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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…

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…
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