Category: Research

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

May 25, 2015 |

In Denmark, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a bacteria that can eat surplus electricity produced from solar and wind or other renewable energy sources to convert CO2 into biomaterials and biofuels. Currently the bacteria can only turn CO2 into methane and acetate but the researchers believe with some small genetic mutations […]

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Deinove, Avril sign deal to assess commercial potential of 20 new bacterial strains

Deinove, Avril sign deal to assess commercial potential of 20 new bacterial strains

May 23, 2015 |

In France, Deinove and Avril announced that they would screen a 6,000-bacteria bank of Deinococci and other genera to identify 20 strains capable of producing useful molecules in terms of animal nutrition and health, and AVRIL Group would characterize the molecules produced and to perform application tests. The goal of this new stage is to confirm each […]

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ETH Zurich develops PLA using glycerol

ETH Zurich develops PLA using glycerol

May 21, 2015 |

In Switzerland, researchers from ETH Zurich say they’ve developed a cheaper and cleaner way to produce PLA using glycerol. This waste substance is becoming more and more abundant, with 3 megatons in 2014 expected to increase to over 4 megatons by 2020. Because of its impurity, glycerol is not suitable for the chemical or pharmaceutical […]

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Spanish and Brazilian researchers find idea mix of fish oil and cooking oil biodiesel

Spanish and Brazilian researchers find idea mix of fish oil and cooking oil biodiesel

May 20, 2015 |

In Spain, researchers from the University of Granada teamed with the University of Campinas in Brazil to determine the ideal blend of fish oil and cooking oil to produce a new kind of biodiesel. The project looked at 13 different blends of oils in the biodiesel as well as biodiesel produced from pure oils as […]

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Radboud University study shows location of biofuels crop impacts GHGs

Radboud University study shows location of biofuels crop impacts GHGs

May 19, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, corn, wheat and rapeseed can be used to produce biofuels, such as bioethanol and biodiesel. According to recent findings by environmental scientists at Radboud University, the location of the agricultural lands used to grow these biofuel crops has a major impact on the greenhouse gas emission they ultimately produce. The study that […]

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DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D technical advisory committee

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D technical advisory committee

May 18, 2015 |

In Washington, the Dept. of Energy announced an open meeting on May 20-22 of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under Section 9008(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended by the Agricultural Act of 2014. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies […]

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California is not running out of water, it is running out of cheap water: report

California is not running out of water, it is running out of cheap water: report

May 18, 2015 |

In California, an analysis by Lux Research has concluded that “California isn’t running out of water. It’s running out of cheap water.” The drought damage is estimated as $2.2 billion, which is significant, but hardly the “end of growth” for California’s $2.2 trillion economy. The problem for businesses, however, is that cheap water jeopardizes their […]

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Brazilian researchers expect energy cane on the market within three years

Brazilian researchers expect energy cane on the market within three years

May 14, 2015 |

In Brazil, the Sugarcane Center of IAC (Agronomical Institute of Campinas) expects super cane to reach the market in the next three years, following six years of development and trials. The crop’s optimum may be two harvests ever 15 months rather than once every 12 months as sugarcane. Developing machinery to harvest the new crop […]

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Washington State University researchers make jet fuel from black fungus

Washington State University researchers make jet fuel from black fungus

May 13, 2015 |

In Washington state, Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, […]

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Global Bioenergies produces gaseous isobutene and renewable oil from sugars

Global Bioenergies produces gaseous isobutene and renewable oil from sugars

May 12, 2015 |

In France, Global Bioenergies announced having converted renewable resources into gaseous isobutene, and secondarily into liquid fuels similar to those extracted from oil. This mix of fuels can be compared to light oil, and thus be considered as « renewable oil ». For the first time, a batch of isobutene produced and purified on ARD’s Pomacle-Bazancourt site, located close to Reims in […]

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