MIT researchers say a genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into isobutanol, a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
Researchers at UCLA say they have come up with a method for converting electrical energy into a liquid fuel, in a development that could lead to regular petrol cars being powered by electricity.
Biobutanol, produced from non-food feedstocks like woody biomass, appears to be joining biofuels derived from algae and coooking grease for the U.S. military.
Mazda’s racing Spyder with turbocharged four-cylinder engine runs on isobutanol, considered by the auto manufacturer to be a high quality biofuel.
The Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center announced recently that scientists have found a way to to produce isobutanol from cellulose.