Tag: EPFL

EPFL researchers develop new biomass photo-pyrolysis process

EPFL researchers develop new biomass photo-pyrolysis process

February 17, 2022 |

In Switzerland, a main candidate is hydrogen produced from organic waste, or “biomass”, of plants and animals. Biomass also absorbs, removes, and stores CO2 from the atmosphere, while biomass decomposition can also bring us ways to negative emissions or greenhouse gases removal. But even though biomass heralds a way forward, there is still the question […]

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EPFL researchers propose concept to capture trucks’ CO2 and covert it to liquid fuel while driving

EPFL researchers propose concept to capture trucks’ CO2 and covert it to liquid fuel while driving

December 25, 2019 |

In Switzerland, researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks’ CO2 emissions by almost 90%. It involves capturing CO2 within the exhaust system, converting it into a liquid and storing it on the vehicle. The liquid CO2 would then be delivered to a service station and where it will be turned […]

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EPFL researchers produce hydrogen via solar power

EPFL researchers produce hydrogen via solar power

May 7, 2019 |

In Switzerland, scientists at EPFL’s Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering (LRESE) came up with the idea of concentrating solar irradiation to produce a larger amount of hydrogen over a given area at a lower cost. They developed an enhanced photo-electrochemical system that, when used in conjunction with concentrated solar irradiation and smart thermal […]

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EPFL researchers develop chemical method to stabilize simple cellulosic sugars

EPFL researchers develop chemical method to stabilize simple cellulosic sugars

September 18, 2018 |

In Switzerland, EPFL researchers have developed a chemical method that stabilizes simple sugars and prevents them from being degraded. This method could mean that chemists no longer have to balance deconstruction of the plant with avoiding degradation of the product. The new method changes the chemical susceptibility of the sugars to dehydration and degradation by […]

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EPFL researcher develops LCA for biorefineries including co-products

EPFL researcher develops LCA for biorefineries including co-products

January 24, 2018 |

In Switzerland, new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in 2021. But an EPFL scientist thinks we should go one step further and take into account all compounds produced at biorefineries, not just biofuel. And he has developed a model for doing just that. The hitch is that until now, […]

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EPFL researchers look at oil palm waste for biorefinery opportunities

EPFL researchers look at oil palm waste for biorefinery opportunities

August 18, 2015 |

In Switzerland,  researchers from EPFL show agricultural residues from Brazilian oil palm plantations, can be used to produce bioethanol and two additional end products: furfural, a much-used industrial compound, and lignin, a solid fuel that can be used in the biorefinery.  For this particular study, they characterized the composition of the empty fruit bunches and […]

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Boeing, EPFL form Sustainable Biomass Consortium

Boeing, EPFL form Sustainable Biomass Consortium

[ 0 ] March 23, 2011 |

In Washington state, Boeing and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne announced the creation of the Sustainable Biomass Consortium, a research initiative focused on increasing collaboration between voluntary standards and regulatory requirements for biomass used to create jet fuel and bioenergy for other sectors. Research projects will commence in April 2011 and the scope of […]

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