Category: Research

Researchers score $900,000 grant to study biofuels from Botryococcus braunii

Researchers score $900,000 grant to study biofuels from Botryococcus braunii

July 14, 2021 |

In California, researchers from Carnegie Science and Stanford University were awarded a $900,000 grant this spring from the university’s public-private partnership Strategic Energy Alliance to research the synthesis of biofuels from a species of green microalgae called Botryococcus braunii. Scientists from a diversity of research areas, including plant and algal biologists, are all applying their […]

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Indian researchers ready to commercialize poultry waste-based biodiesel

Indian researchers ready to commercialize poultry waste-based biodiesel

July 13, 2021 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports researchers from the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University are scaling up to commercial scale biodiesel from poultry slaughter waste and dead poultry following success pilot plant stage and approval of a patent from the Indian Patent Office. Already a rendering facility in Coimbatore has signed an MOU to […]

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University of Houston researchers develop more resilient yeast for cellulosic ethanol

University of Houston researchers develop more resilient yeast for cellulosic ethanol

July 12, 2021 |

In Texas, Science News reports that University of Houston researchers have developed a more resilient yeast to convert corn stover into ethanol that has yields on a par with producing ethanol from corn kernels. By genetically modifying baker’s yeast, the aldehydes byproduct of the feedstock preprocessing that often kills yeasts and has thus far limited […]

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Converting CO2 into butanol using phosphorous-rich copper cathodes

Converting CO2 into butanol using phosphorous-rich copper cathodes

July 11, 2021 |

In South Korea, scientists from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology proposed a reaction for the highly selective production of 1-butanol, a valuable alternative fuel, by electrochemical reduction using copper phosphide electrodes. Their findings offer a new insight on the use of Cu-based electrocatalysts for the electroreduction of CO2. The team of scientists reported […]

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University of Canterbury researchers developing carbon-neutral/negative green hydrogen

University of Canterbury researchers developing carbon-neutral/negative green hydrogen

July 8, 2021 |

In New Zealand, University of Canterbury engineering researchers are developing a carbon-neutral – even carbon-negative – way to create clean ‘green’ hydrogen to power our world more sustainably. They are focusing on using renewable biomass – such as tree and plant waste from New Zealand’s forestry and agriculture sectors – to make green hydrogen. This […]

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Four new University of Illinois studies look at viability of energycane

Four new University of Illinois studies look at viability of energycane

July 7, 2021 |

In Illinois, four new studies from the University of Illinois explore chemical-free pretreatment methods, development of high-throughput phenotyping methods, and commercial-scale techno-economic feasibility of producing fuel from energycane in various scenarios.  The studies are part of the ROGUE (Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane) project at U of I. ROGUE focuses on bioengineering accumulation of […]

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Texas A&M researchers develop greener way to produce bioplastics from crop waste

Texas A&M researchers develop greener way to produce bioplastics from crop waste

July 6, 2021 |

In Texas, bioplastics—biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum—can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production, according to a new study by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.  This new approach involves a “plug-in” preconditioning process, a simple adjustment […]

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers use magnets to reduce energy demand for CO2 electrolysis

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers use magnets to reduce energy demand for CO2 electrolysis

July 5, 2021 |

In Illinois, for decades, researchers have been working toward mitigating excess atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. One promising approach captures atmospheric CO2 and then, through CO2 electrolysis, converts it into value-added chemicals and intermediates–like ethanol, ethylene, and other useful chemicals. While significant research has been devoted to improving the rate and selectivity of CO2 electrolysis, […]

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Catalyzing the conversion of biomass to biofuel

Catalyzing the conversion of biomass to biofuel

July 3, 2021 |

In Germany, Technical University of Munich researchers found that water in zeolites saves energy in the conversion of biomass into biofuel by taking a closer look at the role of water molecules in reactions inside zeolite’s pores, which are less than one nanometer in size. “If we are to do without fossil energy sources in […]

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DOE awards $45.5M for biofuel and bioproduct research

DOE awards $45.5M for biofuel and bioproduct research

July 1, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $45.5 million for research projects geared towards understanding and harnessing nature’s biological processes to produce clean biofuels and bioproducts. This research will push the boundaries of biology and biotechnology research, while helping to enhance America’s energy security and build its clean energy economy. Awardees will pursue […]

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