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2013-10-08 11:51:29

Scientists report in Nature Communications that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted byproduct of the process of converting plant leaves, stems and other tissues into biofuels. The innovation increases ethanol yield from lignocellulosic sources by about 10 percent. Lignocellulose is the fibrous material that makes up the structural tissues of plants. It is one of the most abundant raw materials on the planet and, because it is rich in carbon it is an...

2013-10-02 23:27:07

Company Takes New Step Toward Increasing Its Impact on Industry Vonore, Tenn. (PRWEB) October 02, 2013 Genera Energy Inc., an award-winning biomass feedstock supply chain enterprise, has realigned some of its key management as its commercial business continues to grow. Sam Jackson, Ph.D., has moved into the role of vice president of business development. Dr. Jackson was one of the founders of Genera, leading Genera’s biomass feedstock production and supply chain programs. Since March...

2013-10-02 10:58:48

If we're to meet a goal set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Renewable Fuels Standard to use 36 billion gallons per year of biofuels—mostly ethanol—the nation must expand its infrastructure for transporting and storing ethanol. Currently, ethanol is transported via trucks, trains, and barges. For the large volumes required in the future, transportation by pipeline is considered to be the most efficient method to get it to customers. The integrity and safety of pipelines...

2013-09-24 10:55:05

Is there any connection between wine and biodiesel? The answer is yes, however surprising it may seem. Acetals are chemical compounds found in many wines, like port, for example, which give it a unique, sweet smell. However if acetals are blended with biodiesel, they improve its properties. The SUPREN research group of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Environment of the Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao (UPV/EHU) is working on a project that is seeking to encourage the use of...

Future Biofuels May Rely On Panda Poop Microbes
2013-09-11 08:00:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two years ago, redOrbit reported that scientists were researching the possibility of using panda poop to make biofuels. “Who would have guessed that ‘panda poop’ might help solve one of the major hurdles to producing biofuels, which is optimizing the breakdown of the raw plant materials used to make the fuels?” Ashli Brown, PhD, said at the time. “We hope our research will help expand the use of biofuels in the future and...

Coffee Grounds Could Be A Promising Energy Resource For The Future
2013-09-10 05:05:14

[ Watch the Video: Biodiesel From Used Coffee Grounds ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A large percentage of people turn to coffee for energy to start their day, but new research suggests that the caffeinated beverage could also serve as fuel to power automobiles and appliances. Yang Liu of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and colleagues report that an ingredient in old coffee grounds could be converted into...


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