Category: Research

Brazilian and Colombian researchers say sugarcane energy could provide $35 billion to Latin America over 10 years

Brazilian and Colombian researchers say sugarcane energy could provide $35 billion to Latin America over 10 years

April 19, 2018 |

In Brazil, Brazilian and Colombian researchers have determined that expanding sugarcane ethanol production throughout Latin America could not only reduce fossil fuel imports but also provide green electricity through co-generation from bagasse providing economic benefits and savings of $35 billion over 10 years. With current molasses supplies, the researchers say Guatemala, Nicaragua and Cuba could […]

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Renaissance BioScience Corp teams with Mitacs on C$1.44 million non-GMO yeast R&D project

Renaissance BioScience Corp teams with Mitacs on C$1.44 million non-GMO yeast R&D project

April 18, 2018 |

In Canada, Renaissance BioScience Corp. announced a new partnership with Mitacs for a multi-year, C$1.44-million research and development project. Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, will provide matching funding to the RBSC project to support the development of next-generation, systematic tools and methods for expanding, screening and selecting biodiversity in non-GMO industrial yeast […]

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UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

April 17, 2018 |

In the UK, scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tons of plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which currently persists for […]

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Brazilian researchers to fungi to understand enzymes for 2G ethanol hydrolysis

Brazilian researchers to fungi to understand enzymes for 2G ethanol hydrolysis

April 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, production of second-generation (2G) ethanol from sugarcane requires enzymatic hydrolysis, in which enzymes from microorganisms act together to break down and convert the carbohydrates in sugarcane straw and bagasse into sugars capable of undergoing fermentation. Understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate the control and production of hydrolytic enzymes by microorganisms is considered fundamental […]

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95% wooden pallets recycled into biofuel, mulch, animal bedding

95% wooden pallets recycled into biofuel, mulch, animal bedding

April 15, 2018 |

In Virginia, a new study conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled. Wooden pallets get used, reused, and when they are no longer useful, they are converted to mulch, animal bedding or biofuel. Both municipal and solid waste (MSW) and […]

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EU researchers design and test cellulosomes to breakdown biomass waste into chemicals

EU researchers design and test cellulosomes to breakdown biomass waste into chemicals

April 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, EU researchers designed and tested cell structures, cellulosomes, that help breakdown abundant biomass waste to produce value-added chemicals, such as advanced biofuels. Key to producing advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass is the efficient conversion of the cellulose contained within cell walls into fermentable sugars – a major bottleneck for large-scale production. Efficient breakdown […]

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute find “red mud” key to bio-oil production from food waste

Worcester Polytechnic Institute find “red mud” key to bio-oil production from food waste

April 11, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute have determined that “red mud,” a waste product of aluminum refining, boosts energy recovery from food waste to 80% from the average 25% recovery using hydrothermal liquefaction  or the 40% recently achieved using a metal oxide catalyst called cerium-zirconia. With a third of the food produced annually on […]

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EU-funded project looks to produce biodiesel and biomaterials from olive mill wastewater

EU-funded project looks to produce biodiesel and biomaterials from olive mill wastewater

April 10, 2018 |

In Turkey, a European Union-funded project is helping researchers from Turkey, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Germany and Latvia to further develop technology to produce biofuels from olive oil processing wastewater. The Rhodolive project looks to ferment the organic load of olive mill wastewater that can then be turned into biodiesel, animal feed and higher value products […]

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University of Manchester analysis shows no real alternative fuels currently exist for shipping sector

University of Manchester analysis shows no real alternative fuels currently exist for shipping sector

April 9, 2018 |

In the UK, shipping industry needs to move to renewable and alternative fuels to reduce the sector’s impact on the environment. But there is no widely available fuel to manage climate change and local pollutants according to a recent study by researchers at The University of Manchester. How the shipping industry’s need to radically reduce […]

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Australian vine can boost soybean yield

Australian vine can boost soybean yield

April 7, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois shows that the unobtrusive perennial vine native to Australia, called Glycine tomentella, could hold the key to substantially increase soybean yields. “We saw yield increases of 3.5 to 7 bushels per acre in soybean lines derived from crossing with Glycine tomentella,” said Randall Nelson, study […]

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