Category: Research

Superior Oil awarded US patent for coin oil extraction and immediately files suit

Superior Oil awarded US patent for coin oil extraction and immediately files suit

March 2, 2015 |

In Indiana, Superior Oil was awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative approach to extracting corn oil from the ethanol production processes. Superior’s U.S. Patent No. 8,962,059 provides for improved techniques for maximizing the extraction of corn oil during post-fermentation operations. Superior Oil also immediately commenced an action against Solenis LLC and Solenis L.P. to […]

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UCR researchers invent pretreatment that cuts biofuels production cost by 30%

UCR researchers invent pretreatment that cuts biofuels production cost by 30%

February 26, 2015 |

In California, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown the raw materials that form biofuels.

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Deinove gets US patent for its high-performance metabolic bacteria

Deinove gets US patent for its high-performance metabolic bacteria

February 25, 2015 |

In France, Deinove announced its patent, “High-performance metabolic bacteria”, has been granted in the United States.  This patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material – biomass components – by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria. This issuance is a recognition of the innovative nature of the […]

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Czech researchers develop method to produce biodiesel from tannery waste

Czech researchers develop method to produce biodiesel from tannery waste

February 24, 2015 |

In the Czech Republic, researchers at Tomas Bata University are working with the fat leftovers from leather production called fleshings to produce biodiesel from an otherwise toxic waste. Burning fleshing releases dioxins and nitrogen oxides, leaving few options for disposal, but now by melting down the fat to reduce the high levels of proteins and […]

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Oman researchers look at biofuels from paper waste

Oman researchers look at biofuels from paper waste

February 23, 2015 |

In Oman, researchers from Sultan Qaboos University setting up a pilot scale bioprocessing laboratory to test various ways of making biofuels and bioplastics from paper waste. The country produces about 62,000 metric tons of paper waste annually but the research is looking to tackle the problem globally. The project has secured funding through 2017 and […]

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RFA releases 2015 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol

RFA releases 2015 Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol

February 23, 2015 |

In Texas, the Renewable Fuels Association released an update to its Ethanol Industry Outlook and Pocket Guide to Ethanol for 2015 at the 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference. The publication touches on every core issue facing the ethanol industry today, providing readers with the up-to-date information including wew data and statistics to give a sense […]

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WBA releases factsheet on state of advanced biofuels

WBA releases factsheet on state of advanced biofuels

February 19, 2015 |

In Sweden, the World Bioenergy Association released a factsheet ‘Advanced Biofuels’ – the seventh in the series of publications. This succeeds the release of the summary of oil price drop survey conducted by WBA to understand the effects of oil price drop on bioenergy industry. The WBA factsheet aims to provide better understanding of the […]

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Singapore researchers using waste biomass for algae harvesting

Singapore researchers using waste biomass for algae harvesting

February 18, 2015 |

In Singapore, waste biomass from fungal fermentation processes could be used to bind to and harvest microalgae being used in other biotechnology applications. A*STAR researchers have successfully demonstrated this procedure with fungal mycelium—the main vegetative part of a fungus such as the tangled mass of underground fibers beneath sprouting mushrooms. The A*STAR team knew that […]

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UK announces R&D funding for biotech including biofuels

UK announces R&D funding for biotech including biofuels

February 17, 2015 |

In the UK, Business Secretary Vince Cable has unveiled the winners of a multi-million-pound competition to bring innovative UK biotechnology projects to market. A total of 23 projects, ranging from making biofuel from household waste to using bacteria to make the building blocks for new medicines, will share almost GBP20 million from the BBSRC-supported Industrial […]

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Harvard researchers produce isopropanol from “bionic leaf”

Harvard researchers produce isopropanol from “bionic leaf”

February 16, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a way to produce isopropanol from solar energy using bacteria as a “bionic leaf”. The technology is based on inexpensive catalysts and materials that are readily accessible.

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