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posted in March 2014
Report: Biofuels in Transition to Next-Gen Feedstocks Will Slow Growth
Engineering Materials 
3/31/2014  8 comments
The biofuels industry is about to make the transition to next-generation, non-food-based feedstocks. The bad news is, this transition will slow capacity growth by a lot. But that means growth slows, not that capacity declines.
Slideshow: Bioplastics Concept Car Runs on Biofuel
News 
3/28/2014  26 comments
Plastics have been a big deal in automotive lightweighting for quite a while, but bioplastics not so much. Until now. The Biofore Concept Car, using biomaterials from Finnish manufacturer UPM and running on UPM's biodiesel, premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month.
Slideshow: Drop-in Jet Biofuels Becoming a Reality
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2014  16 comments
Drop-in jet biofuels have started becoming a reality during the last year. Along with major deals between airlines, engine makers, and fuel producers, one main source may turn out to be renewable diesel already used in ground vehicles, which could make prices competitive with fossil jet fuels.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Automotive News 
3/21/2014  34 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Automotive News 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motors’ proposed “Gigafactory,” it’s hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
News 
3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
3D-Printed Wood – Really!
Engineering Materials 
3/17/2014  42 comments
Does it sound like magic? It's not. You can 3D-print with wood filaments right now, using a choice of colors and filament widths. Objects made from these materials range from things resembling plastic or lumber to stunningly beautiful art pieces that look just like the real thing.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
Solar-Panel 'Skin' May Be Future of Sustainable Home
Blog 
3/14/2014  17 comments
A team of Dutch designers has come up with a way to retrofit a typical home in the Netherlands with a “skin” of solar panels and smart technology to make the home more sustainable and energy neutral.
EcoVolt Technology Transforms Beer Into Energy
Blog 
3/13/2014  21 comments
Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has developed a solution called EcoVolt that uses bioelectrochemistry to treat wastewater so it can be turned into electricity. The company is targeting the beverage industry to convert waste from making beer and wine into energy breweries and wineries can use to run their operations.
Slideshow: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Automotive News 
3/6/2014  39 comments
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.




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