Category: Research

Renewables critical for island economies: IRENA Report

Renewables critical for island economies: IRENA Report

July 3, 2015 |

In Brussels, International Renewable Energy Agency released three reports today for Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu, concluding that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could meet domestic energy needs while decreasing electricity costs, increasing energy access, and boosting energy independence. Renewables Readiness Assessments offer a holistic evaluation of conditions for […]

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UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

July 2, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic — literally — for the organisms that do the heavy lifting in the increasingly important field of bio-products derived from cellulosic biomass. When industrious bacteria like Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Zymomonas […]

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DOE plans to issue “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” call in July

DOE plans to issue “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” call in July

July 1, 2015 |

In Washington, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2”. BETO’s mission is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration activities at increasing scale to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially […]

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University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

June 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development. It typically involves complex biochemical processes implemented through the orchestration of metabolic reactions and gene regulation, […]

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Morgan State researcher gets $100,000 to commercialize CycloBurn Combustion System™

Morgan State researcher gets $100,000 to commercialize CycloBurn Combustion System™

June 29, 2015 |

In Maryland, Morgan State University professor and lab director for the School of Engineering’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department, Dr. Seong W. Lee, and his research team are the recipients of a $100,000 Phase 1 award from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) to transition his CycloBurn Combustion System™ from prototype to commercialization. The innovative new system uses a proprietary […]

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BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell back launch of “Biofuels for Europe” info site

BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell back launch of “Biofuels for Europe” info site

June 27, 2015 |

In Brussels, a new interactive website “www.BiofuelsforEurope.eu” launched today in the European Parliament to summarize the latest science on key biofuels issues using fact-based, understandable information. BP, Novozymes, Scania and Shell have sponsored the initiative in the common view that biofuels, when sustainably produced, have a positive role to play in decarbonizing the transport sector in […]

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Purdue gets $6.5 million from ARPA-Energy for sorghum research

Purdue gets $6.5 million from ARPA-Energy for sorghum research

June 25, 2015 |

In Indiana, Purdue University has been awarded $6.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy for research aimed at producing superior strains of sorghum suitable for growing as a biofuel. The grant is among six Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture awards nationwide from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The projects are focused on accelerating […]

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center gets $8 million ARPA–E TERRA grant

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center gets $8 million ARPA–E TERRA grant

June 24, 2015 |

In Missouri, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced it was awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA–E TERRA program. Funds will be used for research to accelerate breeding and the commercial release of economically viable bioenergy sorghum hybrids. Todd Mockler, Ph.D., Geraldine and Robert Virgil Distinguished Investigator at the […]

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UK researchers ID key enzymes from yeast molds for better biofuel production

UK researchers ID key enzymes from yeast molds for better biofuel production

June 23, 2015 |

In the UK, based at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), researchers have identified the exact mechanism and structure of two key enzymes isolated from yeast moulds that together provide a new, cleaner route to the production of hydrocarbons. Published in Nature, the research offers the possibility of replacing the need for oil in current […]

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Ceres to focus on sugarcane rather than bioenergy after Brazilian downturn

Ceres to focus on sugarcane rather than bioenergy after Brazilian downturn

June 22, 2015 |

In Brazil, Ceres says the company is pulling back from research into bioenergy crops due to low prices and a sinking domestic economy and will instead focus on sugarcane for food and feed. Unfavorable biofuels policies as well as delays in bringing to market second generation biofuel production technologies have helped to support the decision […]

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