Category: Research

Brazil’s CTBE signs MOU with York’s Biorenewables Development Centre

Brazil’s CTBE signs MOU with York’s Biorenewables Development Centre

December 19, 2014 |

In the UK, Brazil’s National Laboratory of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (CTBE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), based in York. For the past five years, plant biologists, geneticists and green chemists from across Europe have been working with CTBE experts on sugarcane breeding and bioethanol production, […]

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University of Guelph researchers cook farm waste to produce biofuels

University of Guelph researchers cook farm waste to produce biofuels

December 17, 2014 |

In Canada, it takes some cooking, but turning farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. Guelph researchers are studying how to make biofuels from farm waste, especially “wet” waste that is typically difficult to use. They have developed a fairly simple procedure […]

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Universities look how to produce bioproducts from wastewater

Universities look how to produce bioproducts from wastewater

December 16, 2014 |

In Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will explore the “Production of Bioisoprene from Wastewater” (WERF project # NTRY6R14). The research team will convert biomass from wastewater treatment facilities into isoprene (used in production of rubber components of automotive tires), as well as renewable biofuel (methane) using an engineered microbe. Greeley and Hansen is conducting research […]

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Natural Resources Canada focused on oil & gas research while ditching biofuels

Natural Resources Canada focused on oil & gas research while ditching biofuels

December 15, 2014 |

In Canada, Natural Resources Canada failed to spend $298.6 million that was budgeted for biofuels, green energy, energy efficiency and technology plans last year, yet somehow spent more than $438 million on programs for oil and gas research and market development, including research on how to clean up spills. Of the total, $113 million went […]

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National Algae Association to host algae workshop in January 2015

National Algae Association to host algae workshop in January 2015

December 15, 2014 |

In Louisiana, the National Algae Association will be hosting a workshop on Algae Production and networking from January 22-25 in 2015. The workshop is designed to educate and share information on algae strains, commercial algae production processes, equipment and potential markets on the algae industry. They will be focusing on: Nutraceuticals- Omega 2 EPA/DHA Feeds […]

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UConn researchers demonstrate hemp as viable biodiesel feedstock

UConn researchers demonstrate hemp as viable biodiesel feedstock

December 11, 2014 |

In Connecticut, researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties that make it viable and even attractive as a raw material, or feedstock, for producing biodiesel. The plant’s ability to grow in infertile soils also reduces the need to grow it on primary croplands, which can […]

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University of Florida pioneers space fuel technology using astronaut waste

University of Florida pioneers space fuel technology using astronaut waste

December 10, 2014 |

In Florida, Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste — yes, that kind — into rocket fuel. Adolescent jokes aside, the process finally makes useful something that until now has been collected to burn up on re-entry. […]

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Swiss scientists produce PLA from glycerol to make bioplastics

Swiss scientists produce PLA from glycerol to make bioplastics

December 9, 2014 |

In Switzerland, polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a waste by-product in the production of biodiesel. The research groups of ETH professors Konrad Hungerbühler and Javier Pérez-Ramírez at the Institute […]

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UK researchers seek to clean up tin mine using algae

UK researchers seek to clean up tin mine using algae

December 8, 2014 |

In the UK, a ground breaking research project by the GW4 Alliance aims to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time. GW4 brings together the South West and Wales’ four leading, research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Researchers […]

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Waxworm gut microbes can eat polyethylene, says Chinese research

Waxworm gut microbes can eat polyethylene, says Chinese research

December 8, 2014 |

In China, scientists have discovered a bacteria from the guts of a worm that can degrade polyethylene in one step. The research found that at least two strains of a moth larva, known as a waxworm, have gut microbes that could degrade polyethylene without a pretreatment step. The research is being reported in Environmental Science […]

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