Tag: UCLA

UCLA researchers determine nationwide waste-to-energy production enough to power Oregon and Washington

UCLA researchers determine nationwide waste-to-energy production enough to power Oregon and Washington

August 1, 2019 |

In California, the United States could produce enough energy each year by harnessing waste — from landfill refuse to cow manure — to power the states of Oregon and Washington, all while cutting the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of carbon. That’s according to research published in Nature Energy from UCLA. Researchers examined this variability […]

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UCLA researchers make progress on cellulosic isobutanol process

UCLA researchers make progress on cellulosic isobutanol process

March 29, 2016 |

In California, researchers at UCLA are manipulating the cellular metabolism of bacteria to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstock. Following nine years of research, the team of 25 researchers can now produce 5g of isobutanol in three days at lab level. The bacteria researched can withstand very high levels of pH, an added benefit to reducing […]

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UCLA and UC Berkeley say California has neglected biofuel opportunities

UCLA and UC Berkeley say California has neglected biofuel opportunities

December 7, 2015 |

In California, the state has not taken full advantage of opportunities to increase its in-state production of biofuel, despite state policies that encourage biofuel consumption, according to a report by the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative at the UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools. Coming on the heels of new Environmental Protection Agency rules […]

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Solar fuels: How close, how real?

Solar fuels: How close, how real?

July 16, 2014 |

Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious recharging? And, could the liquid fuel be made from the very waste CO2 that bedevils our environment? Those ideas just took a big step forward — involving […]

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UCLA researchers create synthetic glycolysis pathway

UCLA researchers create synthetic glycolysis pathway

October 14, 2013 |

In California, UCLA chemical engineering researchers have created a new synthetic metabolic pathway for breaking down glucose that could lead to a 50 percent increase in the production of biofuels. The new pathway is intended to replace the natural metabolic pathway known as glycolysis, a series of chemical reactions that nearly all organisms use to convert […]

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UCLA breakthrough could increase yields by 50%

UCLA breakthrough could increase yields by 50%

October 7, 2013 |

In California, a synthetic metabolic pathway for breaking down glucose could lead to a 50% increase in the production of biofuels, according to research performed at the University of California, Los Angeles. The process converts all six glucose carbon atoms into three acetyl-CoA molecules, without losing two of those atoms as carbon dioxide. The pathway […]

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UCLA PhD student raises $1.6 million for algae start-up

UCLA PhD student raises $1.6 million for algae start-up

August 7, 2013 |

In California, UCLA MAE Ph.D. student Wei Yu raised $1.6 million series A venture capital for Lyxia Corporation, a biofuel startup based on research from UCLA MAE Professor Chih-Ming Ho’s Micro System Laboratories. Preceeding this, in July 2012, Lyxia Corporation was founded by Wei, and acquired exclusive rights to use new UCLA technology that increases […]

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UCLA produces isobutanol from bacteria

UCLA produces isobutanol from bacteria

April 4, 2012 |

In California, researchers at UCLA have produced isobutanol from genetically modified bacteria, carbon dioxide and electricity produced from solar cells. Researchers say the new process could eventually be even more efficient than a plant’s own photosynthesis processes. The team is currently working on how to move up beyond laboratory scale now that the process has […]

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Indirect Fuel Use Change affects biofuels emissions: new research

Indirect Fuel Use Change affects biofuels emissions: new research

[ 0 ] April 5, 2011 |

In California, a new twist on the ILUC debate is the IFUC debate, or Indirect Fuel Use Change. The concept was launched late last year with some research from UC Berkeley and UCLA show that the net change in global fuel consumption due to biofuel policy mandates can have a significant impact on the net […]

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Mind-Bending Microbes

Mind-Bending Microbes

[ 0 ] March 8, 2011 |

New isobutanol-producing and protein-munching microbes from UCLA remind us that biofuels remain in the anything-but-static, eye-popping era of their development. The Digest’s “mind-bending breakthrough” in-basket is overflowing this week with advances in the fermentation of protein into biofuels…. “Whoa,” you might say, “stop right there. Did you say fermenting protein into biofuels? You can’t do […]

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