Category: Research

Fleischmann, Kaptur, Koninckx, McGinn to keynote Bioenergy 2016 meet-up in DC

Fleischmann, Kaptur, Koninckx, McGinn to keynote Bioenergy 2016 meet-up in DC

June 26, 2016 |

In Washington, members of Congress Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Congresswoman, Dupont’s Jan Koninckx and US Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn are among the keynote speakers announced by the US Department of Energy for its annual Bioenergy 2016 meeting, which will be held July 12-14 in Washington. In addition, Bernardo Silva, Executive President, […]

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First PNNL joint staff appoint to foreign R&D institution aims at bioenergy

First PNNL joint staff appoint to foreign R&D institution aims at bioenergy

June 26, 2016 |

In Washington state, PNNL Scientist Alex Beliaev will receive a joint appointment to the Queensland University of Technology, the institutions advise. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, have collaborated on bioenergy and microbial biotechnology in the past. Now they are formalizing their relationship to […]

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Canadian researchers commercializing new microorganism biofuel process

Canadian researchers commercializing new microorganism biofuel process

June 23, 2016 |

In Canada, researchers from the University of Calgary co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new concept for the capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into biomass in a innovation for the production of renewable, clean energy. Solar Biocells uses micro-organisms, like algae or cyanobacteria, which naturally process energy from sunlight and take up CO2 […]

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POET expanding its cover crop research as part of Project LIBERTY sustainability work

POET expanding its cover crop research as part of Project LIBERTY sustainability work

June 22, 2016 |

In South Dakota, POET is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa for cellulosic ethanol development. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol. To ensure proper land management, Iowa State University and USDA […]

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Arkansas State University biodiesel lab reaching young hearts and minds

Arkansas State University biodiesel lab reaching young hearts and minds

June 21, 2016 |

In Arkansas, the biodiesel lab at Arkansas State University is helping high schools and college students to see the benefit of biofuels through hands on production, testing and use. The lab was set up in 2010 with the intention of testing and analyzing fuels, but with so little biodiesel being produced in the state, if […]

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North Carolina house committee approves hemp research

North Carolina house committee approves hemp research

June 20, 2016 |

In North Carolina, the state may follow in Hawaii’s footsteps to begin supervised research on hemp as a feedstock for biofuels and other biomaterials thanks to approval of a bill by the state’s House Agriculture Committee. Land grant universities, under the supervision of the USDA and a nine-member commission, could begin growing the crop for […]

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No conflict gallons? “Biofuels actually supports food security in developing countries”: IFPRI report

No conflict gallons? “Biofuels actually supports food security in developing countries”: IFPRI report

June 18, 2016 |

  In Washington, a group of researchers from 10 institutions led by IFPRI released a report (access the complete report here) concluding that bioenergy can actually support food security. This challenges the “fuel vs. food” argument that biofuels contribute to global hunger. The effects of bioenergy policies on food security could be strongly positive, the […]

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VTT researcher shows how EU RED sustainability criteria could use some adjustments

VTT researcher shows how EU RED sustainability criteria could use some adjustments

June 16, 2016 |

In Finland, only biofuels meeting certain sustainability criteria are included in the European Union’s renewable energy goals and are allowed to take advantage of national support systems. In her doctoral dissertation, VTT’s Research Scientist Kati Koponen proposes several areas of development for the greenhouse gas assessment method of the criteria. Koponen has studied how a […]

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University of Wisconsin researchers reveal ways some microbes tear up cellulose

University of Wisconsin researchers reveal ways some microbes tear up cellulose

June 16, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, a new analysis of a group of bacteria called Streptomyces reveals the way some strains of the microbe developed advanced abilities to tear up cellulose, and points out more efficient ways we might mimic those abilities to make fuel from otherwise unusable plant material. Streptomyces were long thought to be prominent contributors at […]

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New report disproves food and bioenergy competition

New report disproves food and bioenergy competition

June 14, 2016 |

In Washington, energy and food security can be simultaneously improved through well-designed biofuel and bioenergy development programs, according to a report released by a team of experts from 10 institutions. The report confronts some of the public’s misconceptions about the food security impacts of biofuels, and offers clarity on the source of these perceptions. One […]

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