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Recent Examples of biofuel from the Web
While transportation emissions climbed that year, the board credits biofuels with limiting the damage.
The trees could then be harvested for the production of energy or biofuels, with carbon capture technology used to sequester their emissions.
The company spent years unraveling the genetic pathways and manipulating the DNA of various types of algae and eventually engineered a handful of specimens that produced biofuels ready to be pumped directly into your gas tank.
Renewables—mainly hydropower and biofuels—currently account for 10 percent of the country’s energy needs.
Soybean farmers — whose crop can be found in everyday products ranging from tofu and soy sauce to cosmetics, farm feed and biofuel — are likely to be on the receiving end of a huge hit.
There’s no reason biofuels and other renewables can’t exist alongside conventional fuels.
One huge challenge with such projects is the cost of transporting plant waste, so material would need to be sourced as close as possible to where jet biofuel is produced, Mr. Mamphweli said.
Ethanol supporters also have criticized EPA waivers exempting some small refineries from the biofuel blending requirements.
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Did You Know?
Since the early 19th century, "fossil fuel" has been used to refer to fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas which are formed from the remains of plants and animals which have lain in the earth for millions of years. In the 1970s, a new word, "biofuel," began to be used to describe a different kind of fuel, one taken from more contemporary organic matter. These fuels include ethanol, which can be derived from such products as corn and sugarcane, and biodiesel, which can be formed from vegetable oils. These organic sources are reflected in the prefix, bio-, meaning "life" or "living organisms or tissue." The prefix bio- was borrowed from the Greek bios, meaning "mode of life."
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