Biofuels -- the word seems magical. It brings to mind singing birds, clear blue skies and global happiness. Somehow, we can turn plants and other organic material into something to power our cars and save the planet at the same time.
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?
The world produces an astonishing amount of olives -- 21.2 million tons, or 19.3 million metric tons, says the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It would be a bummer for all those pits to just sit in a landfill.
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.
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?
"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?
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?