Category: Research

Northwestern University researchers develop CO2 capturing solid oxide fuel cells for ships

Northwestern University researchers develop CO2 capturing solid oxide fuel cells for ships

October 13, 2021 |

In Illinois, a Northwestern University research team offers a practical way to make ships CO2 neutral — or even CO2 negative — with CO2-capturing solid oxide fuel cells. After “burning” traditional carbon-based fuels, the fuel cell generates concentrated CO2 that can be stored on-board the ship. From there, the CO2 can either be sequestered or recycled into a renewable […]

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Researchers from different institutions to bring together waste-to-energy technologies

Researchers from different institutions to bring together waste-to-energy technologies

October 12, 2021 |

In Illinois, a groundbreaking collaboration with a unique workforce development component will help to bring new technologies to the forefront of the bioenergy industry. The Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower collaboration will be led by the University of Michigan, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, […]

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NREL researchers develop process for diesel and jet fuel intermediate from biomass

NREL researchers develop process for diesel and jet fuel intermediate from biomass

October 11, 2021 |

In Colorado, scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a fully integrated process to produce a promising precursor for diesel and jet fuel from lignocellulosic biomass, and for less expense than the selling price of the same material from petroleum.  The process established by NREL researchers is energy-efficient and results in a 50% […]

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WUR researchers produce new aviation fuel from bio-based side streams

WUR researchers produce new aviation fuel from bio-based side streams

October 10, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research and its partners developed a new type of aviation fuel that is produced using bio-based waste streams from the agriculture industry. The new type of fuel is based on a mixture of acetone and alcohol. While it does not yet meet all requirements, it is getting close. The […]

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Dartmouth professor leads $1.2M DOE C. thermocellum research project

Dartmouth professor leads $1.2M DOE C. thermocellum research project

October 7, 2021 |

In New Hampshire, a Dartmouth Engineering Professor will lead new research funded by a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate the use of biomass to produce next-generation fuels and chemicals. The researchers’ goal is to use C. thermocellum, a type of bacteria that is a promising candidate for […]

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Louisiana and Delaware researchers score $4M NSF grant for electrolyzers

Louisiana and Delaware researchers score $4M NSF grant for electrolyzers

October 6, 2021 |

In Louisiana, each day, many of the products we use, whether we know it or not, are produced from natural gas or crude oil using carbon- and energy-intensive processes. But what if we could make those same products using CO2, thereby drastically reducing or even eliminating our carbon footprint? That is the ultimate goal of […]

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List, MacMillan win 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for development of asymmetric organocatalysis

List, MacMillan win 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for development of asymmetric organocatalysis

October 6, 2021 |

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis to: Benjamin List, Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung David W.C. MacMillan, Professor at Princeton University Background on the Award The rapid expansion in the use of organic catalysts is primarily due to their ability to drive […]

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15 projects win $130M+ in USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grants: the complete winners

15 projects win $130M+ in USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grants: the complete winners

October 6, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest up more than $130 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. This innovative program focuses on a broad base of […]

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ORNL researchers introduce poplar gene into switchgrass to allow for fungus interaction

ORNL researchers introduce poplar gene into switchgrass to allow for fungus interaction

October 5, 2021 |

In Tennessee, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team has successfully introduced a poplar gene into switchgrass, an important biofuel source, that allows switchgrass to interact with a beneficial fungus, ultimately boosting the grass’s growth and viability in changing environments.  Scientists observed the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor as it enveloped the plant’s roots. This behavior, not […]

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New study taps autofluorescence of tissues in species for research

New study taps autofluorescence of tissues in species for research

October 4, 2021 |

In Ohio, in a new study published in the journal Applications in Plant Sciences, scientists obviate the need for specimen staining by tapping into the natural autofluorescence of tissues in species across the plant tree of life. When certain tissue types in both plants and animals absorb light, electrons in their atoms get a jolt […]

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