Category: Research

University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers receive $3M grant to study corn’s environmental credentials

University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers receive $3M grant to study corn’s environmental credentials

April 7, 2021 |

In Nebraska, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers affiliated with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute have received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better quantify carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions connected with corn production fields in the Midwest. The high-tech effort is included in the first phase of the […]

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Startup founded by ex-NREL researcher close to commercializing non-isocyanate polyurethane technology

Startup founded by ex-NREL researcher close to commercializing non-isocyanate polyurethane technology

April 6, 2021 |

In Colorado, a startup founded by an emeritus researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has moved closer to commercializing technology he helped develop at the U.S. Department of Energy facility.  The company, Polaris Renewables, is the first business to directly spin off from NREL since 1992.  Philip Pienkos, who retired in April 2020, […]

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Spanish researchers produce new biodiesel from low quality animal fats and soy oil

Spanish researchers produce new biodiesel from low quality animal fats and soy oil

April 5, 2021 |

In Spain, researchers from the Higher Technical School of Mining Engineers of the Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM), in collaboration with the ETS of Industrial Engineers of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, have produced a new biodiesel from mixtures of low quality animal fats and soybean oil. The results obtained suggest that from these raw […]

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‘Keep off the grass’: the biofuel that could help us achieve net zero

‘Keep off the grass’: the biofuel that could help us achieve net zero

April 4, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, the Miscanthus genus of grasses, commonly used to add movement and texture to gardens, could quickly become the first choice for biofuel production. A new study shows these grasses can be grown in lower agricultural grade conditions – such as marginal land – due to their remarkable resilience and photosynthetic capacity […]

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University of Basel researchers see lake-bound methane as potential energy source

University of Basel researchers see lake-bound methane as potential energy source

April 1, 2021 |

In Switzerland, lakes store huge amounts of methane. In their most recent publication, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland outline the potential and theoretical possibilities for using methane from lakes and other freshwater bodies for sustainable energy production. Methane from lakes and water reservoirs makes up about 20% of global natural methane missions. […]

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers find palm oil yields could be increased through improved management

University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers find palm oil yields could be increased through improved management

March 31, 2021 |

In Nebraska, four-year research project led by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and supported by a $4 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggests that keeping up with demand may not necessarily mean converting more valuable, fragile ecosystems into agricultural land. According to research published March 25 in Nature Sustainability, palm […]

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Chinese researchers find red and blue LEDs can boost microalga growth and yields

Chinese researchers find red and blue LEDs can boost microalga growth and yields

March 30, 2021 |

In China, in their paper, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Yangzhou University researchers in China show how a combination of monochromatic red and blue LED illumination on one type of microalga can enhance its growth and increase the biosynthesis of critical components, such as lipids, for microalgae feedstock development. The researchers […]

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NTU researchers make antibacterial gel bandage from durian husks

NTU researchers make antibacterial gel bandage from durian husks

March 29, 2021 |

In Singapore, food scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have made an antibacterial gel bandage using the discarded husks of the popular tropical fruit, durian.  Known as the “King of Fruits” in Southeast Asia, the durian has a thick husk with spiky thorns which is discarded, while the sweet flesh surrounding the seeds […]

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A stable copper catalyst for CO2 conversion

A stable copper catalyst for CO2 conversion

March 28, 2021 |

In Germany, researchers at RUB and the University of Duisburg-Essen developed a new catalyst for converting carbon dioxide into chemicals or fuels. They optimized already available copper catalysts in order to improve their selectivity and long-term stability. The greenhouse gas CO2 can be converted into larger carbon compounds that can be used as basic chemicals […]

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PNNL researchers produce renewable diesel from biocrude for more than 2,000 hours straight

PNNL researchers produce renewable diesel from biocrude for more than 2,000 hours straight

March 25, 2021 |

In Washington state, a large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted the research to show that the process is robust enough to handle many […]

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