Category: Research

Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

July 10, 2017 |

In the UK, Celtic Renewables Ltd set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel. Biobutanol is produced from draff – the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production – and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid […]

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Research Study Shows Corn More Valuable as Food than Fuel

Research Study Shows Corn More Valuable as Food than Fuel

July 8, 2017 |

In Illinois, the food versus fuel debate gets a new research study supporting the food side. Researchers at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign completed their three year study to assign a dollar amount to each step in corn production for both food and biofuel measuring its value economically and environmentally. The study focused specifically on corn […]

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Researchers modify enzyme surfaces to reduce biofuel production costs

Researchers modify enzyme surfaces to reduce biofuel production costs

July 6, 2017 |

In New Jersey, biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University. They’ve demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to corn stalks and other cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production, according to a study […]

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ORNL researchers find way to significantly reduce amount of enzymes used in cellulosic biofuel production

ORNL researchers find way to significantly reduce amount of enzymes used in cellulosic biofuel production

July 5, 2017 |

In Tennessee, scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of an enzyme-catalyzed reaction that could significantly reduce the total amount of enzymes used, improving production processes and lowering costs. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and North Carolina State University used a combination of X-ray and neutron crystallography to determine […]

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TU Munich researchers reduce energy requirements for biofuel production with zeolite crystals

TU Munich researchers reduce energy requirements for biofuel production with zeolite crystals

July 4, 2017 |

In Germany, using a novel catalyst concept, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process. The trick: The reaction takes place in very confined spaces inside zeolite crystals. In the laboratory, the scientists demonstrated that the temperature […]

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Arizona State University researchers make breakthrough on breaking down xylose

Arizona State University researchers make breakthrough on breaking down xylose

July 3, 2017 |

In Arizona, researchers at Arizona State University wanted to squeeze out more energy from xylose sugars. To do so, they challenged E. coli bacteria that could thrive comfortably on glucose — and switch out the growth medium broth to grow solely on xylose. The bacteria would be forced to adapt to the new food supply […]

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UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept for biofuels

UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept for biofuels

July 2, 2017 |

In Finland, UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed. The sequential cropping concept enables contract farmers to take agricultural land into use outside the main cultivation period, in […]

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Penn State researchers looking to boost aviation biofuel efficiencies

Penn State researchers looking to boost aviation biofuel efficiencies

June 29, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create […]

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Xylogenics advances GX-1 Yeast Technology  

Xylogenics advances GX-1 Yeast Technology  

June 28, 2017 |

In Indiana, Xylogenics released a new strain design for its patented GX-1 yeast production and fermentation process. The efficiencies created by the newest strain design will have an immediate impact on industries that rely on micro-organism technologies, most notably the ethanol industry wherein individual production plants are planning to invest upwards of $350 million annually […]

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Genetics roadmap to develop more resilient farmed fish

Genetics roadmap to develop more resilient farmed fish

June 27, 2017 |

In Scotland, researchers at WorldFish will embark on new research to create more resilient fish with characteristics such as disease resistance and more effective feed utilization, using advanced techniques such as genomic selection to introduce these characteristics into its improved tilapia strains. Use of genomic selection tools, which enable the selection of animals based on […]

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