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Microbes Help Turn Greek Yogurt Waste into Fuel
December 15, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Cell Press)  Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in …

Commercialising Aviation Biofuels: A Study of Entrepreneurial Challenges
December 14, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Dodd (University of South Australia)  PhD Thesis Explores How Institutions Help and Hinder the Commercialisation of Eco-Innovations–Particularly Aviation Biofuels, with a focus on Australia, Germany and the United States
Excerpt from Chapter 7, Recommendations:  The high …

Biofuel R&D for Ethanol, Green Chemical from Crop Waste
December 14, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike Foley (The Land)  A new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant waste into biofuel and green chemical products is being developed with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy …

UF/IFAS-Developed Sorghum Cultivars Can Produce Thousands of Gallons of Ethanol
December 14, 2017 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Newswise)  … Although sorghum is a source for table syrup, scientists see a future in which we convert sorghum to biofuel, rather than relying on fossil fuel. That …

Gene Editing Could ‘Unleash’ Algae Biofuel’s Potential
December 14, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  An innovative gene editing technique could allow algae to produce ‘vast’ quantities of renewable fuels, new research claims.
The method, developed by scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, could lead to cheap ways …

SoCalGas Model Energy Design Includes RNG Focus
December 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.
The community …

$3.9 Million Supports Research to Turn Bacteria into Biofuel Producers
December 14, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Julia Evangelou Strait (The Source Washington University in St. Louis)  Medical, engineering schools team up to create biofuels independent of food crops  —  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

PA To Increase Acreage Of Industrial Hemp 100-Fold Next Year
December 12, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Boden (WESA)  The number of acres permitted to grow industrial hemp in Pennsylvania is going to increase 100-fold in 2018, from less than 50 to possibly more than 5,000.
This year was the first since …

Two-Stage Catalytic Fast Hydropyrolysis of Biomass Produces Biofuel with Heating Value, Aromaticity Close to Gasoline
December 11, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team at the University of Connecticut Storrs reports on a two-stage catalytic fast hydropyrolysis process (CFHP) that produces a drop-in biofuel with heating value and aromaticity close to that of gasoline. Their …

Poop to Plastic and Biofuel, Innovators Put Crap to Good Use
December 11, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Faced with two problems – 1) what to do with human waste in space and 2) how to get needed supplies to astronauts in space (especially longer space missions like …

Scientists Turn Beer into Fuel
December 7, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Bristol)  Chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient.

Scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for …

Bioreactors for Algae-Based Biofuels Get $900K Grant
December 5, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Anne Ju (Cornell Chronicle)  A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae.
David Erickson, associate professor of mechanical and …

New Solvent Contributes to Next-Generation Biofuel Production from Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Kanazawa University)  Compared to first-generation biofuels produced from food crops, production of second-generation biofuels for daily use is an urgent issue. In this study, researchers developed a novel carboxylate-type liquid zwitterion as a solvent of biomass, …

Rot Is Hot to Trot: Brown Rot Fungi Cries “Tora! Tora! Tora!” to Biomass
December 5, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … When it comes to fungi, their ability to break even the most recalcitrant of hardwoods down is well-documented and anyone who has spent a day in a rainforest knows it. …

In Growing Algae for Biofuels, It Matters Who Used the Water Last
December 4, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Loftus (Nanowerk News/Duke University)  … Although biofuels made from algae provide numerous environmental benefits, they will not win market share until they can compete economically with cheap fossil fuels.
Algae require tremendous volumes of water …

Algae Foundation Gears up Coursework
December 4, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  t the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year …

CRISPR’s Impact on Diesel Is Now
November 30, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science updated the Digest this week and noted that “We designed and then constructed a synthetic metabolic pathway …

Harvesting the Sun for Power and Produce: Agrophotovoltaics Increases the Land Use Efficiency by over 60 Percent
November 29, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(University of Hohenheim)  Until now, acreage was designated for either photovoltaics or photosynthesis, that is, to generate electricity or grow crops. An agrophotovoltaics (APV) pilot project near Lake Constance, however, has now demonstrated that both uses …

New Pathways, Better Biofuels
November 28, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Erika Ebsworth-Goold  (Washington University in St. Louis/The Source)  An engineering team at Washington University in St. Louis is using e. coli to manufacture biofuel. New research from the lab further refines the process. … Scientists have previously …

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around …

UK CAER to Take Part in Gobble Grease Toss 2017
November 27, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(University of Kentucky) The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) and other community partners will once again be taking a Thanksgiving leftover and giving it new life as a renewable fuel.
Fayette County’s …

Researchers Using Math to Boost Wheat Straw Use for Ethanol
November 27, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/U.S. News and World Report)  Researchers in Kansas and China are using mathematical modeling to improve the process of converting wheat straw into pellets for the production of ethanol.  Wheat straw, the plant residue left after …

Carbon Emissions by Plant Respiration Will Have Large Impact on Climate
November 22, 2017 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Minnesota)  Study finds that emission rates are 30 percent higher than previously predicted  —  New findings by researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), who partnered with …

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes
November 22, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (Phys.Org/University of Washington)  In the quest to produce affordable biofuels, poplar trees are one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bets—the trees are abundant, fast-growing, adaptable to many terrains and their wood can be …

UAE University Scientists Test Potential of Date Palms as Source of Biodiesel
November 21, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Daniel Bardsley (The National)  Oil extracted from the date pits of Khalas dates can be converted to biodiesel with an efficiency of about 90 per cent  —  … For example, scientists at UAE University in Al Ain, …

UW Entrepreneurial Pipeline Lands Lactic Solutions in Biofuels Marketplace
November 21, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Natasha Kassulke (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  When Jim Steele thinks back over the last seven years, from the early research on biofuels, followed by a dream of moving Lactic Solutions LLC technology to the marketplace, and …

Plowing Minnesota’s Prairie Is Increasing Carbon in the Atmosphere
November 20, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Josephine Marcotty (Star Tribune) Newly plowed land in Minnesota released 1.6 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year between 2008 and 2012, a consequence of high corn prices and the ethanol mandate.
Only …

Russian Scientists Discover Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels
November 20, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Skoltech)  … Scientists from Skoltech and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Institute for High Temperatures have proposed converting food waste into biofuel via hydrothermal liquefaction – a thermal depolymerization process used to turn wet biomass …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant …

Algal Biofuel Reactors on a Chip to Revolutionize Renewable Energy Research
November 14, 2017 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by  Christian Ong (Cornell Daily Sun)  … Using metabolic engineering, Prof. David Stern, plant biology, managed to transfer the metabolic pathway of Botryococcus, a species of algae that produces large quantities of usable oil, into another species …

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas
November 14, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a …

Dreaming Green with Biodiesel
November 13, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Portia Mlilo (The Voice) Despite a recent setback, Mogotsi Samotongwa is determined not to give up on his dream.  The Botho University accountancy student wants to produce biodiesel from animal fat and vegetable oil.
His idea saw …

Tell an Inspiring Story to Move the Planet Forward — Enter to Win our Storyfest Award DEADLINE: March 2, 2018
November 10, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Planet Forward)  Grand Prize: A storytelling trip to Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions!   In every corner of the planet, amazing people are working hard to figure out solutions to the environment’s biggest challenges. But if no one …

UTIA Awarded FAA Grant to Analyze Biorefinery Supply Chains
November 9, 2017 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(UrekAlert!/University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture)  Alternative jet fuels could grow opportunities in the southeast  —  Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin …

Expansion of Sugarcane Ethanol in Brazil Could Cut GHG Emissions
November 8, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A massive expansion of land use for sugar cane growth in Brazil, and a subsequent increase in ethanol production with the feedstock could reduce global carbon dioxide emissions in the …

BioFuelDB: A Database and Prediction Server of Enzymes Involved in Biofuels Production
November 8, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Nikhil Chaudhary​, Ankit Gupta​, Sudheer Gupta, Vineet K. Sharma​ (Peer J) In light of the rapid decrease in fossils fuel reserves and an increasing demand for energy, novel methods are required to explore alternative biofuel …

Penn Researchers Working to Mimic Giant Clams to Enhance the Production of Biofuel
November 6, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Ali Sundermier and Evan Lerner (Penn News)  … The lustrous cells on the surface of the clam scatter bright sunlight, which typically runs the risk of causing fatal damage to the cell, but the clams efficiently …

IIT-Roorkee Team Investigates the Use of Crude Glycerol for Production of Low-Cost Biofuel
November 6, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Hemali Chhapia (Times of India) Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee have come up with a new, low-cost method for production of biofuels. The collaborative research team led by Dr Richa Katiyar, Centre …

Exxon Is Spending $1 Billion a Year to Research Green Energy
November 3, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg)  Oil major unlikely to commercialize projects in next decade; Company is focusing on basic research in laboratories  —  One of the world’s biggest oil companies is pumping more than $1 billion a year into …

Making Bio-Based Aviation Fuel from Lignocellulosic Biomass
November 2, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US scientists have developed a new technique to accelerate the production of renewable jet fuel from corn cobs and wood chips.

Alternative jet fuels are increasingly seen as a means to reduce the environmental impact of …

MADURAI MKU Signs Agreement with US Start-Up
November 1, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) on Saturday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Algoma Algal Biotechnology (AABT), a limited liability company (LLC) started through the research work at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) in the …

Maryland’s Hood College Looks for Biofuels/Bioproducts Scientist/Teacher
November 1, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  Hood College is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity, funded in part by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Hodson Foundation. The Department …

Michigan State University Scientists Work to Make Biodegradable Plastic from Sunlight
November 1, 2017 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Fox47News/MSU Today)  Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ancient microorganism.
The team, led by Taylor Weiss, a postdoctoral researcher in the Ducat MSU-Department of Energy …

New Method Makes Bioethanol from Waste — in Existing Plants
October 31, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Borås)  … Ramkumar Nair tells us that these research and pilots project where waste is used are called the second generation ethanol processes, whereas the current industrial production is called the first generation …

Slash and Build: Study Aids Forestry Biofuel Industry
October 26, 2017 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

by Siddharth Vodnala (Washington State University News)  Researchers from Washington State University, along with those from Oregon State University and the University of Montana, have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue …

Better Together: A Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight
October 25, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Igor Houwat, Taylor Weiss (Michigan State University) … “But this pair has complementary strengths: the cyanos are constantly producing sugar, and the bacteria are constantly beefing up on it, which encourages the cyanos to keep …

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions
October 24, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.
This …

Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar
October 24, 2017 – 11:55 am | Comments Off on Unprecedented Insight into ‘Miraculous’ Biochar

(Bioenergy Insight)  …  Led by the University of Tuebingen in Germany, and involving researchers from the US Colorado State University, the new research published in the journal Nature Communications has provided a mechanistic understanding of biochar’s …

Letter: Purdue Continues Important Biofuels Research
October 19, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Gunner Greene (Iroquois Bio Energy/Journal & Courier)  Purdue University has received an important grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue its important research into homegrown biofuels.  Purdue will continue its research into how corn …

Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry — July 7-14, 2018 — Venice, Italy
October 19, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment
Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry    —   July 7-14, 2018   —   Venice, Italy

(International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)  The present edition of the Postgraduate Summer School on Green Chemistry will be managed by IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD).
This edition of the Post-graduate Summer …

UH Hilo Researchers Designing Sustainable Wastewater Systems for Local Industries
October 19, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(University of Hawaii)  … Shihwu Sung, professor of applied engineering at UH Hilo, is currently conducting research on converting waste into biodiesel energy.

Sung’s research is currently being conducted in the Renewable Energy Lab on the UH Hilo campus, where he …

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). …

UA to Head New Center Focusing on Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 18, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(University of Arizona News)  The goals of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center will be to address the nation’s needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthen Arizona’s bioeconomy, and provide training for the next generation of …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

Enzymes at Work: Breaking Down Stubborn Cellulose for Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Graz University of Technology)  Researchers have observed enzymes breaking down cellulose to aid the production of biofuels.

Typically, biorefineries use a mix of hydrolytically active enzymes which utilize water molecules to breakdown plant material — as …

Giant Bacteria Make Algae Easy to Stomach
October 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/King Abdullah University of Science & Technology)  Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, …

UBC Researchers Take the ‘Stink’ out of Wastewater Treatment
October 12, 2017 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus/Biomass Magazine)  A foul smell and safety concerns can leave many residents turning their nose at the idea of a wastewater treatment plant in their neighborhood.
But researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus …

One-Step Reforming of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Yields Fuels, Chemicals
October 12, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by S. Himmelstein (Engineering 360/IEEE)  A new plasma synthesis process promises to enhance greenhouse gas emissions control while producing valuable chemical feedstocks. The technology developed at University of Liverpool allows for the direct, one-step activation of carbon dioxide and …

ASU, CSU, NREL Share in $3.5 Million Algae Project
October 11, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

WSU, PNNL Convert Biofuel Waste into Commodity, Now Targeting Sewage Sludge
October 9, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  A method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity has been discovered by researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Converting algae to …

University of Wyoming Scientists Part of $6 Million Biofuel, Carbon Capture Project
October 9, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Wyoming)  Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented.
UW is part …

Fueling the Future: WHOI Awarded $5.7M to Advance Seaweed Energy Production
October 9, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are working to help make …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae
October 6, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve been looking at major advances in crops and feedstocks and algae is very much in the mix in that respect – the sustainable production of microalgae with high …

A4F – Algae for Future VIDEO
October 6, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(A4F)  DEMA project video – A4F was in charge of the cultivation and optimization at pilot-scale of an engineered strain of Synechocystis 6803 for bioethanol production and of a 20-ha industrial unit business plan for …

NRRI Unveils Refined Solid, Renewable Biofuel
October 5, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Beth Bly (Business North)  Executives from several partnership organizations were on hand Wednesday morning at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Lab as the Renewable Energy Lab was unveiled.
More than 10 years in the making, …

The Power of Recycling Could Fuel Vehicles in the Future
October 5, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Peter Ehrhard (Missouri University of Science and Technology)  The idea of recycling waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel is nothing new. For years, researchers have studied the process and companies have recycled when possible. However, …

Bioreactors on a Chip Renew Promises for Algal Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Alexa M. Schmitz (Cornell University/Biomass Magazine)  … This week, researchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet …

An Easier Way to Tell Fossil Fuels from Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Deirdre Lockwood (Chemical & Engineering News)  Prototype laser absorption spectrometer could make radiocarbon analysis less expensive  —  For those seeking carbon credits for selling or using biofuels, it’s important to know that the fuel actually came …

NREL Selected to Spearhead $3.5 Million DOE Project to Advance Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 4, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Kathy Cisar (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the selection of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to lead a new project, for up to $3.5 million, with the …

Producing High Productivity Microalgae with Flexible Composition
October 3, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad-Matin Hanifzadeh (Algae Industry Magazine)  Editor’s note: Matin is a PhD graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo. He has worked for more than five years on research related to improving economic and environmental sustainability …

Bioprocessing Engineers Recover Glucosinolate from Oilseed Meal
October 3, 2017 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/South Dakota State University)  The oil extracted from ground seeds of camelina and carinata, oilseed plants from the mustard family, can be used as jet fuel. However, with oil prices at an all-time low, that is …

Masdar Institute’s SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone In Development Of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
October 3, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Erica Solomon (Masdar Institute News)   Harvesting of the First Crop of Oil-Rich Plants Grown in the Desert Using Seawater Brings the UAE Closer to Fueling Aircraft with Locally-Produced Biofuel  —  
Masdar Institute of Science and …

Bioenergy and Biofuel Projects Win DOE Support
October 3, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A number of research projects focused on bioenergy and biofuels have been selected for the US Community Science Programme (CSP) of the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute.

Boulos Chalhoub of the French National …

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste
October 2, 2017 – 7:55 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but …

Olive Mill Wastewater Transformed: From Pollutant to Bio-Fertilizer, Biofuel
October 2, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society/Canada Free Press) Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to …

MSU Research to Harness Algae to Contain Power Plant Emissions
September 26, 2017 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products.
The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department …

Energy Department Announces $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Additional Selection
September 26, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding …

The ‘Cool’ Fuel
September 26, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Multiple trade groups and ethanol companies offer internships, contests and events to get young people interested in biofuels. The next generation is drawn to ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits. …

Ohio State Leads Effort to Prep Students for Biobased Careers
September 25, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Tracy Turner (Ohio State University)  Students at The Ohio State University and Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, will soon benefit from a $2.8 million grant designed to develop leaders for …

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces $21.1 Million to Grow the Bioeconomy
September 25, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products …

Fueling a Cleaner Combustion
September 22, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(KAUST Discovery) Insight into the thermal decomposition of a potential fuel additive shows it could promote cleaner and more efficient combustion.  —  An additive for conventional fuel comprised of oxygenated organic compounds could help reduce the …

Switchgrass Could Help China’s Air Quality
September 21, 2017 – 8:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois ACES/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers from the United States and China have proposed an idea that could improve China’s air quality, but they’re not atmospheric scientists. They’re agronomists.
“China’s poor air quality is caused by …

$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina Oilseed Yield
September 21, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Michgan State Univesity)  Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant compete with petroleum products?
Small …

More Efficient Use of Raw Materials with the Aid of ‘Molecular Conveyor Belts’
September 19, 2017 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(Phys. Org/Goethe University)   Currently, making products such as fuels, synthetic materials or pharmaceuticals from renewable raw materials lacks efficiency because the microorganisms process the raw materials very slowly and generate many unwanted by-products. Biotechnologists at …

Getting to the Point (Mutations) in Re-Engineering Biofuel-Producing Bacterial Enzymes
September 15, 2017 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(Newswise/U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers from Spain, Poland and Ireland have developed a new computational method to rapidly screen the effects of point mutations in bacteria to make biofuel production more efficient  —   Converting fibrous …

UT Algae Research
September 15, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The …

How Two Microbes Joined Forces to Produce Bio-diesel from Carbon Waste
September 15, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Tv Jayan (The Hindu)  JNU researchers discover bacteria from Rajasthan, Ladakh, use them as catalysts  —  Using microbes growing in two diverse climatic conditions, Indian scientists have found a way to convert carbon-rich waste …

Energy Beet Feasibility Study Finds Navy Best Potential Near-Term Customer for Alcohol-to-Jetfuel Product
September 14, 2017 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project followed by advanced ethanol for Mid-Atlantic …

Ruthenium-Based Catalyst Could Be Biomass Game-Changer
September 14, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new catalyst to improve the synthesis of primary amines (derivatives of ammonia).
It is claimed that in the future the newly developed ruthenium based catalyst …

New Process for Microalgal Separation by Shape
September 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers from UCLA and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a new capability to sort microalgae cells by their shape, creating a baseline of uniform cells for a large range of research, …

Airline Industry Could Fly Thousands of Miles on Biofuel from a New Promising Feedstock
September 12, 2017 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 …

Lignin Waste Modified for Industrial Bio-Oil Use
September 12, 2017 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Borås)  Lignin, a waste product in biomass and ethanol production, now finds new value as bio-oil in new products. At the University of Borås, Sweden, a team of researchers has investigated methods to …

Scientists Show Renewable Biocell Is Possible
September 12, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  … Over recent years, growing knowledge of biocatalysts and enzymes has revitalised interest in fuel cells, with research showing their hydrogen and oxygen transformation potential could be comparable to that offered by platinum.
Researchers at …

A Sweeter Way to Make Green Products: University of Delaware Researchers Invent Novel Process for Extracting Sugars from Wood
September 11, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  … A UD research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste from forests and farms.

Basudeb Saha, associate …

Consequences of Drought Stress on Biofuels
September 11, 2017 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/U.S. Department of Energy) …However, weather conditions could greatly affect crop yields. In this study, researchers examined the effect of weather on biofuel production by comparing switchgrass and corn stover harvested after a year of …

Argonne Opens Call for Second Cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations
September 7, 2017 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Newswise)  Those who are selected for the Chain Reaction Innovations program will gain, among other things, access to Argonne National Laboratory’s world-class R&D infrastructure and technical expertise.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) …

A New Model for Creating and Commercialising Biochemicals from Biomass?
September 7, 2017 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  With the price for crude oil at less than $50 a barrel, Iowa State University’s National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centre for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) is proposing a new model for creating, applying …

Growing the Future: WVU Biologists Team up to Research New Bioproducts
September 7, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Kathy Swisher (West Virginia University)  West Virginia University biologists are part of a $40 million Department of Energy effort to create sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts through four new bioenergy research centers.
As part of the Center …

Norwegian and French Researchers Discover a Novel Enzymatic Mechanism that May Revolutionize Biorefining and Sustainable Production of Biofuels
September 6, 2017 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Ruth Lothe (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)  In 2010, researchers at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) were the first to describe a new class of enzymes that have created a revolution in …

Markus Ribbe and Yilin Hu: Brewing Biofuel from Bacteria
August 31, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Wolfson (University of California Irvine Applied Innovation)  In a high-ceiling room in professor Markus Ribbe’s lab, a giant still emits pungent vapors from fermenting bacteria. Ribbe, chancellor’s professor of molecular biology and biochemistry …

DOE: Artificial Intelligence Helps Improve Biomass Preprocessing
August 30, 2017 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program have successfully tested an adaptive, intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment by more than 50 percent. Before feedstocks …

Cyborg Bacteria Outperform Plants When Turning Sunlight into Useful Compounds
August 29, 2017 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  … “Rather than rely on inefficient chlorophyll to harvest sunlight, I’ve taught bacteria how to grow and cover their bodies with tiny semiconductor nanocrystals,” says Kelsey K. Sakimoto, Ph.D., who carried out …

Scientists Test a Microalgal Technology for Wastewater Treatment
August 28, 2017 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/ Lomonosov Moscow State University)  Members of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have proved that under Nordic conditions, wastewater could be treated with the help of microalgae, while algal biomass is …

Researchers Identify Cheaper, Greener Biofuels Processing Catalyst
August 25, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use …

Production of Bioethanol from Multiple Waste Streams of Rice Milling
August 25, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

LorenzoFavaro, et al. (Bioresource Technology)   Rice milling by-products are promising feedstocks for bioethanol. Starch-rich residues were efficiently fermented by two engineered amylolytic yeast.  Rice husk, composed by lignocellulose, was pre-treated with alkaline peroxide.  Pre-treated husk was …

Biodiesel Synthesis Using Chicken Manure Biochar and Waste Cooking Oil
August 25, 2017 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jong-MinJung, et al.  (Biosource Technology)  Biodiesel synthesis using chicken manure biochar.  Establish a green platform for producing biodiesel using chicken manure biochar. Enhanced yield of biodiesel using chicken manure biochar due to strong catalytic capability. 95.6% of …

Toxic Algal Bloom Used to Cultivate Freshwater Algae with Biofuel Potential
August 25, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in India have investigated ways in which toxic algal bloom can be used for cultivating Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a freshwater algae increasingly considered a candidate for biodiesel production.

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology, …

Measuring the Changing Pulse of Rivers
August 24, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Louise J. Slater, Robert L. Wilby (Science Magazine)  River flood risks are expected to rise as climate change intensifies the global hydrological cycle and more people live in floodplains (1). Changing risk may be revealed …

Biotechnology Researchers Turn to Landfill Sites
August 24, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Bangor University)  Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production.
A …

Greenspeed Research Breaks 10-Year World Landspeed Record for Diesel Trucks at the 69th Annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week Event
August 22, 2017 – 8:19 pm | No Comment

(Greenspeed Research)  Boise, Idaho Non-Profit organization Greenspeed Research (GsR) breaks landspeed record for diesel trucks at a speed of 219.411mph at the 69th Annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week in Utah.
On August 18th, 2017, driver Dave …

UAE Algae Could Produce Alternative to Palm Oil
August 22, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with other groups have discovered that the unique genomic traits that allow local green algae to survive in a desert climate may …

NATO-Funded Serbian-Led Project Developing Biofuel from Algae
August 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/ NATO)  Eight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme …

Potato Waste Processing May Be the Road to Enhanced Food Waste Conversion
August 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org)  With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently …

New Bioreactor to Speed Production of Microalgae for Feed, Fuel Uses
August 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Aerin Einstein-Curtis (Feed Navigator)  A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed. READ MORE
 

Improving Global Integration of Crop Research
August 16, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by M. P. Reynolds, et al. (Science Magazine) In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield …

Environmental and Economic Goals Not in Conflict, New Study Claims
August 15, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight) New research claims that air pollution policy reduces the extent to which population growth in urban areas results in increased pollution emissions, without disrupting the economic growth resulting from this urbanisation.
More than half of …

Scientists Closer to Refining Biodiesel for a Standard Diesel Engine
August 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists in Germany have found a way to refine biodiesel so that it works in standard diesel car engines, according to an article appearing on Live Science.
Differences in molecular structure mean that biodiesel made …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Costa Rican Researchers Use Coffee Waste to Brew Biofuel
August 14, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua)  Costa Rican researchers have found a way to turn coffee waste into electric energy, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) announced on Wednesday (June 28, 2017).
The process also prevents ozone-depleting greenhouse gases, such as …

Carbon Conversion
August 11, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Whitney Clavin (California Institute of Technology)  A new additive helps researchers more selectively convert CO2 to multicarbon fuels  —  Chemists have figured out a new, more efficient way to create carbon-based fuels from carbon dioxide …

A New Chloroplast Role for Making Biofuels
August 11, 2017 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars.
In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell, the …

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

The Electrochemical Approach: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to Industrial Chemicals and Hydrogen
August 11, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE is funding a fascinating project to develop a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The goal? Integration into …

How to Power a Bus on Formic Acid
August 10, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

( Eindhoven University of Technology)  … Their self-built system comprises an electric bus that is hooked up to a small trailer – which the students have christened ‘REX’ – in which formic acid is converted into …

Queen’s Researcher Turning Dirty Tinfoil into Biofuel Catalyst
August 10, 2017 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(Queen’s University Belfast)  A researcher at Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminium foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems.
In the UK, around …

Study to Measure Biofuels’ Impact on Climate from the Field to the Power Plant
August 9, 2017 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Scott Miller (Clemson University) Clemson University scientists have received a federal grant to evaluate the effectiveness of producing biofuels to mitigate climate change.
Quantifying the net impact that growing biomass feedstock for biofuel has on local temperature …

Lignin Can Make Building Materials Less Toxic
August 9, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Michigan State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A collaborative study by Mojgan Nejad, MSU forestry, proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. This research directly impacts …

MPs Pitch for More Focus on Renewable Sources of Energy
August 7, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Press Trust of India)  Opposition lawmakers today asked the government to put adequate focus on renewable sources of energy to cut dependency on fossil fuel, saying time has come to take the matter seriously.
During a …

A Micro Digester to Improve Accessibility to Biogas in Colombia
August 3, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Eric Charles Peterson (Biogas Channel)  At the University of Icesi a new project has begun to support rural communities in Colombia. This is a 200-litre capacity covered micro-digester, built using locally available materials and fuelled by …

Energy Department Announces Additional MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Award
August 2, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it will award a fourth project—up to $1.8 million—under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. In August 2016, DOE’s Bioenergy …

University of Delaware Researchers Look to Make Tires Made from Plants and Wood
July 31, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/Delaware Online) … Researchers at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation say they have discovered a highly efficient way to convert plant matter into a chemical used to make everything from car tires …

Scientists Determine Algae Biofuel Composition
July 31, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)  Scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to determine the composition of a biofuel obtained from the microalgae Spirulina platensis. The researchers studied two biofuel fractions obtained using a special …

Tiny Element, Big Impact: Hydrogen Power, Amplified
July 31, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

(Energy Today/Carnegie Mellon University)  How do you efficiently isolate hydrogen, unlocking its full potential as a primary, mainstream source of energy?  —  The universe consists of a number of elements, the most abundant of which …

Algae Cultivation Technique Could Advance Biofuels
July 25, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Tina Hilding  (Washington State University)   Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, …

New Grant Will Shift Focus of UW-Madison Alternative Fuel Research Center away from Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Nico Savidge (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A UW-Madison research center that has used the university’s largest-ever federal grant to develop ethanol technology over the past decade will shift its focus to other alternative fuels after …

Rice Aids in the Study of Biofuel Feedstocks
July 24, 2017 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Rice is a staple food for over half of the world’s population and a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, …

University of Kentucky CAER’s Biofuels Group Receives $2M to Support Novel Emissions Research
July 24, 2017 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(University of Kentucky)  The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research’s (CAER) Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis Group has received a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop new emissions technology for low-temperature gasoline.
The …

Sugarlogix Researchers Go from Fuel to Food
July 24, 2017 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In California, two cofounders of Sugarlogix went from engineering yeast for cellulose based fuel production and refining biofuel fermentation processes to cultivating prebiotic sugars that could be good for your …

New Biofuel Technology Cuts Production Time Significantly: UBC Okanagan Researcher Helps Develop Cheaper and Faster Bioreactors
July 21, 2017 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Nathan Skolski (University of British Columbia Okanagan) New research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce.
“Methane is a …

From Fish Tank to Gas Tank
July 21, 2017 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(University of Dayton)  Once known only as the slimy scourge of backyard ponds and lakes, algae is emerging as a superhero in the race for cleaner and renewable energy resources. But this hero is not …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

ExxonMobil, University Extend Research for Transportation Biofuels
July 20, 2017 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels.
According to ExxonMobil, the research is part of a broad …

In Search of Next-Gen Bioproducts and Fuels, DOE Invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers
July 19, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today (July 17, 2017) announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which …

A New Chloroplast ‘App’ for Making Biofuels
July 19, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  … What we do know is that the precursors for seed oil come from many sources in a plant cell. And Kun (Kenny) Wang and the Benning lab have recently identified a new, potentially significant one.
The …

Bio-Fuel from Waste: Zeolite Catalysts Pave the Road to Decentral Chemical Processes
July 7, 2017 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

(Technical University of Munich)  Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst …

Cambridge Researcher Dr Matt Davey on How Algae Could Be Used for Energy, Healthcare and Monitoring Penguins from Space
July 7, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Brackley (Cambridge Independent)  If you thought algae was just sludge, think again as we venture inside The Algal Innovation Centre at Cambridge Univerity’s Botanic Garden.  —  … Defying the inhospitable temperature, Dr Matt Davey bravely …

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey
July 7, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel.
The fuel – biobutanol – is a …

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’ Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production
July 7, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Rumsey and Heidi Hill (U.S. Department of Energy)   Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of …