Category: Research

Calls for Indonesia to conduct more B30 tests before roll out

Calls for Indonesia to conduct more B30 tests before roll out

September 4, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports experts are calling for more tests on the use of B30 before the government implements nationwide. The country recently boosted its blending mandate to 20% in an effort to reduce palm oil surpluses and is now looking to 30% next year and 50% soon after. In mid-June, successful […]

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AirAsia looking to aviation biofuels with Airbus’ technical support

AirAsia looking to aviation biofuels with Airbus’ technical support

September 3, 2019 |

In Malaysia, AirAsia’s CEO says the company is interested in using aviation biofuels but that the R&D required is beyond its capacity, so it is exploring partnering with Airbus. The company just signed an order for 42 new Airbus aircraft valued at more than $5 billion. The group CEO didn’t mention a timeline for the […]

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Earth BioGenome Project makes progress on sequencing more than 9,000 species

Earth BioGenome Project makes progress on sequencing more than 9,000 species

September 2, 2019 |

In New York state, during its inaugural year, the Earth BioGenome Project has established a foundation that will carry it toward completion of Phase I of the project – the sequencing of a representative species of each of the approximately 9,300 known eukaryotic taxonomic families of plants, animals, protozoa, fungi, and other microbes in the […]

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UCI scientists awarded $2.7 million for soil nutrient microbiome research

UCI scientists awarded $2.7 million for soil nutrient microbiome research

August 31, 2019 |

In California, a group of University of California, Irvine scientists from UCI’s School of Biological Sciences and Department of Earth System Science won $2.7 million in federal funding to dig deeper into how soil microbes respond to drought. Their work is part of the national Genomic Science Program, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative examining […]

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers receive $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers receive $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics

August 29, 2019 |

In Nebraska, researchers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln recently earned a $2.7 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a rapid, efficient method for characterizing the functions of genes in sorghum. The Nebraska scientists are leading a team of institutions from across the Corn Belt – including Iowa State […]

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DOE announces $64 million for 25 university-led genomics research projects to boost bioenergy

DOE announces $64 million for 25 university-led genomics research projects to boost bioenergy

August 28, 2019 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The plant research—12 projects totaling $29 million over three years—focuses on expanding knowledge of gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.  The aim is […]

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University of Coventry researchers look at biodiesel in ethanol/diesel blends

University of Coventry researchers look at biodiesel in ethanol/diesel blends

August 27, 2019 |

In the UK, researchers from the University of Coventry have been looking at the impact of biodiesel fuel on ethanol/diesel (ED) fuel blends. The soybean methyl ester was used as a representative composition of typical biodiesel fuels. The heating and evaporation of ethanol–biodiesel–diesel (EBD) blends were investigated using the Discrete–Component (DC) model. The Cetane Number […]

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University of Delaware leads research on use of carbon capture for high-value chemicals

University of Delaware leads research on use of carbon capture for high-value chemicals

August 26, 2019 |

In Delaware, led by the University of Delaware, researchers have made a new discovery that could further advance carbon capture and utilization and extend its promise to new industries. In the journal Nature Chemistry, Jiao and collaborators from the California Institute of Technology, Nanjing University (China), and Soochow University (China) describe how they formed carbon-nitrogen […]

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Breath! Respiring microbes generate more energy

Breath! Respiring microbes generate more energy

August 25, 2019 |

In Denmark, researchers at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) at the Technical University of Denmark shed light on how bacteria and baker’s yeast generate and use their energy to grow and how it is possible to evoke a shift in the metabolism from fermentation to respiration of E. coli and baker’s […]

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University of Leeds study shows energy ROI for fossil fuels diminishing quickly

University of Leeds study shows energy ROI for fossil fuels diminishing quickly

August 22, 2019 |

In the UK, a new study, co-authored by scientists from the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, has calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources – roughly 6:1, and potentially […]

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