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Wood Formation Model to Fuel Progress in Bioenergy, Paper, New Applications
April 23, 2018 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by D’lyn Ford (North Carolina State University/Phys.Org)  A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing …

Removing the Brakes on Plant Oil Production
April 18, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory/Biodiesel Magazine)  Scientists studying plant biochemistry at the U.S. DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes …

Student Biodiesel Leader Joins World Energy Council Program
April 18, 2018 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A former co-chair of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel has been selected to participate in the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders (NGSB) program. Deval Pandya, who is a Data Scientist in Advanced Analytics at Shell, will …

Carbon Taxes Can Be Both Fair and Effective, Study Shows
April 18, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/EurekAlert!)  Several different carbon-pricing approaches would help reduce emissions, and some would be fair as well, researchers report  —  Putting a price on carbon, in the form of a fee or tax on the …

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production
April 17, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO/EurekAlert!)  The study focused three fungi species which produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation; scientists in Brazil reveal how these substances are regulated and how they …

Seaweed-into-Biofuel Project Gets Department of Energy Support
April 17, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Colorado State University)  A Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). 
ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into …

Study Shows 95% of Wooden Pallets are Recycled, Indicating Significant Gains in Landfill Avoidance
April 16, 2018 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(National Wooden Pallet & Container Association/PR Newswire)   Preliminary results of a research project conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled.  

The landfill avoidance …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
April 16, 2018 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important …

SDC Developing Techniques to Produce Bio-Crude Oil: Director
April 13, 2018 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Joey Aguilar (Gulf Times)  The Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) is now developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project, it was announced …

Florida Polytechnic University Students Study How Algae Could Produce Biofuel
April 10, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by James Coulter (The Daily Ridge) Can the algae growing within Polk County’s lakes be used to fuel our gas tanks in the near future?
Students at Florida Polytechnic University (FPU) have been researching this question for …

No Crop Left Behind: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA/NIFA’s Coordinated Agricultural Projects
April 10, 2018 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Er, what are AHB, SUBI, BANR, SBAR, NARA, CENUSA, SPARC, IBSS and NEWBIO?
You’d be forgiven if you mistook Ahb Subi Banr-Sbar for a well-placed official in the Iranian government — but, in fact, it’s a 9-project …

Researchers Develop Two-Step, One-Pot Process for Synthesis of Benzene from Microalgal Oils
April 10, 2018 – 9:57 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress) Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is a natural component of crude oil and is one of the elementary petrochemicals. It is used as a precursor to the manufacture of more complex chemicals, and, with …

Australian Vine Can Boost Soybean Yield, Study Says
April 9, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Lauren Quinn  (University of Illinois)  Growing in its native Australia, the unobtrusive perennial vine Glycine tomentella could easily be overlooked. But the distant relative of soybean contains genetic resources that can substantially increase soybean yield, according to …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of April 11th, 2018
April 9, 2018 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

NUS Team Discovers Bacterium that Produces Only Biobutanol Directly from Cellulose
April 6, 2018 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose to biobutanol.
In an …

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops
April 6, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for …

Enzymatic Construction of Highly Strained Carbocycles
April 6, 2018 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Kai Chen, Xiongyi Huang, S. B. Jennifer Kan, Ruijie K. Zhang, Frances H. Arnold (Science Magazine)  Double rings made with heme  —  Cyclic organic structures with adjacent three-carbon rings—bicyclobutanes—are useful starting materials for chemical and materials …

Summer School ZELCOR “Zero Waste Biorefineries: Technical Advances and Sustainability Assessment” — September 2-6, 2018 — Wageningen, The Netherlands
April 5, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
Summer School ZELCOR  “Zero Waste Biorefineries: Technical Advances and Sustainability Assessment”   —   September 2-6, 2018   —   Wageningen, The Netherlands

(Graduate School VLAG)  The 1st Summer School on waste biorefineries in the context of bioeconomy, with a focus on valorization of recalcitrant side streams. A panel of specialists in the biorefinery field will provide an up-to-date …

Researchers Improve Method to Convert Food Waste into Biofuels
April 4, 2018 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Gaudin (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Biomass Magazine)  Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels that are …

Researchers Engineer Yeast to Grow on Xylose
April 4, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Tufts University)  Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising the …

Ridgewater College Tours CVEC
April 3, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Ridgewater College toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant in Benson on March 28 to get a closer look at how home-grown renewable energy is produced.
The students, from the …

Treating OK Wastewater
April 2, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Sunup’s ultimate goal is to clean up wastewater in Oklahoma to a level that it can be recycled or reused for crop irrigation. See how they do it. WATCH VIDEO

Mailings to Teachers Highlight a Political Fight Over Climate Change in the Classroom
April 2, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Katie Worth (Frontline/The Groundtruth Project)  Last spring, science teachers across the nation began receiving unsolicited packages containing classroom materials from a libertarian group that rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.
This spring, some of …

New Insights into How Cellulose Is Built Could Indicate How to Break It Apart for biofuels
April 1, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Pennsylvania State University)  A comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications …

Applications Open for Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists DEADLINE: July 15, 2018
April 1, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is now open for entries! This is the sixth year that Science and SciLifeLab will present this award, which offers four recent PhD graduates a life-changing opportunity.
Recent …

How to Make Greener Biofuels
March 30, 2018 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Martin Høj (ScienceNordic/Phys.Org)  … The biological processes that transform biomass to alcohol yield a relatively low amount of energy, around 35 per cent of the potential energy stored within the biomass. So we are certainly not using this …

Bioemergent Materials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Natural Rubber Development
March 30, 2018 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What would industrial progress be without natural rubber?” asks Rubber Journal Asia. “It’s hardly imaginable.” Listed as one of our four most important natural resources (the others being air, water, and …

Recovering Phosphorus from Corn Ethanol Waste
March 30, 2018 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Michael Torrice (Chemical & Engineering News)   Finding a way to reuse the element could help lower nutrient pollution  —  … When industrial plants process corn grains to make the fuel, or even food products such as …

Researchers Use Light to Turn Yeast into Biochemical Factories
March 30, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Lonnie Shekhtman (Princeton University)  … In a series of experiments, they used light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe …

DTI Seeks Technology Partners for Algae Extraction
March 22, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) has received a Phase II SBIR for the USDA NFIA to use pulsed electric field (PEF) processing for algal extraction and predator control. Working with the Arizona Center for …

Chinese Researchers Boost Algae Lipids, Reduce Peroxidation
March 21, 2018 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid …

Researchers Develop Methanation Technology to Produce RNG
March 21, 2018 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

(University of Waterloo/Biomass Magazine)  Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural …

The MixAlco Process: Green Energy for the Future
March 20, 2018 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Matt McDowell (The Battalion)  Texas A&M professor’s green energy research is helping turn bio waste into useful chemicals and fuels.  — … The MixAlco process, a term originally coined by Mark Holtzapple, chemical engineering professor, …

Better Biomass Conversion for Biofuels and Bioproducts
March 15, 2018 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (University of Wisconsin-Madison/Phys.Org)  Behind the successful conversion of biomass to a better biofuel or a new green chemical, there is a carefully chosen solvent. The right solvent not only dissolves biomass but also …

Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Bioplastic, Bioethanol and Biodiesel
March 15, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

(Muscat Daily)  The wastepaper which accounts for more than 35 per cent of the total lignocellulosic waste of the municipal solid waste could be a potential feedstock for value-added products due to its rich cellulose …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
March 15, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Combined, guayule (perennial) and guar (annual) feedstocks …

What Happened? Pyrolysis Breakthrough Could Cut Drop-In Biofuels Cost to $2.58 per Gallon
March 13, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have a breakthrough in pyrolysis to report today that could reduce the estimated cost of producing fuel from $3.27 per gallon to $2.58 per gallon.
And no one quite understands how …

How Biofuels from Plant Fibers Could Combat Global Warming
March 12, 2018 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Mary Guiden (Colorado State University) … A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America. Scientists used modeling …

DNA Study of Cow Stomachs Could Aid Meat and Dairy Production
March 12, 2018 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

(The Roslin Institute)  Meat and milk production from cattle could one day be boosted, thanks to analysis of microbes in cows’ stomachs.  —  Beef and dairy cattle, and other milk-producing ruminants, provide food and nutrition to billions …

University Of Minnesota Grad Students Tour Guardian Energy
March 9, 2018 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A group of graduate students from the University of Minnesota toured Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a deeper understanding of ethanol production.
The students, from the university’s Renewable Energy Technologies and Food …

DOE Doles out Millions for Natural Gas Engine Research
March 8, 2018 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines, as well as $3 million to support …

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel
March 8, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own …

Young Female Scientist Hopes to Create Energy Efficient Biofuel from Bacteria
March 8, 2018 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Emma Nobel (ABC Central Victoria News)  Environmental microbiologist and science champion Marianne Haines hopes her work converting bacteria into biofuel will lead to more sustainable outcomes, and more women studying science at the postgraduate level.
Growing up …

College Republicans Propose an Unusual Idea From the Right: a Carbon Tax
March 7, 2018 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Friedman (New York Times)  As the Republican Party struggles to find its footing with the next generation of voters, several conservative college groups have banded together to champion something anathema to the party: a carbon …

Protein Studies Inform Biofuels Research
March 6, 2018 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin – Madison/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advances in biofuels research tend to involve reduced costs, greater reagent stability, more diverse and valuable end products, or faster reactions, which often increase product yields as well.
But to …

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership & Education Program Student Addresses Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
March 5, 2018 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Leyla Battista, a senior biosystems engineering student at Auburn University, took advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to attend and speak at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) Friday in …

Engineering Clostridia: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol Production from Biomass and CO2
March 5, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE is supporting a project to develop engineered clostridia strains and fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. The engineered strains can …

A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 8:30 pm | No Comment

by Katarina Zimmer (The Scientist)  The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.  — … Green Fuel  — Finding enzymes in nature that convert plant oils into fossil fuel–like hydrocarbons …

Algae Could Be Major New Food Source, Major New Industry
February 27, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

by Richard A. Lovett (Cosmos)  Could green microorganisms be the geoengineering fix the world’s needs?   —  … Not only can these fast-growing single-celled plants provide biomass for carbon-neutral fuels, they can provide animal feeds and high-quality protein …

Innovation Center for Microbiological Biotechnology and Biofuel Opens at Yerevan State University
February 27, 2018 – 5:23 pm | No Comment

(ARKA News)  The Innovation Center for Microbiological Biotechnology and Biofuel has opened today at the Faculty of Biology of Yerevan State University (YSU). A YSU press release says the new center is equipped with unique equipment, …

DOE Grants $10.6 Million to Produce More Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel
February 27, 2018 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America …

Expanding Horizons at the Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza
February 26, 2018 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA joined 14 other exhibitors at the University of Maryland College Park recently to bring education about biofuels to students, faculty and businesses interested in sustainability and …

Bugging out over Exciting Enzymes Found in Ancient Insects
February 26, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of York found that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes, such as the production of …

Consortium Launches Online Algae Intro Course
February 22, 2018 – 8:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A new online course in algae basics has just been made available by Coursera for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of algae. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Algae, was …

Fungal Enzymes Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy from Wood
February 20, 2018 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of York)  An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of …

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Cellulosic Tolerance in Yeast
February 20, 2018 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused …

US Biofuels Centre Shifts Focus to Second Gen Products
February 19, 2018 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) based out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is moving from the development of crop-based ethanol to creating fuels and chemicals that are fungible with their petroleum-based …

One Big Problem with Recycling and Biofuel
February 16, 2018 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Karolinska Institutet)  Researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies …

Petrobras Considers Producing Biodiesel from Microalgae
February 16, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Agencia Brasil/South America Times)  Petrobras has been working on the development of pioneering technology for the production of biodiesel from microalgae-an alternative to oil-derived fuels used in cars or any other diesel-powered vehicles.
In an interview granted …

Oman Perfect to Collect Algae for Biofuel Synthesis: Experts
February 15, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Maqsood Maniyar (Times of Oman)  Oman has a great potential to provide algae for synthesis of biofuel, observers in the field of biology have stated. The Sultanate, with its wadis and seas, is an excellent source …

De-Coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU
February 15, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we may in fact facilitate mother nature in breaking the lock-out of her dominant species,” wrote …

Gene Improves Plant Growth and Conversion to Biofuels
February 14, 2018 – 10:18 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  A research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted …

Environmental and Energy Law Program at Vermont Law School (Fellowship Application Deadline: May 1)
February 14, 2018 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Law School)  SHAPE ENERGY POLICY–Learn how to use the law to shape policies that encourage energy efficiency, advance renewable energy, and promote energy security and justice.
The legal system will critically affect how humanity meets the …

Interested in Financial Feasibility Studies? Try University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Offers Experiential Finance Career Academy
February 14, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(University of Iowa Our philosophy is simple:  the technologies that will save the planet are being developed, but they’ll only be deployed in sufficient scale to make a difference if they are financially viable.   The …

Master in Global Energy Transition and Governance Has Classes in Nice and Berlin
February 14, 2018 – 10:17 am | No Comment

Understanding the complexity of current energy transformation in Europe and worlwide
1 language (English)
2 places (Nice and Berlin)
A one-year programme (three terms: October-June)
60 ECTS
A unique programme – at the crossroads of theory and practice
The Master in …

Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-Ton Estimate
February 11, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(South Dakota State University/Biomass Magazine)  Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to North Central …

Emergent Research Could Forge New Paths to Biodiesel’s Future
February 7, 2018 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Young scientists presented their ongoing biodiesel research projects during a panel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo last week in Fort Worth, Texas. The students are part of the Next …

Compound Could Transform Energy Storage for Large Grids
February 7, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Rochester)   In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn’t shining and the …

IBBR to Investigate How to Protect Poplar from Disease
February 6, 2018 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(University of Maryland IBBR/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer …

Lipid-Extracted Microalgal Biomass Waste for Biogas
February 6, 2018 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(WIREs Authors/Advanced Science News)  To confront global warming, climate changes and a potential energy shortage, biodiesel received increasing interest as a substitute for diesel fuels in efforts towards sustainable development. Microalgae-derived biodiesel is a promising energy source.
The …

13 Universities Band Together to Fight Climate Change.
February 6, 2018 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Zoya Teirstein (Grist)   …The University Climate Change Coalition, dubbed UC3, is writing a roadmap for university-level action on climate change. Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California and former Homeland Security secretary under Barack Obama, announced the …

Ethanol’s Next Breakthrough? Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuel.
February 5, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Hardy (Des Moines Register)  … Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and copper to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel.
While the research remains in …

Genetically Engineered Fungus Now Squeezes out More Biofuel from Farm Waste
February 5, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

T V Jayannew (The Hindu Business Line)  India’s efforts to enhance biofuel production may get a boost from a work being done at a research laboratory in New Delhi.
Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering …

New Insights into Photosynthesis Could Boost Biofuel Production
February 1, 2018 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Newly published research explains for the first time how plants switch from photoprojection to photosynthesis when transitioning from darkness to daylight. The authors of the study, from the University of Sheffield, claim that the …

Search for Sustainable Fuels Drives Researchers at UI’s New Bioenergy Center
February 1, 2018 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

byJulie Wurth  (News Gazette)  A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.
That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched …

WesTech, USU, CVWRF Collaborate on Algal Research Project
January 31, 2018 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(WesTech Engineering/Biomass Magazine)  The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative, a technology-based economic development program funded by the state of Utah, has awarded a $175,320 grant for development of a commercial algal application in the removal …

Swansea Takes Lead in ALG-AD Sustainability Project
January 31, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Scientists at Swansea University are taking the lead on a €5.5 Million eco-innovative project developing new technology to clean up waste. The ALG-AD project could potentially result in a circular economy solution …

Scientists Develop Process to Produce Higher Quality Fuel from Biowaste
January 30, 2018 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Calgary)  Researchers have found a way to produce a higher quality, more stable fuel from biowaste, such as sewage, that is simpler and cleaner than existing methods.
“This puts biofuel closer to being a good …

MIT Professor Says Biomass-Based Power Worse than Coal for the Environment
January 30, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, a new report from MIT Sloan professor John Sterman supports the growing argument that burning wood pellets for power is worse for the climate than burning coal, because of the short-term effects …

Liquefy Thy Forest: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquefaction of Forest Biomass for Hydrocarbon Fuels
January 30, 2018 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A team of researchers from Iowa State led by Robert Brown and supported by the DOE’s Biomass Technologies Office is aiming to demonstrate the liquefaction of forest biomass for hydrocarbon fuels, as …

Husker Researchers Explore Economic Potential for Sweet Sorghum Ethanol in Western Nebraska
January 26, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Richard Perrin (University of Nebraska IANR News)  A team at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is exploring sweet sorghum ethanol as a future income source for dryland agriculture in western Nebraska.
Sweet sorghum is a cultivar of …

Valley of the Diols: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Producing PDO and HDO from Biomass
January 26, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can you build a catalytic process to produce alpha, omega diols from lignocellulosic biomass? Such a process, using inorganic catalysts for conversion of biomass into 1.5 pentanediol (PDO) and 1,6 hexanediols …

Algae-Powered Fuel Cells
January 24, 2018 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has …

Calculating the CO2 Emissions of Biofuels Is Not Enough
January 24, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL))  A new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in 2021. But a scientist thinks we should go one step further and take into account …

Phosphoethanolamine Cellulose: A Naturally Produced Chemically Modified Cellulose
January 22, 2018 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Wiriya Thongsomboon, Diego O. Serra, Alexandra Possling, Chris Hadjineophytou, Regine Hengge, Lynette Cegelski (Science Magazine)  Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth and an important component of bacterial biofilms. Thongsomboon et al. used solid-state nuclear magnetic …

NEC Scholarship Awarded to NCERC Technician
January 22, 2018 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Christopher Wense, a former steel mill worker who has returned to school while working full-time in the U.S. ethanol industry, is this year’s student scholarship winner to attend the Renewable Fuels …

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions
January 22, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Scale up to profitable production, however, requires …

Professor Snape and Partners Create Magic with First Hydrothermal Carbonization Plant in UK
January 22, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In the United Kingdom, The University of Nottingham, the Energy Research Accelerator, and CPL Industries are working together to develop a new £4m (about $5.5 million) facility to use the hot …

Strong Future ahead for the U.S. Ethanol Industry
January 19, 2018 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Christopher Wense (St. Louis Post Dispatch)  …  While it appears the steel industry has likely reached its ceiling of growth, the U.S. ethanol industry is only scratching the surface of future biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials from …

Researchers Reveal High Performance CNT Catalyst Relating to Its Electroconductivity
January 19, 2018 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/World Scientific Publishing)  Recent research published in a report in Nano showed biofuels were obtained from Jatropha Oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity. The performance was activated by the high stability, metal sites, …

Affordable, Green Hydrogen — It Is Here, Near, or Nowhere in Sight (Again)?
January 17, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water …

USDA Awards Attis $3 Million Grant for Lignin Technology
January 17, 2018 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Meridian Waste Solutions Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, recently announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization …

New Study Shows Producers Where and How to Grow Cellulosic Biofuel Crops
January 17, 2018 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences/Science Daily)  A new report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country.  —  … “Early yield estimates …

New Process for Producing Methane Discovered by American Biochemists
January 17, 2018 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by JP Casey (Power Technology)  … A team of biochemists from Utah State University and the University of Washington has reported a variation in the process of nitrogenase which can “transform carbon dioxide into methane in …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Jet Fuel from Biorefinery Waste
January 12, 2018 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a …

Insights from IEA Task 36
January 12, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 5th, 2017 the Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) hosted a workshop for members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task …

Study Suggests Biochar Could Significantly Improve Anaerobic Digester Performance
January 12, 2018 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  In a paper by Texas A&M scientists, biochar shows potential for increasing efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of animal manure.
Biochar is a charcoal material composed of agricultural by-products, including manure, crop residues and grasses. The substance …

Las Cruces Utilities Collaboration Leads to Algae Breakthroughs
January 8, 2018 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Cassie McClure and Suzanne Michaels (KRWG)  Over the past decade, New Mexico State University (NMSU) College of Engineering Professor Nagamany Nirmalakhandan (known as Dr. Khandan) has investigated how algae – yes, that simple green stuff …

MKU Inks MoU with US-Based Institutions
January 8, 2018 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(The Hindu)  Madurai Kamaraj University on Tuesday has signed memorandum of understanding with US-based institutions to facilitate collaborative research and faculty exchange.
According to a statement issued by the university here on Thursday, the first MoU was …

Cell-Free Bio-Discovery: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SynVitroBio
January 8, 2018 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Synvitrobio accelerates bio-discovery through cell-free systems. Synvitrobio’s Next Generation Expression platform allows for high-throughput data collection that is real and experimentally validated at speeds of simulation based approaches.
A cell-free system is a …

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative Announces Grant Recipients
January 5, 2018 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state.

Below is a …

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
January 5, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program. The funding comes from …

WEBINAR: How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant — January 11, 2018
January 4, 2018 – 3:34 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant   —    January 11, 2018

Join us for an informational webinar on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Request for Applications (RFA). Learn …

Irish University Leads EU-Funded Project for Natural Gas Vehicles
January 3, 2018 – 7:38 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal/NUI Galway)  National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and Gas Networks Ireland are leading a new transport revolution as they introduce CNG and renewable natural gas for trucks, vans and buses.

In addition to this, …

Ireland Funds New Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility
January 3, 2018 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Agro-Chemistry/University College Dublin)  The Irish Bioeconomy Foundation CLG will receive a funding of €4.6 million from the Ministery for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, to develop a new Bioeconomy Innovation and Piloting Facility at Lisheen, Co. Tipperary.
The …

System to Produce Biodiesel Created in the UN Receives Patent in EE. UU
January 3, 2018 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Juan Carlos Millán (Unimedios, Bogotá/UN Periodico (Google translation))  The innovative method increases productivity in obtaining biodiesel and reduces the number and size of equipment used in its production. It was designed by the Research Group …

“Energycane” Jet Fuel Could Be the First Big Step Towards Cleaner Skies
January 2, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Deepak Kumar; Stephen P. Long; Vijay Singh (The Conversation/Inverse Innovation)  Airlines look to biomass-derived jet fuels to reduce their carbon footprint.

Bio-jet fuel can be produced from various plant materials, including oil crops, sugar crops, starchy …

A New Catalyst to Produce the Biodiesel of the Future
December 29, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

(FGUSAL/DICYT)  Researchers at the University of Salamanca test a catalyst to produce biodiesel more efficiently and economically in accordance with the requirements imposed by the regulations for the coming years —  … However, the problem is that …

UAQ Is Enlisted to Supply Biodiesel to the General Public in 2018
December 28, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(ADN Informativo)  The Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ) could be supplying biodiesel to the general public as of 2018, informed rector Gilberto Herrera Ruiz.
The biodiesel will be supplied through the Orsan petrol station, located at Av. …

Chinese Scientists Using Algae to Fight Pollution
December 28, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  China Daily Editor Zhang Shiyu writes that Wang Qiang, the lead scientist behind a project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, said a new strain of microalgae they are …

Biofuel Projects Named as Semi-Finalists in Ontario Competition
December 26, 2017 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) …

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Ink MoA for Research on Bio-Fuel
December 26, 2017 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(New Indian Express)  After initiating the move to set up a second generation ethanol plant in Bargarh district with an investment of `750 crore, the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has partnered with Odisha University …

Bacteria Breakthrough Marks New Era in Cellular Design and Biofuel Production
December 26, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(University of Bristol)  Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can bolster cellular productivity, providing the foundation for a new era of cellular protein engineering and biofuel …

Nature Demonstrates How Bacteria Degrade Lignin and Provides Better Understanding to Make Biofuels
December 22, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory)  The production of biofuels from plant biomass is a highly promising source of energy, but researchers are trying to find microbes that readily degrade recalcitrant lignin found in plant biomass. Recent comprehensive …

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 …