Category: Research

NREL biofuel researchers elevated to senior research fellow

NREL biofuel researchers elevated to senior research fellow

May 10, 2018 |

In Colorado, Robert McCormick, who earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wyoming and joined NREL nearly 17 years ago, has been elevated to senior research fellow.  Along with other current research fellows, these individuals will advise NREL executive management on the strategic direction of science and technology research and ensure NREL’s […]

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STORE&GO opens metehanization plant bolt-on for hydrogen production

STORE&GO opens metehanization plant bolt-on for hydrogen production

May 9, 2018 |

In Germany, as part of the international STORE&GO research project, opening ceremonies were held Wednesday for the methanization plant expansion to the existing power-to-gas facility in Falkenhagen. While the current facility feeds pure hydrogen (so-called “WindGas”) directly into the gas grid, the new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane. In this second […]

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researchers triple grain sorghum yields with GM

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researchers triple grain sorghum yields with GM

May 8, 2018 |

In New York state, a simple genetic modification can triple the grain number of sorghum, a drought-tolerant plant that is an important source of food, animal feed, and biofuel in many parts of the world. In new research reported in Nature Communications, scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have figured out how that genetic […]

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Indian researchers produce potash from vinasse

Indian researchers produce potash from vinasse

May 7, 2018 |

In India, the Times of India reports that researchers at the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Institute have developed a method to extract potash from vinasse in an effort to help reduce the toxic waste streams of sugarcane processing and ethanol production. Roughly 8-15 liters of vinasse are produced from every liter of ethanol produced, […]

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Lumber liquor – wood fermentation without heat turns biomass into tasty alcohol

Lumber liquor – wood fermentation without heat turns biomass into tasty alcohol

May 6, 2018 |

In Japan, researchers at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute found a way to produce an alcoholic drink made from wood and hope to have their “wood alcohol” on shelves within three years. Using similar wood fermentation as what is used to produce biofuel, they were able to remove toxins and make it flavorful. […]

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Finnish researchers develop method to produce biohydrogen through algae photosynthesis

Finnish researchers develop method to produce biohydrogen through algae photosynthesis

May 3, 2018 |

In Finland, a research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through the photosynthesis of green algae that function as cell factories. The researchers at the University of Turku decided to apply the knowledge retrieved from the basic research on […]

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Penn State researchers identify major steps in creating cellulose

Penn State researchers identify major steps in creating cellulose

May 2, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State have identified the major steps in the process as well as the tools used by plant cells to create cellulose, including proteins that transport critical components to the location where cellulose is made. A paper describing the study appears online the week of March 26, in the journal Proceedings of […]

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Brazilian researchers look into genetic mechanisms of fungus-derived enzymes to break down sugarcane

Brazilian researchers look into genetic mechanisms of fungus-derived enzymes to break down sugarcane

May 1, 2018 |

In Brazil, important knowledge of the different biological mechanisms behind the control and production of hydrolytic enzymes specifically by fungi has been garnered by a group of researchers at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in São Paulo State, Brazil, partnering with colleagues from the National Bioethanol Science & Technology Laboratory (CTBE), which belongs to the […]

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University of Bristol researchers design entirely new synthetic protein molecules within E. coli

University of Bristol researchers design entirely new synthetic protein molecules within E. coli

April 30, 2018 |

In the UK, researchers in the Schools of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the University of Bristol are working to boost cellular productivity of biofuels at a fundamentally scientific level in order to create innovative, sustainable solutions. Collaborating with scientists from the University of Kent and Queen Mary London, the research team has developed a new […]

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Researchers produce caproate from food waste

Researchers produce caproate from food waste

April 29, 2018 |

In Ireland, University of Ireland researchers were able to produce caproate, a precurser molecule to form oil-based products, from food waste, using microbes as a way to convert the food waste to an energy source. The team collected food waste from a local restaurant and used the organic material in an anaerobic system. They removed […]

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