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Russian scientists discover method to convert food waste into biofuels

Russian scientists discover method to convert food waste into biofuels

November 19, 2017 |

In Russia, scientists from Skoltech and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Institute for High Temperatures proposed a new way to convert food waste into biofuel via hydrothermal liquefaction – a thermal depolymerization process used to turn wet biomass into oil. Other researchers use carbohydrates fermentation or fat transesterification for biofuel production but since only […]

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Will the Lemonade Stand Era end in renewable fuels, sooner, later, ever?

Will the Lemonade Stand Era end in renewable fuels, sooner, later, ever?

October 25, 2017 |

A few weeks ago on the Digest’s tiny home island of Key Biscayne, we saw something along our one main boulevard not seen in quite some time: a lemonade stand operated by a trio of young kids. They weren’t selling much. Some time between this first enterprise and their next, these kids’ll learn about getting […]

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Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers look at yesterday, today, inspirations and challenges

Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers look at yesterday, today, inspirations and challenges

July 27, 2017 |

Four simple questions and such a variety of response as you might expect from the unusual collection of engineers, biologists, marketeers, customers, financiers, policy leaders, advanced R&D specialists, mathematicians, advocates and watchful critics that make up the advanced bioeconomy. Where were you on July 27, 2007? Where are you now? What inspires you? What do […]

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New low-cost, one-step path to coffee biodiesel uncovered by UK research team

New low-cost, one-step path to coffee biodiesel uncovered by UK research team

May 14, 2017 |

In the UK, researchers at Lancaster University led by Dr Vesna Najdanovic-Visak have developed a one-step system for making biodiesel from spent coffee grounds.  The team found they are able to combine the processes by using just methanol and a catalyst – removing the need for hexane altogether and saving on chemical waste. In addition, […]

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Lancaster University make breakthroughs in biofuel production from spent coffee grounds

Lancaster University make breakthroughs in biofuel production from spent coffee grounds

May 10, 2017 |

In the UK, although a small number of businesses are using spent coffee grounds to make biofuels, researchers at Lancaster University have found a way to significantly improve the efficiency of the process- vastly increasing biofuel from coffee’s commercial competitiveness. The chemical engineers have consolidated the existing multi-stage process into one step (known as in-situ […]

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Breakthrough in biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice reaches commercial-scale, with signature advances in cost-reduction, feedstock flexibility

Breakthrough in biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice reaches commercial-scale, with signature advances in cost-reduction, feedstock flexibility

September 22, 2016 |

The most important technological advance in biodiesel in recent years has reached commercial-scale in Eastern Nebraska, with the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant, which is and the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel’s innovative ENSEL technology. ENSEL technology is capable of converting a range of lower cost feedstocks such as recycled cooking oil and […]

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Flint Hills Resources starts up Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant

Flint Hills Resources starts up Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant

September 14, 2016 |

In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel® Inc. announced the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant and the first successful commercial-scale application of Benefuel’s innovative ENSEL technology. ENSEL technology is capable of converting a range of lower cost feedstocks such as recycled cooking oil and distillers corn oil into high-quality biodiesel. Once fully operational, […]

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Malaysian researchers develop algae biodiesel using nanocatalysts

Malaysian researchers develop algae biodiesel using nanocatalysts

July 7, 2016 |

In Malaysia, researchers from the Universiti Putra Malaysia have developed a methodology to produce biodiesel from algae using nanocatalysts and synthesized through a calcination–hydration–dehydration technique. The nano-CaO catalysis impact was investigated in a two-step transesterification of triglycerides from crude Jatropha oil as a biodiesel along with other reaction parameters such as catalyst ratio, reaction time, […]

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Indian researchers develop smaller-scale UCO biodiesel units

Indian researchers develop smaller-scale UCO biodiesel units

June 16, 2016 |

In India, student researchers at IIT Delhi have developed a small-scale UCO biodiesel unit that will allow individual UCO producers like hotels and eventually households to produce their own fuel affordably. The transesterification time for the batch process system is only about an hour, and can be adapted for using oilseed feedstocks rather than just […]

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Where did biofuels technologies come from?

Where did biofuels technologies come from?

June 1, 2016 |

By Gerald Kutney. VP, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest In the modern world, fuels are often equated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas.  However, fossil fuels only came into their own during the 20th century. From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and […]

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