Category: Research

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awards vouches to five bioenergy companies

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awards vouches to five bioenergy companies

August 23, 2016 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awarded $8 million worth of research vouchers to 43 small businesses, of which five were related to bioenergy: Avatar Sustainable Technologies, Syracuse, New York Avatar Sustainable Technologies will work with the with National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop a method to economically use waste from […]

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Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

Texas A&M to hold practical short course on biofuel facility plant operations

August 22, 2016 |

In Texas, the Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities,” Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. The course objectives are to receive comprehensive […]

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More Yeast Beasts for Biotech? JGI marks more strains for production possibilities

More Yeast Beasts for Biotech? JGI marks more strains for production possibilities

August 20, 2016 |

Yeast, they’re so small that they probably all look like twins, all work the same, do the same things. Not so, says DOE Joint Genome Insitute’s Robert Riley, who tells The Digest, “We might think of yeasts as simple unicellular, creatures similar to each other, but in fact their genetic diversity is like the difference […]

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Researchers make breakthrough in catalyst for methane to methanol

Researchers make breakthrough in catalyst for methane to methanol

August 18, 2016 |

In California, a team of researchers from Belgium and the U.S. has identified the active site of an iron-containing catalyst that has raised hopes for designing a practically useful catalyst that might make converting methane to methanol a possibility. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their efforts, what they discovered […]

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Nigeria to invest in biofuel R&D center

Nigeria to invest in biofuel R&D center

August 17, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the Petroleum Technology Development fund will set up a national coordination center for biofuel R&D at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies in Kaduna and has called on the national petroleum industry to provide support and funding to getting biofuel production to commercial scale in the country. One of the fund’s […]

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DOE Joint Genome Institute aims to boost use of more yeasts

DOE Joint Genome Institute aims to boost use of more yeasts

August 16, 2016 |

In California, so far industry has only harnessed a fraction of the diversity available for biotechnological applications, including biofuel production. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by DOE Joint Genome Institute researchers aims to help boost the use of a wider range of yeasts. To help boost the use […]

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Red Tail Energy and EERC get $490,000 grant to study CCS at ethanol plant

Red Tail Energy and EERC get $490,000 grant to study CCS at ethanol plant

August 15, 2016 |

In North Dakota, North Dakota ethanol producer Red Trail Energy, and the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) have been awarded $490,000 by the North Dakota Industrial Commission’s Renewable Energy Program in support of a study examining the integration of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at RTE’s ethanol manufacturing facility near Richardton to reduce the […]

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New, better biofuel process using E. coli production booster: new research

New, better biofuel process using E. coli production booster: new research

August 14, 2016 |

In Missouri, engineers at Washington University have found a new way to boost biofuel production in E. coli bacteria by altering its protein structure. Fuzhong Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, along with researchers in his lab, reported in the journal Metabolic Engineering that they have discovered a new method […]

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Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: new research

Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: new research

August 14, 2016 |

In California, a US Navy research team at China Lake led by Ben Harvey reported that 2,3-Butanediol, which has received a significant amount of interest based on the ability to generate it at much higher titer than n-butanol owing tothe relatively low toxicity of 2,3-BD to the producing organism, “can be converted to butenes over bifunctional […]

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Global Bioenergies making headway with bio-based isooctane and ETBE

Global Bioenergies making headway with bio-based isooctane and ETBE

August 11, 2016 |

In France, in order to prevent the air-fuel mixture in the gasoline engine from self-igniting prematurely, additives are included with the fuel to increase the knock resistance. In a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) the French-German company Global Bioenergies now aims to produce two such additives, isooctane and […]

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