Category: Research

Gen3Bio commercializing algae-to-biochemicals technology

Gen3Bio commercializing algae-to-biochemicals technology

July 20, 2017 |

In Indiana, Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. The company is scaling up and commercializing an effective, efficient and low-cost algae extraction method to lyse open the algae cells […]

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MIT researchers better understand how plants protect themselves from too much energy production

MIT researchers better understand how plants protect themselves from too much energy production

July 19, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, photosynthesis, which allows energy from the sun to be converted into life-sustaining sugars, can also be hazardous to green plants. If they absorb too much sunlight, the extra energy destroys their tissue. To combat this, green plants have developed a defense mechanism known as photoprotection, which allows them to dissipate the extra energy. […]

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MSU-DOE researchers find chloroplast role in seed oil production

MSU-DOE researchers find chloroplast role in seed oil production

July 18, 2017 |

In Michigan, researchers at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory have found that chloroplast not only is responsible for photosynthesis but also plays a role in seed oil production which could be manipulated to boost oil yields and therefore increase biofuel production efficiency. The process could boost yields as much as 10% but some bugs in […]

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Brazilian researchers determine ultrafine particles in air falls with more ethanol use

Brazilian researchers determine ultrafine particles in air falls with more ethanol use

July 17, 2017 |

In Brazil, the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter rose by one-third in the air of São Paulo, Brazil, when higher ethanol prices induced drivers to switch from ethanol to gasoline, according to a new study by a Northwestern University chemist, a National University of Singapore economist and two University of […]

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ChemCatBio launches 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity

ChemCatBio launches 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity

July 17, 2017 |

In Colorado, ChemCatBio announced a new 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia to engage with ChemCatBio to tackle challenges associated with these core research themes, to leverage our capabilities and expertise to overcome any process-specific obstacle, or to collaboratively generate new advanced capabilities. ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated […]

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Suck It Up – Better Method and Materials for Removing Water From Ethanol

Suck It Up – Better Method and Materials for Removing Water From Ethanol

July 15, 2017 |

In Canada, University of Saskatchewan researchers have found a new and cheaper way to separate water from ethanol which could decrease costs for producing biofuel. With traditional distillation methods, some water remains, but researchers solved this problem by using non-toxic modified starch-based materials, like corn and potatoes, that act like selective sponges and don’t require […]

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University of Dayton researchers seek to reduce algae’s limitations

University of Dayton researchers seek to reduce algae’s limitations

July 13, 2017 |

In Ohio, researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute are addressing algae’s vulnerability to fluctuations in weather and temperature, limiting commercial growers and researchers in their selection of growing systems and locations. “Our goal was to design and build an economical and efficient system that could be transported anywhere, easily assembled and operate in […]

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Canadian researcher develops method to produce methane from cellulosic material faster and cheaper

Canadian researcher develops method to produce methane from cellulosic material faster and cheaper

July 12, 2017 |

In Canada, new research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste — including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark–she compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique […]

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IIT researchers develop algae biodiesel production catalyst using Rajasthan sand

IIT researchers develop algae biodiesel production catalyst using Rajasthan sand

July 11, 2017 |

In India, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology have created a catalyst for biofuel production from algae using sand from Rajasthan, nickel and cobalt that cuts the price of production to half of that of fossil fuel. Many catalysts use expensive rare materials such as Rhodium that push up the price of production. The […]

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Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

July 10, 2017 |

In the UK, Celtic Renewables Ltd set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel. Biobutanol is produced from draff – the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production – and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid […]

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