope – from fundamental research to commercial installation strategy – to gradually replace the fossil fuels we use for power generation, transportation and industrial thermal energy."
 
- Jacob Karni, from Special Report


News

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Rot points to better biofuel production

February 8, 2009
Figure out how brown rot wreaks havoc on wood and you've got a potentially efficient way of producing biofuel. [more]

RESEARCH - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Nanotube-carbon paper combo promises light batteries

February 8, 2009
Grow carbon nanotubes on carbon paper and you have lightweight, flexible electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. [more]

RESEARCH - FUEL CELLS

Nitrogen gives nanotube fuel cells a charge

February 6, 2009
Suffuse carbon nanotubes with nitrogen atoms and you can make fuel cells without platinum or other rare metals. [more]

FUNDING - BATTERIES & CAPACITORS

Ultracapacitors win X Prize video contest

February 6, 2009
The X Prize Foundation announced the winners of its $25,000 "What's Your Crazy Green Idea?" YouTube video competition. [more]

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Cellulose better than gasoline, corn worse

February 4, 2009
It turns out that cellulosic ethanol has a lower impact on health and the environment than gasoline. Corn ethanol, on the other hand, has a higher impact. [more]

RESEARCH - HYDROGEN

Nano beads build minuscule hydrogen catalysts

February 2, 2009
Grow the tiniest gold-platinum nanoparticles on microscopic plastic beads, leech away the gold, and you're left with an efficient catalyst for generating hydrogen for fuel cells. [more]

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Bacteria boost biofuel feedstock

January 30, 2009
Dose trees with the right bacteria and you can get them to grow faster and produce more biomass on marginal lands, which could boost production of biofuel feedstock and reduce the competition for cropland between biofuels and food. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Sunlit nanotubes turn water and CO2 into fuel

January 30, 2009
Coat titanium oxide nanotubes with nanoscale bits of copper and platinum and you can make hydrocarbon fuels from carbon dioxide, water and sunlight. [more]

RESEARCH - FUEL CELLS

Nano metals brighten prospects for ethanol fuel cells

January 30, 2009
Combine the right metals in the right nanostructures and you can generate carbon dioxide from ethanol, potentially making ethanol fuel cells commercially viable. [more]

FUNDING - BIOFUELS

UK launches biofuels research center

January 30, 2009
The UK government has launched a biofuels research center with a £27 million ($39 million) investment. [more]

FUNDING - BIOFUELS

DOE, USDA line up $25m for biofuels

January 30, 2009
The US Departments of Energy and Agriculture are providing up to $25 million for research and development of biofuels and related products and technologies. Pre-applications are due by March 6, 2009.

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Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

Eric on Energy

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Hunting the elusive alt fuel station

Are you one of those good citizens who owns an alternative fuel vehicle? Having trouble finding a place to fill up? Help’s now available on your Google Maps-enabled phone or PDA. [more]

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