Category: Research

Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

August 21, 2017 |

In California, a Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys founders say they chose to grow […]

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New approach for potato waste to ethanol conversion

New approach for potato waste to ethanol conversion

August 20, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers from Penn State found a more efficient and less expensive way to convert potato waste into ethanol, which is good news for the more than 20 potato chip manufacturing companies located in the region. By adding a bioreactor of mold and yeast while breaking down potato peels and residuals from complex carbohydrates […]

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Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

August 17, 2017 |

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary team including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois. The […]

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University of British Columbia researcher boosts methane production 172%

University of British Columbia researcher boosts methane production 172%

August 16, 2017 |

In Canada, new research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste—including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark—she compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique and […]

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Study shows North Dakota ethanol industry added $623.4 million to state’s economy in 2015

Study shows North Dakota ethanol industry added $623.4 million to state’s economy in 2015

August 15, 2017 |

In North Dakota, a study by North Dakota State University’s the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, The Center for Social Research, says the state’s ethanol industry added $623.4 million to the economy during 2015 including 234 FTE direct jobs and another 873 FTE secondary jobs. Secondary impacts from the ethanol industry were $411.1 million for the state’s economy. […]

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Stanford researchers discover new copper-based catalyst to produce ethanol from CO2

Stanford researchers discover new copper-based catalyst to produce ethanol from CO2

August 14, 2017 |

In California, Stanford researchers recently innovated a renewable method of producing the fuel additive, ethanol. This method simply delivers water, carbon dioxide and electricity through a copper catalyst. This innovation has enticed scientists and current state-of-the-art electrocatalysts will be improved in product selectivity and energy efficiency to make this alternative solution viable for the future. […]

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Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

August 12, 2017 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois – Urbana researchers are implementing a pilot program based on a three-year study that showed nearly $2 million in energy could be recovered by harvesting more than 100,000 acres of unpaved public land along highways and other rights-of-way full of weeds and grasses that can be converted to biofuel. It […]

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UK researchers discover viruses in kelps that could damage biofuel prospects

UK researchers discover viruses in kelps that could damage biofuel prospects

August 10, 2017 |

In the UK, scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe viruses in kelps, which are important both ecologically and commercially. Researchers from the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and University […]

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Indian researchers develop energy storage materials from sugar mill waste

Indian researchers develop energy storage materials from sugar mill waste

August 9, 2017 |

In India, researchers at the Bhavnagar-based Central Salt and Marine Research Institute (CSMRI) have developed a method to produce functionalized carbon material from sugar production and distillery waste that can be used to make electrodes, sensors and supercapacitors. After the carbon is removed from the waste wash, it can then be further treated through a combination […]

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Sandia lab looks to use polluted sea as test bed for algae production

Sandia lab looks to use polluted sea as test bed for algae production

August 8, 2017 |

In California, Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff. Algae thrives on these elements — a fact that causes […]

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