Category: Research

Belgian researchers convert sawdust into hydrocarbon chains

Belgian researchers convert sawdust into hydrocarbon chains

November 27, 2014 |

In Belgium, researchers at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics. The […]

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Iowa State gets $1 million from USDA to develop bio-based adhesives

Iowa State gets $1 million from USDA to develop bio-based adhesives

November 26, 2014 |

In Iowa, the US agriculture secretary told the Ames Tribune that the USDA will provide Iowa State University with a $1 million grant to develop bio-based paint, coating and adhesive products based on acrylated glycerol. The grant is part of an overall $4 million research grant package for biofuels and biomaterials. The third and final […]

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AzkoNobel teams up to research chemical production from sugarbeet

AzkoNobel teams up to research chemical production from sugarbeet

November 25, 2014 |

In the Netherlands, AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie, Rabobank, Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands (NOM), Groningen Seaports, and the Province of Groningen, to investigate the possibility of producing chemicals from beet-derived sugar feedstock. The parties have asked Deloitte to perform a feasibility study to provide an independent critical review and […]

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University of Illinois researchers ID yield zones for three bioenergy crops

University of Illinois researchers ID yield zones for three bioenergy crops

November 25, 2014 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois have published a study identifying yield zones for three major bioenergy crops. “The unique aspect of our study is that it provides detailed information about where these crops can grow, in terms of their location and stability over time, which has not been done in the past,” […]

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GTI and KOGAS team up for R&D

GTI and KOGAS team up for R&D

November 24, 2014 |

In Denmark, Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) have signed a Collaboration Agreement for energy research and development, education and training, and information sharing. The initiative could include mutual assistance for technology development, technical consulting, joint research efforts, and development of training programs–among other efforts—in topics ranging from unconventional gas supply, to […]

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Spanish researchers boost energy crop yields with sewage sludge

Spanish researchers boost energy crop yields with sewage sludge

November 20, 2014 |

In Spain, researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found a way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The Agroenergy Group from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and researchers of the Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche have carried out […]

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USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

USDA research looking at getting better yields from cellulosic butanol

November 19, 2014 |

In Illinois, the potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their partners. Work by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) chemical engineer Nasib Qureshi suggests that barley straw and corn stover—both agricultural byproducts—could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing “biobutanol.” ARS is USDA’s […]

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Japanese researchers produce biobutanol from orange waste

Japanese researchers produce biobutanol from orange waste

November 18, 2014 |

In Japan, researchers at Mie University have run a test vehicle on biobutanol produced from waste oranges and waste from producing orange juice. The fuel could be ideal for running agricultural equipment. The process used can produce 20 milliliters of biobutanol from about 3kg of oranges.  

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Novozymes and Roskilde University discover super-producing enzyme

Novozymes and Roskilde University discover super-producing enzyme

November 17, 2014 |

In Denmark, researchers at Novozymes and Roskilde University say the artificial enzyme they have jointly developed is almost twice as effective as the enzymes found in nature being used to create cellulosic ethanol. Enzymes for cellulosic ethanol are typically very expensive but doubling the production capacity could help to bring down the cost of production […]

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Northeastern says shipworms could be key to cellulosic biofuels

Northeastern says shipworms could be key to cellulosic biofuels

November 13, 2014 |

In Massachusetts, international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in shipworms. The breakthrough, the researchers say, may also be a game-​​changer for the industrial production of clean biofuels. To start, it’s important to note that […]

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