Category: Research

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center looks to designing advanced biofuels as way forward

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center looks to designing advanced biofuels as way forward

February 20, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, building on the success of 10 years of investigation into the production of renewable fuels from plants, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum. On Feb. 18 at […]

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Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

February 19, 2018 |

In the UK, an international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could now potentially be used to sustainably convert wood biomass into valuable chemical commodities such as […]

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DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Energy Department released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative. The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline for better performance. These new blendstocks, co-optimized with advanced […]

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Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

February 15, 2018 |

In Sweden, researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies lie in many processes from paper recycling to the production of biofuel and will eventually lead to less waste […]

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University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

February 14, 2018 |

In Georgia, a research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. In a paper published recently in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene […]

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BETO publishes 2017 project peer review

BETO publishes 2017 project peer review

February 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office published the results of last year’s Peer Review. The 2017 Project Peer Review Report contains project and technology area recommendations on the focus, management, and impact of the projects in each technology area, as well as project investigators’, technology area managers’, and BETO leadership’s responses to reviewer recommendations. […]

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DTU researchers patent ethanol from whey and spins off company to commercialize it

DTU researchers patent ethanol from whey and spins off company to commercialize it

February 12, 2018 |

In Denmark, researchers from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, have developed a patented technology which uses lactic acid bacteria to efficiently convert lactose in the whey into ethanol. Ethanol is the type of alcohol that is found in spirits. The researchers have formed the company Alcowhey, which aims to help smaller dairies […]

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New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

February 11, 2018 |

In Illinois, a multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country. The project, backed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Sun Grant Initiative, began in 2008 and includes researchers from 26 institutions. Together, they evaluated the bioenergy potential of switchgrass, Miscanthus, […]

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Omani researchers believe wadis could hold key to algae biofuel production

Omani researchers believe wadis could hold key to algae biofuel production

February 8, 2018 |

In Oman, researchers from the Sultan Qaboos University believe the sultanate is ideal for macroalgae production for biofuels in the longer term thanks to a number of suitable wadis. Algae grows naturally in the wadis following rains when nutrients accumulate. By studying the wadis’ different green and blue algae species, they believe some that produce […]

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ORNL develops method new supertough renewable plastic method

ORNL develops method new supertough renewable plastic method

February 7, 2018 |

In Tennessee, a novel method developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory creates supertough renewable plastic with improved manufacturability. Working with polylactic acid, a biobased plastic often used in packaging, textiles, biomedical implants and 3D printing, the research team added tiny amounts of silicon-based materials called silanes to design a new polymer. “Our fast, scalable approach […]

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