Category: Research

Argonne researchers develop landscape approach to reduce bioenergy environmental impacts

Argonne researchers develop landscape approach to reduce bioenergy environmental impacts

August 27, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory developed an approach to design such landscapes at a field scale to minimize concerns of land use change, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of food and bioenergy. This study leverages concepts of nutrient recovery and phytoremediation to place bioenergy crops on the landscape to […]

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New report on MSW as biofuel feedstock looks at LCA and different technologies

New report on MSW as biofuel feedstock looks at LCA and different technologies

August 26, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, which are the first to result from EREF’s Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock” and “Anaerobic Digestion of MSW: Report on the State of Practice.” Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model […]

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Latvian researchers may have broken the ethanol and furfural co-production conundrum

Latvian researchers may have broken the ethanol and furfural co-production conundrum

August 25, 2015 |

In Latvia, researchers led by the University of Latvia Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology have demonstrated the viability of a technique that produces both ethanol and furfural from wheat straw. Producing furfural from biomass typically involves destroying up to half of the cellulosic material, reducing yields for ethanol production significantly but the researchers claim to […]

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Queensland researcher looking to produce biofuels from bagasse for US Navy

Queensland researcher looking to produce biofuels from bagasse for US Navy

August 24, 2015 |

In Australia, a researcher from Queensland University of Technology is working to develop technology to turn sugarcane bagasse into aviation and other fuels under a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Government. The target market is the US Navy who is seeking biofuel filling stations in Australia to supply its green fleet. Already Queenland ports […]

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Global Bioenergies makes isobutene from wood sugars in R&D breakthrough

Global Bioenergies makes isobutene from wood sugars in R&D breakthrough

August 23, 2015 |

In France, Global Bioenergies reports that they have produced isobutene by fermentation based exclusively on xylose as a feedstock. Performances using xylose were similar to those obtained when running the process on wheat-derived glucose or sugar beet-derived sucrose, the company said. The production strain’s central metabolism was remodeled using an innovative synthetic biology approach. An […]

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Australian researchers produce 400 liters of ethanol form 1 tonne of wine marc

Australian researchers produce 400 liters of ethanol form 1 tonne of wine marc

August 20, 2015 |

In Australia, The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, University of Adelaide researchers have found. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the researchers showed that up to 400 litres of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of a tonne of grape marc (the leftover skins, stalks and seeds from wine-making). Global […]

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Indian researchers identify pest impacting pongamia

Indian researchers identify pest impacting pongamia

August 19, 2015 |

In India, researchers from the Institute of Wood Science & Technology under Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education of found that pongamia trees that are being promoted as a biodiesel feedstock are susceptible to infestations of the gall midge. The midge lays its eggs in the pongamia flowers and over time destroys the flowers […]

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EPFL researchers look at oil palm waste for biorefinery opportunities

EPFL researchers look at oil palm waste for biorefinery opportunities

August 18, 2015 |

In Switzerland,  researchers from EPFL show agricultural residues from Brazilian oil palm plantations, can be used to produce bioethanol and two additional end products: furfural, a much-used industrial compound, and lignin, a solid fuel that can be used in the biorefinery.  For this particular study, they characterized the composition of the empty fruit bunches and […]

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Kansas State researcher boosts camelina yields

Kansas State researcher boosts camelina yields

August 17, 2015 |

In Kansas, a Kansas State University biochemistry professor has reached a milestone in building a better biofuel: producing high levels of lipids with modified properties in oil seeds. Timothy Durrett, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and collaborators at Michigan State University and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln have modified Camelina sativa and produced the […]

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New Biofuel-Producing Bacteria Discovered

New Biofuel-Producing Bacteria Discovered

August 16, 2015 |

Scientists from the University of Maryland will report in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that they have isolated several different strains of bacteria that make high concentrations of biofuels from cellulosic biomass or from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas. The authors isolated bacteria that make high concentrations of alcohols including ethanol and 1-butanol, and other […]

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