Tag: biofuel

UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

January 12, 2017 |

In the UK, a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution to managing specific types of waste including disposable diapers presents significant environmental challenges. Joe has devised a process to turn disposable diapers, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products including pure cellulose fiber and bio-fuel. […]

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DOE awards universities funding to boost biofuel performance in engines

DOE awards universities funding to boost biofuel performance in engines

December 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the DOE announced up to $7 million for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office are collaborating to maximize energy savings and on-road vehicle performance, while dramatically reducing […]

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University of California, Irvine researchers convert CO2 to CO for biofuel production

University of California, Irvine researchers convert CO2 to CO for biofuel production

December 22, 2016 |

In California, using a novel approach involving a key enzyme that helps regulate global nitrogen, University of California, Irvine molecular biologists have discovered an effective way to convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide that can be adapted for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis. The researchers found that they could successfully express the reductase component of […]

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Boise State researcher looks at bacteria’s impact on cellulosic biofuel production

Boise State researcher looks at bacteria’s impact on cellulosic biofuel production

December 15, 2016 |

In Idaho, a paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor in the Biomolecular Research Center at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels, including hydrogen and hydrocarbons, while also surprisingly decreasing the amount of CO2 released as a waste byproduct. “CO2-fixing one-carbon metabolism […]

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HECO looking to find land for biofuel feedstock and other renewable energy

HECO looking to find land for biofuel feedstock and other renewable energy

December 14, 2016 |

In Hawaii, to help accelerate and inform efforts to achieve 100 percent renewable energy, the Hawaiian Electric Companies launched an effort to gather information about land that may be made available for future renewable energy projects that will benefit all electric customers. Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and the Hawaii Electric Light Company are issuing a […]

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Research into antennae may help boost biofuel production yields

Research into antennae may help boost biofuel production yields

December 14, 2016 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science (SC) supports research at the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC), a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center. Researchers at PARC are studying how antenna complexes organize their components and protect themselves from damage. The photosynthetic antenna complex is a collection of pigments and proteins that capture […]

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Estonia to be the last EU member state to mandate biofuel blending

Estonia to be the last EU member state to mandate biofuel blending

December 12, 2016 |

In Estonia, the government has decided—after learning lessons from the other EU member states as they implemented biofuel blending mandates in line with the Renewable Fuel Directive—that it will be the last country to do so, implementing 3.3% by May 2017, 6.4% by 2018 and 10% by 2020, according to proposed legislation. A key concern […]

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Ribbon cutting to be held Monday at Southern Oil’s new advanced biofuels lab

Ribbon cutting to be held Monday at Southern Oil’s new advanced biofuels lab

December 8, 2016 |

In Australia, the small business minister is set to attend Southern Oil’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday where the company’s new $4 million advanced biofuels lab in Gladstone, Queensland will be officially opened. The lab is part of a wider $16 million investment in an advanced biofuels pilot plant that was announced earlier this year […]

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REA says UK proposal for biofuels will condemn the domestic industry

REA says UK proposal for biofuels will condemn the domestic industry

December 6, 2016 |

In the UK, the Renewable Energy Agency says the 2030 clean transport proposals outlined by the Department for Transport and currently open for public consultation proposes capping fuel crops to below EU levels, risking existing UK plants and supply chain. The consultation introduces new sub-target for development fuels such as biomethane, hydrogen and aviation fuels. […]

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Cuba may begin to look at biofuels post-Fidel

Cuba may begin to look at biofuels post-Fidel

December 5, 2016 |

In Cuba, following the death of Fidel Castro who was a major opponent of biofuels due to his understanding of food versus fuel, the country is starting to look at opportunities to engage its sugarcane industry for ethanol and perhaps second-generation ethanol along with the use of other crops like sweet sorghum. The question of […]

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