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Sugarcane-based biofuel could create cheaper, more environmentally-friendly jet fuel

A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel per second; that works out to about 5 gallons per mile and around 36,000 gallons for a ten hour flight. With 21 pounds of carbon dioxide released per gallon of fuel burned, that’s 756,000 pounds of CO2 released by just one trip.

By : Karla Lant | Futurism


Jet fuel from sugarcane? It’s not a flight of fancy

The aviation industry produces 2 percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small – for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent – but aviation is one of the world’s fastest-growing greenhouse gas sources. Demand for air travel is projected to double in the next 20 years.

This article was originally published on The Conversation.

This Genetically Modified Sugarcane Could Pump Out Cheaper Biodiesel

This genetically modified sugarcane could pump out cheaper biodiesel

New research shows that sugarcane solves one of the biggest problems of biodiesel production—yield. When biodiesel fuel is made from soy, it produces a measly barrel of oil per acre of plant.

By: Charlie Sorrel || Fast Company


U of I takes biomass research to D.C.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program managers recently selected an Illinois project to receive a visit from U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

By : Farm Progress