Category: Research

Idaho National Laboratory researcher finds new way to produce cyanobacteria

Idaho National Laboratory researcher finds new way to produce cyanobacteria

May 9, 2019 |

In Idaho, a researcher at Idaho National Laboratory has developed a way to grow blue-green algae – known as cyanobacteria – for bioenergy. The process could also help clean up water from wastewater treatment plants. Blue-green algae blooms can clog waterways around the world, from estuaries in Florida to the Mississippi River Basin to lakes […]

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Loughborough University wins grant to develop sustainable transport fuels

Loughborough University wins grant to develop sustainable transport fuels

May 8, 2019 |

In the UK, Loughborough University has been awarded GBP200,000 for two projects which aim to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly. Researchers successfully bid for the grant which will come from the Department for Transport and Supergen Bioenergy Hub – a group of experts focused on developing sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s […]

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EPFL researchers produce hydrogen via solar power

EPFL researchers produce hydrogen via solar power

May 7, 2019 |

In Switzerland, scientists at EPFL’s Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering (LRESE) came up with the idea of concentrating solar irradiation to produce a larger amount of hydrogen over a given area at a lower cost. They developed an enhanced photo-electrochemical system that, when used in conjunction with concentrated solar irradiation and smart thermal […]

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VTT teams with Swedish R&D council on bio- and circular economy tests and demos

VTT teams with Swedish R&D council on bio- and circular economy tests and demos

May 6, 2019 |

In Sweden, a new agreement between VTT and RISE was signed May 6 is to establish a framework for collaboration in the field of bio- and circular economy test and demo infrastructures. The purpose is to create a comprehensive infrastructure portfolio for the benefit of their customers, and to plan future investments. Industrial renewal is […]

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Synthetic biology tools used to produce terpenoids, oil in plants

Synthetic biology tools used to produce terpenoids, oil in plants

May 5, 2019 |

In Michigan, scientists at Michigan State University developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants. The new tools allow to produce both terpenoids and oil, a biofuel resource, in plant leaves. Modern applications for terpenoids range wide, from pharmaceuticals, fragrances, nutraceuticals and biopesticides, to chemical feedstocks. Terpenoids form the largest class of natural […]

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IEA Bioenergy Task 39 compares different biofuel LCA tools

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 compares different biofuel LCA tools

May 2, 2019 |

In Canada, one of the objectives of IEA Bioenergy Task 39 is to enhance the understanding of the commonalities and differences between four well-recognized biofuels life cycle analysis (LCA) models (EU’s BIOGRACE, Canada’s GHGENIUS, USA’s GREET and Brazil’s VSB). These LCA models have been used globally by industry, policy makers and regulators to evaluate and […]

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University of Twente researcher look into physics of ethanol/water/oil interaction

University of Twente researcher look into physics of ethanol/water/oil interaction

May 1, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, a team of researchers working at the University of Twente has solved the mystery of why a drop of oil bounces repeatedly when dropped in a water/ethanol gradient but eventually falls to the bottom of a jar. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their study […]

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Brookhaven researchers discover ways plants control oil levels in cells

Brookhaven researchers discover ways plants control oil levels in cells

April 30, 2019 |

In New York state, biochemists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered two ways that autophagy, or self-eating, controls the levels of oils in plant cells. The study, published in The Plant Cell on April 29, 2019, describes how this cannibalistic-sounding process actually helps plants survive. It also provides mechanistic details […]

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EU-funded project A-LEAF looks to produce fuels from CO2

EU-funded project A-LEAF looks to produce fuels from CO2

April 29, 2019 |

In Spain, the EU-funded project A-LEAF is working towards a system that will use sunlight directly to transform waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into valuable chemical fuels using a clean, fast and cost-effective process. The researchers are developing a device that replicates the natural process of photosynthesis carried out by green plants to store energy. The […]

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Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

Longer life for bioelectrodes with oxygen-free environment

April 28, 2019 |

In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum has shown that operation in an oxygen-free environment significantly prolongs the life of the bioelectrode. “In order to generate energy sustainably and efficiently, we must not only understand but also overcome the processes that limit the lifetime of renewable energy conversion technologies,” says Wolfgang Schuhmann. The use […]

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