Inhabitat features a hybrid solar and biofuel plane that will attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing later this year, which if successful will be the first zero-carbon flight over the Atlantic.
The article states that the plane will be “powered by a combination of solar energy and biofuels produced from microalgae, which was developed specifically for the Eraole. Wing-mounted solar panels will provide 25 percent of the plane’s power, while 55 percent will come from the algae-derived biofuels. For the remaining 20 percent of the time, the plane will simply glide on wind currents.”
Futurity reports on research into microbes that can turn carbon dioxide into methane in the lab. By replicating the process used by the methanogens, scientists hope to develop processes that would allow large scale production of biofuels and chemicals in a more sustainable way.
Inhabitat highlights a power plant in Israel that will generate power from the sun for 20 hours per day, using biomass and energy storage when solar output drops.
Image credit: Brenmiller Energy
Cleantechnica reports on the work of a North-American company called Harvest Power that uses organic waste to reduce landfill, create biogas and help replenish damaged topsoil that has been overused or suffered from erosion.
Per Cleantechnica, Harvest “manages over 2 million tons of organic material through 30 operating sites in North America. In addition, the company produces nearly 65,000 megawatt-hours per year of heat and power generating capacity and sells nearly 33 million bags of soil, mulch and fertilizer products.”
Harvest supports “communities it operates with to better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste.”
Image credit: Harvest Power
Inhabitat covers a UK initiative that will attempt to use algae to turn toxic waste from disused mines into biofuel and raw materials for electronics manufacturing.
According to Inhabitat, “…the researchers hope that the heavy metals extracted during this process can be recycled for use in the electronics industry, while the solid waste left over can be turned into biofuels.”
Springwise highlights a collaborative project that will use tobacco derived fuel to power South African Airways passenger jets. Other partners on the project are Boeing and Italian company Sunchem Holding.
If the trial is successful it could cut emissions and reduce costs for the airline and passengers.