• Booster brings fuel to your office parking lot

    Booster brings fuel to your office parking lot

    Booster‘s tiny purple tankers have been cruising parking lots in Dallas-Fort Worth and the San Francisco area for 18 months now, and it’s ready to let the world in on its not-so-secret service. Companies can contract with Booster to have its employees’ gas tanks filled during the workday. When you arrive at work and pull into a parking space, if your employer is savvy enough… Read More

  • The Pint-Sized ‘Fuel’ Phone Charger Is As Useful As It Is Adorable

    The Pint-Sized ‘Fuel’ Phone Charger Is As Useful As It Is Adorable

    Most of us have faced that sense of dread that comes when our phones lay drained and dysfunctional right when we need them the most. Sure, we could beat ourselves up for not charging them as long as we should have (or perhaps making a bad choice of phones), but that’s where this particularly cute Kickstarter project comes into play. Devotec’s Fuel micro charger is a terribly… Read More

  • BioLite Stove Charges Your Phone While Cooking Your Dinner

    BioLite Stove Charges Your Phone While Cooking Your Dinner

    Wood-burning stoves aren’t known for being particularly efficient, and their smoke not only contains high carbon emissions but causes health risks to those who inhale it. A portable design from BioLite aims to tackle this problem and turn the stove into a cell phone charger in the process. The stove converts heat energy into electricity, powering a small fan to improve the… Read More

  • Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation Grants $1.5M To Turn Human Waste Into Biofuel

    Two of many challenges developing countries face are unsafe water and a lack of affordable energy. With the help of a new $1.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ghana may be able to combine these lacks in to an asset in the form of biodiesel. Read More

  • Caltech Awarded $122 Million to Create Fuel From Sunlight

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will award up to $122 million to create a Fuels form Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub led by the California Institute of Technology. The Hub’s goal is to develop ways to convert solar energy into chemical fuels and scale the technology for commercial use. The project is in part inspired by the way plants produce energy, and will use… Read More

  • Researcher finds new, cheaper way to produce ethanol fuel from waste

    Reducing gasoline dependency has been a hot issue for the developed world for some time now. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been very successful. Alternative fuel sources have been more expensive, or more toxic, to produce than gasoline, so gasoline is still the primary fuel source for many vehicles. New research coming from the University of Central Florida may be changing the game, though… Read More

  • Biodiesel's big break: Processors making their way into normal retail stores

    Biodiesel is about to make the move from weirdo hobby to mainstream normality. Go Green Home Stores is working on bringing biodiesel brewers to its stores, making it so that folks don’t have to create their own ad-hoc device. You’d still have to supply the bio—mainly old vegetable oil—but you wouldn’t have to figure out, for example, how to turn an old water… Read More

  • Productivity: Save money on gas by driving more efficiently

    Our ground-breaking series on productivity continues today with a quick look at making your car as fuel-efficient as possible, or just how to save yourself some money while driving around town. For whatever reason, be it merely supply and demand or the sinister result of speculators speculating wildly, fuel prices are at an all-time high. Right now, oil trades for $130, up more than 100… Read More

  • Google and PG&E Test Crazy New Hybrid Vehicles

    We’re RICH!
    Not content with hegemonic domination of the Internets, Google is now seeking dominion over the open road. Earlier this week (read: yesterday), Google and Pacific Gas & Electric tested a collection of hybrid vehicles that could turn the industry on its head (roof?). Read More