Tweet In Oregon, researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a master regulator gene in a common fungus, which expands access to new compounds that could have use in industrial biofuels. Scientists succeeded in flipping a genetic switc, activating more then 2000 genes in the fungus. “Our studies will open the door to future precise […]
Tweet In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois show that in the country’s first long-term studies into miscanthus that even though production slips after five years, biomass production is still double that of switchgrass. The results in the US are even more promising than those from studies done in Europe. Miscanthus was grown in […]
Tweet In the UK, Robert Gordon University and University of St Andrews have been awarded $1.88 million for a four-year project seeking a way to make biofuels from waste using solar energy economically viable. Straw and recycled paper waste will be the main feedstock for the research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research […]
Tweet In California, researchers from Bio Architecture Lab published in the journal Nature an alginate monomer transporter they discovered that will help to significantly boost the efficiency of cellulosic ethanol production from brown macroalgaes. Using fermentation, the researchers were able to achieve 83% theoretical yield from the sugars.
Tweet In Brazil, Petrobras has signed a $2.33 million research deal with EMBRAPA to develop better cane varieties for Rio Grande do Sul state and develop efficient production systems to allow the region to participate in ethanol production. The agreement includes technical support from ANP’s research arm Cenpes and will be funded by Petrobras.
Tweet In Texas, a new biopower report is available via RnRMarketResearch.com that analyzes the market scenario in the US, UK, and China through 2025. The report details the global biomass power market with installed capacity and generation trends, installed capacity split by region in 2012, installed capacity split by major biomass power countries in 2012, […]
Tweet In Austria, EU-funded project, ANIMPOL, established at the beginning of 2010, has brought together scientists from research institutes and industry from seven European countries with the objective of finding ways to make the best use of these important biopolymer molecules. In the past, they have simply been incinerated. Assisted by EUR3 million of funding […]
Tweet In Washington, the market for fuel ethanol in the United States is unconcentrated, with 156 firms nationwide either producing ethanol or likely to begin producing ethanol in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2013 Report on the State of U.S. Ethanol Production. The lack of market concentration in […]
Tweet In Iowa, a 17-year old high school junior has won the national FFA’s science fair award for his research into cellulosic ethanol, comparing wheat straw, prairie cordgrass and switchgrass as feedstocks. He secured his wheat straw from his cousin in South Dakota because in Iowa it’s not economically viable to grow wheat due to […]
Tweet In Illinois, kitty litter that’s nearly 100 percent biodegradable can be made by processing spent grains left over from corn ethanol production. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant physiologist Steven F. Vaughn and his colleagues have shown that litter made with these grains as the starting material may prove to be more environmentally friendly […]