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NASA-Led Study Confirms that Aviation Biofuels Can Be a Boon for the Environment
March 16, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Alan Boyle (GeekWire/Yahoo!)  A NASA-led study demonstrates that airplanes powered by biofuels can emit up to 70 percent less particulate pollution – providing a potential boost for technologies that are being pioneered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The study, …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Biofuels And Jet Travel
September 26, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Steven Cohen (Huffington Post/Columbia University’s Earth Institute)   …    Even though we can provide information and interact via phone, web and video, there is no substitute for humans sitting together and breaking bread. …

Climate and Health Impacts of US Emissions Reductions Consistent with 2 °C
February 23, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Drew T. Shindell, Yunha Lee & Greg Faluvegi (Nature Climate Change)  An emissions trajectory for the US consistent with 2 °C warming would require marked societal changes, making it crucial to understand the associated benefits. Previous …

NASA Should Be the Key to the Crucial Development of Large Scale Bio-Jetfuel and Rocket Fuel End-to-End Production
February 8, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In looking at a way to jump-start this country’s bogged down production of biomass-based jetfuel (Jet-A, JP-5, JP-8) and rocket fuel (RP-1/2), the early history of the US …

E85 & Fleets — It’s Not Rocket Science!
November 13, 2015 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  RFA works with many fleets each year to assist them with meeting their federal requirements to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and ultimately use the fuel. Each year thousands of …

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery
May 8, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

Gevo Sells Renewable Jet Fuel to NASA
April 7, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Biomass Magazine)  Gevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Gevo’s ATJ is …

Process Converts Human Waste into Rocket Fuel
December 11, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

Brad Buck  (University of Florida)  Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste — yes, that kind — into …

To Boldly Go Where No Biomanufacturing Has Gone Before
November 12, 2014 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News)  … But mass-efficient payloads should be possible, insist researchers at the University of California, provided space explorers make use of nontraditional biological techniques. In particular, these researchers say synthetic biology …

Wobbling on Climate Change
November 12, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by  Piers J. Sellers (The New York Times)  I’M a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have …

ACCESS II Confirms Jet Biofuel Burns Cleaner
October 15, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Flying high above the California desert, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects …

New NASA Probe Will Study Earth’s Forests in 3-D
September 16, 2014 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Zubritsky (NASA)  A laser-based instrument being developed for the International Space Station will provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests, helping to fill in missing information about their role in the carbon cycle.

Called the Global …

OMEGA System Tests for Marine Animal Durability
July 1, 2014 – 6:25 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Much has been written about the innovative Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (OMEGA) developed by NASA scientists for deployment on water.

OMEGA, an integrated aquatic system to produce biofuels, treat and recycle wastewater, …

NASA and DLR Research Biofuel-Powered Flights
May 22, 2014 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) are researching the use of biofuels in their flights by undertaking a …

CEC Issues Final Report on OMEGA System
April 25, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   The California Energy Commission (CEC) has just issued their “final” report on the Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (OMEGA) approach to algae cultivation and wastewater remediation. Outlining the research findings …

Media Invited to California Briefing, Tour Highlighting Alternative Jet Fuel Research
April 17, 2014 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PR NewsWire/Yahoo!News)  An HU-25C jet from NASA’s Langley Research Center will be in California next month as part of a flight test to assess biofuel and other jet fuel alternatives. News …

NASA Signs Agreement with German, Canadian Partners to Test Alternative Fuels
April 10, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration/PRNewsWire)   NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions …

Space, the Biobased Frontier: Hot Biotechnologies for the Big Beyond
October 22, 2013 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Next-gen biofuels technologies may be key to making the International Space Station cost effective — not to mention, other destinations in the NASA agenda.  Which may explain why a high-tech …

‘Zero-Gravity’ Fire Experiment To Test How Biofuels Burn With Help Of NASA’s ‘Vomit Comet’
July 16, 2013 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Rod Pyle (Huffington Post)  A team of university students is counting down toward the ultimate science ride, a weightless flight aboard a modified NASA jet to see just how certain fires burn in zero …

NASA Measures Effects of Biofuel on Jet Engines, Environment
April 26, 2013 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Brock Vergakis  (Associated Press/The Washington Post) NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.

Scientists …

NASA Project Seeks to Assess Biofuel Environmental Performance at Altitude and Impact on Contrails Formation
March 27, 2013 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  A team of NASA researchers has begun a programme of flight tests that will compare the environmental impacts from emissions and contrails of a blended fuel containing 50 per cent biofuel against those from …

NASA Begins Flight Research Campaign Using Alternate Jet Fuel
March 4, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

(National Aeronautics and Space Administration)   NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude.

The …

NASA-Rooted Biofuel Project Aims for Shores of Mobile Bay
November 16, 2012 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Marc D. Anderson (AL.com)  A company using NASA-licensed technology is looking at a small patch of bayfront property to launch what one day could be a revolutionary wastewater-treating and biofuel-creating endeavor.

Since 2009, Algae Systems …

Grow Your Own Energy: A NASA-Backed Experiment Harvests Algae for Oil, Releases Fresh Water
September 19, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Trent (Slate)  …Algae are single-celled organisms that thrive globally in aqueous environments and convert CO2 into carbohydrates, protein, and natural oils. For some species, as much as 70 percent of their dry weight is …

Using Halophytes to Grow Fuel
August 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(NextBigFuture.com)  Halophytes are salt-tolerant plants that are found throughout the world. Halophytes can be used to grow both fuel and food, and a NASA facility is attempting to use halophytes for large-scale fuel production. The aim …

Professor Sees Green Energy in Termite Guts
July 27, 2012 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

By Bob Silberg (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/R&D Magazine)  If you’ve had to deal with termites in your house, you probably hate their guts. But not Jared Leadbetter. He loves termites, especially their guts!

“It turns out …

NASA’s Astrobiology Research Sparks ‘GreenTech’ Revolution
March 20, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Ruth Marlaire (NASA)  …A few years ago, Ames Exobiology scientists formed the Algae for Exploration (ALEX) group, which studies various types of lipids produced by different algal species under specific conditions, and started applying …

A Big Bang for Algae: South Dakota State University Researchers Develop an Algae Production System for Use in Space … and on Earth
November 10, 2011 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  Single cell photosynthetic organisms, such as blue-green algae, could play an important role in the future of our nation’s space program. Not only could they be used to supply valuable …

Powered by Seaweed: Polymer from Algae May Improve Battery Performance
September 16, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(Clemson)  By looking to Mother Nature for solutions, researchers have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also eliminate the use of toxic compounds …

A.I.M. Interview: NASA’s OMEGA Scientist Dr. Jonathan Trent
August 22, 2011 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  NASA scientist – the inventor, heart, and soul of the OMEGA system (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) – Dr. Jonathan Trent received his PhD in biological oceanography at Scripps Institution of …

South Dakota Research Project Could Help Colonize Space
July 29, 2011 – 7:38 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/South Dakota State University)   Humans may move one step closer to colonizing space thanks to a new research project that NASA is funding at South Dakota State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and …

A.I.M. Interview: NASA Ame’s Dr. Leslie Bebout
May 23, 2011 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  …Dr. Leslie Bebout (who goes by “Lee”) heads the team of microbial ecologists at NASA’s Moffett Field, CA-based research facility, though much of their work is done in far …

NASA Awards $16.5 Million towards Research into Green Technologies for Aircraft Entering Service after 2030
April 12, 2011 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  Four industry and academic teams have been awarded contracts by NASA to continue research on technologies that could enable aircraft entering service between 2030 and 2035 to further reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise. …

Chicken Fat Studied by NASA as Eco-friendly Jet Fuel
March 28, 2011 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Michael Finneran   (Yahoo! News/PR NewsWire)  In an RV nicknamed after an urban assault vehicle, scientists from NASA’s Langley Research Center traveled cross-country this month for an experiment with eco-friendly jet fuel.

The Langley team …

NASA Looks at Plant Biomass as New Source of Biofuel in Space
August 19, 2009 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Sibley(Cleantech Group)   

NASA research scientist Chad Paavola has a problem to solve: When astronauts leave the earth for long periods of time, they’re going to need to produce plants for food and the air …

NASA Studies Cellulose For Food And Biofuel Production
August 5, 2009 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

For long-duration space missions, astronauts someday will grow plants for food and the air they breathe, while transforming inedible parts of the plants into useful resources, such as biofuels, food, and chemicals.   Today, scientists at …

Making the Desert Bloom – with Fuel-Yielding Plants, Halophytes
January 20, 2007 – 11:43 am | No Comment

A NASA scientist is confident that within five years commercial aircraft could be powered using a type of biofuel derived from saltwater plants, or halophytes, grown in desert areas and irrigated using sea water. While …