DailyDirt: Growing Biofuels For Sustainable Energy

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Biology has already figured out how to capture and use solar energy, so it makes some sense that we could try to re-purpose natural mechanisms to do our bidding and fulfill our energy needs. The trick is doing it on a scale that works economically. Plenty of scientists are working on ways to produce biofuels, but so far, the amount of biofuel used commercially is a rounding error compared to the volume of petroleum products that is burned. Still, here are just a few examples of biofuels that could be promising alternatives to burning dinosaur remains. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: biodiesel, biofuel, biogasoline, biomass, biotech, carbon negative, carbon neutral, cellulosic ethanol, energy, gmo, hydrogen, petroleum

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Oct 2013 @ 3:20am

    When I read articles about 'hopeful new biofuel technologies', I think about photosynthesis capable of converting ~1% of solar energy into biomass, that it took 300 million years of accumulated photosynthesis to create earth's total supply of fossil fuels, and that to replace this stock with some form of sustainable and usable energy generated by human ingenuity applied to photosynthetic yields will be quite a stretch.

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