Category: Research

New low-cost, one-step path to coffee biodiesel uncovered by UK research team

New low-cost, one-step path to coffee biodiesel uncovered by UK research team

May 14, 2017 |

In the UK, researchers at Lancaster University led by Dr Vesna Najdanovic-Visak have developed a one-step system for making biodiesel from spent coffee grounds.  The team found they are able to combine the processes by using just methanol and a catalyst – removing the need for hexane altogether and saving on chemical waste. In addition, […]

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Argonne, NREL win $$ to support blending Gevo Isobutanol 

Argonne, NREL win $$ to support blending Gevo Isobutanol 

May 11, 2017 |

In Colorado, Gevo was selected to collaborate with researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers program. Specifically, Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) received funding to work with Gevo to develop a predictive octane blending model for isobutanol and gasoline blendstocks for oxygenated […]

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ORNL using microbial process to produce hydrogen from biofuel processing wastewater

ORNL using microbial process to produce hydrogen from biofuel processing wastewater

May 10, 2017 |

In Tennessee, “electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a new process developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen. The hydrogen can then be used to convert bio-oil into higher grade liquid fuels such as gasoline or diesel. The team’s lab-scale demonstration can […]

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KU Leuven researchers find bacteria DNA mutates under stress

KU Leuven researchers find bacteria DNA mutates under stress

May 9, 2017 |

In Belgium, bacteria need mutations or changes in their DNA code to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven. The findings open up various new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient […]

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Sandia discovers ways to make advanced biofuels competitive through byproducts

Sandia discovers ways to make advanced biofuels competitive through byproducts

May 8, 2017 |

In California, a recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste — and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. Fuel made from plants is much more expensive than petroleum, but one way to decrease the cost would be to sell products made from lignin, the plant waste left over […]

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Scientists complete 1st EPA-Approved outdoor trial for engineered algae

Scientists complete 1st EPA-Approved outdoor trial for engineered algae

May 7, 2017 |

In California, scientists at the University of California San Diego and Sapphire Energy have successfully completed the first outdoor field trial sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for genetically engineered algae. In a series of experiments funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the researchers tested a genetically engineered strain of algae in outdoor […]

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Hong Kong researchers cut 2G ethanol production costs by inhibiting tricin production in rice

Hong Kong researchers cut 2G ethanol production costs by inhibiting tricin production in rice

May 4, 2017 |

In Hong Kong, researchers from Hong Kong University and Kyoto University have determined that by inhibiting tricin production in the rice plant, energy production can increase by 37%. Researchers think the genetic engineering will eventually take over for the costly chemical process of producing glucose for ethanol production from cellulosic material such as rice straw. […]

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Nigerian researchers develop biogas process for chicken manure and invasive plants

Nigerian researchers develop biogas process for chicken manure and invasive plants

May 3, 2017 |

In Nigeria, researchers developed a process to pre-treat chicken droppings, and then have anaerobic microbes digest the waste and Mexican sunflowers together. Eight kilograms of poultry waste and sunflowers produced more than 3 kg of biogas — more than enough fuel to drive the reaction and have some leftover for other uses such as powering […]

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Belgian researchers studying bacteria mutations to boost biofuel production

Belgian researchers studying bacteria mutations to boost biofuel production

May 2, 2017 |

In Belgium, bacteria need mutations — changes in their DNA code — to survive under difficult circumstances. When necessary, they can even mutate at different speeds. This is shown in a recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium. The findings open up various new avenues […]

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Japanese researchers using pulsed electric fields to extract hydrocarbons from algae

Japanese researchers using pulsed electric fields to extract hydrocarbons from algae

May 1, 2017 |

In Japan, efforts have been made by researchers to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is typically used to weaken cell walls and increase permeability allowing for extraction of elements inside the cell. Kumamoto University researchers, on the other […]

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