Category: Research

From water to hydrogen biofuel – ASU uses light-driven energy extraction

From water to hydrogen biofuel – ASU uses light-driven energy extraction

July 8, 2018 |

In Arizona, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Redding is working on biological, light-driven energy extraction. Redding, a biochemist who leads the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU, is producing hydrogen biofuel from water instead of from natural gas which is a fossil fuel. Redding said, “I’m trying to redirect the natural photosynthesis pathway to […]

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Swedish researchers say increased number of biorefineries won’t have much impact on wood availability

Swedish researchers say increased number of biorefineries won’t have much impact on wood availability

July 5, 2018 |

In Sweden, a new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. They set out to better understand the potential […]

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Seeds to be grown in space could provide insight into lignin

Seeds to be grown in space could provide insight into lignin

July 4, 2018 |

In Virginia, last month a rocket thundered off a NASA launch pad, destined for the International Space Station. Nestled among the 7,400 lbs. of supplies was a handful of seeds designed to open new windows into our knowledge of how plants grow in space – information that could lead to growing fresh food in space […]

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Midwest AgEnergy gets grant to study barley for ethanol and animal feed production

Midwest AgEnergy gets grant to study barley for ethanol and animal feed production

July 3, 2018 |

In North Dakota, thanks to a $83,810 grant from the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Midwest AgEnergy Group are looking at opportunities to use local barley as feedstock for ethanol but also for protein concentrate as fish feed to supply the growing aquaculture industry, making it the first ethanol producer in the state to potential diversify […]

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ORNL uses plant-based materials for 3D printing

ORNL uses plant-based materials for 3D printing

July 2, 2018 |

In Tennessee, a scalable processing technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses plant-based materials for 3D printing and offers a promising additional revenue stream for biorefineries. Scientists created a new material with excellent printability and performance by tapping into lignin—a key component of plant cell walls that provides sturdiness. The method combines lignin, rubber, […]

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Yield10 publishes plant cell reports including camelina as model crop

Yield10 publishes plant cell reports including camelina as model crop

July 1, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., a company developing new technologies to create step-change improvements in crop yield to enhance global food security, published research describing the development of its Camelina platform as a model crop for novel yield trait discovery. The research paper titled “Camelina sativa, an oilseed at the nexus between model system and […]

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WSU-Tri Cities researchers get grant to develop aviation biofuels catalyst

WSU-Tri Cities researchers get grant to develop aviation biofuels catalyst

June 28, 2018 |

In Washington state, efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Researchers aim to develop a catalyst from forestry and agricultural […]

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South Africa looking at waste as opportunity for aviation biofuel feedstock

South Africa looking at waste as opportunity for aviation biofuel feedstock

June 27, 2018 |

In South Africa, Reuters reports that local social enterprise Fetola, WWF, and SkyNRG have teamed up to use $1.4 million in funding from the European Union’s SWITCH Africa Green Program to develop aviation fuel from waste biomass. Called the Waste to Wing program, it aims to find other alternative feedstocks for producing jet fuel in […]

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Imperial College researchers boost bioprocessing speed by 30 times

Imperial College researchers boost bioprocessing speed by 30 times

June 26, 2018 |

In the UK, Imperial College scientists have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics, breaking down plant-based biomass 30 times faster than currently possible. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production and more efficient plastic recycling. Researchers modified the glucosidase enzyme, which […]

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Chinese and Canadian researchers make headway on intermediates from CO2

Chinese and Canadian researchers make headway on intermediates from CO2

June 25, 2018 |

In China, a research team led from University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Toronto has uncovered a catalysis strategy producing intermediates during CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction, which sheds new lights on upgrading CO2 to engine fuels. When it comes to designing catalysts for CO2 conversion, many researches on the C-C […]

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