Tag: biofuels

Researchers use light to boost biofuel production from yeast

Researchers use light to boost biofuel production from yeast

April 2, 2018 |

In New Jersey, researchers at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment use light to enhance the production of biofuels, drugs and commercial chemicals in bioreactors, which contain microorganisms such as yeast that have been metabolically engineered to make biological products. The team uses a technology called optogenetics—involving light to control cellular processes—to turn […]

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Iowa blender pump founds run out again thanks to high demand

Iowa blender pump founds run out again thanks to high demand

March 29, 2018 |

In Iowa, due to rising retailer interest in offering higher blends of biofuels, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Wednesday awarded all of its remaining FY18 funds during its third quarter meeting. During the third of its four scheduled meetings, the RFIP board awarded funds to 15 projects for retailers around the state to install […]

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DTU researcher combine pyrolysis with hydrogen-catalyst reaction to produce biofuels

DTU researcher combine pyrolysis with hydrogen-catalyst reaction to produce biofuels

March 29, 2018 |

In Denmark, researchers at DTU have combined the pyrolysis method and the catalyst reaction with hydrogen in a step called catalytic hydropyrolysis. It works by feeding a reactor with solid biomass, while the catalyst is in constant motion. Hydrogen is fed in to the base of the reactor, partially lifting the biomass so it can […]

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New edition of “Good Reasons for Biofuels” brochure published

New edition of “Good Reasons for Biofuels” brochure published

March 18, 2018 |

In Germany, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) updated and reissued its consumer information “Good Reasons for Biofuels”. The brochure provides the most important aspects on 24 pages justifying the need to continue promoting biofuels. These concern the desolate market situation in oilseeds and cereals, the importance of biofuels for […]

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Indian OMCs willing to pay more for biofuels thanks to government backing

Indian OMCs willing to pay more for biofuels thanks to government backing

March 15, 2018 |

In India, the petroleum minister said that oil marketing companies are willing to pay a premium for biofuels fuels and that the government is willing to help covering the difference in price. Additionally, it will set up a loan program for entrepreneurs to invest in biofuels production facility with up to $154,200 each available. The […]

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Colorado State University study shows switchgrass holds promise for biofuels

Colorado State University study shows switchgrass holds promise for biofuels

February 28, 2018 |

In Colorado, a study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling to simulate various growing scenarios, and found a climate footprint ranging from -11 to 10 grams of carbon dioxide per mega-joule — the standard […]

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Trump biofuel summit fails to broker agreement between oil and corn states

Trump biofuel summit fails to broker agreement between oil and corn states

February 27, 2018 |

In Washington, no agreement was reached during President Trump’s biofuels summit held with oil and corn state senators along with the agriculture secretary and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency at the White House on Tuesday, a meeting aimed at ending the impasse over reforms of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas […]

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Bugging out over exciting enzymes found in ancient insects

Bugging out over exciting enzymes found in ancient insects

February 25, 2018 |

Ancient insects’ digestion could boost biofuel development In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of sustainable low carbon fuels to cut greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuel use. According to […]

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Western Australia looks to support hemp for biofuel and bioeconomy

Western Australia looks to support hemp for biofuel and bioeconomy

February 22, 2018 |

In Australia, the McGowan Government is set to boost Western Australia’s fledgling hemp industry, loosening a legislative barrier that was limiting hemp production in the State. The State Government will amend the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 to allow hemp to be grown with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of up to one percent. Currently, the Industrial […]

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Bill would set 10% biofuels blend for Hawaii by 2020

Bill would set 10% biofuels blend for Hawaii by 2020

February 21, 2018 |

In Hawaii, in the 2018 State of Hawaii Legislative Session, Senator Lorraine Inouye introduced SB 2019 that requires on-road fuel sold in the State to contain no less than 10% biofuel by volume and that amends the definition of “biofuels” to include ethanol and biodiesel. The passing of SB 2019 SD1 would move the State toward […]

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