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Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

Engineered microbe may be key to producing plastic from plants

March 9, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the Wisconsin Energy Institute have developed a strategy for employing the bacterium N. aromaticivorans to turn lignin into a more valuable commodity. This can help turn woody plants into a replacement for petroleum in the production of fuels, plastics and other chemicals. The bacterium, […]

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More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

October 21, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center compared two processes for producing biofuels from corn stover: biological conversion to ethanol (BCE) and catalytic conversion to alkenes (CCA) and found that carbon efficiency isn’t the only factor for determining promising strategies for the production of […]

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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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In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

July 17, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. The following centers were selected based on an open competition using outside peer […]

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Wisconsin researchers double ethanol efficiency with “super yeast”

Wisconsin researchers double ethanol efficiency with “super yeast”

October 17, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered “super yeast” could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels and bioproducts. Though […]

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GLBRC designs new strain of year to boost cellulosic ethanol yields

GLBRC designs new strain of year to boost cellulosic ethanol yields

February 15, 2016 |

In Michigan, an assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant bottleneck in the biofuels pipeline — namely, […]

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Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

December 29, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as corn stover. The study is significant for beginning to address one of the biofuel industry’s […]

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UW-Madison bioenergy center teams with high school on cellulosic ethanol

UW-Madison bioenergy center teams with high school on cellulosic ethanol

December 24, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison has teamed with a local high school on a bioprospecting project that is teaching students how to discover new potential production pathways for biofuels. Students have collected potentially yeast-bearing materials from around their campus to try to identify the right yeast to boost production […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center files for 100th patent

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center files for 100th patent

January 26, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of the Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers, has celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. Since 2011, GLBRC has reported inventions at a rate that exceeds expectations for a university entity of its size and funding level by 50 percent. Reflective of […]

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Los Alamos National Laboratory project says enzyme binding to cellulose polymers could slow conversion process

Los Alamos National Laboratory project says enzyme binding to cellulose polymers could slow conversion process

June 24, 2013 |

In New Mexico, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has published a paper on the binding of enzymes to cellulose polymers, and how oftentimes, increased binding does not lead to faster breakdown into simple sugars. The team, led by Shishir Chundawat of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, has been using biomass pretreatments to convert cellulose […]

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