Tag: methane

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to unlocking polylactic acid from waste biogas

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to unlocking polylactic acid from waste biogas

August 20, 2017 |

Methane in biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and intermediate in bioprocesses. The US DOE is supporting a development effort led by NatureWorks in collaboration with Calysta to develop a commercially viable, disruptive fermentation process using methane in biogas and engineered methanotrophic bacteria for the production of lactic acid (HLA). Such a […]

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University of British Columbia researcher boosts methane production 172%

University of British Columbia researcher boosts methane production 172%

August 16, 2017 |

In Canada, new research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste—including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark—she compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique and […]

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Canadian researcher develops method to produce methane from cellulosic material faster and cheaper

Canadian researcher develops method to produce methane from cellulosic material faster and cheaper

July 12, 2017 |

In Canada, new research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste — including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark–she compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique […]

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Australian community looking to produce electricity from landfill methane

Australian community looking to produce electricity from landfill methane

April 18, 2017 |

In Australia, the community of Noosa is going to begin producing electricity from the methane captured at its landfill in an effort to boost efficiency. Through improved methane capture techniques, capture has increased to 330,000 cubic meters per month. Rather than spreading the landfill out further and occupying more land, the waste is piled higher […]

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Biogas to fuels and chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanotroph R&D

Biogas to fuels and chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanotroph R&D

February 9, 2017 |

Can we enable the sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with transportation infrastructure, displace a share of petroleum‐derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, and encourage the creation of a new domestic bioenergy industry According to an NREL-led team, methane-rich biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and […]

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Connection deal agreed to tie Duke Energy to Optima’s methane projects

Connection deal agreed to tie Duke Energy to Optima’s methane projects

January 26, 2017 |

In North Carolina, Piedmont Natural Gas will tie two of Duke Energy’s combined-cycle natural gas plants 80,000 dekatherms of natural-gas quality methane from swine waste produced by Optima KV. Optima agreed the supply deal with Duke Energy in May while the connection agreement was communicated to the utilities regulator on Tuesday. Duke is also buying […]

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UK announces funding for low and zero emission vehicles including biogas and methane

UK announces funding for low and zero emission vehicles including biogas and methane

January 11, 2017 |

In the UK, vans will go electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel under a GBP20 million government programmed to cut emissions and improve air quality, Transport Minister John Hayes announced Wednesday. The funding, announced at the Sustainable Road Transport Conference, in central London, is being given to 20 firms who set out plans […]

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KnipBio closes Series B round for its Single Cell Protein: what’s SCP and why is it becoming the hottest development target around?

KnipBio closes Series B round for its Single Cell Protein: what’s SCP and why is it becoming the hottest development target around?

January 3, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, the expected wave of 2017 methane-to-protein advances got a kick-start with news that KnipBio closed a $2M Series B investment round led by Launchpad Venture Group and Cherrystone Angel Group. KnipBio intends to use the investment of up to $2M to advance new product development, continue the aggressive move towards commercial-scale manufacturing of […]

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Cows Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Emit Stones

Cows Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Emit Stones

August 31, 2016 |

This month in Finland, a team of intrepid researchers herded one thousand European cows one-by-one into a glass “metabolic chamber” to measure their methane emissions, digestion, production characteristics, energy-efficiency, metabolism, and the microbial make-up of their rumens. The Project is known as RuminOmics, but if it had been titled The Truman Show II: When the […]

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Researchers make breakthrough in catalyst for methane to methanol

Researchers make breakthrough in catalyst for methane to methanol

August 18, 2016 |

In California, a team of researchers from Belgium and the U.S. has identified the active site of an iron-containing catalyst that has raised hopes for designing a practically useful catalyst that might make converting methane to methanol a possibility. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their efforts, what they discovered […]

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