Tag: California

Marine Bioenergy’s key to ocean kelp farming is drones

Marine Bioenergy’s key to ocean kelp farming is drones

September 12, 2017 |

In California, Marine Bioenergy is getting ready for prime time as its trials progress using the company’s kelp elevator that combined with drone technology could make kelp production in the open ocean between California and Hawaii feasible. Drones do everything from make sure the algae gets enough sunlight to staying away from storms and even […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers develop syngas method by adding copper atop gold

Berkeley Lab researchers develop syngas method by adding copper atop gold

September 7, 2017 |

In California, researchers from the Berkeley Lab have developed a new recipe for creating synthesis gas mixtures, or syngas, that involves adding a pinch of copper atoms sprinkled atop a gold surface. The new material supports a room-temperature electrochemical reaction that can convert carbon dioxide and water into syngas, a mixture of carbon monoxide and […]

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California Supreme Court sides with Poet on first of two pending CARB cases

California Supreme Court sides with Poet on first of two pending CARB cases

August 31, 2017 |

In California, the state’s Supreme Court has sent the case known as Poet I back to Fresno County Superior Court rather than hearing the case itself, denying the state’s Air Resources Board’s request to review the appellate court decision that basically put the onus on the board to undertake a review of the Low Carbon […]

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University of California, Irvine researchers using bacteria to produce hydrocarbons from industrial waste

University of California, Irvine researchers using bacteria to produce hydrocarbons from industrial waste

August 30, 2017 |

In California, researchers at the University of California, Irvine envision growing the Actinobacter vinelandii bacteria on industrial carbon waste to generate hydrocarbons. They found that the A. vinelandii strain that expresses the nitrogenase enzyme can produce methane (CH4), ethylene (C2H4), ethane (C2H6), propylene (C3H6), propane (C3H8) and butane (C4H10). So far they have optimized the […]

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Hot Spots: The Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in California

Hot Spots: The Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Places to Watch in California

August 30, 2017 |

California is for many the “home of innovation” but almost everyone thinks of Silicon Valley in this respect, or perhaps the Bay Area as a whole. And there are innovative companies in huge numbers, for sure— but you’d be surprised how broad the innovation story is across the entire Golden State. The sexy PR is […]

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Aemetis secures regulatory approval for enzymatic biodiesel production in India

Aemetis secures regulatory approval for enzymatic biodiesel production in India

August 28, 2017 |

In California, Aemetis announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has completed the construction of initial process equipment and has obtained regulatory approval for the production of enzymatic biodiesel at its biodiesel plant in Kakinada, India using a patent-pending process technology developed by Aemetis. These approvals allow the use of low cost waste oil […]

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UC Berkeley researchers using nonphotosynthetic bacterium to produce chemicals from CO2

UC Berkeley researchers using nonphotosynthetic bacterium to produce chemicals from CO2

August 28, 2017 |

In California, photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun’s energy than natural photosynthesis can, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to […]

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DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office validates Vertimass technology as intermediate

DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office validates Vertimass technology as intermediate

August 22, 2017 |

In California, Vertimass LLC announced completion of intermediate technology validation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. Vertimass believes this BETO verification paves the way for Vertimass to move to the demonstration […]

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UC San Diego researchers create epidermal biofuel cell to power electronics from sweat

UC San Diego researchers create epidermal biofuel cell to power electronics from sweat

August 22, 2017 |

In California, a team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of […]

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Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

Sandia lab working with HelioBioSys to scale up cyanobacteria production

August 21, 2017 |

In California, a Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys founders say they chose to grow […]

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