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Latest Second generation biofuels Stories

2010-06-22 15:33:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobalt Technologies, the leader in commercializing biobutanol as a renewable chemical and fuel, today announced it was named to the Biofuels Digest "30 Most Transformative Technologies of 2010" and ranked first in the competitive biobutanol category. More than 48,000 votes were cast during a three-week online voting process. "There is a growing recognition of the value of biobutanol as a renewable chemical and fuel and our technology has the...

2010-03-29 07:02:38

Engineering yeast to transform sugars more efficiently into alcohols could be an economically and environmentally sound way to replace fossil fuels, say scientists presenting at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh on Sunday. Dr Christian Weber and Professor Eckhard Boles from Frankfurt University, Germany, have worked out how to modify yeast cells so that they successfully convert a wider range of sugars from plant waste such as wheat and rice straw into...

2010-03-15 03:00:00

AMSTERDAM, March 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Bio Base Europe is making progress in the development of sustainable biofuels. The recent first crop of genetically modified poplars of the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) will be modified into bioethanol in a Flemish-Dutch pilot installation. Bio Base Europe, a joint initiative of Biopark Terneuzen and Ghent Bio-Energy Valley, is a successful collaboration between The Netherlands and Flanders. Bio Base Europe is taking the lead in...

2009-12-04 19:02:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Logos Technologies, Inc. and EdeniQ, Inc. announced today that they have been awarded a $20.4 million grant to modify and operate a pilot-scale bio-refinery plant to produce low-cost ethanol bio-fuel from cellulosic feedstock, such as corn stover and switch grass. Logos will manage the project, and EdeniQ will be responsible for the modification and operation of their existing refinery site in Visalia, CA. The project team also includes Novozymes...

2009-10-22 10:01:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ - Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem, a leading waste-to-biofuels and green chemicals technology company, speaks today at the Platts 4th Annual Cellulosic Ethanol and 2nd Generation Biofuels Conference. The US government has mandated the production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels by 2022, with 21 billion of these gallons required to qualify as advanced and cellulosic biofuels. These second generation biofuels are made from...

2009-10-05 03:39:00

LONDON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The utilisation of second-generation bio feedstock, such as agricultural residue, forest residue and black liquor, is currently limited to power generation in combined heat and power (CHP) plants or regeneration units. Second-generation bio feedstock has been extensively researched in order to produce liquid fuels for transportation. Over time, technological advances are poised to make second-generation biofuels commercially viable. (Logo:...

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2009-09-16 10:24:52

Scientists in Pennsylvania report that boosting production of crops used to make biofuels could make a difficult task to shrink a vast, oxygen-depleted "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico more difficult. The zone, which reached the size of Massachusetts in 2008, forms in summer and threatens marine life and jobs in the region. Their study is scheduled for the Oct. 1 issue of ACS' semi-monthly journal Environmental Science & Technology. Christine Costello and W. Michael Griffin and...

2009-07-16 14:42:46

"Done right," biofuels can be produced in large quantities and have multiple benefits, but only if they come from feedstocks produced with low life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, as well as minimal competition with food production. This consensus emerges in a new journal article by researchers from the University of Minnesota, Princeton, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley. "The world needs to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, but recent findings have thrown the emerging...

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2009-07-11 07:19:18

They've been dubbed "grassoline" - second generation biofuels made from inedible plant material, including fast-growing weeds, agricultural waste, sawdust, etc. - and numerous scientific studies have shown them to be prime candidates for replacing gasoline to meet our transportation needs. However, before we can begin to roll down the highways on sustainable, carbon-neutral grassoline, numerous barriers must be overcome, starting with finding ways to break lignocellulosic biomass down into...

2009-04-23 13:55:48

U.S. scientists say they've determined what makes the cell walls of some inedible plants so tough -- a finding that might lead to better biomass processing. The researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory said they have identified potential weaknesses among sheets of cellulose molecules comprising lignocellulosic biomass-- a material that might be an abundant source of sugar that can be used to produce methanol or butanol. They say that insight ultimately could lead to a cost-effective...