Category: Research

Researchers transform CO2 into jet fuel

Researchers transform CO2 into jet fuel

January 3, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, Oxford University researchers turned carbon dioxide into jet fuel using novel, inexpensive iron-based catalysts – an organic combustion-synthesized Fe-Mn-K catalyst. This catalytic process provides an attractive route not only to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions but also to produce renewable and sustainable jet fuel. They prepared the Fe-Mn-K catalyst by the so-called […]

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Indian Space Research Organization looking at green fuels for rockets

Indian Space Research Organization looking at green fuels for rockets

December 31, 2020 |

In India, the Economic Times of India reports the Indian Space Research Organization is working to develop green fuels like hydrogen peroxide for rockets, potentially as a co-propellant with ethanol, pointing to human passengers as the reason for using non-hazardous fuels aboard space missions. Liquid oxygen (LOX) together with methane are also possible fuel options […]

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Princeton researchers lead study looking at what US needs to reach net zero by 2050

Princeton researchers lead study looking at what US needs to reach net zero by 2050

December 30, 2020 |

In New Jersey, with a massive, nationwide effort the United States could reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 using existing technology and at costs aligned with historical spending on energy, according to a study led by Princeton University researchers.  The new “Net-Zero America” research outlines five distinct technological pathways for the United States […]

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Indian researchers develop process to produce cellulosic ethanol from crop waste

Indian researchers develop process to produce cellulosic ethanol from crop waste

December 29, 2020 |

In India, the Deccan Herald newspaper reports researchers from the Indian Institute of Science have developed a process to produce cellulosic ethanol from crop waste. At lab scale, researchers managed to produce 36 liters of ethanol from rice paddy and 53 liters of ethanol from wheat straw. Both feedstocks are major challenges for the country’s […]

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European Investment Bank lends Novozymes $122M for R&D

European Investment Bank lends Novozymes $122M for R&D

December 28, 2020 |

In Denmark, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a $122 million loan with Novozymes. The financing will support the company’s R&D investment plans for the coming years, and will mainly benefit R&D activities for discovering and producing enzymes that can be used in both industrial and home activities, reducing the need for traditional chemical products. […]

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Large quantity of biofuel extracted from date seeds by researchers

Large quantity of biofuel extracted from date seeds by researchers

December 27, 2020 |

In the United Arab Emirates, The National News reports that researchers from United Arab Emirates University extracted a large amount of biofuel from date seeds from palm trees which will help boost the biofuel industry in the country. About one million tons of date seeds are produced from 40 million palm trees across the Emirates, […]

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette gets DOE grant to study aviation fuel cells

University of Louisiana at Lafayette gets DOE grant to study aviation fuel cells

December 24, 2020 |

In Louisiana, an energy storage and power generation system being designed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could make flying the friendly skies less harmful to the environment. Solid oxide fuel cells are “a key component” within that system, said Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou. Their inclusion in the next generation of electric aircraft could cut […]

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Trinity and TOTAL design additives to boost fuel efficiency

Trinity and TOTAL design additives to boost fuel efficiency

December 23, 2020 |

In Ireland, researchers from Trinity and TOTAL have designed, synthesized and tested new additives that increase fuel efficiency. Led by researchers in Trinity’s School of Physics, the Trinity researchers undertook the project as a result of an open competition by TOTAL, where their proposal welcomed several applications from research teams across the globe. The research […]

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AgBioEn working with La Trobe University on crop trials for Katunga project

AgBioEn working with La Trobe University on crop trials for Katunga project

December 22, 2020 |

In Australia, a cropping trial is now in the ground at Katunga as a forerunner to a A$1 billion renewable fuel development. Investment company AgBioEn is planning a massive biofuel plant on a 40 ha former dairy farm, which will use agricultural waste. The company is looking for ways of generating the biomass as an energy source […]

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NREL scores nearly $10M from DOE to boost biosecurity for bioengineered organisms

NREL scores nearly $10M from DOE to boost biosecurity for bioengineered organisms

December 21, 2020 |

In Colorado, two awards totaling nearly $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program will support two research projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and partner laboratories that aim to analyze and reduce biosecurity risks of promising bioengineered organisms.  Working under BER’s Secure Biosystems […]

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