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$2.25M Awarded to Develop Sustainable Energy Products from Waste Streams

by Sam Jones (North Carolina State University CALS News) Researchers will create sustainable aviation fuel and graphite from a blend of wood waste and seaweed.  — A team of researchers in NC State’s College of Natural Resources and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been awarded a $2.25 million grant funded by the Department

October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

New Method Converts Greenhouse Gas Into Fuel

(São Paulo Research Foundation/SciTech Daily) A team of researchers has successfully converted methane into methanol using light and scattered transition metals such as copper in a process known as photo-oxidation. The reaction was the best achieved to date for converting methane gas into liquid fuel at ambient temperature and pressure (25

October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Improved Advanced Biomass Logistics Utilizing Woody Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Harvesting and transportation makes up 40 –60% of the delivered cost of SRWC and are an important source of GHG emissions. Harvesting systems are not well developed — throughput decreases up to 65% from harvester to short term storage. Changes in biomass quality and impacts

October 4, 2022 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Offers a More Affordable Way to Produce Hydrogen from Seawater

by Jeannie Kever (University of Houston)   Researchers Discover a Single Catalyst Capable of Splitting Both Freshwater and Seawater at Low Voltage — Hydrogen has drawn attention in recent years as a potential source of clean energy because it burns without producing climate-damaging emissions. However, traditional hydrogen production methods have a substantial

September 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Avans Starts Developing New Masters in Material & Energy Transition

(Center of Expertise Biobased Economy (Google Translation)) Avans University of Applied Sciences has received permission from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) for the funding of the master Material & Energy Transition. This new master focuses on the theme of sustainability from a technical perspective. It is the

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Building the Bio-Based Chemical Economy: Circa Launches Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute

(Circa)  To advance and promote the development and commercialisation of renewable chemistry, sustainable biochemicals company Circa Group AS (stock symbol: CIRCA) has launched the Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute at the University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) in the UK. The Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute is a new industrial

September 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Biologists Unveil Clues to Evolutionary Origins of Brown-Colored Algae for Health, Biofuels Research

by Anne Manning (Colorado State University/Science Direct) Biologists have unveiled foundational new insights into the evolutionary steps these algae took to make their novel brown pigments, which are called fucoxanthin. —  But the majority of these diverse aquatic organisms that exchange sunlight for energy are brown-colored, like the large forests of

September 25, 2022 Read Full Article

He Is Turning Waste into Commodity with DOE Grant

by Brandie Jefferson (Washington University in St. Louis)  The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2.3 million grant to a team led by Zhen (Jason) He, a professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis’ McKelvey School of Engineering. The project, which also includes researchers from

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Research: TotalEnergies and the Technical University of Denmark Create a Center of Excellence in Decarbonized Energies

(TotalEnergies/Business Wire)  During his trip to Denmark, Patrick Pouyanné signed an agreement with the President of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) concerning the creation of the DTU-TotalEnergies Excellence Center of Clean Energy. This advanced research center will focus on developing reliable, profitable, low-emission energy solutions that will reduce the intermittence

September 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Husker-Led Team Exploiting Oilseeds’ Potential in Biofuels, Bioproducts

by Tiffany Lee (University of Nebraska) A University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher is leading a team working to unlock the full potential of two oilseeds that may help meet the escalating demand for renewable fuels, industrial chemicals and other bioproducts. The team will produce genetically enhanced oilseeds, establish the “rules” of oilseeds’

September 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Brown Announces $2.5 Million for Biofuel Research at The Ohio State University

(Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH))  Today (September 13, 2022), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Energy has awarded a $2.5 million grant to The Ohio State University (OSU) for research on the creation of new biofuel energy to help decarbonize multiple sectors. “Biofuel energy research and

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Fundraising Ramps up to Continue Development of Direct-Ethanol Fuel Cells for Vehicles

by Marcus Traxler (Mitchell Republic) Iowa Corn, the advocacy organization for Iowa corn growers, is leading a drive to raise funds to continue advancing technology in order to help get direct-ethanol fuel cells, or DEFC, to the point where they can realistically use corn products to turn from ethanol to

September 15, 2022 Read Full Article

WPI Researchers Create New Method for Making Biodiesel Fuel with Food Waste

(Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Business Wire) With gas prices soaring and food costs pinching family budgets, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at WPI is looking at ways to use food waste to make a renewable and more affordable fuel replacement for oil-based diesel. The work, led by Chemical Engineering Professor Michael Timko, is detailed in

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

SoCalGas and the University of California, Irvine Announce Hydrogen Blending Project to Promote Clean Energy and Resiliency Goals

(Electric Energy Online) Project would build upon prior research to blend electrolytic hydrogen into existing pipelines  —   Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) today (Sept 9) announced a proposed collaboration to demonstrate how electrolytic hydrogen can be safely blended into existing natural gas infrastructure on the university’s

September 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Find a Simple Way to Produce Hydrogen from Water at Room Temperature

by David Nield (Science Alert) … In the new research, scientists describe a relatively simple method involving aluminum nanoparticles that are able to strip the oxygen from water molecules and leave hydrogen gas. The process yields large amounts of hydrogen, and it all works at room temperature. That removes one of

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Direct Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Bulk Chemicals and Liquid Fuels

(Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy Sciences) High-efficiency utilization of CO2 facilitates the reduction of CO2 concentration in the global atmosphere and hence the alleviation of the greenhouse effect. The chemical utilization of CO2, which refers to converting CO2 into value-added chemicals and liquid fuels, has a distinct and direct CO2 emission reduction effect,

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Lessons from Natural Photosynthesis: Conversion of CO2 to Raw Materials for Plastic!

(Osaka Metropolitan University) Technology sequesters CO2 emissions  In plants, natural photosynthesis binds carbon dioxide (CO2) to organic compounds, which can then be converted into glucose or starch. These useful molecules can be sequestered, storing the carbon in a solid form. Artificial photosynthesis mimics this process by reducing the greenhouse gas CO2—the main

September 8, 2022 Read Full Article

One-Step Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oil Using CaO Promoted Activated Carbon Catalyst from Prunus persica Seeds

by Ayesha Hameed,Salman Raza Naqvi, Umair Sikandar and Wei-Hsin Chen (MDPI Special Issue Catalysts for Biofuel and Bioenergy Production) In recent years, the scope for replacing fossil fuels has been appealing to the world, owing to limited conventional fuels, crude oil price volatility, and greenhouse gas emission concerns. In this

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and University of California Berkeley, to Develop Technology Converting Air to Sugar

(Coca-Cola Europacific Partners) CCEP Ventures to partner with Peidong Yang Research Group to develop scalable methods of converting captured air (CO2) into sugar; Technology could reduce some of the largest CO₂ contributors in supply chains, while saving material, transportation and logistics costs; Development of lab scale prototypes could mean in

September 7, 2022 Read Full Article

From Worm Composting to Biofuels, the Caribbean Seeks Solutions to Seaweed Influx

by Alison Kentish (Interpress Service News Agency) The increasingly severe invasion of seaweed is impacting tourism, health, livelihoods, and the economy of Caribbean countries, which are hoping for a mix of solutions to the stubborn problem. … The United Nations Environment Programme has warned that the sargassum’s production of hydrogen

September 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Easing Pain at the Pump with Food Waste: New Method for Making Biodiesel Fuel

by Jack Levy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute/ Phys.Org) … To make the fuel, the researchers employed a process called hydrothermal liquefaction, which uses heat and water to break down the food waste into a liquid. It’s a method that has been used widely in converting other materials into biofuel, including algae. However,

September 2, 2022 Read Full Article

New Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories

by Karin Wik and Susanne Nilsson Lindh (Chalmers University of Technology/Phys.Org) Drug molecules and biofuels can be made to order by living cell factories, where biological enzymes do the job. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a computer model that can predict how fast enzymes work, making

September 1, 2022 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $16.5 Million in Funding for Carbon Utilization Projects

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (FECM’s) Carbon Utilization Program announced the selection of seven projects totaling $16.5 million in federal funding. This investment will advance technologies that utilize waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $29.5 Million for Improved Bioenergy Resource Recovery and Conversion Systems

( U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $29.5 million to 15 projects to improve the current science and infrastructure for utilizing waste streams, often disproportionately located in underserved communities, and support the development of improved organisms and inorganic catalysts for the production of valuable biofuels and bioproducts

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Floating ‘Artificial Leaves’ Ride the Wave of Clean Fuel Production

by Sarah Collins (University of Cambridge) Researchers have developed floating ‘artificial leaves’ that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water, and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, designed ultra-thin, flexible devices, which take their inspiration from photosynthesis – the process by

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Cranfield Awarded Funding to Research Clean Hydrogen Generation from Biomass

(Cranfield University) Funding for researchers at Cranfield University to look at new ways to generate hydrogen energy from biomass has been announced by the Government. The technology would allow biomass – organic products such as wood, grasses or used brewery hops – to be used to generate hydrogen while capturing CO2 emissions

August 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Create a New Catalyst for ‘Green’ Biodiesel

( The National University of Science and Technology MISIS/Tech Xplore) An effective industrial catalyst for the faster production of biofuels at low temperatures has been synthesized by an international scientific team with the participation of scientists from MISIS University. The results of the work have been published in the Asian Journal

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Awards $29 Million to Advance Clean Hydrogen Production

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Industry and Universities Will Work to Reduce the Cost of Clean Hydrogen to Deliver Cheap Electricity; New $32 Million Funding Opportunity will Support Clean Hydrogen Technologies  —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of $28.9 million to 15 industry- and university-led projects and

August 29, 2022 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $540 Million for Research Activities into Clean Energy Technologies

by JimLane (Biofuels Digest) From Washington  comes news that the U.S. Department of Energy will make more than $540 million in awards for university- and National Laboratory-led research into clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing. The goals Earlier this year, the DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announced its

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Producing Biodiesel from Palm Kernel Shells

by Reginald Davey (AZO Materials)  A new paper appearing in the journal Environmental Research has explored the production of biodiesel from palm kernel shells, an agricultural waste stream. Scientists from Malaysia, Brunei, and Oman have contributed to the research. … … Palm oil is a widely used product in the

August 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Experimental Conception and Thermo-Energetic Analysis of a Solar Biogas Production System

by Badr Ouhammou, Aggour Mohammed, Smouh Sliman, Abdelmajid Jamil, Bakraoui Mohammed, Fadoua Karouach, Hassan El Bari, Tarik Kousksou (Case Studies in Thermal Engineering) Solar biogas system production offers the possibility to simultaneously produce heat, electricity and to treat waste products as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector.

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Biological Pre-Hydrolysis and Thermal Pretreatment Applied for Anaerobic Digestion Improvement: Kinetic Study and Statistical Variable Selection

by Y.El Gnaoui, A.Frimane, N.Lahboubi, C.Herrmann, M.Barz, H.EL Bari (Cleaner Waste Systems) • Biological prehydrolysis and thermal treatment were used to improve anaerobic digestion. • The higher methane yield was reached at BPH 37 °C for 20 h followed 55 °C for 20 h. • Statistical study allowed us four essential variables to modeling methane yield. 

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Methane Production from Date Seed Cake (Phoenix dactylifera L.) Using Mesophilic Fed-Batch Anaerobic Digestion

by Hamza Ourradi, Nabila Lahboubi, Sanae Habchi, Hafida Hanine, Hassan El bari (Cleaner Waste Systems) • Date seeds cake are promising organic waste to use for methane as clean and renewable energy by anaerobic digestion. • The biogas production from date seeds cake seems to be a suitable way to close the

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Effect of Alkali-NaOH Pretreatment on Methane Production from Anaerobic Digestion of Date Palm Waste

by Nabila Lahboubi, Fadoua Karouach, Mohammed Bakraoui, Yasser El Gnaoui, Azzouz Essamri, Hassan El Bari (Ecological Engineering and Environmental Technology)  Anaerobic digestion of the date palm empty fruit bunch is a promising technology for both solid waste management and biogas production. The date palm empty fruit bunch is a lignocellulosic

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Effect of Thermal Pretreatment on the Kinetic Parameters of Anaerobic Digestion from Recycled Pulp and Paper Sludge

by Habchi Sanae, Lahboubi Nabila, Karouach Fadoua, Naim Ikram, Lahlou Yahya, Bakraoui Mohammed, Sallek Brahim, El Bari Hassan (Ecological Engineering and Environmental Technology)  This paper investigates the influence of thermal pretreatment on kinetic parameters based on four kinetic models: Modified Gompertz, transference and logistic functions and first order equation. The

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Semi-Continuous Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Cow Manure and Banana Waste: Effects of Mixture Ratio

by Joute, Y., El Bari, H., Belhadj, S., Karouach, F., Gradi, Y., Stelte, W., Bjerre, A. (Applied Ecology and Environmental Research)  Anaerobic co-digestion of cow manure (CM) and banana waste (BW) was investigated. The experiments have been carried out and were tested for different mixture ratios of CM:BW in terms

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste: Effect of Thermal Pretreatment on Improvement of Anaerobic Digestion Process

by Y. ElGnaoui, F.Karouach, M.Bakraoui, M.BarzbH. ElBari (Science Direct/Energy Reports)  The treatment of food waste (FW) is an important challenge in developed and undeveloped countries due to the rapid disintegration of this waste. Hence biogas technology is used to produce energy and to reduce the volume of waste. This technology has disadvantages

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Effect of Combined Mechanical–Ultrasonic Pretreatment on Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion of Household Organic Waste Fraction in Morocco

by Fadoua Karouach, Mohammed Bakraoui, Yasser El (Science Direct/Energy Reports) Methanization is a technology that involves complex biological reactions and it is the subject of several scientific studies. The paper aims to evaluate the effect of the combined mechanical and ultrasonic pretreatment (CMUP) on the anaerobic digestion (AD) of the

August 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Speed-the-Leaf: RIPE’s Photosynthesis Breakthru Offers a 20% Increase in Crop Yield

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)… Some years ago, the RIPE team went down the rabbit hole of transforming photosynthesis,”harnessing the sun to help the feed the world,” on the noble theory that if plants are more efficient, we’ll have more food, fiber, fuel, and what have you. I’ve stood on

August 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Producing Biofuels from Waste Coffee and Alcohol Products

by Reginald Davey (AZO Materials) Research into utilizing waste products has benefited several industries in recent years, improving their sustainability. Writing in the journal Energies, a team of scientists from Armenia and Poland has investigated the use of waste coffee and alcohol products to produce biofuels. … Biogas and biohydrogen have

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Dehydration of Bioethanol Produced from Argane Pulp Using Pervaporation Membrane Process: Experimental, Molecular Dynamics and GCMC Simulation Studies

Fatima Zahrae Zouhair, Mohammed Rachid Kabbour, Fatima Ebich, Aouatif Benali, El hajel Maadoudi, Awad A. Alrashdi, Mohammed Bouksaim, Hassane Lgaz, Azzouz Essamri (Journal of Molecular Liquids) PVA membranes were used for argane pulp bioethanol dehydration by PV. • MD and GCMC simulations were used to understand swelling mechanism of PVA membranes.

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Production of Methane from Banana Peels by Mesophilic Anaerobic Digestion

by Fatima Ebich, Rachida Hassikou, Hassan El Bari, Azzouz Essamri, Rajaa Layachi (Journal of Chemical Health Risks)  Banana peel is a concentrated source of putrid organic waste; this waste is considered as a source of the energy produced by the process of anaerobic digestion. The objective of this study is

August 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Propose the Optimal Way to Produce Biofuels

(South Ural State University/TechXplore) Scientists from Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt have proposed the most effective mathematical model of the biodiesel production process at the moment. The simulation of the biodiesel production process from soybean oil and methanol was performed using machine learning. The study was published

August 19, 2022 Read Full Article

A Simple, Cheap Material for Carbon Capture, Perhaps from Tailpipes

by Robert Sanders (Berkeley News)  … Using an inexpensive polymer called melamine — the main component of Formica — chemists have created a cheap, easy and energy-efficient way to capture carbon dioxide from smokestacks, a key goal for the United States and other nations as they seek to reduce greenhouse gas

August 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Ilocos, Bicol Universities Boost Biofuel R&D

by Leander C. Domingo (Manila Times)  Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) will jointly promote sustainable bioenergy research and development (R&D) by pooling resources and expertise in leveling up bioethanol production. To achieve that, a memorandum of agreement was signed between the Batac City, Ilocos Norte-based MMSU

August 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Egyptian Scholar at Assam University Develops Biodiesel from Food Waste

(The Hindu)  Khalifa Said H. Eldeihy worked on residual food items such as soybean cooking oil waste and leaves of radish and sweet potato — Leaves of radish and sweet potato are potent sources for producing low-cost biodiesel from waste cooking oil, an Egyptian scholar and his associates at central

August 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Boeing Becomes Founding Member of UK Innovation Hub to Drive SAF Development

(Boeing/Biobased Diesel Daily)  At the Farnborough International Airshow in July, Boeing became the founding member of the University of Sheffield’s Energy Innovation Centre, leading the way for the company to help develop and bring SAF to the market. The EIC includes the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre, a first-of-its-kind facility in

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

New-to-Nature Yeast Chromosome Could Be Game Changer for Industry

(ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB)/Phys.Org)  A completely new-to-nature yeast chromosome has been developed, paving the way for engineered yeast to be applied to an array of industrial applications. Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, Macquarie University and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI)

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

SUN-to-LIQUID Project Publishes Successful Thermochemical Kerosene Production Using Solar Energy, Water and CO2 in an Integrated Solar Experimental Facility in the Scientific Journal Joule

(IMDEA Energy Institute)  Developing solar technologies for producing carbon-neutral aviation fuels has become a global energy challenge, but their readiness level has largely been limited to laboratory-scale studies. Here we report on the experimental demonstration of a fully-integrated thermochemical production chain from H2O and CO2 to kerosene using concentrated solar

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

UB Produces Blended Biodiesel

(University of Botswana/The Voice) A research by the Faculty of Engineering at University of Botswana has produced a blended biodiesel that is said to be much cheaper and is also compatible with light and heavy duty vehicle engines. WATCH VIDEO

August 8, 2022 Read Full Article

NASA-Backed Program to Trial Ammonia as Alternative Jet Engine Fuel

by Linnea Ahlgren (Simple Flying) A five-year research program will use chemical kinetics simulation software from Ansys to see how the gas would behave powering an aircraft.  —   While biofuels, Power-to-Liquids, and hydrogen have long been touted as the alternative fuels of the future, researchers are becoming increasingly convinced that

August 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Investment Urgently Needed in New Technology to Mitigate CO2 Emissions at Airports, Cranfield University Report Reveals

(Cranfield University) Multi-million-pound investment needed in technologies such as direct air capture; Some airports could become green energy ‘power stations’ to fuel the aircraft they serve; Carbon capture technology should be integrated alongside other transport policies as part of Government’s Net Zero 2050 roadmap Multi-million-pound investment is urgently needed in technologies including direct

August 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Chung-Ang University Researchers Develop Novel Heterostructure Catalyst for Effective Hydrogen Generation from Water Splitting

(Chung-Ang University) The new catalyst improves the efficiency of hydrogen production from water splitting without incurring high costs — Hydrogen, a clean fuel, can be produced sustainably by electrocatalytic water splitting, a process where the water molecule is split into oxygen and hydrogen gas using electricity. However, the need for expensive and

July 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Maryland Energy Institute Awards Morgan State University $100,000 Energy Innovation Grant to Continue Advanced Cyanobacterial Biomass Research at University’s Satellite Campus on the Chesapeake Bay

(Morgan State University)  Funding will Support Launchpad for Businesses and Startups Using Research Conducted at MSU PEARL Laboratory  —  Morgan State University’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) received a one-year $100,000 Phase I grant from the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) to support ongoing biofuel and renewable resource

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Quantifying Baseline Costs and Cataloging Potential Optimization Strategies for Kelp Aquaculture Carbon Dioxide Removal

by Struan Coleman , Tobias Dewhurst, David W. Fredriksson, Adam T. St. Gelais, Kelly L. Cole, Michael MacNicoll, Eric Laufer, and Damian C. Brady (School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine)  To keep global surface warming below 1.5 °C by 2100, the portfolio of cost-effective CDR technologies must expand. To

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Found: The ‘Holy Grail of Catalysis’ — Turning Methane into Methanol under Ambient Conditions Using Light

by Paul Boisvert (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers from Goethe University Frankfurt Develop New Biobattery for Hydrogen Storage

(Goethe University) A team of microbiologists from Goethe University Frankfurt has succeeded in using bacteria for the controlled storage and release of hydrogen. This is an important step in the search for carbon-neutral energy sources in the interest of climate protection. The corresponding paper has now been published in the

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Solar-Powered Chemistry Uses Carbon Dioxide and Water to Make Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals

(Michigan News)  Producing synthesis gas, a precursor of a variety of fuels and chemicals, no longer requires natural gas, coal or biomass — Solar-powered synthesis gas could recycle carbon dioxide into fuels and useful chemicals, an international team of researchers has shown. Study abstract: “If we can generate syngas from

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Simple Method to Extract High-Value Bioactives from Single-Cell Algae Oil

(Flinders University/Phys.Org)  To save the world’s fish stocks and oceans, scientists are racing to find better and sustainable ways to make healthy nutritional products such as Omega-3 fatty acids, biodiesel, aquaculture and livestock food from fast-growing microalgae. New research at Flinders University has discovered a simple, low-cost and effective way to

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

‘Diesel Nut’ Development Brings Texas A&M AgriLife, Chevron Together

(AgriLife Today)  Collaboration will utilize peanuts to potentially develop feedstock for lower-carbon fuel production — Peanut oil powered the world’s first diesel engine when it was premiered by Rudolf Diesel at the World Exposition in Paris in 1900. Now, a collaboration between Chevron and Texas A&M AgriLife is reviving the use of

July 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Can We Hack DNA in Plants to Help Fight Climate Change?

by Madeleine Stone (National Geographic) Using CRISPR genome editing on a few common crops, a team of plant and soil scientists seeks to vastly increase and speed up carbon storage to help fight climate change. — … we will also need to pull carbon out of the air and secure it. Plants are

July 19, 2022 Read Full Article

PNNL: New Artificial Enzyme Breaks Down Tough, Woody Lignin

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape. Lignin also stores tremendous potential for renewable energy and materials. Reporting in the journal Nature Communications, a team of researchers from Washington State University

July 15, 2022 Read Full Article

UW-Madison Alternative Fuels Researcher Applies for Corn-to-Diesel Patent

by Jason Calvi (FOX 6 Milwaukee)  … Inside University of Wisconsin-Madison labs, there is a possible breakthrough, something for which UW is seeking a patent. … “It’s got to be a reality. It’s the only option we have. Because we know some day we’re going to run out of oil,” said

July 12, 2022 Read Full Article

ABSL Receives Award from Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Innovation Programme

(Advanced Biofuel Solutions) Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ABSL) has been awarded a £4.8m grant from the Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Innovation Programme, Phase 2 of the competition launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which provides funding from the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP). The

July 12, 2022 Read Full Article

South Yorkshire to Lead UK R&D into Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(Biofuels International)  A major new research centre that will help test, certify and deploy new sustainable aviation fuels – the first of its kind in the UK – has reached a key milestone in its construction. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre (SAF-IC), part of the University of Sheffield Energy

July 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Study Points to Armenian Origins of Ancient Crop with Aviation Biofuel Potential

by Talia Ogliore (Washington University in St. Louis/Phys.Org) Camelina, also known as false flax or Gold-of-Pleasure, is an ancient oilseed crop with emerging applications in the production of sustainable, low-input biofuels. Multidisciplinary research from Washington University in St. Louis is revealing the origins and uses of camelina and may help guide decisions critical

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Leakage: A Potential Risk for the Hydrogen Economy

by Zhiyuan Fan, Hadia Sheerazi, Amar Bhardwaj, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Kathryn Longobardi, Dr. Calib M. Woodall, Mahak Agrawal, Dr. Juio Friedmann, Adalberto Castaneda, Ann-Kathrin Merz and Sebastian Orozco-Sanchez  (Columbia/SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy)  … Hydrogen has been identified as a potential safety issue based on the fact that it is the

July 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Can Farms Produce to the Max and Still Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

by Kristen Mally Dean (Argonne National Laboratory) Decarbonizing agriculture is critical for the U.S. to reach net zero emissions by 2050. A new data-driven approach looks at practices that are good for the earth and profitable for farmers. — The world relies on American farmers to do much more than

June 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Large-Scale Cultivation of Microalgae Can Clean Emissions from Industry, Can Also Be Used in Nordic Climate

by Ulrika Bergström (Swedish Research Council/Phys.Org) Microalgae can recover greenhouse gases and nutrients from industrial waste. This technology can be used to reduce climate footprint and eutrophication. Lina Mattsson’s dissertation in ecology shows that microalgae can also be used in the Nordic climate, which has previously been considered a challenge as

June 23, 2022 Read Full Article

VTT and Neste Agreed on Building an Integrated Power-to-Liquids Demonstration for CO2 Capture, Green Hydrogen and E-Fuels Production

(VTT) Power-to-liquids technologies are on their way to commercialisation in scale and production of synthetic e-fuels is no longer science fiction. E-fuels offer a way to expand the carbon-neutral transport fuel pool beyond biomass-based renewable fuels to replace fossil fuels in existing internal combustion engines. The end product is a

June 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Kvasir Technologies Secures EU Funding to Accelerate Biofuel Development

(Biofuels International) Kvasir Technologies – a Danish technology company developing a process to produce climate friendly fuel for the shipping industry – has secured €2.5 million in support from the EU programme EIC accelerator. Kvasir Technologies is a spin-off company from the Technical University of Denmark, where the process was

June 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Purdue Northwest Process to Turn Food Waste into Sustainable Hydrogen Is Licensed to Energy Company

(Purdue Northwest) The Purdue Research Foundation recently completed a licensing agreement with an international energy company for the commercialization of a new process discovered at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) for the biological production of hydrogen from food waste. A second licensing agreement with a company in Indiana is under negotiation. This

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Increasing Methane Yield from Biogas Plants

(Bioenergy Insight) Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM have now found a way to convert waste methane from biogas plants into additional methane, thus drastically increasing the methane yield from biogas plants. The process is up and running and the research team is currently scaling up

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

NCERC at SIUE Is Leader in Biofuels Research

by Scott Marion (Edwardsville Intelligencer) Nearly 20 years after it opened, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continues to make an impact on a national and worldwide level. The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels,

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Low-Cost Battery-Like Device Absorbs CO2 Emissions while It Charges

(Univerisity of Cambridge)  Researchers have developed a low-cost device that can selectively capture carbon dioxide gas while it charges. Then, when it discharges, the CO2 can be released in a controlled way and collected to be reused or disposed of responsibly. The supercapacitor device, which is similar to a rechargeable

June 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Plastic Packaging Might Be Biodegradable after All, Say German Scientists

(Deutsche Welle)  Leipzig researchers have found an enzyme that rapidly breaks down PET, the most widely produced plastic in the world. It might just eat your old tote bags. —  While scavenging through a compost heap at a Leipzig cemetery, Christian Sonnendecker and his research team found seven enzymes they had

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Texas A&M AgriLife Researchers Modify Potato Starches to Increase Culinary and Industrial Applications

(Potato News Today) … For example, waxy potatoes, which are high in amylopectin content, have applications in the production of bioplastics, food additives, adhesives and alcohol. Two articles recently published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences and the Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture journals outline how CRISPR technology can advance the uses of

June 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Capturing Carbon with Crops, Trees and Bioenergy

by Emilie Lorditch (Michigan State University/Phys.Org) An integrated approach to land management practices in the U.S. can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere far more than earlier estimates based on separate approaches, Michigan State University researchers say. Their research was published May 31 in the journal Global Change Biology. “Using only land management or

June 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop ‘Bionic Bacteria’ that Create Better Fuels, Chemicals

by Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (Jerusalem Post) … Now, researchers at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa have developed “bionic bacteria” that have many potential applications in industry. Among those applications are the targeted release of biological drugs in the body using external light and

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

New Artificial Enzyme Breaks Down Tough, Woody Lignin

(Science Daily/DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Study shows promise for developing a new renewable energy source — An innovative artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through woody lignin, an abundant carbon-based substance that stores tremendous potential for renewable energy and materials. A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Paving the Way to Increased Waste-to-Energy Production

(Lehigh University) … While recycling and composting have increased, the majority of the waste produced goes into landfills, the most inexpensive option. About 12 percent of MSW was converted into energy by waste-to-energy plants in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration.   “There are different ways to process trash,” says Carlos

May 31, 2022 Read Full Article

First Semi-Industrial Demonstration of Novel Gasification Technology for Biofuel Production

(Open Access Government) The Horizon 2020 project CLARA, coordinated by the Technical University of Darmstadt, investigates a novel gasification technology to provide sustainable second-generation biofuels for the transportation sector in order to move it towards CO2 neutrality In this context, biogenic residues, such as wheat straw, are to be converted

May 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Imperial’s Push toward Sustainable Aviation Boosted by £25 Million Donation

by Joanna Wilson and Deborah Evanson (Imperial College London) Imperial College London is establishing a groundbreaking research institute dedicated to developing clean, safe and sustainable air-travel. Supported by a £25 million philanthropic donation, the Brahmal Vasudevan Institute for Sustainable Aviation will pioneer the breakthroughs and technologies needed to support the aviation industry’s transition

May 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Solve the Mystery about the Active Phase in Catalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction

(Stockholm University Department of Physics) An international research team led by researchers of Stockholm University has for the first time been able to study the surface of a copper-zinc catalyst when carbon dioxide is reduced to methanol. The results – obtained at DESY´s brilliant light source PETRA III – are published

May 20, 2022 Read Full Article

A Fuel Switch for Future Farms

by John Blum (Marquette University) A new combustion system for engines allows heavy-duty farm equipment normally powered by diesel fuel to run on gasoline and ethanol, without sacrificing performance. — Having grown up working on his uncle’s farm and in his father’s concrete business in northern Illinois, Dr. Adam Dempsey

May 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Salmon Farm Waste Fuels Motor Launch

(The Fish Site) In a world first, a fuel produced from waste from Scottish salmon farms has been successfully used to power a motor launch. — The 100 percent renewable fuel demonstration was the culmination of SALMO (Sustainable Aquaculture Leading to Marine Opportunities), a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK)

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol Researchers’ Report Targets Future Experts

(The Telegraph) The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has published a Workforce Training & Education Report summarizing opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom, as well as NCERC’s programs that train the next generation of leaders in the bioeconomy. The report includes testimonials from

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Lignin-Based Jet Fuel Blended with Other Biofuels Can Replace Petroleum-Derived Fuels, Study Says

by Bethan Davies (AZoMaterials)  According to recent research, experimental plant-based jet fuel could enhance engine performance and efficacy, while dispensing with aromatics — the pollution-causing compounds seen in traditional fuels. Researchers examined a jet fuel created by Washington State University that is based on lignin, an organic polymer that tends to make

May 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Enzymes Discovered in Capybara Gut Can Accelerate Utilization of Agroindustrial Waste

by Karina Ninni  (Agência FAPESP)– Converting agroindustrial waste into molecules of interest to society, such as biofuels and biochemicals, is one of the ways to mitigate dependence on oil and other fossil fuels. As one of the world’s largest producers of plant biomass, Brazil is well-placed to lead this transition,

May 3, 2022 Read Full Article

Blending a Renewable Fuel: Clean and Sustainable Fuels Could Be Derived by Combining Ammonia with Complementary Combustion-Modifying Additives

(Kaust Discovery) A low-carbon sustainable fuel mixture, derived primarily from renewably generated ammonia, could power next-generation internal combustion engines (ICEs). Blending ammonia with a small amount of dimethyl ether (DME) gives a liquid fuel with low-temperature combustion properties very similar to gasoline, researchers at KAUST have shown. The development of such

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Boeing Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture

(Boeing) – Company to support the Center’s work to conduct groundbreaking research with a five-year, $10 million contribution; – Boeing joins inaugural Center supporter FedEx as well as Southwest Airlines in supporting the study of natural carbon capture  — Boeing [NYSE: B.A.] today announced its support of an ambitious initiative at

April 29, 2022 Read Full Article

ISU Team Receives XPRIZE Carbon Removal Milestone Award for Innovative Vision to Remove Carbon from the Atmosphere

(Iowa State University)  An Iowa State University research team that helped develop a demonstration-scale pyrolyzer capable of sequestering thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year has received a prestigious milestone award from XPRIZE Carbon Removal, it was announced on Friday.  The milestone prize provides $1 million to the carbon

April 26, 2022 Read Full Article

15 AlgaePrize Teams Advance as Finalists

(U.S. Department of Energy) 15 teams are advancing as finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) 2022–2023 AlgaePrize competition. Finalist teams were selected based on their 10-page research synopsis which described each team’s research plan for their proposed project within the AlgaePrize’s areas of interest. Each team’s research

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Whisky Generates a Lot of Waste. It Could Soon Help Fuel Your Car

by Rebecca Cairns (CNN Business) … But for every liter of whisky, there is a huge amount of waste: around 2.5 kilograms of solid by-products known as draff, 8 liters of liquid known as pot ale, and 10 liters of spent lees, a watery residue. This amounts to 684,000 metric tons of

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Giant Grass Miscanthus: Bioethanol Source with Negative CO2 Balance

(University of Hohenheim)  European collaborative project led by the University of Hohenheim shows: Combining bioethanol production with carbon storage can effectively reduce CO2.  A significant reduction in greenhouse gas is feasible. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. The trick: A combination of bioethanol

April 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Illinois Tech Researchers Awarded Grant to Scale Up Innovative Carbon Capture and Conversion Process at the Source

(Illinois Institute of Technology)  A team of Illinois Institute of Technology researchers received a grant from ARPA-E to scale up an innovative process of carbon capture and conversion directly from exhaust gas sources such as power plants and industrial sites — Illinois Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Mohammad

April 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Turning Wastewater into a Resource: A Graduate Student’s Solution to Climate Change

(UCLA Samueli) These days, civil and environmental engineering doctoral student Kevin Clack spends his time investigating innovative ways to improve water resilience in arid metropolitan regions such as Los Angeles, but he didn’t always know he wanted to pursue a career in engineering. Growing up in Orange County, California, Clack

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Ethanol under Attack and Creating Strange Bedfellows

by Damian Mason (The Business of Agriculture) In February of 2022 a “study” caught wide media attention (as it was designed by its sponsors to specifically do). The study, commissioned by National Wildlife Fund, found that corn ethanol is worse for the environment than fuel derived from oil. Groups ranging

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Turning Plastic Trash into Clean Hydrogen Fuel

(Nanyang Technological University) Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new method for plastic waste to be converted into hydrogen based on pyrolysis, a high temperature chemical process. Unlike PET plastic bottles which can be recycled easily, plastic litter containing contaminated food packaging, styrofoam and plastic bags, is challenging

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Israeli Research Identifies an Algal Strain that Can Help Make Green Hydrogen on an Industrial Scale

by Amalyah Hart (Cosmos)  Green-age mutant ninja algae!  —  A new study from Tel Aviv University has identified a strain of algae that may help produce environmentally sustainable green hydrogen on the scale required to suit industrial production. … But the production of green hydrogen using solar panels is expensive, because

April 15, 2022 Read Full Article

WASTE—a 5-letter word for EARTH MONTH.

WASTE-to-fuel is possible with many KINDS of WASTE:  agricultural residues and WASTE; forest residue and WASTE; municipal SOLID WASTE, WASTE CO2 and more. SINCE 2008, students and STAFF at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania used food WASTE and agricultural WASTE like manure to make biogas for heat, cooking and POWER generation.

April 11, 2022 Read Full Article

University of Minnesota Students Visit Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Sixteen students from the University of Minnesota toured Guardian Energy on April 5 to get a closer look at the ethanol production process. During the tour, the students learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distillers grain production / storage, ethanol storage and shipment. The

April 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Ridgewater College Students Tour CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Ridgewater College toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) on April 1 to get a better understanding of the ethanol production process.  “We were pleased to welcome students from Ridgewater College and provide them with a first-hand look at the ethanol production process, as well as

April 8, 2022 Read Full Article

A More Efficient Path to Green Production of Bio-Derived Chemicals and Fuels

(Lehigh University)  Researchers discover an enhanced reaction rate when gold and palladium nanoparticles are placed on a conductive support. — A bimetallic catalysis technique using gold and palladium nanoparticles on a conductive support has been pioneered by researchers from Lehigh and Cardiff University in the U.K. The process could support

April 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Giant Grass Miscanthus: Bioethanol Source with Negative CO2 Balance

(University of Hohenheim) European collaborative project led by the University of Hohenheim shows: Combining bioethanol production with carbon storage can effectively reduce CO2. — A significant reduction in greenhouse gas is feasible. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart. The trick: A combination of

April 6, 2022 Read Full Article

AltEn Environmental Pollution: Tracking Contamination around a Closed Ethanol Plant

(University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health)  Scientists are investigating the contamination of water, soil, and air caused by a closed ethanol plant that is being sued by the State of Nebraska.  Toxic piles of ethanol byproduct — called wet cake — are rotting on the grounds of the

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Evaluate the Impact of the Renewable Fuels Standard on Biofuel Production

by Madelyn Ostendorf (Successful Farming)  In a first-of-its kind study, researchers at Purdue University have illustrated the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on the production of biofuels. Over the past 15 years, production and consumption of biofuels have increased in the United States, caused by a variety of market

April 5, 2022 Read Full Article

Iowa Central to Build New Biofuels Lab: Casey’s Donates Property in Western Fort Dodge

by Bill Shea (The Messenger)  Iowa Central Community College will build a new biofuels testing lab on the west side of Fort Dodge using land donated by Casey’s General Stores and the owners of the former Colonial Inn site. Construction could begin late this summer. ”Iowa Central Community College continues to

April 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Possibility to Produce Ethanol on a Financially Competitive and Technically Efficient Basis: Fuel from Waste Wood

(Technical University of Munich)  … Producing fuel from renewable sources such as waste wood and straw or renewable electricity would be one way to reduce carbon emissions from the area of transportation. This is an area which is being addressed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Ethanol

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Artificial Photosynthesis: The Ultimate Renewable Tech

(Bio Market Insights) Around 3.5 billion years ago, plants became able to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy. Researchers in the field of artificial photosynthesis are figuring out how humans could do the same. Plant photosynthesis consists of three steps. First, sunlight is harvested. Second, this sunlight is converted into

March 30, 2022 Read Full Article

A New, Sustainable Way to Make Hydrogen for Fuel Cells and Fertilizers

(RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science) A new sustainable and practical method for producing hydrogen from water has been discovered by a team of researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) in Japan led by Ryuhei Nakamura. Unlike current methods, the new method does not require rare metals

March 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Mundo UFG Presents Series of Interviews on Solutions to Climate Change: This Episode Focuses on Ethanol

(RTVEFone Foundation/Federal University of Goiás)  Mundo UFG, programming on the campus-based TV UFG at the Federal University of Goiás, highlighted renewable fuels in four of its approximately hour-long segments recently.  This episode focuses on ethanol and related research and business topics, including Brazil’s history with ethanol dating back to initiating

March 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Mundo UFG Presents Series of Interviews on Solutions to Climate Change: This Episode Focuses on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

(RTVEFone Foundation/Federal University of Goiás)  Mundo UFG, programming on the campus-based TV UFG at the Federal University of Goiás, highlighted renewable fuels in four of its hour-long segments recently.  This episode focuses on biokerosene/sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and related research and business topics. As moderator for two of the episodes,

March 29, 2022 Read Full Article

New, Nature-Inspired Concepts for Turning CO2 into Clean Fuels

(University of Cambridge) Researchers have developed an efficient concept to turn carbon dioxide into clean, sustainable fuels, without any unwanted by-products or waste.  —  Instead of capturing and storing CO2, which is incredibly energy-intensive, we have demonstrated a new concept to capture carbon and make something useful from it in

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Novel Funding Model Provides Researchers Support to Produce SAF from Timber Byproduct

by David Melanson (UK CAER/Biobased Diesel Daily) … Biofuels researchers at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research recently received funding from OUR&D, a unique grassroots not-for-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado, that is seeking to supplement the current research and development funding landscape. Founded by a group of

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

New MSU Research Shows How Biofuel Crops Can Help Mitigate Climate Change When Grown on Land of Otherwise Little Agricultural Value

by Cameron Rudolph  (Michigan State University) Newly published research from MSU Foundation Professor Bruno Basso shows how some Midwest farmers can see economic and environmental benefits of growing switchgrass, a biofuel crop, on traditionally less-productive land. — Newly published Michigan State University research details how switchgrass, a biofuel crop, can mitigate

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

New Method Could Lead to Cheaper, More Efficient Ways to Capture Carbon

by Kelsey Simpkins (CU Boulder Today) University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new tool that could lead to more efficient and cheaper technologies for capturing heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere and converting them into beneficial substances, like fuel or building materials. Such carbon capture technology may be needed at scale

March 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Easy Aluminum Nanoparticles for Efficient Hydrogen Generation from Water

by Daniela Castim (Bio Market Insights) A new study by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has found an efficient and cost-effective way to use aluminum’s reactivity to generate clean hydrogen. The study shows that an easily produced composite of gallium and aluminum creates aluminum nanoparticles that react rapidly with water at

March 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Wild Castor Oil

by David Bradley (Inderscience/Phys.Org)  The seeds of the wild castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, can be converted into biodiesel according to a new study in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. The Mexican research team shows how the requisite transesterification reaction of oil from the seeds using methanol in

March 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Are Creating Homegrown Biofuels in the Peoria Ag Lab

by Jonathan Wright  (WCBU) … Butanol production is among the world’s oldest commercial fermentation processes, discovered by Louis Pasteur in 1861. Between the first and second World Wars, there were two bio-butanol plants in the United States—and the largest was right here in Peoria. But both plants closed after World War II,

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

UNT BioDiscovery Institute Is One Step Closer to Sustainable Plant-Based Fuel

by Amy Brundeen (University of North Texas)  … Helping plants produce C-lignin could lead to crops that are useful for creating an economically feasible plant-based jet fuel, among other applications. The latest findings from (Richrd) Dixon’s lab at UNT’s BioDiscovery Institute, published in the journal Science Advances, could help plant scientists get

March 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Team Pennycress: Regional Institutions Take on Important Environmental, Economic Challenges

by John Moody (Illinois State University/Biobased Diesel Daily) John Sedbrook, a professor of genetics at Illinois State University, is in the midst of a project that may prove to be the most important research of his career. Sedbrook and a team of researchers—comprised of faculty and students—are working to rapidly

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Turning CO2 into Shampoo and Lawn Furniture? U of T Startup Doing What ‘No One Has Done Before’

by Tina Adamopoulos (University of Toronto Engineering News) … With a lab currently under construction on U of T’s downtown campus, CERT will soon be able to continue their work where their journey first began. The pilot unit will allow CERT to continue to refine their process in order to

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Atlantic Biomass Conversion System Economically Produces High Volumes of Biofuels from Residual Hemp and Cannabis Biomass

(Atlantic Biomass) Atlantic Biomass, LLC has announced results of their Phase I Maryland Energy Innovation Institute Scale-Up project to verify the use of residual hemp biomass for the production of biofuels including sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Robert Kozak, President of Atlantic Biomass, said the results clearly showed that the very

March 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Sustainability in Times of COVID-19: Converting Face Masks into Valuable Fuel

(Korea University)  Researchers propose a new and environmentally beneficial way of upcycling discarded masks into burnable fuel to produce energy — Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of single-use face masks are discarded every day, creating a huge surge in plastic pollution. In a recent study, researchers investigated the feasibility

March 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Could Algae Be the Answer to Aviation’s Big Carbon Problem?

by Jacob Dykes  (Geographical) … Hydrogen, in both its liquid and gaseous forms, is light and powerful. If the supply chain can be made greener and cheaper, it’s seen by some as the long-term solution to decarbonising aviation. But others point to its constraints, in terms of both safety and capacity.

March 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Outstanding Faculty in Discovery: Kilaz Aims for Sustainably Fueled Future

by John O’Malley (Purdue University) Gozdem Kilaz, associate professor of engineering technology, has been recognized for her contributions to the research mission in Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute. In May 2021, Kilaz received the college’s Outstanding Faculty in Discovery Award. Kilaz holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bogazici University and earned a

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Find Ways to Turn Bamboo into Biofuel

by Chris Conte (KBZK) Researchers have found a way to turn bamboo into biofuel, a process that could have major implications for the future of the clean energy industry. “This is a simple and yet cost-effective process,” said Ali Salifu, a researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Originally from Ghana, Salifu understands

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

by Blair Fannin  (Texas A&M University/AgriLife Today) Jet fuel, animal feed among potential products from algae — Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are using artificial intelligence to set a new world record for producing algae as a reliable, economic source for biofuel that can be used as an alternative fuel source

March 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Crop, Forestry Residues Fuel USask, Industry Green Project

(University of Saskatchewan) With Saskatchewan’s north home to a boreal forest that’s larger than Germany, and its south making up nearly half of Canada’s cropland, the province’s agriculture and lumber industries alone annually produce about 24 million tonnes of biomass residue. Now, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Ajay Dalai (PhD)

March 7, 2022 Read Full Article
2022 Carbon Removal Forum: Focus on Soil Carbon Measurement  —   April 22, 2022   —   ONLINE

2022 Carbon Removal Forum: Focus on Soil Carbon Measurement — April 22, 2022 — ONLINE

The Carbon Removal Forum is the second in a series of campus-wide events to harness knowledge and capacity toward developing an Iowa State University program in agriculturally-based carbon removal that could contribute toward mitigating climate change. This year’s forum will be held virtually on April 22, 2022. This forum is

March 4, 2022 Read Full Article

OSU Receives Patent for New Fermentation Process

(Oklahoma State University/Biomass Magazine)  Oklahoma State University was recently issued a patent that could significantly increase biofuel and chemical yields while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. — Hasan Atiyeh, professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, created a new co-fermentation method that turns sugars into alcohols, organic acids and ketones without the environmental impact.

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Composition and Yield of Non-Cellulosic and Cellulosic Sugars in Soluble and Particulate Fractions during Consolidated Bioprocessing of Poplar Biomass by Clostridium thermocellum

by Ajaya K. Biswal, Neal N. Hengge, Ian M. Black, Melani A. Atmodjo, Sushree S. Mohanty, David Ryno, Michael E. Himmel, Parastoo Azadi, Yannick J. Bomble & Debra Mohnen  (Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts) Terrestrial plant biomass is the primary renewable carbon feedstock for enabling transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. Consolidated

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria Produce Chemicals with Negative Carbon Emissions

by Chen Ly (New Scientist)  Bacteria have been modified to produce chemicals found in paint remover and hand sanitiser from carbon dioxide in the air, meaning they have negative emissions compared with traditional industrial methods —  Bacteria engineered to turn carbon dioxide into compounds used in paint remover and hand sanitiser could

February 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Sorghum’s Roots Can Replenish Carbon in Soil

by  Olga Kuchment (Agri-Life Today) Texas A&M AgriLife study shows the annual crop can sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide  — The study, “Bioenergy sorghum’s deep roots: A key to sustainable biomass production on annual cropland,” was recently published in GCB Bioenergy. According to the research, bioenergy sorghum hybrids capture and sequester significant amounts of atmospheric

February 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Postdoctoral Researcher Spotlight: Balendra Sah

by Mary Riker (Great Lakes Bioenery Research Center)  … After I completed my Ph.D., I was looking for a lab where I could do further research in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, and I found the Landick lab as a suitable group to pursue my research interests in that same field.

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Breakthrough in Converting CO2 into Fuel Using Solar Energy

(Lund University/Carbon Capture Magazine) A research team led by Lund University in Sweden has shown how solar power can convert carbon dioxide into fuel, by using advanced materials and ultra-fast laser spectroscopy. The breakthrough could be an important piece of the puzzle in reducing the levels of greenhouse gases in the

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Reserch Underway to Develop Ethanol-Based Fuel Cells for Electric Cars

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News)  … Pablo Di Si is the Executive Chairman of Volkswagen Latin America in Brazil, and he tells Brownfield they’re trying to develop a new type of compact fuel cell. “We’re looking at R & D (research and development) how we can form ethanol into a

February 23, 2022 Read Full Article

ACE Corrects Misrepresentations of RFS Environmental Outcomes

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In South Dakota, the American Coalition of Ethanol said a report released recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences by Tyler Lark and others brought to life several misrepresentations of the environmental outcomes of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and refutes three key

February 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Production of Acetone and Isopropanol by Gas Fermentation at Industrial Pilot Scale

by Fungmin Eric Liew, Robert Nogle, Tanus Abdalla, et al. (Nature Biotechnology) Many industrial chemicals that are produced from fossil resources could be manufactured more sustainably through fermentation. Here we describe the development of a carbon-negative fermentation route to producing the industrially important chemicals acetone and isopropanol from abundant, low-cost

February 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Underground Carbon-Dioxide Storage Idea Is Cracked. And That’s Actually Good. In New Experiments, Researchers at Columbia University Are Learning More about the Technique’s Viability

by Erin Blakemore (Washington Post)  … In new experiments with carbon mineralization — the process of removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in rocks — researchers at Columbia University are learning more about the technique’s viability. And fissures are part of that process. The technique holds promise

February 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Can the Little-Known Tamanu Tree Replace Palm Oil in Indonesia’s Biofuel Bid?

(South Africa Today) Government researchers in Indonesia believe oil from the tamanu tree (Calophyllum inophyllum) could serve an alternative feedstock for biofuel to palm oil. They say the plant has shown the ability to grow in burned areas and former mining sites, as well as in waterlogged peat soils. Oil

February 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Extract Hydrogen from Banana Peels

by Anjana Nair (Bio Market Insights) … An important candidate is hydrogen produced from organic waste, or “biomass” of plants and animals. Biomass absorbs, removes, and stores CO2 from the atmosphere, while biomass decomposition can also bring ways to negative emissions of greenhouse gases removal. But even though biomass heralds

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Farmers Get Newly Developed Pongamia Pod Decorticators & Oil Extraction Machines To Improve Biofuel Production

by Chintu Das  (Krishi Jagran) The Centre, in collaboration with the Karnataka government, has distributed newly developed pongamia (karanj) pod decorticators and oil extraction machines to farmers to improve biofuel production in the country, in order to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of producing 175 GW of non-fossil fuel.  According to a Science

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Pablo de Olavide University Produces Fat for Biodiesel from Sewage Sludge

(EFE VERDE) Researchers at Pablo de Olavide University produce fatty matter for biodiesel that does not come from growing plants but from human-generated waste that circulates through urban wastewater treatment plants. Aware of the serious environmental and economic problem caused by the enormous amount of waste generated by human activity, researchers

February 9, 2022 Read Full Article

WPI Researchers Show Bamboo Can Be Converted Into Fuel

by Jack Levy (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)  Turning Bamboo Into Ethanol Could Make Developing Nations Less Reliant on Gasoline and Help Mitigate Climate Change — … A team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and around the globe has co-developed a process to convert bamboo into an ethanol fuel for

February 8, 2022 Read Full Article

From Fertilizer to Fuel: Can ‘Green’ Ammonia Be a Climate Fix?

by Nicola Jones (Yale Environment 360) Ammonia has been widely used as a fertilizer for the last century. Now, using renewable energy and a new method for making ammonia, researchers and entrepreneurs believe “green” ammonia can become a significant clean fuel source for generating electricity and powering ships. … The

February 7, 2022 Read Full Article

Disrupting Nitrogen Fertilizer Production: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Cyamonia Bio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cyamonia Bio’s tech for the production of organic ammonia based on atmospheric nitrogen fixation just might be disrupting a multi-billion dollar industry of nitrogen fertilizer production and instead contributing to more sustainable food production. How do they compare to PivotBio and Azotic Tech? Where are

February 1, 2022 Read Full Article

LSU Chemists Unlock the Key to Improving Biofuel and Biomaterial Production

(Louisiana State University Chemistry) As the world searches for and demands more sustainable sources of energy and materials, plant biomass may provide the solution by serving as a renewable resource for biomaterials and biofuel production. However, until now, the complex physical and chemical interactions in plant biomass has been a challenge

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article
Mayville State University Biodiesel Workshop   —   February 16, 2022   —   Mayville, ND

Mayville State University Biodiesel Workshop — February 16, 2022 — Mayville, ND

The public is invited to join Mayville State University agribusiness students for a biodiesel workshop.  The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with a better understanding of the role and benefits that biodiesel plays in the fuel market and its importance to the agricultural community. The workshop is scheduled

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article
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