28 Jul '14, 9pm

Will Carbon Fiber Grow On Trees?: The growing trees would nourish the soil while they produce the timber for e...

Will Carbon Fiber Grow On Trees?: The growing trees would nourish the soil while they produce the timber for e...

Yes, according to Gerald Tuskin, of Oak Ridge National Laboratory near Nashville, Tennessee. Tuskin holds a Ph.D. in genetics and a M.A. in Forest Genetics. He has devoted his life to the study of trees, especially the common poplar, and he makes an extraordinary claim. In an interview with io9 , Tuskin was quoted as saying; One day, we’ll make and fuel our cars with trees. How is that possible? Tuskin says trees are mostly made up of cellulose and hemicellulose, which contain sugars that can be fermented into ethanol fuel. But as much as a third of a tree’s total weight is composed of lignin, a substance that helps strengthen cell walls. Right now, the lignin produced during ethanol production is discarded. But Tuskin says lignin can be spun into carbon fiber. We can melt it and spin it into carbon fibers. Or we could use it to make plastic. For a car, the tree could be d...

Full article: http://gas2.org/2014/07/28/will-carbon-fiber-grow-on-trees/

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Video: Elon Musk On The Colbert Report

Video: Elon Musk On The Colbert Report

gas2.org 28 Jul '14, 4pm

The ten-minute interview is worth the time it takes to watch, and it touches on a number of Elon’s projects, while also re...

Fisker Karma Relaunching After 250 “Bugs” Are Fixed

Fisker Karma Relaunching After 250 “Bugs” Are F...

gas2.org 29 Jul '14, 5pm

Among the issues faced by the Fisker Karma were unexplained fires , poor fuel economy, and such limited interior space tha...

What Battery Will be in Your Classic Tesla in 2055?

What Battery Will be in Your Classic Tesla in 2...

gas2.org 02 Aug '14, 2pm

This is a problem that guys who buy collectible cars like Chevelle SS 396s or Mustang Mach 1s know all about. They know ho...

BMW i3 Gets a Fast Charger of its Own

gas2.org 02 Aug '14, 7pm

Until now, the fast-charging headlines have belonged to Tesla and that company’s nationwide network of Superchargers . Wit...

Formula 1 2014: Hungarian GP Results – Final

gas2.org 27 Jul '14, 3pm

Fernando Is the best driver out there, imho. Race after race he grabs his turd of a Ferrari by the neck and propels it for...

2016 Honda Civic Si to be Made in the USA

2016 Honda Civic Si to be Made in the USA

gas2.org 03 Aug '14, 8pm

over at All About Honda seems to indicate that the next-generation Civic will be a global car without a dedicated “US” and...

Eco-Friendly Water Wheel Picks Up The Trash

gas2.org 04 Aug '14, 5pm

The conveyor belt lifts any trash that floats down the Jones River into a large container. When the container is full, it ...

Impossible Microwave Space Drive Not So Unpossible

Impossible Microwave Space Drive Not So Unpossible

gas2.org 03 Aug '14, 3pm

There’s a ton of science-y talk about the microwave space drive over at Wired.com using the source link, below, and if you...

Lexus VP: We’re Losing Sales to Tesla Model S

Lexus VP: We’re Losing Sales to Tesla Model S

gas2.org 27 Jul '14, 8pm

When Toyota first launched the Lexus brand at the start of the 1990s, many wondered whether the Japanese could effectively...

2016 Toyota Supra Hybrid to Get BMW 4 Cyl.

2016 Toyota Supra Hybrid to Get BMW 4 Cyl.

gas2.org 27 Jul '14, 7pm

It’s no secret that the next Toyota Supra – based loosely on the FT-1 concept shown, above – is being developed in conjunc...

2016 Honda ACX Hydrogen Car Gets Rendered, Looks Good

2016 Honda ACX Hydrogen Car Gets Rendered, Look...

gas2.org 27 Jul '14, 5pm

Honda’s successor to its original FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car got teased in the form of the FCEV concept car that d...

Chip Yates World Record Electric Flight Gets Official

Chip Yates World Record Electric Flight Gets Of...

gas2.org 26 Jul '14, 3pm

… so, yeah. Really not bad at all for the battery-powered plane. As for how that’s possible, consider that (like cars powe...

New Electric Car Battery Cuts Weight by 40%

New Electric Car Battery Cuts Weight by 40%

gas2.org 09 Aug '14, 2pm

Cenex also achieved a 63% reduction in the cost of non-cell battery components, and ultimately the company hopes to enable...

Mike Conway Set to Drive Toyota Hybrid LeMans Racer

Mike Conway Set to Drive Toyota Hybrid LeMans R...

gas2.org 02 Aug '14, 5pm

“I’m really pleased to be given the chance to race a TS040 at the Circuit of the Americas and I cannot wait to get started...

New battery boasts 7X more energy density, could be breakthrough for electric vehicles: #EVs

New battery boasts 7X more energy density, coul...

gas2.org 06 Aug '14, 12pm

This week a research team at the University of Tokyo School of Engineering has announced a new lithium ion battery that pa...