Tag: electrofuels

Electrofuels update: Patent granted for CO2-to-gasoline process

Electrofuels update: Patent granted for CO2-to-gasoline process

December 27, 2015 |

In Maryland, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,217,161 for a process to ferment biomass or gases directly to hydrocarbons like hexane and octane.  The process belongs to the electrofuels family — technologies involving microorganisms that could use hydrogen or electricity to convert carbon dioxide to liquid fuels. In this process, the […]

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And now, from a Strange and Compelling Future: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Electrofuels

And now, from a Strange and Compelling Future: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Electrofuels

September 24, 2015 |

Most biofuels are produced from plant material that is created through photosynthesis, a process that converts solar energy into stored chemical energy in plants. However, photosynthesis is an inefficient process, and the energy stored in plant material requires significant processing to produce biofuels. Current biofuel production methods are also intensive and require additional resources, such […]

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Can electrofuels and electrosugars save the day?

Can electrofuels and electrosugars save the day?

May 24, 2013 |

Is the ultimate industrial fuel system going to be based on electricity, waste CO2 and brackish water – to return society to the days of energy abundance? It will take a mighty production microorganism, but R&D is well underway and a path is becoming clearer. In yesterday’s Digest, we explored new research at UCD that […]

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Natural Gas and electrofuels: one-stop shopping for energy independence

Natural Gas and electrofuels: one-stop shopping for energy independence

August 8, 2012 |

Could US oil imports be replaced with a single set of facilities producing biofuels from CO2, salt water and low-cost natural gas? Subsidy free, cropland free, mandate free? If you happen to be awakening from a four-year nap, or returning from a tour of the outer solar system, you may not have been made aware […]

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Electrofuels project makes headway at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Electrofuels project makes headway at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

May 7, 2012 |

In California, a combination of water, renewable electricity, CO2 and an engineered strain of a bacterium called Ralstonia eutropha are the ingredients for diesel fuel, in a technology path being pursued by a team from Lawrence Berkeley Lab, the University of California and Logos Technologies. Highlighted in the in-house Berkeley Lab online publication this past […]

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Electric leaf? Researchers develop solar power to biofuels pathway

Electric leaf? Researchers develop solar power to biofuels pathway

February 20, 2012 |

In Scotland, scientists have developed an “electric leaf”, which is capable of producing a liquid hydrocarbon similar to petrol using electricity generated from renewable resources. This discovery could mean significant yield improvement for algae development by eliminating or reducing the inefficiencies of photosynthesis. The research, entering its second phase, will be applied to cyanobacteria to […]

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ARPA-E issues RFI for commercialization of electrofuels

ARPA-E issues RFI for commercialization of electrofuels

February 13, 2012 |

In Washington, ARPA-E issued a Request For Information focused on accelerating the development of transformative market-ready non-photosynthetic biofuel technologies. ARPA-E’s Electrofuels program has successfully supported several technologies on the lab-scale that allow microorganisms to combine chemical or electrical energy with carbon to create liquid transportation fuels. Now, ARPA-E is seeking input from industry, academia, and […]

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