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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…
EZ Select attracts undesirables to benefit biomanufacturing

November 6, 2019

Argonne team creates a material that can be altered or ​“tuned” to work with different chemistries to manufacture…
New Core-Shell Catalyst for Ethanol Fuel Cells

June 11, 2019

Greatly boosts efficiency of ethanol electro-oxidation, offering promise for liquid-fuel-cell-powered drones Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s…
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…
ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for energy conversion applications

March 2, 2019

ReactWell, LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to…
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)…
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.…
PNNL and LanzaTech team to make new jet fuel

October 3, 2018

Carbon-rich pollution converted to a jet fuel will power a commercial flight for the first time today.  The…
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…
Six states account for more than 70% of U.S. fuel ethanol production

August 24, 2018

Six states accounted for 72% of U.S. fuel ethanol production in 2016, according to the most recent estimates…
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…
U.S. fuel ethanol production capacity continues to increase

August 3, 2018

Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached more than 16 billion gallons per year, or 1.06…
PNNL technology clears way for ethanol-derived jet fuel

June 12, 2018

ASTM International updates standard for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene based on fuel produced by PNNL partner LanzaTech ASTM…
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…
LLNL maps out deployment of carbon capture and sequestration for ethanol production

April 25, 2018

To better understand the near-term commercial potential for capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), researchers from Lawrence…
Toyota Reveals World-First Flexible Fuel Hybrid Prototype in Brazil

March 19, 2018

Sao Paulo, March 19, 2018―A prototype of the world’s first hybrid flexible-fuel vehicle (Hybrid FFV), debuted in an…
Stanford-led team discovers new cellulose that could have applications from energy to medicine

January 23, 2018

Produced by plants, algae and some bacteria, cellulose is an abundant molecule involved in the production of hundreds…
Research is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production

November 10, 2017

UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant…
Cutting the Cost of Ethanol, Other Biofuels and Gasoline

July 14, 2017

Biofuels like the ethanol in U.S. gasoline could get cheaper thanks to experts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and…
Renewable plastic precursor could grow cellulosic biofuel industry

April 7, 2017

A team of chemical and biological engineers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has found a way to produce…
Food scientist aiding fuel ethanol with new engineered bacteria

November 29, 2016

For James Steele, moving from the small fermenters where microbes make cheese, wine and beer to the multimillion-gallon…
Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

October 15, 2016

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have…
U.S. ethanol plant capacity increases for third consecutive year

August 11, 2016

Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States was nearly 15 billion gallons per year, or 973,000 barrels…
Nissan starts developing the world’s first bio-ethanol fuel-cell powertrain for cars

June 17, 2016

Automotive industry is striving to deliver the most environmentally friendly mean of transportation. It looks like a conventional…
Almost all U.S. gasoline is blended with 10% ethanol

May 6, 2016

Blends of petroleum-based gasoline with 10% ethanol, commonly referred to as E10, account for more than 95% of…
U.S. ethanol exports reach highest level since 2011

March 11, 2016

U.S. exports of fuel ethanol reached their highest level in four years in 2015, totaling 844 million gallons,…
A new recipe for biofuel: Genetic diversity can lead to more productive growth in switchgrass crops

February 24, 2016

Before farmers settled the Midwestern United States and planted crops, the extensive root systems of prairie grasses —…
One-Stop Shop for Biofuels

January 16, 2016

The falling price of gasoline at the pumps may warm the hearts of consumers but it chills the…
More efficient way of converting ethanol leads to better alternative fuel

December 8, 2015

Ethanol, which is produced from corn, is commonly-used as an additive in engine fuel as a way to…
Corn ethanol yields continue to improve

May 14, 2015

In 2014, U.S. fuel ethanol production reached 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol fuel, the highest level ever. The…
Ethanol Refining Emissions may be Underestimated

May 6, 2015

Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments…
U.S. ethanol exports in 2014 reach highest level since 2011

March 27, 2015

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, which EIA released in late February, U.S. exports of…
Study: Easing ethanol mandate could have cut corn prices during drought

March 10, 2015

By relaxing a federal ethanol mandate, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could have counteracted the impact of the…
Increasing ethanol use has reduced the average energy content of retail motor gasoline in U.S.

October 28, 2014

EIA has adjusted its estimates of the energy content of retail motor gasoline in the Monthly Energy Review…
Studies Steadily Advance Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects

October 15, 2014

The potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow,…
Thermotolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol

October 3, 2014

With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers demonstrate this in…
Project LIBERTY Biorefinery Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production

September 4, 2014

Project LIBERTY, the U.S. first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock, announced the start…
Ethanol fireplaces: the underestimated risk

September 2, 2014

Ethanol fireplaces are becoming more and more popular. However, they are not only highly combustible – in the…
Cagey Material Acts as Alcohol Factory

July 31, 2014

Some chemical conversions are harder than others. Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid alcohol has so…
Microbes engineered for the direct conversion of biomass to ethanol fuel

June 3, 2014

Janet Westpheling, a professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Genetics. Credit: Alan Flurry/UGA…
Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

April 10, 2014

Stanford scientists have created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at…
Plant-derived chemical converts to cellulosic ethanol and drop-in biofuels

February 21, 2014

Using a plant-derived chemical, UW-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s…
Ethanol blends carry hidden risk

December 17, 2013

Blending more ethanol into fuel to cut air pollution from vehicles carries a hidden risk that toxic or…
Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the right amount of ethanol

December 11, 2013

This image shows a 0.1 x 0.03 inch (2.5 x 0.8 mm) small Drosophila melanogaster fly. Image: Wikimedia…
Next generation of biofuels is still years away

November 14, 2013

In this Oct. 30, 2007, file photo, a dump wagon adds freshly gathered corn cobs to a pile…
Mixed fuels, mixed messages: the motivations for ethanol expansion

October 15, 2013

In the lead up to the federal election, Queensland (Australia) mining magnate Clive Palmer called for an increase in the…
Study: Ethanol not a major factor in reducing gas prices

October 10, 2013

If you have stopped at a gas station recently, there is a good chance your auto has consumed…
Team uses cellulosic biofuels byproduct to increase ethanol yield

October 9, 2013

Scientists report in Nature Communications that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted byproduct of the…
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