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Energy E3 to Build Innovation Center, Increase Access to Sustainable Energy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people — an estimated 70

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

U of A Biologist Receives Grant to Improve Biofuel Production

(University of Arkansas)  A University of Arkansas biologist is developing methods that could make the production of biofuel — ethanol and diesel made from sources such as plant material — more efficient and environmentally sound. Ruben Michael Ceballos will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

ODU Algae Research Aims to Fuel Bioeconomy

by Sarah Huddle (Old Dominion University) … Cutting-edge research in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University is fueling the bioeconomy through the discovery of useful applications for algae as well as a proprietary process that can make these applications scalable for commercialization through partnerships with the private

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Integrating Biology and Chemistry: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional center that joins academia, industry and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems. Peter Keeling

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Removing the Brakes on Plant Oil Production

(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 could push oil production into high gear—a possible pathway toward generating abundant biofuels and plant-derived

April 18, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production

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 “second generation” plant wastes competitive with “first generation” ethanol made from sugars. “We introduced a

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

University of Wyoming Scientists Part of $6 Million Biofuel, Carbon Capture Project

(University of Wyoming)  Agricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. UW is part of the four-year, $6 million National Science Foundation project working with Montana State University

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Corn Better Used as Food than Biofuel, Study Finds

(Phys.Org/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

UW–Madison Partners with Bonduel School District on Innovative Science Education

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!” And Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate of innovative classroom science, would definitely be holding the megaphone. “Too often, classroom science has

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Helping Trump Help Bioenergy

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Cleantech Conservative/Biofuels Digest)  … The Trump Administration’s two recent Executive Orders on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” and especially, “Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” (March 28 & April 25, respectively), not only highlight renewable energy/fuels, but also explicitly seek input from the private sector

May 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Grant Funds Test of Market Potential for Jet Fuel Research

(Washington State University/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team has successfully demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering lignin from biomass and converting it into jet

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

MSU Awarded Grant to Research Biofuel, Carbon Capture Technologies for Upper Missouri River Basin

by Evelyn Boswell  (Montana State University)  A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems while training the next generation of scientists. The four-year grant from the National Science Foundation will allow MSU,

November 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Stanford Faculty Share in $24 Million National Science Foundation Grant

by Taylor Kubota (Stanford News)  Two Stanford faculty are part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers who will share a $24 million Science and Technology Center grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will found a bioengineering research and education center. The NSF awards Science and Technology grants to

October 12, 2016 Read Full Article

White House Releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific and technical challenges that inhibit the development, production, and use of economically viable alternative jet

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Missing a Turn on the Road to a Billion Tons

by Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert (re:chem/Biofuels Digest)  A Billion Ton Bioeconomy. For those of us who have worked in this space for the last decade, the US government’s aspiration to grow the sector to such size and scope is music to our ears. At the Renewable Chemical & Advanced Materials

June 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Research Examines Obstacles to Making Biofuel from Perennial Plants

(University of Arkansas)   A University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy. “Biofuel derived from perennial plants, such as grass and

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Lincoln Park Professor Nets $450K Grant for Biofuel Research

by William Westhoven (Parsippany, NJ Daily Record) A Lincoln Park educator has been awarded a $450,000 grant to help fund continued research into the development of biofuel alternatives in certain regions of the United States. Montclair State University announced Tuesday that Pankaj Lal, an assistant professor of earth and environmental studies,

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuel of the Future

by Karen B. Roberts (University of Delaware)  UD scientist’s research shows promise in creating sustainable algae-based biofuels  —  At the University of Delaware, associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to create sustainable algae-based biofuels that could reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions in the atmosphere. … Many scientists have proposed growing

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

CRISPR-Cas9 Tool Expedites Production of Biofuel Precursors and Specialty Polymers in Living Systems

by Sarah Nightingale (Phys.Org)  A team led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has adapted the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system for use in a yeast strain that can produce useful lipids and polymers.  The development will lead to new precursors for biofuels, specialty polymers, adhesives and fragrances. Published

January 27, 2016 Read Full Article

University of Delaware Researchers Develop Algae Biofuels

by Karen B. Roberts (University of Delaware/Biomass Magazine)   … At the University of Delaware, associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to create sustainable algae-based biofuels that could reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions in the atmosphere. … Many scientists have proposed growing algae on power plant smokestacks to neutralize their emissions,

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

UMass Amherst Chemist Receives NSF Grant to Enhance ‘Grass to Gas’ Biofuel Technology

(University of Massachusetts Amherst)  University of Massachusetts Amherst computational chemist Scott Auerbach has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve basic understanding and optimize the process of producing fuels such as gasoline from plant biomass instead of from petroleum. For more than 50 years,

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Discovery Advances Biowaste-to-Jet Fuel Research

by Maegan Murray (WSU Tri-Cities/Washington State University)  Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. Bin Yang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering, said the hydrocarbons from his new

December 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Receive NSF Grant to Study Drought Stress in Plants

(HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology)  Jeremy Schmutz, faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how switchgrass plants adapt to drought stress. Schmutz, who co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center at HudsonAlpha, will analyze the underlying genetics for how the grass,

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Receive $15 Million for Biofuel Crop Study

(UT News)  A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin will receive two grants totaling $15 million to study a native prairie grass, including how it can become a sustainable source of bioenergy amid global climate change. Tom Juenger, a professor of integrative biology, will lead scientists from multiple

October 21, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

NSF Awards Maximum Support to Iowa State-Based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

(Iowa State University)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University. That brings NSF’s total funding of the center (known as CBiRC, “See-burk”) to the maximum allowed: 10 years

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Heitkamp Announces Significant Federal Funding to Support Renewable Energy Research in North Dakota

(Office of Senator Heidi Heitkamp)  U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced $250,000 in federal funding for research at the University of North Dakota (UND) to study biomass as a biofuel and solar energy absorption by nanoparticles. “North Dakota has a rich heritage of conservation and we must continue to develop

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

It’s Time for a Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee for Fuels — Press Release

“If we’re serious about reducing Climate Change caused by Green House Gases, then we need serious actions,” said Joanne Ivancic, Executive Director of Advanced Biofuels USA on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. “The first steps are including the price of Green House Gas (GHG) effects in non-renewable carbon fuels and

July 14, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

It’s Time for a Non-Renewable Carbon User Fee for Fuels

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA introduced a new idea for capturing externalities of non-renewable fuels at the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum held in the Caucus Room of the US House of Representatives Cannon Office Building last week. As part of a

July 13, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Rep. Kaptur Welcomes $50,000 NSF Award For UT Algal Bio-Chemistry Research‎

(Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)) Innovative extraction method sources chemicals from algae instead of from imported oils — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) welcomed news that The University of Toledo (UT) will receive $50,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research into commercial development of an innovative method developed at UT to

July 3, 2015 Read Full Article

University of Toledo Gets Nearly $200,000 Grant for Biofuel Project

(The Toledo Blade)  The University of Toledo is getting $199,997 for an algae biomass research project. U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said in a news release today that the National Science Foundation is awarding the grant to advance research and develop possible commercial applications of a low-cost product called

April 3, 2015 Read Full Article

NASA Should be the Key to the Crucial Development of Large Scale Bio-Jetfuel and Rocket Fuel End-to-End Production

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In looking at ways to jump-start this country’s bogged down production of biomass based jetfuel (Jet-A, JP-5, JP-8) and rocket fuel (RP-1/2), the early history of the US space program should serve as a guide.  Walter McDougall’s 1986 Pulitzer Prize winning book “the Heaven

January 2, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best

(University of Illinois/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect. Researchers at the University of Illinois have published a study identifying yield zones for

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

Lifting America’s Game in Climate Education, Literacy, and Training

(The White House Office of Science and Technology)  …  Continued progress into the future will depend on ensuring a climate-smart citizenry and a next-generation American workforce of city planners, community leaders, engineers, and entrepreneurs who understand the urgent climate-change challenge and are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and training to seek and implement solutions.

December 8, 2014 Read Full Article

Sustainability Taking Shape, One French Fry at a Time

(K-State Research and Extension)  Converting cooking oil into fuel – the Biodiesel Initiative at Kansas State University allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations. MANHATTAN, Kan. – The sound of a diesel engine is distinct. Sure, some are louder than others, and diesel enthusiasts can usually recognize

November 26, 2014 Read Full Article

Model Evaluates Where Bioenergy Crops Grow Best

(University of Illinois)  Farmers interested in bioenergy crops now have a resource to help them determine which kind of bioenergy crop would grow best in their regions and what kind of harvest to expect. Researchers at the University of Illinois have published a study identifying yield zones for three major

November 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Vitruvian Energy Crowdfunding to Make EEB, a Trashy Biofuel

By John Beltz Snyder  (AutoBlogGreen)  When sewage is treated at a wastewater treatment facility, biosolids are the byproduct. After being separated from the water, biosolids are usually sent to a landfill or incinerated. That doesn’t mean that they’re without value, however. Vitruvian Energy has created a process to make a

November 24, 2014 Read Full Article

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol. NC State’s Forest Biotechnology Group, which has been responsible for several research milestones published this year, summed

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Ethanol Production, Plagued by Yogurt Bacteria, Getting Viral Cure

by Elizabeth Summer (livescience.com/Phage Biocontrol, Inc.) The beneficial microbes that convert milk into yogurt and act in people’s guts to promote digestive health cause big problems in ethanol fermentation tanks. When fermenting corn to create ethanol, lactic acid bacteria can contaminate the tanks and proliferate, inhibiting the growth of ethanol-producing yeast. The

August 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Education Program Comes to SFSC This Fall

(South Florida State College)  Beginning this fall, South Florida State College (SFSC) will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. With a rising interest in green chemistry, sustainability, and escalating oil prices, bioenergy is on the forefront of the flourishing

July 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Converting Biomass to Fuels

by Aaron Dubrow (National Science Foundation)  Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose (plant cell walls). In a paper published in

July 2, 2014 Read Full Article

An Ecological Risk Research Agenda for Synthetic Biology

(Synthetic Biology Project)  Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have for the first time developed a set of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology, a field that could push beyond incremental changes to create organisms that transcend common evolutionary pathways. The Synthetic Biology Project at

June 9, 2014 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Could Lead to Cleaner Energy

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT chemists have devised a way to trap carbon dioxide and transform it into useful organic compounds, using a simple metal complex. More work is needed to understand and optimize the reaction, but one day this approach could offer an easy and inexpensive way to

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Montana State University Research into Algal Biofuels Keys Larger Study

by Sepp Jannotta (MSU News Service)  … Robin Gerlach is the MSU professor coordinating research into the production of oil-producing algae, as well the feasibility of commercial-scale biofuel production based on microbes discovered in Yellowstone National Park. Part of a multi-institutional project funded by a grant through the Sustainable Energy Pathways

December 31, 2013 Read Full Article

Scripps Oceanography Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production

(Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego)  Prospects for economic and sustainable fuel alternative enhanced with discovery Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. As reported in this week’s online edition of the Proceedings

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Synechocystis 6803 Just Might Be the Do-All Algal Strain

by Tony Fitzpatrick (Washington University/Algae Industry Magazine)    Synechocystis 6803 – a versatile, specialized cyanobacterium – can produce ethanol, hydrogen, butanol, isobutanol and potentially biodiesel. And it’s a natural at converting CO2 to useful chemicals that could help both tame global warming and sustain our energy supply. Genetically engineered, Synechocystis

September 9, 2013 Read Full Article

NSF Accepting Grant Applications under BBBE Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Science Foundation recently opened a new funding opportunity under its Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering program. According to the grant notice, the program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes and eventually leads to the development

August 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Quantum Dots: a New Nanohighway to Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Using just CO2, sunlight and water – and some math right off Einsteins’ blackboard — researchers come up with a potential game-changing technology for making renewable fuels. The National Science Foundation’s division of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation, widely known as EFRI, made a

August 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria. “The purpose of this basic research is to help solve important practical problems,” said Kenneth Reardon, Jud

July 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Ricardo Continues Work on Efficient Engines for Ethanol Blends

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ricardo Inc. is both strong on ethanol blends and efficient engines. … Earlier in June, an advanced combustion engine research project was announced where Ricardo will partner with the University of California-Berkeley, MIT, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs. The partnership will

July 9, 2013 Read Full Article

NSF Grant Boosts Promising Biofuels Research

(JustMeans.com/Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)  Promising biofuels research at a Wisconsin biotech company and a partner university is getting a boost from a $224,967 National Science Foundation grant. C5.6 Technologies of Middleton, Wis., and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point won the grant

July 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Is Any Science Safe?

by Kenneth Prewitt (Science Magazine) Editorial: This month, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) will apply two criteria in its review of research proposals: intellectual merit and impact. One discipline, however, will have to meet a further test. In March, at the urging of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Congress halted funding

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

BSCS Seeks Teacher-Collaborators for Research Project Funded by the National Science Foundation DEADLINE March 31, 2013

(Biological Sciences Curriculum Study)  Teacher-collaborators will field test a 3-credit, online, graduate-level course designed to enhance teachers’ knowledge and practice related to energy concepts. The course is titled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Teacher-collaborators and their students will take part in a research study designed to measure the effects of

March 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

Auburn Researcher Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Study Biofuels

by Jessica Nelson  (Auburn University)  Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels and bioenergy. The CAREER program offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards, honoring junior faculty who

March 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Montana State University Graduate Launches Biofuels Startup, Partners with University

by Sepp Jannotta (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)  A Bozeman biofuels startup is partnering with Montana State University to turn a fungus discovered in the highly acidic hot springs of Yellowstone National Park into sustainable energy. The discovery — a fungus pulled from a geyser basin in 2009 and now dubbed MK7

February 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineer Gets NSF CAREER Grant to Study Biofuel Process

(University of Massachusetts-Amherst NewsWise)  Paul J. Dauenhauer, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program to conduct basic research on the chemical reactions that create biofuel from organic matter such as wood. The funding will allow

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Driving Algae Sustainability

by Mary Rosenthal (Biomass Magazine)  Just a few weeks ago, the National Research Council released its report on the sustainability of biofuels derived from algae, affirming the potential of our industry to meet global fuel challenges in a sustainable manner. The 240-plus page report identified the key areas of sustainability

January 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Teaching Biofuels in School

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Shane Robinson, associate professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership wants to teach students math and science through green energy and biofuels. He is partnering with the OSU Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC), who has an objective to provide education about biobased products

December 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Soy Biodiesel Education Kit Available Free to Indiana Teachers

(Indiana Soybean Alliance)  Indiana high school students now have the opportunity to make soy biodiesel from the vegetable oil found on grocery store shelves right in their science classrooms, thanks to the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA). The Soy Biodiesel Chemistry Kit was developed by Purdue University researchers and education professionals

December 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Ohio Researchers Trying to Turn Algae into Fuel

(Capital Press)  Researchers already know how to turn algae into fuel. The challenge is how to make that profitable. A group from the University of Toledo is trying to make the process more efficient and says coming up with a solution may help the environment, too. The idea is to

November 27, 2012 Read Full Article

NC A&T Earns National Science Foundation Funding to Open Bioenergy Center

(National Science Foundation)  The Bioenergy Center at North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T) will be an educational and research resource for the United States in the field of thermochemical conversion of biomass to bioenergy. The efficient and economic production of energy from biomass and other renewable natural resources is necessary

November 2, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuel Breakthrough: Quick Cook Method Turns Algae into Oil

(EurekAlert!/University of Michigan)  It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude. “We’re trying to mimic the process

November 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Research Project Aims To Study Sustainable Development

by Nino Marchetti (EarthTechling)  One of the major issues facing those growing biofuel crops are finding suitable locations where they can be grown sustainably, avoiding competition with food crops for land resources. A new renewable energy research project being undertaken by Arizona State University researchers aims to address this problem. The research project, funded through a nearly

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

National Science Foundation Grants of $947,000 Help University of New Hampshire Professor Boost Ethanol Efficiency

(University of New Hampshire News)  Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has received two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly $1 million to improve the efficiency of ethanol oxidation fuel cell reactions. “With these grants, we’re trying to promote ethanol as a future

September 30, 2012 Read Full Article

WUSTL Students Study Biofuels in Brazil

(Washington University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Through the International Experience Program at Washington University in St. Louis, undergraduate students gain real-life and classroom experiences focusing on the difficult energy decisions countries must make. This unique program takes students to another country during the summer to study energy and environmental technology and policy

September 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Ancient Diatoms Could Make Biofuels, Electronics, and Health Food

(Oregon State University)  Diatoms, tiny marine life forms that have been around since the dinosaurs, could finally make biofuel production from algae truly cost-effective – because they can simultaneously produce other valuable products such as semiconductors, biomedical products and even health foods. Engineers at Oregon State University concede that such

September 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Ohio Project Receives $4 Million for Algae Research

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jon Strunk reports that over the last two months, University of Toledo (UT) researchers have won $4 million in nationally competitive awards from the federal government to explore ways society can benefit from algae’s hunger for phosphorus-rich wastewater, such as that which grows on the shores of

September 14, 2012 Read Full Article

Researchers Win Grant to Assess Impact of Bioenergy Projects

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A team of researchers will spend the next five years assessing the social, economic and ecological impacts of bioenergy projects happening in Michigan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Led by Michigan Tech University Professor Kathy Halvorsen, the team consists of 33 researchers who will “take

September 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions. During the next four years, teams of researchers will pursue transformative, fundamental research in three emerging areas:

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Michigan Tech Leads International Study of Social, Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production

by Jennifer Donovan  (Michigan Tech News)  Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment?  What policies need to be put in place to help that happen? Nearly three dozen researchers from four countries—including 15 from Michigan Tech—will spend the next 5

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Soybean Quality, Yield Susceptible to Manmade Materials in Soil

(National Science Foundation/Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers contend that manufactured nanomaterials—now popular in consumer products such as shampoos, gels, hair dyes and sunscreens—may be detrimental to the quality and yield of crops, as reported in a paper in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) are man-made

August 26, 2012 Read Full Article

University of Arkansas at Monticello Scientists Receive National Science Foundation Grant; Research May Impact Biofuels Industry

(My Monticello News)  The study of microscopic algae may seem to have little practical application to those unfamiliar with the science, but a current project being conducted by two University of Arkansas at Monticello scientists could have a far-reaching impact on both the biofuels and nutritional supplements industry. Dr. Karen

August 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Professor Wins Bioenergy Grant, Fuels Change

by Nathan Simone (The Auburn Plainsman)  Sushil Adhikari, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, recently received a $335,748 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct bioenergy research, specifically Adhikari’s speciality, the conversion of biomass into biofuels and products, for three summers. Adhikari intends to set up a program titled Research

July 31, 2012 Read Full Article

Designing Microbes that Make Energy-Dense Biofuels without Sugar

(R&D Magazine)  With metabolically engineered microorganisms hungry for levulinic acid rather than sugar, a University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) chemical and biological engineer aims to create more sustainable, cost-effective processes for converting biomass into high-energy-density hydrocarbon fuels. …Brian Pfleger, a UW-Madison assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, is among an

July 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Protabit Wins Award to Advance Biofuels Research

(The Bioenergy Site)  US-based Protabit, an off-shoot from the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research grant (phase one) for engineering cellulose enzymes. The computational protein software platform designers will use the award from the National Science Foundation to engineer cellulose enzymes, which are used

July 17, 2012 Read Full Article

New NSF Research Grants for Bioenergy, Renewable Fuels and Energy, Bio-Based Chemicals and Renewable Chemical Process Technology

(Biofuels Digest)  In Virginia, the NSF is calling for proposals for biological and chemical technologies, with a deadline of June 19, 2012.  The proposals must deal with the potential for commercialization of the innovation and how it would lead ultimately to revenue generation. It is important that the proposed technology increase

April 10, 2012 Read Full Article

Plant toughness: Key to Cracking Biofuels?

(EurekAlert/Stanford University)  Along with photosynthesis, the plant cell wall is one of the features that most set plants apart from animals. A structural molecule called cellulose is necessary for the manufacture of these walls. Cellulose is synthesized in a semi-crystalline state that is essential for its function in the cell

February 23, 2012 Read Full Article

National Science Foundation, Japan Science and Technology Agency Issue New Joint Awards To Reduce Pesticide Pollution And Promote Biofuel

(Red Orbit)  The carbon footprint of humans will be reduced by four awards for plant and microbial research issued under a new joint U.S./Japanese program Four joint United States and Japanese research teams have been awarded funding totaling about $12 million (about Yen 960 million) to develop new environmentally-friendly techniques

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Iowa State University Scientists Part of US-Japan Team Set to Research Gene Chemistry to Enhance Biofuel, Biochemical Technology

(PressZoom/Iowa State University)   An Iowa State University research team is collaborating with scientists at the Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation and also with scientists in Japan to develop an international partnership to help make strides in the technologies needed towards a low-carbon society. The research will look at the chemistry

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) Grant Opportunity Solicitation Information Published Application Deadline February 1, 2012

(National Science Foundation)  A sustainable world is one in which human needs are met equitably without harm to the environment, and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  Growing evidence for the role of energy use in global change and awareness of limitations in our energy

November 9, 2011 Read Full Article

South Florida Community College Seeks Grants to Start Bioenergy Program

by Marc Valero (Highlands Today)  With ethanol production poised to bring jobs and a major economic impact to Highlands County, South Florida Community College is partnering with biofuels companies to create a bioenergy education program. SFCC hopes to secure grant funding to create an educational program that will prepare individuals to

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Salk Institute Researchers Have Built Artificially Enhanced Bacteria Capable of Producing New Kinds of Synthetic Chemicals

(Salk Institute)  Bionic bacteria may help fight disease and global warming A strain of genetically enhanced bacteria developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may pave the way for new synthetic drugs and new ways of manufacturing medicines and biofuels, according to a paper published September 18

September 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Iowa Receives $20 Million for Renewable Energy Research

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Iowa’s research community has been awarded $20 million through the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research with the goal of establishing the state as a leader in renewable energy technology and production. The program directs funds toward states that have not

September 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Trillium Awarded SBIR Grant from National Science Foundation

(Trillium FiberFuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Trillium FiberFuels Inc. has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant to further its work in developing innovative technologies for creating fuel-grade ethanol from straw and other biomass.  This latest award to Trillium from the National Science Foundation supports additional development of a unique enzyme

September 6, 2011 Read Full Article

NextCAT Gets NSF Award to Help Commercialize Catalyst Technology

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Detroit-based startup biodiesel technology developer NextCAT Inc. has received $498,830 in funding from a National Science Foundation Phase II Small Business Innovation Research award. The funding will help commercialize alternative biodiesel catalyst technology, developed at the National Biofuels Energy Laboratory at Wayne State University, for

August 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Testing the Water for Bioenergy Crops

by Liz Ahlberg (University of Illinois)   Many energy researchers and environmental advocates are excited about the prospect of gaining more efficient large-scale biofuel production by using large grasses like miscanthus or switchgrass rather than corn. They have investigated yields, land use, economics and more, but one key factor of

August 30, 2011 Read Full Article

Dodge City High School Teacher Gets Fired up about Research

by Mark Reagan (Dodge City Globe)  Dodge City High School biology teacher Shannon Ralph said she’ll never look at algae like she used to. Ralph spent six weeks this summer in Lawrence attending the Research Experience for Teachers and Shaping Inquiry from Feedlot to Tailpipe Grant (RET Shift) on the

August 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Program Gives Teens a Jump on Science

by Justin B. Phillips (Contra Costa Times)  Deep within the Joint BioEnergy Institute, eight researchers are hard at work trying to find solutions to the growing global energy crisis. The team diligently researches renewable, carbon-neutral alternatives to fossil fuels in the hopes of finding a resource abundant enough to meet

August 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Scientists Aim to Improve Photosynthesis to Increase Food and Fuel Production

(University of Glasgow)   Scientists from the University of Glasgow are working with international colleagues on a £5.4m collaboration to improve the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process whereby biological systems convert sunlight into food and the source of all the fossil fuels we burn today. Glasgow scientists Professor Lee

April 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Saint Michael’s Receives $766,000 NSF Grant as Part of Plant Genome Project

(VermontBiz.com)  Saint Michael’s College biologist Dr Mark Lubkowitz and his students join a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Florida, Purdue University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln, on a five-year project to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn. Saint Michael’s and the

March 24, 2011 Read Full Article

A Research Roadmap for Making Lignocellulosic Biofuels A Practical Reality: Breaking the Chemical and Engineering Barriers to Lignocellulosic Biofuels: Next Generation Hydrocarbon Biorefineries

Based on the June 25-26, 2007 Workshop in Washington, DC, with Dr. George Hubner, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, Workshop Chair View the PDF

June 26, 2007 Read Full Article

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