Posted by Kurt Knebusch on December 6th, 2012
OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, now has four environmentally friendly bi-fuel vehicles on the road as part of a new demonstration project. The vehicles can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG), which is a less-polluting, less-expensive fuel. Furthermore, most of the CNG is expected to come from renewable, locally produced, non-fossil-fuel-based biogas. Read the story …
Posted by Kurt Knebusch on November 3rd, 2011
Corn can give us more ethanol, a biofuel, and Fred Michel, a CFAES biosystems engineer (pictured), and Cleveland’s Arisdyne Systems Inc. are working together to get it. Arisdyne’s new “cavitation” technology produces 2-3 percent more ethanol from the same amount of corn, and Michel is helping to test, validate, and refine how it works. Adopting cavitation could boost the U.S. ethanol industry’s annual revenue by an estimated $500-plus million.
Posted by Posted by ENR 567 "Communicating Environment and Natural Resources Information" students Brandon Bishop, Perry Brumfield, Jim Fitz, Katrina Hernandez, and Brent Macolley on June 12th, 2011
With increasing gas prices, dependence on imported oil, and depleting resources worldwide, finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuel is considered an urgent priority.
One alternative, biofuel, is a controversial issue because the sources that are most commonly used to produce biofuel are soybeans (for biodiesel) and corn (for ethanol). These crops require large amounts of land and energy for both growth and refinement.
In contrast, algae are easy to grow and can be manipulated to produce huge amounts without disturbing any natural habitats or food sources. As far as the food-versus-fuel debate is concerned, algae are the clear winners for biofuel.
Algae also fit into Ohio State’s One Framework Plan for sustainability because t... Read More »