Move Over Ethanol, Here Come Big Bad Green Algae

algae oil fuel 01 Move Over Ethanol, Here Come Big Bad Green Algae

With insane gas prices and rising rage against corn based biodiesel, a new fuel looks like it just may just steal the spotlight. Simple green pond scum Algae is that new fuel and it may just prove to be the mightiest fuels of all.

Because of greenwashing, I’m usually really skeptical about new products and technology claiming that they’re green. But, this seems like the real deal. Using algae fuel instead of gas significantly reduces carbon emissions from cars. Not only that, but because algae is a plant, it needs CO2 to live while it’s being processed. And where does it get this CO2? Neighboring coal-fired or manufacturing plants! To sweeten the deal even further, the algae fuel doesn’t need any fossil fueled machines to make it. So, instead of just not polluting, the algae are also cleaning the air around it.

algae oil fuel 02 Move Over Ethanol, Here Come Big Bad Green Algae

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The Earthracer BioDiesel Experimental Racing Ship

biofuel ship01 The Earthracer BioDiesel Experimental Racing Ship

This is our first time covering the Earthracer, a racing ship using Biodiesel as fuel, as it attempts to circle the globe. We are covering it now because a friend and one of our first G Living Live host, Ziya Tong, did a show on the ship and its crew for the Canadian Knowledge Network.
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Revolutionary Design

Earthrace is a 78 foot wave piercing trimaran designed by New Zealand navel architect Craig Loomis Design Group and was built by Calibre Boats. To ensure the lowest weight and highest strength possible, the hull is constructed of carbon fiber with a top layer of Kevlar. Earthrace has concluded its sea trials and Skipper Pete Bethune is confident the boat is structurally sound to circumnavigate the globe.
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Mary Slim | A Greener Luxury Boat

maryslim boat 02 Mary Slim | A Greener Luxury Boat

How green is your luxury boat? It’s not a question you hear every day, but the new Mary Slim from Multimarine has sparked a rigorous debate among nautical aficionados.

The Mary Slim is a lean green machine — literally — specifically designed to reduce fuel consumption. And not just any old fuel consumption. Biodiesel. The hull is very thin and long, reducing the drag of the boat and thus, its need for gas. (In case you’re wondering, that’s also what gives Mary Slim its name.) Other green elements include the fact that it can be powered by kite or sail and has eliminated chemicals that remove barnacles and algae.

Critics of the boat question whether the 12-cylander engine and 1650 horsepower motor are too much boat to be considered green. Also, the slim design of the MS makes it hard to steer.

maryslim boat 01 Mary Slim | A Greener Luxury Boat

What I want to know is: wouldn’t your boat smell like French fries?

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Earthrace To Circumnavigate the Globe Via Fat

earthrace biodiesel boat 03 Earthrace To Circumnavigate the Globe Via Fat

Everywhere you look, people are attempting to come up with newer, earth-friendlier alternatives to standard fossil fuels. We’ve got electricity, we’ve got kites, we’ve got leftover french fry grease, we’ve got Willie Nelson-diesel, and now we’ve got… human fat?

That’s right. Evidently obesity does have its benefits.

Seriously, if you’re able to look beyond the yuck factor, it actually makes sense in a way. After all, our bodies burn fat…why can’t that same fat be sucked out and used for something else… like powering a boat?

Apparently it can. At least that’s what New Zealand skipper Pete Bethune is counting on. He’s pledged to make Earthrace the world’s fastest eco-boat on a journey around the globe – powered in part by leftovers from his own liposuction.

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