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New Biojet Fuel Could Be a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuel

by Maegan Murray (Washington State University Tri‑Cities) A Washington State University Tri-Cities researcher is producing and testing a group of hydrocarbon molecules made from lignin, a waste material from biofuel production, as a new biojet fuel that could replace petroleum-based fuels and lead to greater performance and reduced emissions. Bin Yang,

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training For Mid-Atlantic States   —   July 15-16, 2020

Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training For Mid-Atlantic States — July 15-16, 2020

Training tailored to diesel technicians and mechanics Help answer your customer’s questions about biodiesel Get the latest on biodiesel fuel quality data and performance Impact on today’s PM traps and NOx after-treatment systems                                     Steve

July 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biossance Announces Clean Academy Impact Award and Partnership With Oceana

(Amyris) Biossance, a pioneering clean skincare brand from Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS), a leading synthetic biotechnology company in Clean Health and Beauty markets through its consumer brands and a top supplier of sustainable and natural ingredients, is pleased to announce The Clean Academy by Biossance Impact Award™ to discover and foster the growth

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT-Hyderabad Uses Machine Learning to Study Biofuel Supply

by Syed Akbar (Times of India)  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad have developed a method using machine learning algorithms to study supply chain network of biofuels. According to the IIT-Hyderabad team, the method considers revenue generation not only as an outcome of sale of biofuel but

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis through Gene Transfer

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms—often incorrectly called “blue-green algae”—as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Video Spotlights Ethanol’s Important Co-Products

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new video from the Renewable Fuels Association and Kansas Corn provides a clear introduction to other important products that come from ethanol production, primarily distillers grains used in livestock production, distillers oil used to make biodiesel, and captured carbon dioxide for the food and beverage industries. With fuel

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

More Evidence of Causal Link between Air Pollution and Early Death

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)   Strengthening U.S. air quality standards for fine particulate pollution to be in compliance with current World Health Association (WHO) guidelines could save more than 140,000 lives over the course of a decade, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study,

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

George Washington University to Fully Divest from Fossil Fuels by 2025

by Gabby Birenbaum (The Hill) George Washington University on Monday became the latest U.S. school to announce it will fully divest its endowment from fossil fuel holdings. The board of trustees pledged to achieve full divestment by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2030, in addition to taking steps like phasing out single-use plastics. “Our

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy 2nd Edition Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy Published by Academic Press

(Elsevier) Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy, 2nd Edition presents a complete overview of the bioenergy value chain, from feedstock to end products. It examines current and emerging feedstocks and advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of all possible alternative energy sources. Divided into seven parts, bioenergy

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineers Find Neat Way to Turn Waste Carbon Dioxide into Useful Material

by Lachlan Gilbert (University of South Wales Sydney Newsroom)  Making catalysts to convert waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial products has been expensive and complicated – until now. UNSW engineers show it’s as easy as playing with Lego.  — Chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Benefits of Ethanol

(Nebraska Ethanol Board) In an effort to spread ethanol’s clean air message, the Nebraska Ethanol Board put together this video aimed at students across the state. To help illustrate what is in gasoline and how ethanol can help, they included the popular video of Steve VanderGriend demonstrating the kinds of emissions

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

CUHK Scientists Develop a Novel Technology for Generating Biocatalysts for Biodiesel Production

(Asia Today) A research team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, which lowers the production cost yet improves the enzyme’s stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

An Innovative Catalyst with Pt, Re and SnO2 Nanoparticles as Anode Material in Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Polish Academy of Sciences/EurekAlert!) Scientists working at the Department for Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences designed and synthesized a functional ternary Pt/Re/SnO2/C catalyst as an anode material in a direct ethanol fuel cell. It was possible by synthesizing platinum, rhenium and tin

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Towards a Green Future: Efficient Laser Technique Can Convert Cellulose into Biofuel

(Tech Xplore/Tokyo University of Science)  … The plant-based polymer cellulose is the most abundant form of biomass globally and can be converted into raw materials such as glucose and xylose for the production of bioethanol (a type of biofuel). But this process is challenging owing to the molecule’s rigid and

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Exhaust Gas from a Power Plant Can Be Recovered and Used as a Raw Reaction Material Energy-Saving CO2 Capture Technology with H2 Gas Is Developed by Integrating the CO2 Separation and Conversion Process

(Science Daily/Japan Science and Technology Agency)  A research group developed a new technology that can drastically conserve the energy used to capture CO2 from gases exhausted from a concentrated source such as thermal power plants. With this technology, namely H2 stripping regeneration technology, combustion exhaust gas can be replaced by

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Smart Farms of the Future: Making Bioenergy Crops More Environmentally Friendly

by Julie Chao (Joint BioEnergy Institute) Farmers have enough worries – between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands – without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), including scientists at the

June 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    Popular RFA Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars Now a Virtual Experience   —   Various Dates

Popular RFA Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars Now a Virtual Experience — Various Dates

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association has conducted nearly 300 in-person Ethanol Emergency Response Seminars across the country.  Due to current circumstances and social distancing guidelines, the RFA now will be offering four-hour-long webinars through 2020. These webinars are led by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

IIT Madras Researchers Use Agri Waste, Plastic to Make Biofuel

(The Hindu) Team develops microwave-assisted pyrolysis process to achieve the goal — Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras have developed a microwave process to produce biofuel from plastic waste, rice straw and sugarcane bagasse. A team of three researchers led by R. Vinu, associate professor in Chemical engineering

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Weed Wizard: Professor Alters Plant Genes to Create Wonder Crop

by Rachel Hatch (Illinois State University News)   … An ISU professor of genetics, (John) Sedbrook is devoted to integrated plant biology and bioenergy, meaning his research focuses on bringing out positive genetic traits in plants. “We’re making mutations that are good,” he said. “That is the whole story behind domestication,

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Using Wastewater to Produce Better Algae for Biofuels

by Carrie Talus (New Mexico Consortium)  New Mexico Consortium scientist, Joseph Msanne, along with colleagues Shawn Starkenburg and Juergen Polle, recently published an article titled An Assessment of Heterotrophy and Mixotrophy in Scenedesmus and its Utilization in Wastewater Treatment, in the June 2020 issue of Algal Research.  This review looks at whether

June 15, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 Flows into Mexico Following Collaboration

(Biofuels International)  Five trainloads of US petrol pre-blended at an E10 rate arrived in Guadalajara in May 2020 – a direct success of the Grains Council’s (USGC’s) collaboration with the Mexican Association of Service Station Providers (AMPES). The 14,500 gallons of ethanol (5,300 bushels in corn equivalent) helped to demonstrate

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Safflower Oil Hailed by Scientists as Possible Recyclable, Biodegradable Replacement for Petroleum

by Tim Lee (ABC News)  …Victorian grain grower David Jochinke, who participated in the trials, said the prospect of pioneering a biofuel was exciting. “To have a product that needs very little refining, is biodegradable, is a bio-energy, is a bio-fuel, is something that displaces petroleum, something that’s been traditionally used

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund Awards Announced

(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Nine projects have received a total of more than $29,000 in grants from the Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund for its 2019-20 funding cycle. Established in August 2013, the fund is designed to foster a strong culture of sustainability on our campus by providing financial support to

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

H2@Scale in Texas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Part 1 of 3 Hot Hydrogen Multi-Slide Guides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Part 1 of today’s Hot Hydrogen slide guides, Frontier Energy shares their H2@Scale vision, progress in Texas and why Texas is actually a pretty ideal location to lead H2 production for a sustainable energy system, the recent U.S. Department of Energy award for a

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel from Carbon Dioxide with the Aid of Solar Energy

(Linköping University/EurekAlert!) Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water. The study has

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

New Jersey to Teach Climate Change to Its 1.4 Million Students

(Our Daily Planet) Last week the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted First Lady Tammy Murphy’s initiative to make New Jersey the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change in its K-12 curriculum. “In New Jersey, we have already begun to experience the effects of climate change, from our disappearing shorelines, to

June 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Updated “What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?” Adds “What Renewable Fuels Can Be Used in Compression Ignition Engines?”

(Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2011, one of Advanced Biofuels USA’s most popular publications has been “What’s the Difference between Biodiesel and Renewable (Green) Diesel?”  The update of this paper has been expanded to answer the question, “What Renewable Fuels Can Be Used in Compression Ignition Engines?” This paper begins by

June 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Biojet Off The Ground

by Meghan Lim (Bite Size Research/Future Energy Systems/Alberta University)  Can we fly without fossil fuels? Biofuels are produced from living plant matter, with biojet a specific kind used for flying. Explore the reasons for biojet production and the challenges it faces with undergraduate student, Meghan Lim. Download the worksheet here

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Get Electricity from Algae: Developed at ETU “LETI”

(St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University)  Researchers from St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” have developed a model of biofuel cell for electricity generation using cyanobacteria.  —  Nowadays, the engineering of environmentally friendly and renewable energy sources is one of the most important problems of humanity. The Engineering Center for Microtechnology and Diagnostics

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Tools for Students and Educators

(Department of Energy)  Learn more about bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts  — OPERATION BioenergizeME is the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) education and workforce development base camp for students, educators, and anyone seeking to better understand the opportunities, promises, and challenges of developing a thriving bioeconomy. The bioeconomy refers to a global transition to

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Develop New Chemicals Process to Recycle Bioplastics

(BioMarket Insight) The UK-based scientists at the Universities of Birmingham and Bath have developed what they describe as a “faster, more efficient way” of recycling plant-based bioplastics. The team has shown how their chemical recycling method not only speeds up the process, it can also be converted into a new product

June 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Minute Molecular Movements Might Lead to More Efficient Biofuel Cells

(Leiden University/Phys.Org)  Leiden researchers have found minute movements in the laccase enzyme. This discovery could lead to the development of much more efficient biofuel cells. Publication in Biophysical Journal. READ MORE Chemical exchange at the tri-nuclear copper centre of small laccase from Streptomyces coelicolor. (Biophysical Journal)

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

ASTM Approves Pathway for Production of Microalgae-Based Sustainable Aviation Fuel Developed by Japan’s IHI

(GreenAir Online)  Fuel standards organisation ASTM International has approved the seventh technology pathway for the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Annex A7 to ASTM’s SAF specification D7566 establishes approval for a type of synthesised paraffinic kerosene derived from hydroprocessed hydrocarbons, esters and fatty acids. The standard provides

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Oregon State University: Researchers Make Key Advance Toward Production of Important Biofuel

(The Register Guard) An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels, according to news release from Oregon State University. The key breakthrough is the

May 25, 2020 Read Full Article

2020-21 Planet Forward Correspondent Application Open DEADLINE: June 12, 2020

(Planet Forward)  Are you interested in environmental journalism that can move the planet forward? Are you a great storyteller, or want to become one? Are you motivated by science, the environment or journalism? JOIN A SELECT TEAM OF TALENTED STUDENTS as a Planet Forward Correspondent. Correspondents, each working from their

May 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) Energy Seed Grants Awarded

(Maryland Energy Innovation Institute) The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) awarded the third round of their Energy Innovation Seed Grants to six projects across the University System of Maryland.  The grants are intended to bridge the gap between academic transformative laboratory research results and prototype demonstrations while fostering commercialization through technology development, creation and/or

May 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Rapid Screening Method Targets Fatty Acids in Yeast; Key to Sustainable Bioproducts

(Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation)   Scientists engineering valuable microbes for renewable fuels and bioproducts have developed a fast, efficient way to identify the most promising varieties. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed a novel mass spectrometry-based screening technique to rapidly profile medium-chain fatty acids produced

May 21, 2020 Read Full Article
    Biogas #HANDS ON: 1st North American Online Biogas Training   —   June 22-26, 2020   —  ONLINE

Biogas #HANDS ON: 1st North American Online Biogas Training — June 22-26, 2020 — ONLINE

IBBK Biogas  —  The Convenience of Online Trainings meets the Interaction of Live Events ✓ Attend from wherever you are ✓ Designed for the North American Biogas Industry ✓ 5 half days of biogas online training LIVE ✓ One day dedicated to a Q&A-session with you ✓ Build and extend your

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling a Cleaner Future: Ethanol Is Just the Beginning

(Omaha World-Herald/Nebraska Corn Board) When you stop at the gas station to top off your tank, how much thought do you put in to choosing the fuel that’s right for your car? For your wallet? For the environment? For the air quality in your community? The truth is, transportation is the

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Adkins Energy Announces Scholarship Recipients

(Journal Standard) Adkins Energy LLC recently announced Aaron Folk, Kayla Runkle and Hannah Pickard as the recipients of this year’s scholarship awards. The scholarship provides each student with $500 scholarships to help them further their higher education. Entries for this year were judged on academic achievement and an essay answering the

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Amid Oil Price Crash, a New Hope for Biofuels

by Tina Casey (Triple Pundit)  … (T)there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of biofuels, as the field continues to evolve remarkably from where it was a decade ago. … Rather than letting the rest of the plant go to waste, the focus has turned to developing enzymes that can

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Multi-Scale Structured Materials for Electrocatalysis and Photoelectrocatalysis

(Dresden University of Technology/Phys.Org)  As a new class of porous materials, noble metal aerogels (NMAs) have drawn attention for their self-supported architectures, high surface areas and their many optically and catalytically active sites, enabling impressive performance in diverse fields. However, current fabrication methods suffer from long fabrication periods, unavoidable impurities,

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethiopian Sustainable Biofuel Future Scenario at a Glance

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) As part of the Fuelling the Sustainable Bioeconomy powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement Portfolio, RSB gathered a group of key stakeholders in the Ethiopian bioeconomy to examine and uncover strategies and scenarios for the future development of a sustainable biofuels industry in the country. The outcomes of

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Do We Need an Activist Army?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Fuels in a Green Recovery

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On last week’s DigestConnect webinar about the Green Recovery, Joanne Ivancic from Advanced Biofuel USA shared this illuminating presentation about the need for more education and understanding of renewable fuels. From the evidence that it’s a problem to how can we do better to ensure that

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article
    ONLINE:  Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education   —   July 22-24, 2020

ONLINE: Stay-In-stitute for Climate Change Education — July 22-24, 2020

Our team is coming to your screens this summer!  Join us for a virtual training on climate change education together with educators from around the country.  Gain the skills, tools, and resources to teach climate change concepts and empower students in all subject areas, and receive on-going support throughout the

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenprint for Biomanufacturing and Sustainable Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biostrategy 2020 in a Post-COVID World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As biology ravages the global economy, we have a once-in-a-lifetime, trillion-dollar opportunity to help shape how biology will also rebuild it, reports Synbiobeta. We can redefine the economy, supply chains, and manufacturing at local, state, national, and global levels, and bring back the millions of jobs

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae Education and the Future of the Bioeconomy

by Christy Sterner (U.S. Department of Energy) How ATEC leads the way toward educating the next generation of bioeconomy professionals. The Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is a collaboration between the Algae Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Together, these organizations have created many widely accessible workforce

May 15, 2020 Read Full Article

A Roadmap to the Ammonia Economy

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) Researchers at Monash University in Australia have proposed a roadmap to renewable ammonia being produced in the future at a scale that is significant in terms of global fossil fuel use in a paper recently published in Joule. The authors note that while there is global

May 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Solve Invasive Seaweed Problem by Turning It into Biofuels and Fertilisers

(University of Bath/Phys.Org) UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America. Millions of tonnes of rotting seaweed washes up on beaches of Mexico, the Caribbean and

May 13, 2020 Read Full Article

TU/e-led Consortium IDEALFUEL for the Development of Renewable Maritime Fuels Kicks off

(Eindhoven University of Technology)  EU-funded project aims to develop new production methods for sustainable maritime fuels.  — Many ships use heavy fuel oils that contain large amounts of sulphur and nitrogen leading to the emission of greenhouse gases and other damaging substances. The TU/e-led consortium IDEALFUEL seeks to address this issue

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Commodity Chemicals Requires Fossil Fuels. New Devices Could Do It with Renewables

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine) As windmills and solar panels multiply, the supply of renewable electricity sometimes exceeds demand. Chemists would like to put the excess to work making commodity chemicals, such as the raw materials for fertilizer and plastics, which are now produced with heat, pressure, and copious fossil

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Research Brief: Engineering Natural Selection in Microbes Has Implications for Biofuel Production, Addressing Antibiotic Resistance

(University of Minnesota) … “So many other things change around a gene at the same time, you can’t focus on how a single gene changes,” said Michael Travisano, a professor in the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences’ Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and the BioTechnology Institute. “This was a major limitation for understanding evolutionary

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Gene Edited Algae and Microbes to Make Fuel on Mars

by Brian Wang (Next BIG Future) NASA NIAC fund work to use bioorganisms to perform atmospheric in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). Utilizing 100% ISRU for propellant production, they aim to reduce the Entry Descent Landing (EDL) mass of a crewed mission to Mars by approximately 7 tons. This technology will enable long-term human

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Professor’s Research on Creating Biofuel from Waste Published

(Guttman Community College) Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Jihyun Kim’s research on transforming brown grease into biodiesel fuel has been published in the Journal of Biochemical Engineering under the title “Biodiesel fuel production from brown grease produced by wastewater treatment plant: Optimization of acid catalyzed reaction conditions.” The groundbreaking research describes the process

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Starts “Just A Minute” Educational Series

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The first episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on what might be used to make renewable fuels.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewable fuels can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic with pictures of

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Harnessing Cellular Power to Meet Global Challenges

by Adam Hadhazy (Princeton University/Phys.Org)  …More energy-dense and convenient for vehicle use than ethanol, the standard biofuel of today, isobutanol is unfortunately more toxic to yeast, which limits its production. In a study published in the journal Cell Systems, Avalos and his team revealed a fundamental mechanism of isobutanol’s toxic effect. They

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Available Now: Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Governor’s Council on Biofuels Presentations

(Minnesota Department of Agriculture)  On April 6, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture hosted a meeting of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Biofuels which included presentations from Jeremy Martin, Clean Transportation Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, speaking on Relative environmental effects of ethanol, gasoline, and electricity and from Ron Alverson,  American

April 29, 2020 Read Full Article

UMES Researchers Win Energy Innovation Research Funding

by Cindy Chambers  (Salisbury Business Journal) Dr. Jurgen Schwarz, chair of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences and Dr. Sadanand Dhekney, associate professor of plant breeding and biotechnology, are recipients of an Energy Innovation Seed Grant awarded by the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute. The institute, which is housed at

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Salem Students Unique Training in New Diesel Technician Program

by Jenna Zipton (WSLS 10 News)  Local students could be walking into a six figure salary after graduation  — … A 1985 truck is what students are training on in 2020 at Salem High School. Senior Braeden Sluss knows he wants to work on cars and the new diesel technician program

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Make Key Advance toward Production of Important Biofuel

(Oregon State University/Phys.Org) An international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new metal organic framework, or MOF,

April 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) Starts Webinar Series for 2020

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  Reacting to the global pandemic’s effect on how we are doing business these days, the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) is continuing to add value to its members by developing and providing a series of webinars once or twice a month on both short-term and long-term opportunities. The

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Fun, Science and Agriculture, All in One

by Jackie Coughenour  (Daily American)  … The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab is helping educate students in Pennsylvania about agriculture, food origins and agricultural careers, through hands-on, fun, scientific experiments. … Cathy Vorisek, educator with the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, said, “It’s the goal of the foundation to make

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

For Eight Years Running, RFA Safety Programs Earn National Recognition

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association has received the TRANSCAER National Achievement Award in recognition of extraordinary achievement by the organization or a team in support of the TRANSCAER initiative, a national outreach effort that has focused on assisting communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents.

April 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Recycling Technologies’ First Site in Europe Will Be Located at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands

(Recycling Technologies) Recycling Technologies Ltd (‘Recycling Technologies’), a specialist plastic recycling technology provider and Brightlands Chemelot Campus, an innovation, research and technological growth hub announce today they have signed the first agreement towards the installation of Recycling Technologies’ first European plastic chemical recycling machine, the RT7000, within the Campus in the

April 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Marine BioEnergy, Inc.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We can add capacity for energy by turning to the massive spaces in the open oceans to gather sunlight to grow abundant, competitive biomass for carbon-neutral fuels. For scale, we need 220,000 square kilometers to grow kelp to replace 10% of fossil liquid fuels used

April 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Don’t Look to Mature Forests to Soak Up Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Results of Australian Study May Have Impact on New York State Carbon Neutrality Goals

(Suny College of Environmental Science and Forestry) Research published today in Nature suggests mature forests are limited in their ability to absorb “extra” carbon as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase. These findings may have implications for New York state’s carbon neutrality goals. Dr. John Drake, assistant professor in ESF’s Department of

April 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Yale-NUS College Scientists Find Bisulphates that Curb Efficacy of Diesel Engine Catalysts

(Yale/National University of Singapore College/EurekAlert!) A team of researchers from Yale-NUS College, in collaboration with scientists in Sweden, has found that bisulphate species in the exhaust stream are strongly connected to decreasing the effectiveness of exhaust remediation catalysts in diesel engines. Their findings pave the way for synthesising more sulphur-tolerant

April 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists DEADLINE: July 15, 2020

In order to promote young scientists early in their career, SciLifeLab has engaged in a collaboration with AAAS and Science magazine to award an annual prize in the area of life science for the best PhD thesis work. An essay based on the thesis is submitted to the editorial board of Science and four winners are

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article
    Earth Week 2020: What Will It Look Like? List of Online Virtual Events

Earth Week 2020: What Will It Look Like? List of Online Virtual Events

(Our Daily Planet)  … Earth Day will still be celebrated, just not as planned. Instead, multiple virtual events will take the place of previously scheduled festivities. … The Agenda: Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit – Virtual Event April 22-24th The Smithsonian is hosting its annual optimism event that showcases stories of both small and large-scale

April 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Earth Challenge 2020: Join a Global Citizen Science Effort to Protect Our Planet

(Earth Day) Earth Challenge 2020 will help fulfill our goal of engaging millions of global citizens while integrating billions of data points from new and ongoing citizen science projects. — Fifty years ago, Earth Day became the largest people’s protest in the history of the world. And we changed the

April 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Model Spatial and Temporal Consequences of Increased Woody Biomass Use on the Global Forest Ecosystem

(University of Maine) Incentivizing both sequestration and avoidance of emissions— using a carbon rental or carbon tax and subsidy approach — versus only a carbon tax encourages protection of natural forests by valuing the standing stock, according to a new study led by Georgia Institute of Technology. In their study, the

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Boom: ZeaKal Boosts Soybean Oil Output by 18%, Protein up 3%, No Drop in Yield

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … ZeaKal, which announced that its multiyear field trials of its PhotoSeed technology – and their soybeans increased the per acre production of oil and protein by 18 percent and three percent respectively without any penalty to seed yield. It’s probably the only oil glut you

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

An Education in Biodiesel during the Global Lockdown

(Biofuels International)  … NBB (National Biodiesel Board)  has put together some biodiesel educational resources and fun ideas for extending the learning experience beyond the classroom, or dining room table. It has collected biodiesel educational resources and STEM activities to help children expand their understanding of energy, sustainability and renewable biodiesel.

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

BISC-E Student Challenge DEADLINE: June 12, 2020

(Ghent University)  For the first time ever a national Belgian competition of the Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) will be organized in 2020. Do you want to design a creative bio-based solution as a multidisciplinary student team? The Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E), organized by GREEN-CHEM and RE-SOURCE.bio,

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Opinion: The Value of Shared Accountability

by Paul Nazzaro (Biodiesel Magazine/Advanced Fuel Solutions)  … For those of us who have long believed in biodiesel as the solution to keeping the heating oil industry alive and prosperous, it was our hope that by having all levels of the supply chain involved in the planning process, a larger

April 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Panda Poo, Ants and Slugs Could Be Key to the Green Fuel of Tomorrow

by Jesper Bruun (Aarhus University)  A new research project at Aarhus University will exploit millions of years of evolution to develop sustainable biofuels. Among other things, the solution lies in the digestive system of pandas.  — By imitating natural biological degradation processes, a team of researchers from the Department of Engineering

April 14, 2020 Read Full Article

From Weeds to Wealth – Researchers Discover Simple Method to Make Valuable Levulinic Acid and Cement Additive from Hemp Waste

by Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh (University of Louisville/Biofuels Diges)  In Kentucky, Louisville scientists add value to solid wastes from the hemp product industry. Their research exploits a simple process that transforms the waste into levulinic acid, a valuable chemical and a cement additive for green concrete. … As society moves toward greater

April 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Coral-Inspired Biomaterials Could Lead to Highly Efficient Biofuel Production

(University of San Diego Scripps Institute of Oceanography)  Biologists and engineers design 3D printed corals that could help energy production and coral reefs  —  Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, and the University of Cambridge, U.K., have 3D printed coral-inspired

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

The Latest Developments on Powering Our World with Grass, Twigs, and Other Green Waste

by Michael Timko (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biofuels Digest)  … But, the food left on our plates is energy dense, rich in starches, lipids, and other components, all begging to be made into biofuels. After years of development, bioenergy costs remain too high to compete with petroleum on price alone. Can converting

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

VTT to Assess Bio- and Waste-Based Oils Suitable for Power Plants and Ships

(VTT)  In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT and partners are exploring how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for power plants and ship diesel engines. The aim is to determine the most ecologically and economically sustainable way to replace fossil fuels. … Internal-combustion engine

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Create the Future Design Contest: Calling All Innovators: Your Ideas Are Needed Now More Than Ever

(Tech Briefs)  The Create the Future Design Contest provides a global forum to share your ideas for new products and technologies that could generate jobs, improve public health & safety, protect the environment, and benefit society in other ways to get us through these challenging times. You can win a

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Let’s Clear the Air about Ethanol

(Let’s Clear the Air) Have you visited the new educational website Let’s Clear the Air? It’s focused on teaching the public about ethanol, especially related to the emission, cost and engine benefits. Since people are social distancing at home and may have extra time to do some reading, this is

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioeconomy Showcase: Circular Economy Instead of Phosphorus Crisis

(University of Hohenheim (Google Translation))  German-Chinese Research Training Groups at the University of Hohenheim and the China Agricultural University in Beijing are looking for solutions for sustainable phosphorus use using the example of maize cultivation systems If it is not possible to use the resource phosphorus more sustainably, mankind is

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Water Splitting Advance Holds Promise for Affordable Renewable Energy

(Science Daily/Washington State University)  A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology,

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Hope New Seed-Based Miscanthus Hybrid Can Be Used as Feedstock for Biochemicals

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) “These seeded hybrids are vital to our future business model and the rapid deployment of miscanthus as part of the climate change solution.”  —  Researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) Aberystwyth University, with funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Tequila’ Powered Biofuels More Efficient than Corn or Sugar: Ethanol from Agave Could Be Used for Biofuels and Hand Sanitiser

by Marcus Storm (University of Sydney) The plant better known for making tequila requires no irrigation and produces comparable or better yields of ethanol than sugar or corn. Economic analysis shows a first-generation crop will need government support to kickstart an industry, researchers say. The agave plant used to make

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Be Small Step toward Tackling World’s Pollution Crisis

by Scottie Andrew (CNN) … Now scientists discovered a strain of bacteria, the first of its kind, that can degrade the harmful compounds in polyurethane products — a positive step toward reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the environment. The findings were published last week in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.   A

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

The Algae Foundation — Looking Back and Moving Forward

by Ike Levine, Tiffany Cannis and Marissa Nalley (Algae Industry Magazine)  In these turbulent times, when many educational programs are in limbo, we wondered what is happening to algae education? For a perspective, we asked leaders of the Algae Foundation how they are tracking the past and planning for the

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Foundation Offers Student Scientist Grants DEADLINE May 31, 2020

(National Biodiesel Board/Energy.Agwired.com)  Student scientists can qualify for an award of up to $2000 through the Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant, established by the National Biodiesel Foundation in 2018 to help deserving full-time students interested in science, research, and biodiesel sustainability. “Beth Calabotta had a passion for student education and advanced

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza

by Pedro Malpartida* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leaders in Energy hosted their sixth annual Clean Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza in the A. James Clarke Hall at the University of Maryland (UMD) along with the Association of Energy Engineers-National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC). At this event, companies, association members, and students showcased

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Clean Cities Accepting Applications for Paid Summer Internship DEADLINE May 4, 2020

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  Wisconsin Clean Cities is accepting applications for a paid summer 2020 internship. The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP) is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: 2020 Webinar Series: What You Didn’t Know About Biofuels — March 19, 2020

(Wisconsin Clean Cities)  Join Wisconsin Clean Cities and South Shore Clean Cities for the 2020 Webinar Series: What You Didn’t Know About Biofuels. Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels, called “biofuels,” to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Students at Greater Lawrence Tech Win $10K for Deriving Fuel from Algae

by Genevieve DiNatale (Eagle Tribune)  A team of seven savvy students at Greater Lawrence Technical High School won a $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to the team for winning the Air & Climate portion of the annual Lexus Eco Challenge, a national scholarship competition that asks students across the country

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Pandas, Slugs and Ants Hint at Shortcut to Greener Biofuel

by Thin Lei Win (Thomson Reuters Foundation)   … Scientists believe the animals’ unique ability to break down tough plant material, including bamboo, could provide clues to ramping up production of plant-based biofuels, one substitute for the fossil fuels that drive global warming. Researchers at Aarhus University, in Denmark, are searching

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Path Finder: Pfleger Lab Uses Bacteria to Convert Biomass into Sustainable Chemicals

by Jason Daley (University of Wisconsin – Madison)  … In addition to transportation fuels, petroleum is refined into hundreds of petrochemicals used in everything from plastics and pharmaceuticals to carpets and fertilizers, and currently there are no easy ways to produce most of these chemicals without using oil. But Jay and

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? The Diesel Market, Feedstock Options and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While things are topsy turvy around the world right now, Part 1 to this visual National Biodiesel Board slide guide takes us on an industry overview, the diesel vehicle market forecast, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market (and yes, they are different!), a look

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

PODCAST: Europe Industrial Ethanol Demand, Prices Spike as Coronavirus Disrupts Market

by Will Beacham (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) Spot prices for Europe industrial ethanol are spiking and the market is facing disruption as demand soars for disinfectant and cleaning products linked to coronavirus. Biofuel producers, gin distilleries and perfume manufacturers are switching to ethanol production to help meet the spike in demand.

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

IRFA Announces Partnership with Iowa State University BioBus

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Many of the often-touted benefits of biodiesel – from cleaner air and reduced carbon emissions to high-paying jobs in rural communities – benefit the next generation beyond all others. In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  Climate Change Education Resources for the Virtual Classroom   —   March 25, 2020

WEBINAR: Climate Change Education Resources for the Virtual Classroom — March 25, 2020

We know educators are facing new challenges to adapt lesson plans to provide learning at a distance for students as we navigate COVID-19. We’re here with support! Join the Climate Generation education team as we showcase tips and tricks for adapting climate change resources for virtual classrooms. We will discuss Climate

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article
    WEBINAR:  March Teach Climate Network Hangout  —  March 24, 2020

WEBINAR: March Teach Climate Network Hangout — March 24, 2020

The Teach Climate Network is for educators of all grade levels, subjects, and educational settings from across the country to connect informally on climate change education! We meet virtually to discuss climate-fiction books, movies, articles, teaching, learning, and current events. For this month’s hangout, we hope to provide a space to have

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Building Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts

(Kansas State University) Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts.  —  “The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement,” said Feraidon

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Create the Future Contest DEADLINE July 1, 2020

The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 14,000 product design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide. The contest’s principal sponsors are COMSOL and Mouser Electronics with Analog

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Why a Good Ethanol Education Program Is Needed Now, More Than Ever

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  U.S. DOE and EPA are Screwing America (And No One Cares – Do You?) +VIDEO — … So, I did a Google search of his name (Daniel R. Simmons) along with the word “ethanol.” There was only one pertinent search return involving Simmons and

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Student Seeking Farmer Perspectives On AD

(BioCycle Magazine)  Risa Lewis, an undergraduate in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources program at the University of Connecticut, has focused her senior thesis on on-farm anaerobic digestion in the Northeastern United States. A component of Lewis’ thesis is to conduct a survey titled “Farmer Perspectives & Investment

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

University of Southern California Rolls out Waste Collection for Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  The University of Southern California (USC) in the US has introduced compost collection bins at university-owned student housing, with collected waste to be used in the production of biofuels. Troy Hall and New North Residential College are the latest buildings to join the list, which already includes Marks

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

ENGIE Invests in Hydrogen Technology Platform H2SITE

(ENGIE) ENGIE, through its corporate venture capital arm ENGIE New Ventures, announces its strategic investment in H2SITE. Headquartered in Bilbao, Spain, H2SITE is a spinoff created by Tecnalia research and technology center and Eindhoven University of Technology. It aims at commercializing a membrane reactor based system able to produce high purity

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomass Fuels Can Significantly Mitigate Global Warming

(American Associates/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev/EurekAlert!) Biomass fuels derived from various grasses could significantly mitigate global warming by reducing carbon, according to a long-term field study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Michigan State University (MSU). In a new paper published in Environmental Science and Technology, the

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Recovering Phosphorus from Corn Ethanol Production Can Help Reduce Groundwater Pollution

by Marianne Stein (Illinois Aces) Dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product from corn ethanol processing, is commonly used as feed for cattle, swine and poultry. However, DDGS contains more phosphorus than the animals need. The excess ends up in manure and drains into the watershed, promoting algae production and

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR SPEAKERS  13th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy   —   December 4, 2020   —   Washington, DC   DEADLINE:  August 20, 2020

CALL FOR SPEAKERS 13th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy — December 4, 2020 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: August 20, 2020

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.   Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

High Country News Internships & Fellowship DEADLINES: March 15, 2020 and November 1, 2020

(High Country News) High Country News is looking for informed and enthusiastic editorial interns and fellows to report on natural resource, environmental and community issues in the 12 Western states. High Country News, published monthly in Colorado, is a nonprofit magazine and website “for people who care about the West.” Our print and

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Biofuels Answer Zimbabwe’s Fuel Headache?

by Shingirai Huni (The Herald) Zimbabwe is facing fuel shortages, with long queues now the order of the day at fuel stations. Many motorists now leave their cars at home and use public transport to save money on fuel as prices keep rising. Yet, adopting bio-fuels can help ease the fuel shortages Zimbabwe

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Benson High School Students Tour CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Eighteen students from Benson High School toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) today to get a closer look at the ethanol production process. During the tour, the students learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, ethanol storage and shipment. “We

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Recycles Greenhouse Gases into Fuel and Hydrogen Gas

(Science Daily/The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST))  Scientists have taken a major step toward a circular carbon economy by developing a long-lasting, economical catalyst that recycles greenhouse gases into ingredients that can be used in fuel, hydrogen gas, and other chemicals. The results could be revolutionary in

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

FPT Industrial Is Investigating Plant-Based Biofuels

(Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire)  FPT Industrial a global powertrain brand of CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI/ MI: CNH),  invested in a production plan and tests dedicated to exploring macaúba biodiesel, with a view to developing a potential new source of sustainable fuel. Macaúba, a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Composting Foundation’s Research Scholarships Available DEADLINE: April 10, 2020

(BioCycle Magazine) The Composting Council Research & Education Foundation (CCREF) is offering scholarships to undergraduate through PhD students studying at a college or university in the U.S. interested in doing compost-related research projects. The scholarship is for $4,000. The goal of this scholarship is to “bring assistance to students doing

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Students Tour CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-four students from Ridgewater College in Wilmar toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol and dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) production. “The students were educated on the ethanol production process and its importance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting the

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Ecological Process for Producing Cheaper Biofuel

(Institut national de la recherche scientifique/Phys.Org)  Professors Rajeshwar Dayal Tyagi and Patrick Drogui, researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), have developed a new approach to biodiesel production that uses microbes, sewage sludge, and a biofuel byproduct. … Plants have been turning to microbial biodiesel, which can

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Scientists Examine the Effect of Palm-Oil Biodiesel on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(AZO Cleantech)  Despite the rising controversy over the sustainability of vegetable oil biofuels, these products are increasingly being utilized as a substitute for fossil fuels.  —  In a recent study headed by the University of Gottingen, scientists analyzed the impact of palm-oil biodiesel on greenhouse gas emissions for the whole life cycle. The scientists

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article
    ONLINE ONLY GC&E Student Workshop   —   June 15, 2020   —

ONLINE ONLY GC&E Student Workshop — June 15, 2020 —

Students and post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to attend the free annual GC&E Student Workshop taking place on the day before the GC&E Conference starts. This year’s workshop will focus how to assess the sustainability and safety of your chemistry. There will also be plenty of opportunity to network with fellow

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

MSU Researchers Aim to Optimize Algae Biofuel Production

by Karly Graham (The State News) Michigan State researchers are testing algae hibernation to optimize the plant’s ability to be used for biofuel production. Using algae to produce biofuels is a question of economic feasibility, Tomomi Takeuchi, a research assistant in MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory said. Algae produce oil as a response to adverse

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

A Novel Biofuel System for Hydrogen Production from Biomass

(Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology/Phys.Org) A novel technology has been developed for hydrogen production from the process, which involves electron that is produced during the decomposition of biomass such as waste wood. The result produced after biomass decomposition is a high value-added compound, and it is a two-stone technology

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

KIST Develops Biofuel Production Process in Cooperation with North American Researchers

(Korea Institute of Science and Technology/EurekAlert!)  Clean biofuel produced using genetic engineering and environmentally friendly solvents. International joint research by Korean, US, and Canadian research teams raises anticipation of the development of sustainable biofuel production technology  — Biofuel is often touted as a clean fuel, but the fact that it is

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Your Ride for a More Stable Climate: Scientists Measure the Climate Benefits of Alternatives to Petroleum Fuels

(National Science Foundation) Transportation produces a sizable amount of greenhouse gas emissions, largely by using petroleum to power internal combustion engines. Alternatives –- for example, organic materials such as grasses to produce fuels or electricity –- could avoid petroleum use altogether. Now, a team of scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

EQTEC to Upgrade Spanish Waste to Energy Facility for Biofuel Production

(Biofuels International)  Waste gasification to energy company EQTEC has been awarded a contract for the upgrade of the existing syngas research and development facility at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain. The university was recently successful in a funding application to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

From Middle School to College, Educators Explore Teaching Sustainability; Advanced Biofuels USA Consults on Power of Renewable Transportation Fuel Options — Your Contributions Are Welcome

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At Hood College just blocks from Advanced Biofuels USA’s headquarters, the Biology Department’ Sustainability Work Group has proposed a new undergraduate major in Sustainability Studies.  At Independence, Ohio’s middle school, teachers are exploring putting together a course dedicated to sustainability.  Advanced Biofuels USA has

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Chemistry Finding Could Make Solar Energy More Efficient

by Laura Arenschield (Ohio State News)  Researchers have found a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight  —  Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

OSU Receives $3.1 Million Research Grant to Improve Sorghum Data and Savings

(Oklahoma State University)  Forage sorghum is being grown in Chickasha as part of the bio-energy research center work on using sorghum in the production of Cellulosic ethanol. Oklahoma received a $3.1 million grant to improve field-level data collection.  — A recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Innovation and Strategic Orientations for the Development of Advanced Biorefineries

by Giuliano Dragone, Abraham A.J.Kerssemakers, Jasper L.S.P.Driessen, Celina K.Yamakawa, Larissa P.Brumano, Solange I.Mussatto (Bioresource Technology) Advanced biorefineries are seen as key to implement a sustainable biobased economy. • Total valorization of biomass can boost the industrial implementation of biorefineries. • Tailor-made enzymes may increase process performance, reducing loadings and costs.

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

A Sustainable Wood Biorefinery for Low–Carbon Footprint Chemicals Production

by Yuhe Liao, Steven-Friso Koelewijn, Gil Van den Bossche, Joost Van Aelst, Sander Van den Bosch, Tom Renders, Kranti Navare, Thomas Nicolaï, Korneel Van Aelst, Maarten Maesen, Hironori Matsushima, Johan Thevelein, Karel Van Acker, Bert Lagrain, Danny Verboekend, Bert F. Sels (Science Magazine)  Profitability and sustainability of future biorefineries are

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Agricultural Relations Council Scholarship and Internship hosted by Charleston|Orwig DEADLINE: March 15, 2020 and February 21, 2020

(Agricultural Relations Council)  The annual Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) Charleston|Orwig Scholarship is open and accepting applications until March 15.  Each year, one college student studying agricultural communications and public relations, is awarded a $1,500 scholarship. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 15, 2020. Lyle E. Orwig, founder of Charleston|Orwig, generously funds

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) Announces Release of Complete Suite of TSCA Tutor™ Regulatory Training Courses Online and On-Demand

(Bergeson & Cempbell)  B&C Launches TSCA Tutor™ Online, On-Demand Training Courses: Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) is pleased to announce the release of the complete suite of TSCA Tutor™ regulatory training courses online and on-demand at www.TSCAtutor.com. Professionals seeking expert, efficient, essential training can preview and enroll in on-demand classes to complete

February 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Research Unity Commissions 380L Biodiesel Processing Machine

(University of Botswana) The University of Botswana Biodiesel Research Unit in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) has commissioned a biodiesel processing machine. The machine, designed to produce 380 liters of biodiesel per batch from different feedstock, was commissioned by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Apply Now for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative

(Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy)  We’re excited to announce an open call for applications for the 2020 Energy Journalism Initiative, which will be held June 16-19, 2020, in New York at Columbia University. To apply, please complete our online application, and submit three samples of your work along

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

ARC/Charleston|Orwig Scholarship Accepting Applications until March 15

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) will award one $1,500 fall semester scholarship (2019-2020 academic year,) to undergraduate college students pursuing a career in agricultural communications such as, but not limited to, working for agribusiness companies, marketing communications agencies, national/state/regional commodity or general farm organizations and other positions that that promote

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Online Biology MS Offered by University of Nebraska at Kearney

(Univeristy of Nebraska at Keaney)  Get the same diploma as on campus students.  The online Biology, MS program is designed for high school and middle school teachers, scientists, researchers and anyone who could benefit from advanced study in biology. The Biology, MS program offers:  The ability for professionals to advance in

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Partners with Nebraska Engineers on Biofuels Study

by Curt Arens (Nebraska Farmer)   The program will evaluate the use of E30 in conventional vehicles in the state fleet, including State Patrol cars. OOKING AT BLEND: A Nebraska biofuels state fleet study partners UNL engineers with EPA to research the effects of using E30 ethanol-blended gasoline in non-flex fuel

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Reverse Fuel Cell’ Converts Waste Carbon to Valuable Products at Record Rates

(University of Toronto/EurekAlert!) Researchers develop enhanced device to transform CO2 into valuable chemicals 10 times faster than previous versions — Fuel cells turn chemicals into electricity. Now, a University of Toronto Engineering team has adapted technology from fuel cells to do the reverse: harness electricity to make valuable chemicals from waste

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

How Exactly Cyanobacteria Convert CO2 So Efficiently

(Ruhr University Bochum (Google Translation)) A research team was able to reveal the secret of the bacteria. In the future it will be possible to look at them.  —  With the help of sunlight, photosynthetic organisms use carbon dioxide from the air to build up biomass. Cyanobacteria are particularly efficient because they

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Triton High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuels

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eight students from Triton High School toured Al-Corn Clean Fuel today to learn about renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the different components of ethanol production such as incoming grain grading, grain handling, grain storage, liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, distiller grain drying, corn oil separation,

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

A Protein Lulls Algae to ‘Sleep,’ and What That Means for Making Green Fuels

by Igor Houwat and Layne Cameron (Michigan State University)  Algae have the potential to become a sustainable source of high value biofuels and oils. A big hurdle that holds us back from mass producing algae feedstocks is that they make more oil when stressed out, like during starvation. When stressed, algae

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Energy Researcher at U of L Wins Grant

by Matthew Keck (Louisville Cardinal) Joshua Spurgeon, a University of Louisville renewable energy researcher, won the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Along with the award, he will receive a $500,000 grant from the NSF that will go towards research and education over the next five years. Spurgeon is theme leader

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Study Details How Auto Emissions Pose Human Health Problems Worldwide

by Keith Randal (Texas A&M University)  Texas A&M researchers are part of a team that analyzed how auto exhaust in large cities, especially in China, is linked to air quality and health problems.  — Tiny matter called “ultrafine particles” in the atmosphere are un-regulated, according to the World Health Organization, but a

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

“Let’s Clear the Air:” New Employee and Consumer Education Tool

(Urban Air Initiative) Have you checked out the new educational campaign we launched last month?  It’s a campaign that gives you the tools to educate your employees and your community about the many benefits of ethanol blends. It’s broken into three areas, emissions, cost and engine benefits. We can provide you with

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Bacteria Help Recycle Greenhouse Gases in the Future?

by Florence Schulz, translated by Daniel Eck  (EURACTIV.de)  Could bacteria assist in the recycling of greenhouse gases in the future instead of releasing them into the atmosphere? European researchers are working to reverse the metabolism of intestinal bacteria that feed on CO2 so that they form products that can be

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Completely Re-engineer Yeast to Make More Biofuel

by John Timmer (Ars Technica)  Systems-level engineering of a living thing is remarkably complicated. A little while ago, we covered the idea of using photovoltaic materials to drive enzymatic reactions in order to produce specific chemicals. The concept is being considered mostly because doing the same reaction in a cell is often

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

A Novel Biofuel System for Hydrogen Production from Biomasss

by JooHyeon Heo (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST))  A novel technology has been developed for hydrogen production from the process, which involves electron that is produced during the decomposition of biomass such as waste wood. The result produced after biomass decomposition is a high value-added compound, and

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Researchers Work on Project to Develop Cleaner-Burning, Renewable Fuels

(TechXplore/University of Central Florida) Biofuels offer potential benefits as renewable fuels with cleaner emissions, but with thousands of types of biofuels to choose from, it makes it hard for the energy sector to focus on just a few for further development. That’s why University of Central Florida researchers are working to

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanogenic Microorganisms as Workhorses of the Industrial Bioeconomy

(Technische Universitat Dresden/EurekAlert!)   The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the research consortium with a grant of more than two million euros. The Science Year 2020 has its focus on Bioeconomy with the aim of communicating state-of-the-art research on bio-based technologies and the associated concepts for a more

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae Makes Wastewater Valuable

by Navid Moheimani and Parisa Bahri (Naked Scientists)  … Our team at Murdoch University Algae R&D Centre has developed a unique process that uses algae to treat effluent. The process involves first passing the effluent through an anaerobic digester, which converts the organic material in the waste into biogas (methane).

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Internship Opportunities Posted by American Energy Society

(American Energy Society)  Internship opportunities: The American Energy Society is seeking 10 interns … and we offer honorariums! Contact us if you are interested. Also, Breakthrough Energy Ventures will be hiring 2 interns for Summer 2020 in Boston, an Investment Team Intern, and a Climate Impact Analysis Intern.  

February 3, 2020 Read Full Article
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