Category: Research

Biogas fuel exploration launched in Qatar

Biogas fuel exploration launched in Qatar

December 22, 2017 |

In Qatar, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment launched a project to produce biogas from wastes with Qatar University’s College of Engineering with the goal of using that biogas as a clean energy to power the motor vehicles. The project will study various techniques for producing biogas from waste and aims to convert vehicles from […]

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Researchers make breakthrough on how microbe breaks down lignocellulose

Researchers make breakthrough on how microbe breaks down lignocellulose

December 22, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, findings from a new study reveal some of the basic tools used by a specific microbe to break down lignocellulose. This work provides insight into how industrial processes might achieve degradation during biofuel production, and how side processes such as hydrogen production might be harnessed as well. One candidate species that can use […]

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Penn State researchers shown Kenyan farmers ready to grow croton for biodiesel

Penn State researchers shown Kenyan farmers ready to grow croton for biodiesel

December 20, 2017 |

In Kenya, small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country. Through the production of oil for energy and co-products, such as animal feed and organic […]

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University of Tübingen researchers develop process to convert whey into bio-oil

University of Tübingen researchers develop process to convert whey into bio-oil

December 19, 2017 |

In Germany, scientists have developed a bioprocess that enables conversion of acid whey, a dairy by-product, without the use of additional chemicals. Researchers from the Center of Applied Geosciences at the University of Tübingen and international colleagues used microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. The new bio-oil can be used in animal […]

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University of Washington researchers find poplar coppice could be best bet for Pacific Northwest biofuels

University of Washington researchers find poplar coppice could be best bet for Pacific Northwest biofuels

December 18, 2017 |

In Washington state, a University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable competitor by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently — after only two or three years — instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. The team is the first to try converting the […]

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NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

December 16, 2017 |

In Colorado, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields. Researchers were able to achieve a 98% […]

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US and German researchers produce biofuel from Greek yogurt waste

US and German researchers produce biofuel from Greek yogurt waste

December 14, 2017 |

In New York state, consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in the United States and Germany have found a way to use bacteria to turn the leftover sugars […]

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DOE awards Washington University in St. Louis $3.9 million to develop bacteria for biofuel production

DOE awards Washington University in St. Louis $3.9 million to develop bacteria for biofuel production

December 13, 2017 |

In Missouri, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels — energy sources made from plants or microbes. The researchers, representing a collaboration of investigators at the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied […]

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NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

December 12, 2017 |

In Colorado, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory  have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance to better break down biomass and convert waste plant matter to renewable fuels and products. Namely, […]

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Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

December 12, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, WESA-FM reports that industrial hemp acres could increase by 100-fold to 5,000 acres next year from just 50 acres this year as research at Penn State looks to continues to scale up, looking at uses included biofuels and cooking oil. Research has so far shown promising results when farmers plant it after harvesting […]

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