Similar to fruit crops on the mainland, a sizable portion of the fruit grown in Hawaii never gets to the supermarket. A staggering 35% of the state’s multi-million-pound papaya harvest is culled from packinghouses due to reasons like disease and pest pressure or post-harvest damage. A researcher sees potential to produce biofuels from all that wasted papaya pulp.
When we hear “algae,” most of us think “biofuels,” but Brad Bartilson, founder and CEO of Photon8, has a much broader vision of the future for this tiny organism – namely increasing the resiliency and sustainability of our food system.
Biofuel from wastewater? The latest innovation in the field of advanced biofuels may hold some promise for the future.
The first commercial algae to energy facility is up and running in New Mexico, producing ‘green crude’ as an alternative to crude oil.
With the biofuels sector bringing in some $1.4 billion through investment in just 33 “biomass to energy” technology corporations, there are lots of players looking to get into the game while its still relatively early. Biomass, as a renewable energy source, is considered biological material from living or recently living organisms.
Craig Venter is not your usual scientist. He’s attractive and stylish, rides fast motorcycles and sails around the world. He’s self diagnosed himself with ADHD, but this fact combined with his healthy ego may be the very reason he has gone so far in his field. He sets ambitious and seemingly impossible goals like mapping the human genome, which he did faster than anyone expected, and then he achieves them.