Category: Research

UK scientists demo use of air-source heat pumps to reduce carbon emissions in biogas production

UK scientists demo use of air-source heat pumps to reduce carbon emissions in biogas production

December 27, 2022 |

In the UK, an alternative source of heat could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a process which turns food waste into power, new research suggests. A University of Glasgow-led team of scientists have demonstrated that using air-source heat pumps to support anaerobic digestion could cut the carbon emitted during the production of biogas by […]

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RUDN University improve ethanol conversion catalyst

RUDN University improve ethanol conversion catalyst

December 26, 2022 |

In Russia, RUDN University chemists have improved the catalyst for ethanol conversion. With it, a mixture of compounds with a high octane number was obtained. This was achieved thanks to a special substrate for the activated carbon catalyst. In the future, such developments will help to obtain more environmentally friendly fuel additives and thus reduce […]

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Korea-Spain joint research team recreate bioplastic from steel mill gas waste

Korea-Spain joint research team recreate bioplastic from steel mill gas waste

December 22, 2022 |

In South Korea, a Korea-Spain joint research team recently recreated bioplastic from wasted byproducts from gas fermentation from steel mills. Through joint research with Spain’s Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), a research team in the Department of Chemical Engineering at POSTECH has developed a technology to generate artificial enzymes from E. coli. The […]

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University of Plymouth researcher helps to find improved process for biodiesel production from waste

University of Plymouth researcher helps to find improved process for biodiesel production from waste

December 21, 2022 |

In the UK, a scientist from the University of Plymouth has played a key role in new research which has developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food scraps and plastic rubbish into high-value products. The method, outlined in a study published in Nature Catalysis, harnesses a […]

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Chinese researchers slash amoeba challenges in using key aquaculture species for biofuel

Chinese researchers slash amoeba challenges in using key aquaculture species for biofuel

December 20, 2022 |

In China, Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a commercially important species that is widely used in aquaculture. It also has the potential to be used as biofuel. However, contamination of algivorous microzooplankton has been one of the main constraints in P. tricornutum large-scale cultivation. Therefore, isolating a new strain with grazing resistance is important for overcoming zooplankton […]

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Michigan State University researchers score $2M DOE funding to study camelina genetics

Michigan State University researchers score $2M DOE funding to study camelina genetics

December 19, 2022 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University are working to clear the runway for a new source of cleaner, more sustainable biodiesel and jet fuels derived from a relative of cabbage and cauliflower. With $2 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, MSU scientists are helping unravel the complex genetics of a plant […]

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University of Tennessee and ORNL researchers make lignin extraction progress

University of Tennessee and ORNL researchers make lignin extraction progress

December 15, 2022 |

In Tennessee, researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory used three pretreatment solvents to partially deconstruct and break away plant lignin from other cell wall components so the lignin modules can be extracted. The composition of the extracted lignin (and therefore its potential value) from wild type and genetic variants […]

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Fiji’s USP launches biofuels laboratory

Fiji’s USP launches biofuels laboratory

December 15, 2022 |

In Samoa, the local government noted that a new accredited biofuel laboratory at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva will boost Fiji and the region’s energy sector. The laboratory aims to test at least 38 biofuel properties specifically for ethanol and biodiesel. USP Institute of Applied Science Acting Director, Isoa Korovulavula said […]

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University of Kentucky researchers producing mushrooms from distillery waste

University of Kentucky researchers producing mushrooms from distillery waste

December 14, 2022 |

In Kentucky, mushrooms and distilleries have quite a bit in common thanks to students at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With funding from the UK Office of Sustainability, a group in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and the Department of Horticulture, is looking for ways to raise fungi using spent grains from local distilleries. UK sits in the heart of bourbon country, so spent grains are quite prevalent. While other uses, such […]

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University of Missouri researchers work to genetically enhance camelina and pennycress

University of Missouri researchers work to genetically enhance camelina and pennycress

December 13, 2022 |

In Missouri, researchers at the University of Missouri using a $12.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will explore how two cover crops —camelina and pennycress—could be genetically modified to produce higher overall quantities of a specialty seed oil. The team’s goal is to mass-produce a vegetable oil capable of being used […]

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