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PNNL Growing Algae for Biofuels for Cars, Planes

January 28, 2020

Algae is often seen as a yucky muck, but it may soon join crop waste and cooking oils…
How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

January 14, 2020

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol…
Neutrons optimize high efficiency catalyst for greener approach to biofuel synthesis

December 17, 2019

Researchers led by the University of Manchester have designed a catalyst that converts biomass into fuel sources with…
A pilot reactor, developed by Vertimass and located at TechnipFMC, can scale up the process that converts ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications. Credit: TechnipFMC.
New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process

November 26, 2019

A technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass…
How to make better biofuels? Convince yeast it’s not starving

November 14, 2019

Yeast already helps make bread and beer and cranks out the biofuel ethanol, but scientists believe it can…
Biofuel producers make significant gains in efficiency, productivity and conservation, Argonne survey shows

November 11, 2019

Survey results showed that the biofuel industry has made marked efforts to conserve resources, diversify product portfolio, recycle…
DISCOVRing Algal Strains for Sustainable Biofuels

November 6, 2019

Consortium finds strain that has potential to contribute to productivity targets for open ponds. A consortium made up…
‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

October 22, 2019

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’…
Researchers create new catalyst that can turn carbon dioxide into fuels

October 22, 2019

Imagine grabbing carbon dioxide from car exhaust pipes and other sources and turning this main greenhouse gas into…
SEAT will participate in an ambitious biomethane testing project

October 17, 2019

Humans are filthy animals. We produce an incredible amount of trash, which fills up landfills, where it rots…
Weighing the environmental impacts of a byproduct of biofuel combustion: plant skeletons

October 16, 2019

As a renewable resource, biomass presents an appealing alternative to fossil fuels for energy production. Burning plants, however,…
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New Report Boosts Development Options for Most Promising Biofuels

October 9, 2019

Assessment identifies top ten blendstocks for efficiency in turbocharged engines. Biofuels blended with gasoline are powering a widening…
ORNL develops method to customize microbes for better biofuel production

September 13, 2019

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes…
Betting on Waste

September 11, 2019

Most of the materials that maintain our modern lives — fuels, pharmaceuticals and other commodity chemicals — come…
Plant Research Could Benefit Wastewater Treatment, Biofuels and Antibiotics

September 6, 2019

Chinese and Rutgers scientists have discovered how aquatic plants cope with water pollution, a major ecological question that…
Designed2Scale

August 30, 2019

Algae-based feedstocks have shown tremendous potential in providing a safe, secure and locally available source of drop-in liquid…
The Uncertainties Around Algae for Biofuel

July 20, 2019

PNNL researchers develop new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics. Could algae one day replace crude oil…
A Bioengineer’s Guide to Design

July 5, 2019

A team of researchers at Caltech has developed a set of guidelines for designing biological circuits using tools…
Study of microbes essential to help solve climate change problems, say scientists

June 20, 2019

Microorganisms play critical role in climate change, both producing and consuming greenhouse gases, argues U of A biologist.…
Swiss Researchers Develop a Technique for making Carbon-Neutral Fuel from Sunlight and Air

June 18, 2019

Prompted by the need for carbon-neutral fuels, which are imperative for the sustainability of aviation and maritime transport,…
Turning the switch on biofuels

June 18, 2019

Plant cell walls contain a renewable, nearly limitless supply of sugar that can be used in the production…
These nano-bugs eat CO2 and make eco-friendly fuel

June 12, 2019

By using light-activated quantum dots to fire particular enzymes within microbial cells, the researchers were able to create…
Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels

May 29, 2019

Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through…
Plant enzyme catalysis discovery opens frontiers

May 21, 2019

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered a biochemical mechanism fundamental to plant life that could have far-reaching implications…
Methane-consuming bacteria could be the future of fuel

May 13, 2019

Known for their ability to remove methane from the environment and convert it into a usable fuel, methanotrophic…
Turning algae in fuel

March 14, 2019

Biofuel experts have long sought a more economically viable way to turn algae into biocrude oil to power…
Lab research helps uncover how beetle gut microbes serve as reactor for fuel production

March 12, 2019

When most people think of wood-eating insects, they imagine termites that can destroy a home or business. However,…
EIA expects stable U.S. biofuels production, consumption, and trade through 2020

March 5, 2019

In its February 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that several recent trends in U.S. biofuels markets will continue…
Congress retains most energy programs in 2018 Farm Bill through fiscal year 2023

February 28, 2019

On December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) was signed into law, continuing federal support…
Hear ye, hear ye: open call for algae

February 21, 2019

Sandia invites collaborators in quest for renewable fuels To make algae biofuels more competitive with petroleum, growers must…
Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

February 20, 2019

PNNL project to boost productivity, lower cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts Wanted: Algae industry partners and academic…
EPA finalizes Renewable Fuel Standard for 2019, reflecting cellulosic biofuel shortfalls

December 10, 2018

On November 30, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule for the 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)…
Potential New Way to Boost Biofuels and Bioproducts Production

November 28, 2018

Researchers gain understanding of central metabolism of bacteria and yeast species commonly used in biotechnology. Researchers at the…
Chemically-modified cotton fibers are the basis for electrodes used in a new biofuel cell powered by glucose. (Credit: Georgia Department of Economic Development)
Cotton-Based Hybrid Biofuel Cell Could Power Implantable Medical Devices

November 20, 2018

A glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fiber could someday help power implantable medical devices…
Renewable diesel is increasingly used to meet California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

November 19, 2018

Renewable diesel net supply to California’s fuel market has increased since the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program went…
Broad genome analysis shows yeasts evolving by subtraction

November 16, 2018

An unprecedented comparison of hundreds of species of yeasts has helped geneticists brew up an expansive picture of…
Purple Bacteria could be used as Batteries to Generate Clean Energy from Sewage

November 14, 2018

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Energy Research details a method for extracting clean energy…
Red-hued yeasts hold clues to producing better biofuels

October 13, 2018

A compound that has scientists seeing red may hold the key to engineering yeasts that produce better biofuels.…
Seasonality in Brazilian petroleum liquids production is driven by biofuels

September 24, 2018

Brazil’s ethanol output is seasonal and typically peaks during the fourth quarter (October–December) of each year. The peak…
The Sky’s the Limit Challenge

August 28, 2018

The aviation industry needs a fuel that will cut pollution and fight climate change. Can you supply it? We…
Researchers discover how to protect yeast from damage in biofuel production

August 16, 2018

Some chemicals used to speed up the breakdown of plants for production of biofuels like ethanol are poison…
Large outdoor study shows biodiversity improves stability of algal biofuel systems

June 20, 2018

A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as…
Critical plant gene takes unexpected detour that could boost biofuel yields

June 17, 2018

For decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital…
Engineered proteins could improve biomanufacturing production of medicines, fuels

June 7, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing…
Team achieves two-electron chemical reactions using light energy, gold

May 16, 2018

Scientists are one step closer to building a carbon-recycling system that can harvest solar energy to efficiently convert…
Biodiesels produced from certain feedstocks have distinct properties from petroleum diesel

May 7, 2018

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from various feedstocks, including refined vegetable oils, recycled cooking oils, and rendered…
New import duties drive biomass-based diesel imports down in 2017

May 4, 2018

U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, totaled 14.1 million barrels in 2017, a…
Renewable energy subsidies have declined as tax credits, other policies diminish

May 2, 2018

Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in…
U.S. exported a record amount of fuel ethanol in 2017

May 2, 2018

The United States exported nearly 1.4 billion gallons of fuel ethanol in 2017, surpassing the previous record of…
Stanford researchers find carbon capture a financial opportunity for U.S. biofuels

April 27, 2018

Although considered critical to avoiding catastrophic global warming, the feasibility of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and…
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