Future biofuels – the fourth generation

Biopact has an excellent post on the progress being made from the current first and second generation biofuels all the way to the fourth generation.

The confluence of developments in plant biology and biotechnology, in carbon capture and storage techniques and in innovative bioconversion methods makes it possible to begin to imagine a ‘fourth generation’ of biofuels and bioenergy systems. The first steps towards such fuels are already being taken.

Biopact fourth generation biofuels

Biofuel technologies are evolving rapidly. They have received some bad press because current production is dominated by inefficient first generation techniques that exert pressures on food markets and that present environmental problems. But a combination of plant biology, carbon capture techniques and novel bioconversion processes is set to open an era of fuels that will not only be abundant, highly energy efficient and clean, but that will be the single biggest weapon in the fight against climate change. Fourth generation carbon-negative biofuels are actually machines that take CO2 out of the atmosphere; they clean up our dirty past.

Source: Biopact (thanks for the tip Sreenivas)

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  1. […] Future biofuels – the fourth generation Envirofuel – Sustainable transport for Australia Posted on 11 October 2007 by Luke Hallam Biopact has an excellent post on the progress being made from the current first and second generation biofuels all the way to the fourth generation. The confluence of developments in plant biology and biotechnology, in carbon capture and storage techniques and in innovative bioconversion methods makes it possible to begin to imagine a fourth generation of biofuels and bioenergy systems. The first steps towards such fuels are already being […]

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