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Biofuels

With rising gas prices and environmental concerns, biofuels may help you not only save money, but also drive a little greener. Discover the buzz about biofuels in these articles.

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Is algae biofuel a viable alternative to oil?

Scientists use the term algae to refer to a large and varied group of plantlike organisms often found in water. Like plants, algae are photosynthetic: They convert carbon dioxide into food using the power of sunlight. Could it be used as fuel?


What is solar gasoline?

The sun provides more than enough energy for all of our needs, but the hard part is harnessing it to be able to use it effectively.

How Garbage-powered Cars Could Work

Powering cars with our leftover solid waste. Sounds a little far-fetched, right? Well, it turns out that we're actually pretty close to being able to power cars on garbage like banana peels and beer.

What is a synfuel?

Synthetic fuels, aka synfuels, could be one of the solutions to solving the energy crisis. But what exactly are they and how are they produced?

Top 8 Synthetic Fuels

There may not be a magic bullet to solve the energy crisis, but synthetic fuels offer some advantages -- and drawbacks -- when compared to conventional fossil fuels. Find out about the different types of synthetic fuels and how they're processed.

5 Non-automotive Uses for Biofuel

You hear the word biofuel, and the first things that may come to mind are the cars run on fry grease that make the local news every time gasoline breaks $3 a gallon. But what are some of the non-automotive uses for biofuel?

What are the economic drawbacks of using biofuels?

Switching the world's energy consumption to biofuel makes good sense in some aspects, but the biofuels most likely to be produced on a large scale carry significant drawbacks. What are some of the economic disadvantages of biofuel?

10 Disadvantages of Biofuels

"Biofuel" is a major buzzword in transportation circles these days, and for good reason. However, biofuels, and the process of integrating them into our fuel use habits, can be costly. What are some of the drawbacks of biofuels?

What are the economic advantages of using biofuels?

The biofuel industry has become an economic lifeline for dozens of communities. Several studies suggest the industry could add more than 1 million jobs to the U.S. economy in the next two decades. Could one be in your backyard?

Top 10 Advantages of Biofuels

As gas prices continue to rise and global warming becomes more pervasive, more people are using biofuels as a way to save money and decrease their consumption of fossil fuels. And while they're definitely not perfect, they have many advantages over types of fuels.

Is biofuel a reasonable (and safe) jet fuel alternative?

By spring of 2011, the leading international standards board is expected to approve a biofuel for use in jet engines. But is biofuel really a reasonable alternative for jet fuel?