Category: Research

EU’s JRC releases new quality assurance tools for B7

EU’s JRC releases new quality assurance tools for B7

March 22, 2018 |

In Italy, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center released two new Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for automotive diesel fuel containing 7 % biodiesel, so-called ‘diesel (B7)’. These CRMs will support fuel producers and fuel testing laboratories in assuring the quality of their measurements, thus improving trust in the regulatory compliance of this product on the market. […]

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Enerkem and NREL make high octane biofuel breakthrough

Enerkem and NREL make high octane biofuel breakthrough

March 21, 2018 |

In Canada, Enerkem Inc. announced it had succeeded in producing a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The chemical engineering expertise at Enerkem’s Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec, allowed the company to successfully develop a process that uses its proprietary waste-to-biofuel technology […]

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NZ researchers generate reference set of genome sequences of microbes found in sheep and cattle stomachs

NZ researchers generate reference set of genome sequences of microbes found in sheep and cattle stomachs

March 20, 2018 |

In New Zealand, a global scientific project led by New Zealand researchers, which has generated a reference set of genome sequences of microbes found in the stomachs of sheep and cattle, has been published in the respected international scientific journal Nature Biotechnology. The project, called the Hungate1000, was led by former AgResearch scientist Dr Bill […]

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Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

Texas A&M researchers scaling up MixAlco process

March 19, 2018 |

In Texas, Texas A&M researchers are looking to scale up the process that occurs in the stomach of a cow, turning organic waste into vinegar—or in this case, organic acids from two to six carbons such as alcohols, esters, and others. Producing these bio-based chemical intermediates is intended to displace those currently supplied by fossil […]

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Better biomass conversion for biofuels and bioproducts from GLBRC

Better biomass conversion for biofuels and bioproducts from GLBRC

March 18, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) discovered a method to break down solvent effects, finding a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The method, which relies on experimentation and […]

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GLBRC researchers delve into better use of solvents for biorefineries

GLBRC researchers delve into better use of solvents for biorefineries

March 15, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, for researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), the central role of solvents in converting non-food biomass to biofuels and bioproducts means they’re ripe for optimization. Better use of solvents could improve the economics of biorefineries, push a range of new and more sustainable biofuels and bioproducts to market, and provide […]

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Omani researchers produce ethanol, biodiesel and bioplastics from paper waste

Omani researchers produce ethanol, biodiesel and bioplastics from paper waste

March 14, 2018 |

In Oman, researchers from Sultan Qaboos University have successfully transformed waste paper including waste office paper, newspaper and cardboard paper into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis that was later turned into ethanol and bioplastics as well as biodiesel. Paper waste represents more than 35% of the sultanate’s 1.6 million metric tons of MSW produced on […]

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Researchers look for ways to battle microbial contamination in stored biodiesel

Researchers look for ways to battle microbial contamination in stored biodiesel

March 12, 2018 |

In Ohio, most people are cautious around gasoline and diesel for good reason, but some microbes love the stuff—especially biofuels that contain fatty acid derivatives. So, as the world tries to go “green,” it also has to consider the slime that such microbes leave behind, clogging up equipment and killing engines. An article in Chemical […]

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It’s all about sex with algae research

It’s all about sex with algae research

March 11, 2018 |

In Missouri, researchers from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center studied the earliest stages the evolution of male and female sexes in a group of freshwater photosynthetic protists called volvocine green algae, which could have implications for breeding algae for biofuel applications. James Umen, Ph.D., a member of the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and […]

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Proposed RIN deal would cut ethanol consumption, sink corn prices: Report

Proposed RIN deal would cut ethanol consumption, sink corn prices: Report

March 8, 2018 |

In Washington, a study from the  Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University found that action to cap Renewable Identification Number (RIN) prices in exchange for an RVP waiver allowing year-round sale of E15 would result in reduced ethanol consumption, a drop in corn prices, and an effective cut of 5% to […]

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