Category: Research

Australian Paper teaming with CSIRO on major lignin biorefinery

Australian Paper teaming with CSIRO on major lignin biorefinery

March 28, 2017 |

In Australia, Australian Paper is teaming with CSIRO to bolt on bio-manufacturing technologies to utilize lignin removed from pulp production to make paper. The company already has a 50MW biomass power plant that will serve as the cornerstone of the project that is expected to attract over A$100 million in investment over two phases and […]

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Sierra Energy building MSW gasification demo plant at California Army base

Sierra Energy building MSW gasification demo plant at California Army base

March 27, 2017 |

In California, Sierra Energy has teamed with the Army to trial its FastOx Gasifier technology that turns MSW into hydrogen for use in vehicles, carbon monoxide for electricity production and liquid metal as well as slag for reuse in other industries. The demo is being built at the Army’s Fort Hunter Liggit following initial testing […]

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WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

March 26, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts. For the first time, researchers revealed the differences between the surface layers and […]

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Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

March 26, 2017 |

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems and Brazil’s Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira have validated multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model plant system and CTC officials said that the milestone increases the probability of success in sugarcane since the photosynthetic systems of the two plants are very similar. The next phase is to validate the genes’ efficacy […]

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BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology from the Broad Institute

BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology from the Broad Institute

March 26, 2017 |

In North Carolina, BASF reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications. The technology advances genome editing because it has the potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted changes […]

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Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

March 23, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has approved 16 research proposals that seek to demonstrate the value and viability of industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The projects were approved under the new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which the department launched in December after Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly enacted Act […]

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Thai researchers use yeast to lower cassava ethanol production costs

Thai researchers use yeast to lower cassava ethanol production costs

March 22, 2017 |

In Thailand, researchers from the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research have discovered that the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae can be used to better produce ethanol from cassava thanks to its heat resistance and speed in consuming sugars, reducing production costs down to those of molasses. The research leading to the discovery took 18 months […]

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Researchers find fungal cell organelle could help boost biofuel production

Researchers find fungal cell organelle could help boost biofuel production

March 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the endoplasmic reticulum acts as a cellular factory for synthesizing diverse natural products called sesquiterpenes in fungal cells. While some sesquiterpenes are toxins that contaminate cultivated grains and pose a health risk to humans, others are potential precursors to alternative fuels. Understanding how […]

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Algae bioplastics research advanced into biopreservatives

Algae bioplastics research advanced into biopreservatives

March 20, 2017 |

In South Korea, researchers are looking to take advances made in algae processing technology for the creation of bioplastics and apply them to biopreservatives in an attempt to reduce potential side effects from those currently used in cosmetics, food and personal care products. It is the use of enzymes in the process to produce bioplastics […]

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Honeywell UOP researchers win plaudits by AICHE for Methanol-to-Olefins process

Honeywell UOP researchers win plaudits by AICHE for Methanol-to-Olefins process

March 19, 2017 |

In Illinois, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Fuels and Petrochemical Division has recognized four Honeywell scientists with the 2016 Industrial Research & Development Award for the development and commercialization of the UOP Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins process. The award recognizes the scientists’ work on the technology that converts methanol from sources such as coal and natural […]

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