The US Department of Energy (DoE) said on June 1 that it would provide US$ 59 million to accelerate the production of biofuels for hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as aviation, marine and rail.
The war in Ukraine has reignited the “food vs fuel” argument surrounding crop-based biofuels, with Germany’s environment ministry, led by its minister Steffi Lemke working on a proposal to phase out the use of biofuels produced from food and feed crops by 2030.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied 36 petitions from small oil refiners seeking exemptions to the nation’s biofuel blending laws for the 2018 compliance year but will provide 31 of those refineries with another avenue to seek relief, the agency announced on 7th April.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed an electrocatalytic oxidation fuel recovery system capable of converting waste from sewage, food crops, algae and other renewable carbon sources into valuable chemicals while simultaneously generating useful hydrogen.
South African Sugar Association (SASA) is in talks with the government over a potential subsidy that could see it convert more than a third of its annual sugar output into biofuel, reported Bloomberg
USA – DOE awards US$64.7 million for biofuels research to decarbonize aviation and shipping sectors [Full subscriber]
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on 9th September US$64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels.
Argentina’s senate approved controversial biofuels legislation that would slash blending requirements for biodiesel and ethanol.
Brewer’s spent grain (BSG) is the most abundant (85%) by-product generated from the beer-brewing process. Currently, BSG is predominantly used as cattle feed or buried in landfills, leading to substantial resource losses. Researchers at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) have developed a novel process to extract the protein (14 ~ 30%) and fibre (~70%) contents from BSG and use it to create new types of protein sources, biofuels and more.
Decrypting the mechanism of a key photoenzyme opens up new avenue for biofuels and chemicals production [Full subscriber]
Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, enzymes – proteins that catalyze biochemical reactions – are rarely driven by light. Scientists have identified only three types of natural photoenzymes so far. The newest one, discovered in 2017, is fatty acid photodecarboxylase (FAP). Derived from microscopic algae, it uses blue light to catalyze the conversion of fatty acids, found in fats and oils, into alkanes and alkenes.