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The company is working with Renewable Energy Group Inc. to use microbes to convert inedible crop residue like corn husks into biofuels.
And while humans are no longer picking them for bandages, scientists fear that bogs and swamplands could be drained or negatively impacted by agriculture and industry, or the peat will be used for biofuel.
In brief: The US Department of Energy has invested nearly $1.5 million in projects that will help establish large-scale seaweed farms for the purpose of making biofuel.
Here are a few of the most promising biofuels currently under development.
While Philadelphia Energy and other independent refiners have tried to get the government to scrap RINs, DuPont Co. and other biofuel investors and big agricultural businesses have supported ethanol subsidies.
Some are even looking to harvest invasive species as feedstock for biofuel plants.
The action followed heavy lobbying by oil industry leaders seeking lower biofuel targets.
The same goes for creating drought-resistant plants or biofuels in the future, which is what Dunning’s research team is working on.
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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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