Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fuel such as methane produced from renewable biological resources such as plant biomass and treated municipal and industrial waste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any fuel that is obtained from a renewable biological resource, especially from biomass

Etymologies

From bio- + fuel (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • ~ New 'biofuel cell' produces electricity from hydrogen in plain air -- "A pioneering “biofuel cell” that produces electricity from ordinary air spiked with small amounts of hydrogen offers significant potential as an inexpensive and renewable alternative to the costly platinum-based fuel cells that have dominated discussion about the “hydrogen economy” of the future, British scientists reported here today."

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  • In general, the term biofuel is associated with only a few select chemical compounds, especially ethanol (used exclusively as a gasoline replacement in spark-ignition engines) and very large methyl esters in biodiesel (used as a diesel fuel replacement in diesel engines).

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  • SG Biofuels Wins New Backers SG Biofuels Inc., which develops and produces seeds of the jatropha plant for use in biofuel, raised $9.4 million from new and returning investors.

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  • Posted in biofuel, ethanol, global hunger, law of unintended consequences.

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  • Currently the only viable crop worth converting into biofuel is sugar cane.

    Obama ad criticizes gas tax plan

  • Sure diverting land once dedicated for food to crops for biofuel is a large part of the problem.

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  • Its just that the word biofuel usually triggers some sort of rant response in my brain.

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  • FRANKFURT -- Car makers Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG said they will take a minority stake in German biofuel company Choren Industries GmbH.

    Car Firms Bet on Biofuels

  • I was even more surprised to learn that the feedstock for the biofuel was the much maligned Jatropha curcas, an oilseed plant that was once the focus of research by BP but that had been abandoned in 2009 due to, among other factors, marginal and inconsistent yields.

    Astrid Caldas: Sustainability Is in the Air

  • The report says running a jet engine on a blend of biofuel, which is an alcohol refined from plants such as algae, maize or soybeans is much less polluting, and less costly, than using pure petroleum-based fuel.

    Pacific Northwest Looks to Jump-Start Green Jet Fuel Industry

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