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Potentially valuable hydrocarbon identified in the algae Botryococcus braunii for biofuels production [Registered]

Algae Botryococcus braunii believed to be the source of oil and coal deposits that has lived in the planet for over 500 million years was identified by researchers at University […]

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Heat-tolerant enzyme suitable for cellulosic biofuels production sourced from hot springs [Registered]

Industrial scale biofuels production requires microbes to operate at high temperature. Bioprospectors from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found a microbe […]

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Termites guts source of enzymes for the production of lignocellulosic biofuels [Registered]

Termites break down the wood they eat via the enzymes they secrete from their guts. Researchers at Purdue University, USA have discovered a cocktail of enzymes (cellulases) from the guts […]

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DuPont to build cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, USA [Registered]

Nevada will be the site of one of the few commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plants in the world, DuPont announced on 27th June. Feedstock will be crop residues from corn […]

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Discovery of lignin-degrading enzyme in bacteria could boost biofuel production [Registered]

To date, pretreatment technologies have mainly focussed on releasing sugars from cellulose and hemicellulose components of lignocellulosic feedstocks for biofuels production. The byproduct lignin has either been used as fuel […]

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US Senate vote against repealing ethanol tax credits [Registered]

The US senate beat back a challenge to dispense with $ 6 billion ethanol subsidies enjoyed by the corn ethanol industry. The unsuccessful amendment was led by the Republican senator […]

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US Department of Energy funds cellulosic ethanol and biochemicals projects [Registered]

The US Department of Energy is funding up to $36 million for six small-scale projects in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin, that are largely to with developing effective […]

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Gevo begins retrofitting an ethanol plant to produce commercial scale biobased isobutanol [Registered]

Gevo, Inc. announced on 31 May that it has begun the retrofit of its ethanol facility in Luverne, Minnesota, to produce biobased isobutanol. The retrofit, which is expected to be […]

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Bioengineered algae quadruples hydrogen production [Registered]

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel […]

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Brazil – Ethanol production and price volatility command attention [Registered]

In response to recent price volatility, Brazil’s government have been forced into action to provide necessary financing and other incentives to boost sugar cane ethanol production that has struggled recently. […]

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