Category: Research

University of Louisville Renewable Energy Research Center receives NSF grant for $4.2 million

In Kentucky, the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has received a five-year grant from the Nation Science Foundation that will provide $4.2 million in funding for its “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” project. The center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need while […]

August 28, 2014 More

Algae to be used for cattle feed in Australia

In Australia, algae may have a new application: cattle feed. Research sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia and conducted by the University of Queensland was unveiled last week, debuting an on-farm algae growing prototype in Queensland. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk said the farm showed algae could be grown easily in Australian conditions without competing […]

August 28, 2014 More

Canola seed genome sequenced by Georgia research team

In Georgia, a study published in the Science Journal has sequenced the canola seed genome, opening new doors to accelerating the improvement of the species. The genome is a combination of the genomes of Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea. Ultimately, this genome sequence may help researchers develop feedstocks that are suited to more sustainable biofuel […]

August 27, 2014 More

Genetic Signatures May Help Predictive Climate Models

In Tennessee, a team of researchers has teamed up to understand how selection affects plants and the genome level as poplar trees adapted to temperature and light factors in a study recently published in Nature Genetics. “If you know every base in a genome, you can skip whole generations and use genomic information to predict […]

August 25, 2014 More

UN draft document for application of UNFC-2009 to renewable energy resources open to comment through Sep. 12

In Europe, the UN draft document, “Generic Specifications for Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Renewable Energy Resources” is open for public comment through September 12, 2014. The purpose of the document is to enable the application of UNFC-2009, incorporating Specifications for its […]

August 24, 2014 More

Virginia Tech researchers get $1.4 million grant to study bioenergy genetics

In Virginia, two Virginia Tech researchers have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow an important bioenergy crop to be bred so it will grow in less than ideal soils and climate. Populus, a genus of fast-growing trees commonly known as cottonwoods and aspens, is being grown for […]

August 22, 2014 More

University of Minnesota gets $20 million for sustainable polymer center

In Minnesota, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers recently announced it has been awarded a $20 million grant over five years from the National Science Foundation focused on discoveries of the next generation of biobased plastics. The Center for Sustainable Polymers will be one of only eight NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation in […]

August 21, 2014 More

JBEI researchers develop “bionic liquids”

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have developed “bionic liquids” from lignin and hemicellulose, two by-products of biofuel production from biorefineries. JBEI is a multi-institutional partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) that was established by the DOE Office of Science to accelerate the development of […]

August 20, 2014 More

USDA releases new switchgrass for bioenergy

In Washington, the release of a new type of switchgrass specifically designed for bioenergy generation has been announced by USDA researchers and their partners. Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent decades working on different projects that contributed to the development of the cultivar “Liberty,” which can yield 8 tons of biomass per acre.  

August 18, 2014 More

UK’s renewable energy legislative landscape outlined in new white paper

In the UK, a new white paper analyzing the legislative environment for renewable energy in the UK has been published by Dominic FitzPatrick, Head of Energy at the international law firm Taylor Wessing. The white paper was also recently featured in Clean Energy Pipeline’s Clean Energy UK Finance Guide 2014. The paper also contains content […]

August 17, 2014 More