Category: Research

Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

February 21, 2019 |

In Louisiana, a Louisiana State University Mechanical Engineering graduate student Is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. The main goal is to create Malonyl-CoA bioproducts, such as biodiesel, plastics, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Malonyl-CoA is found in bacteria from humans and has important […]

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PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

February 20, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is calling on algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners in this effort are offering private and academic collaboration opportunities. PNNL […]

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McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

February 19, 2019 |

In Canada, Science magazine reports that researchers from McGill University have developed a method of producing ethanol from methanol by using sunlight. Using gallium nitride nanowires “spiked” with magnesium as a catalyst, following successful results producing benzene from methane gas using the same technology, they were able to absorb UV rays from sunlight, negatively charging […]

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Montana State University looking to improve algae-biodiesel production with DOE study

Montana State University looking to improve algae-biodiesel production with DOE study

February 18, 2019 |

In Montana, an effort to improve the feasibility of a renewable energy source, Montana State University researchers are exploring a potential breakthrough in producing biofuel from algae. Backed by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the research team — which includes scientists from University of Toledo and University of North Carolina […]

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Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

February 17, 2019 |

In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either biojet and biodiesel fuel or biochemicals. Their patented REACH technology, developed by U.S. parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective […]

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German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

February 14, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the German Aerospace Center say the use of aviation biofuels can reduce soot emissions and contrail formations. By blending 50% biofuel, soot-related ice crystal formation can but cut by 80% while contrail formation can halve. They argue that by reducing the amount of clouds created by aviation can help to reduce […]

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows ethanol production rose 23% since 2014

University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows ethanol production rose 23% since 2014

February 13, 2019 |

In Nebraska, a recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity increased by 23 percent since 2014 and continues to be a significant driver of economic impact for the state. “The state sees what economists describe as an economic ‘bounce’ when we take advantage of the added value when […]

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Canada awards C$7 million to the Biomass Cluster to drive innovation

Canada awards C$7 million to the Biomass Cluster to drive innovation

February 12, 2019 |

In Canada, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Parliamentary Secretary Jean-Claude Poissant and Member of Parliament, Francis Scarpaleggia, were at the Macdonald Campus at McGill University to announce a federal investment of up to C$7 million to the Biomass Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster, led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network, will include […]

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Global Bioenergies produced cellulosic isobutene from Clariant’s wheat straw hydrolysate

Global Bioenergies produced cellulosic isobutene from Clariant’s wheat straw hydrolysate

February 11, 2019 |

In France, Global Bioenergies announced that runs using wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant were successfully performed in its Leuna demo plant, leading to the production of cellulosic isobutene for the first time at this scale. These runs were part of OPTISOCHEM, a project which started in June 2017 and was granted €9.8 […]

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Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

Fish model shows forest management can produce biofuels and restore salmonids

February 10, 2019 |

In Washington, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been modeling to understand the costs and benefits of thinning forests and the potential for improving habitat, yielding benefits not only for the environment, but also for the economy. Decision models linking process-based and […]

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