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Alumina nanoparticles increases the performance of biodiesel [Registered]

A study reported in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (March 2011, 3 (2)) shows that the addition of alumina nanoparticles can improve the performance and combustion of biodiesel, […]

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Hydrogen yields from organic waste can be improved by preventing CO2 fixation in photosynthetic bacteria [Registered]

Hydrogen gas is a promising alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Hydrogen can be oxidized in fuel cells to generate an electric current with water as the only waste product. While most […]

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Bioengineered E. coli produces high yields of n-butanol [Registered]

University of California, Berkeley chemists have engineered bacteria to churn out a gasoline-like biofuel at about 10 times the rate of competing microbes. The research led by Michelle C. Y. […]

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Monsanto invests in Sapphire Energy for its genetic research technology [Registered]

Monsanto made an equity investment (size undisclosed) in, and developed a partnership with, algae startup Sapphire Energy on 8th March ’11. Founded in 2007, Sapphire Energy uses synthetic biology to […]

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Added climatic benefit from perennial bioenergy crops [Registered]

A team of researchers from Arizona State University (ASU), Stanford University and Carnegie Institution for Science have found that converting large swaths of land to bioenergy crops could have a […]

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BP boosts Brazilian biofuels commitment [Registered]

BP has confirmed its commitment to biofuels by bidding for majority control of the Brazilian ethanol and sugar producer Companhia Nacional de Açúcar e Álcool (CNAA). When CNAA’s assets are […]

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Isobutanol production from cellulose [Registered]

Using consolidated bioprocessing, a team led by James Liao of the University of California have for the first time produced isobutanol directly from cellulose. The team’s work, published online in […]

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Conversion of proteins into biofuels [Registered]

Two types of feedstocks are currently used in the biorenewables sector. Biofuels like ethanol are derived from sugar-based feedstocks, while biodiesels are derived from lipid-rich vegetable oil. In a study […]

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Cellulosic biofuels – Enzyme cocktail could eliminate a step to remove toxic chemicals following pretreatment [Registered]

Conversion of cellulosic feedstock to fuel requires several steps: pretreatment (chemical usually) to break up the biomass – often dilute (sulfuric) acid, detoxification to remove the toxic chemicals, and microbial […]

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Supply of cellulosic biofuel feedstocks to meet 2030 target in the US will have to come at a price [Registered]

Arguably, one of the main stumbling blocks to the rapid expansion of the cellulosic biofuels sector is the access to and supply of feedstocks at competitive price. Advances in process […]

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