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Biofuels: Photo Gallery
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Biofuels: Photo Gallery

Corn and sugarcane can make ethanol. Soybean and canola oil can become biodiesel. Prairie grass, algae, and cow manure could also be biological sources of fuels.

These photos highlight some of the hopes and challenges of the huge and growing biofuel industry.

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Burning Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable Fuels

Burning Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable Fuels

Calling all pyromaniacs! Here’s your chance to burn stuff — with adult supervision, of course. You'll be burning biofuels and fossil fuels to compare how much energy they release. More...

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Science Buddies
Tequila Gives New Biofuel Crops a Shot

Tequila Gives New Biofuel Crops a Shot

Tequila in the tank? Sort of. Scientists think that biofuel distilled from agave plants would produce less than half the emissions of corn ethanol. Find out more. More...

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The Guardian
Turn Plants into Biofuel with the Power of Enzymes

Turn Plants into Biofuel with the Power of Enzymes

If you make your own biofuel, you'll never have to fill up at the pump. This project explores the role of enzymes in converting plants into ethanol fuel. More...

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Science Buddies
Turning T-Shirts and Table Scraps into Jet Fuel

Turning T-Shirts and Table Scraps into Jet Fuel

Scientists are working on ways to turn waste — from plants or even your old T-shirt — into sources of biofuel to provide energy for coming generations. Meet butanol. More...

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National Defense Education Program
Whiz Kid Grows Algae Under Her Bed, Wins Intel Science Fair

Whiz Kid Grows Algae Under Her Bed, Wins Intel Science Fair

If biofuels are the future, then Sara Volz may lead the way. This teen’s winning project for the Intel Science Fair investigated the most economically feasible algae production for biofuel. Check out her work. More...

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Lab World Group
Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Where can you buy biodiesel, charge your electric car, or tank up on hydrogen? There are more alternative fuel stations around than you might think. Find one near you. More...

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Department of Energy
Biofuels

Biofuels

Ethanol and biodiesel are two key biofuels. Here's what you need to know about them. More...

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Energy Information Administration
Biofuels

Biofuels

Corn ethanol was supposed to be a stepping stone to producing ethanol from grasses & other non-food plants. But these & other newer biofuels have been slow to hit the market. Is that about to change? More...

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TIME Magazine
Biofuels: The Original Car Fuel

Biofuels: The Original Car Fuel

Ethanol was the intended fuel for Henry Ford's Model T. But then fossil fuels took over. Find out more — and learn the environmental pluses and minuses of biofuels. More...

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National Geographic
Fueling Change: A Biodiesel Documentary

Fueling Change: A Biodiesel Documentary

Here is the story of Boulder Biodiesel co-founder Martin Stenflo. He started making biodiesel at home from restaurant waste oil, and then he found a lot of other people were interested, too. More...

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Earth Concept Inc
Indiana’s BioTown USA Living Up to Its Name

Indiana’s BioTown USA Living Up to Its Name

Pig poo is helping Reynolds, Indiana demonstrate that an entire town can run on biofuels. More...

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Indiana Public Media
Quiz: What You Don’t Know About Ethanol and Other Biofuels

Quiz: What You Don’t Know About Ethanol and Other Biofuels

Biofuels are bigger and bigger business. Do you know your biofuel facts? More...

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National Geographic
Rising Use of Corn Ethanol Stresses Midwestern Aquifers

Rising Use of Corn Ethanol Stresses Midwestern Aquifers

The corn we eat and use for fuel could be stressing our aquifers. Get the whole story. More...

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Scientific American

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