Category: Research

New Zealand researcher awarded grant to study advanced biomass gasification

New Zealand researcher awarded grant to study advanced biomass gasification

September 18, 2019 |

In New Zealand, a researcher at the University of Canterbury has been awarded NZ$999,999 funded over three years by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise to study integrated chemical looping and oxygen uncoupling with advanced biomass gasification, for renewable hydrogen production and carbon dioxide capture. This research will develop a new system that combines […]

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University of Queensland-led study says Brazilian cane area could increase by 5 million ha by 2030

University of Queensland-led study says Brazilian cane area could increase by 5 million ha by 2030

September 17, 2019 |

In Australia, a University of Queensland-led study has revealed that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by five million hectares by 2030. UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences researcher said that because Brazil produced ethanol from sugarcane, future biofuel demand would directly impact land use. “Our study […]

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ORNL researchers closer to creating custom microbes to facilitate cellulosic bioenergy

ORNL researchers closer to creating custom microbes to facilitate cellulosic bioenergy

September 16, 2019 |

In Tennessee, scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes into a variety of microorganisms that previously would not accept foreign DNA, with the goal of creating custom microbes to break down plants for bioenergy. Researchers at the DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at […]

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Oil-accumulating fungi research could help biofuels production

Oil-accumulating fungi research could help biofuels production

September 15, 2019 |

In Germany, mushroom genetics research, conducted by Ruhr-Universität Bochum researchers and others, could help biofuel production. Some species of trichosporonales fungi can store large amounts of lipids in their cells, and are so-called oil-accumulating fungi, which have therefore been increasingly analyzed in recent years as potential producers of biofuels. Trichosporonales fungi are widespread in the […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher looking closer at the phyllosphere

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center researcher looking closer at the phyllosphere

September 12, 2019 |

In Michigan, a new study in Nature Communications, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists at Michigan State University have focused on understanding more about the plant regions above the soil where these microbes can live, called the “phyllosphere.” Researchers classified core members of this community in two bioenergy cropping systems: switchgrass and miscanthus. In so […]

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UC Santa Barbara researchers get $2.25 million DOE grant to research cellulosomes

UC Santa Barbara researchers get $2.25 million DOE grant to research cellulosomes

September 11, 2019 |

In California, with a $2.25 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy, a research group at the University of California Santa Barbara, along with collaborators at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), are poised to advance the knowledge of and technology for advanced biofuels. “Cellulosomes are multi-protein complexes of enzymes that work together to […]

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Indonesia’s Red and White Catalyst making progress for improved biofuel production from palm oil

Indonesia’s Red and White Catalyst making progress for improved biofuel production from palm oil

September 10, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Antara news agency reports that the government is supporting the development of what’s being called the Red and White Catalyst, named after the country’s flag, that is meant to boost the efficiency of biodiesel production from palm oil as it works towards 30% biodiesel blending next year. The Pertamina Research and Technology […]

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Rice University researchers use CO2 to produce formic acid

Rice University researchers use CO2 to produce formic acid

September 9, 2019 |

In Texas, a common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels. The catalytic reactor developed by a Rice University lab uses carbon dioxide as its feedstock and, in its latest prototype, produces highly purified and high concentrations of […]

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Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

Proteins shape and structure research will help maximize biofuel production

September 7, 2019 |

In Missouri, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are looking at how the shape and structure of proteins determine their function which will help produce the types of algae and other plants that will have the properties best suited for […]

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Chinese and Rutgers researchers discover how aquatic plants deal with water pollution

Chinese and Rutgers researchers discover how aquatic plants deal with water pollution

September 5, 2019 |

In New Jersey, Chinese and Rutgers scientists have discovered how aquatic plants cope with water pollution, a major ecological question that could help boost their use in wastewater treatment, biofuels, antibiotics and other applications. The study is in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers used a new DNA sequencing approach […]

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