Category: Research

NASA, Bradley U launch 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

NASA, Bradley U launch 3D-Printed Habitat Competition

November 10, 2017 |

In Illinois, NASA and challenge partner Bradley University opened Phase 3 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge for registration. The Centennial Challenges competition is seeking ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges citizen inventors to lead the way. The 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is divided into phases. The Phase 1: Design Competition […]

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NSF awards grant to DMC Biotechnologies for high throughput metabolic engineering platform development.

NSF awards grant to DMC Biotechnologies for high throughput metabolic engineering platform development.

November 10, 2017 |

In Colorado, DMC Biotechnologies was awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant for $600,000 to commercialize their proprietary high throughput metabolic engineering platform that enables the rapid development of microbial hosts for the production of a broad diversity of bio-based products.  The comapny also recently picked up a National Institute […]

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Sandia researchers produce muconic acid and pyrogallol from lignin

Sandia researchers produce muconic acid and pyrogallol from lignin

November 9, 2017 |

In California, Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestically grown renewable sources. The team’s first new conversion method is a multi-stage process that begins by pre-treating lignin […]

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University of Minnesota-Duluth develop “instant coal” from wood and agri waste

University of Minnesota-Duluth develop “instant coal” from wood and agri waste

November 8, 2017 |

In Minnesota, coal fueled the Industrial Revolution, but it took eons to form. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota-Duluth has introduced what might be called “instant coal”: an energy-dense biofuel made from wood and agricultural waste in the Natural Resources Research Institute’s (NRRI) Renewable Energy Lab. The new biofuel’s vital statistics […]

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Indian researchers create comprehensive database of known biofuel enzymes

Indian researchers create comprehensive database of known biofuel enzymes

November 7, 2017 |

In India, researchers developed a comprehensive database of known enzymes with proven or potential applications in biofuel production through text mining of PubMed abstracts and other publicly available information. A total of 131 enzymes with a role in biofuel production were identified and classified into six enzyme classes and four broad application categories namely ‘Alcohol […]

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Exxon sees commercial algae production at least another 10 years away

Exxon sees commercial algae production at least another 10 years away

November 6, 2017 |

In Texas, Exxon’s head of R&D told Bloomberg that commercial algae production is at least another 10 years away, although the company has already been investing in the technology for eight years. The algae investment and its work with the Renewable Energy Group using microbes to produce biodiesel from crop waste that was recently extended […]

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Crude glycerol as microalgae feedstock boosts biofuel production

Crude glycerol as microalgae feedstock boosts biofuel production

November 3, 2017 |

In India, a new low-cost method for producing biofuels using crude glycerol was developed thanks to researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. The team used the algal based crude glycerol, which is a low-cost organic carbon source and the main by-product of the biodiesel production process as a main feedstock for microalgae cultivation […]

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Penn State researchers look at to giant clam for clues to algae biofuel production

Penn State researchers look at to giant clam for clues to algae biofuel production

November 2, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at Penn State are investigating the role of giant clams as “solar transformers” because they are capable of absorbing bright sunlight at a very high rate and scattering it over a large surface area. When the light is distributed evenly among the thick layer of algae living inside the clam, the algae […]

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USDA awards 17 grants to fund food, fuel and fiber research

USDA awards 17 grants to fund food, fuel and fiber research

November 1, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. […]

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Michigan State researchers propose new method to produce bioplastics from sunlight and cyanobacteria

Michigan State researchers propose new method to produce bioplastics from sunlight and cyanobacteria

October 31, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ancient microorganism. Researchers at the Ducat MSU-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory took cyanobacteria, that use sunlight to naturally produce sugar, and genetically tweaked them to constantly leak that sugar into a surrounding […]

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