Category: Bio Fuels

Oct 11

Biomass System

Energy Commission Approves Biomass System in Shasta County and Zero-Percent Loan for Solar System in Soledad Schools New energy standards approved for Lancaster SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission today approved a $1.5 million grant to demonstrate a containerized biomass-to-energy system in Shasta County as part of the state’s effort at creating economic drivers to support renewable energy that also …

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Jan 09

Biorefinery Research

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USDA Announces $2.9 Million Available for Biorefinery Research WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $2.9 million in funding for research to improve biorefinery technologies. The Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the …

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Oct 07

North American wood companies have the world largest ORC-based biomass power plants

West Fraser’s 2×13 MW biomass power plants operating commercially since beginning of 2015. Maine Wood Pellet’s 8 MW power unit to start up early in 2016 in the United States.   Brescia, October 7th, 2015 – Turboden, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), leader in Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power systems for distributed …

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Mar 24

Engineers Develop New Yeast Strain to Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings were published …

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Mar 10

Biomass Conversion and Solar Energy Conversion Combined

MADISON, Wis. — In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy. For decades, scientists have been working to harness the energy from sunlight to drive chemical reactions to …

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Feb 09

Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative

By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | February 9, 2015 BERKELEY —Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably-sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, because it is carbon-neutral: it produces as much carbon as the plants suck out of the atmosphere. A carbon dioxide injection well in …

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Dec 02

Off-Grid Solar and Biogas In Africa

AORA TO PROVIDE FIRST SOLAR-BIOGAS HYBRID POWER SOLUTION FOR OFF-GRID COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA   Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy Meets with AORA Solar Ahead of Deployment of its Tulip™ Technology   ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia & REHOVOT, Israel – AORA Solar (www.aora-solar.com), a leading developer of solar-biogas hybrid power technology, today announced it has met with the …

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Aug 05

Can Clean Energy Be Made From CO2?

What if we could take all that carbon dioxide that we have too much of and turn it into a clean energy source? Sound far-fetched? Well, it isn’t really. After all, plants do it every day. That is much of the rationale behind biofuels. Let the plants store the solar energy as sugars, starches, etc., …

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Apr 10

Biofuel Production Declines

New Worldwatch Institute analysis examines the trends in global biofuel production In 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output …

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Apr 01

Biofuel Alternative For High-Energy Rocket Fuel Produced From Engineered Bacteria

Image Caption: By placing colonies of E. coli engineered to produce pinene into test tubes containing glucose, researchers were able to determine which enzyme combinations produced the hydrocarbon most efficiently. Credit: Georgia Tech/Rob Felt John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium …

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Feb 03

NEW TECHNIQUE MAKES “BIOGASOLINE” FROM PLANT WASTE

Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes. “What’s exciting is that there are lots of processes to make linear hydrocarbons, but …

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Nov 06

Turning Beetle-Killed Trees into Biofuel

USDA Grant Aims to Convert Beetle-Killed Trees into Biofuel The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it has awarded nearly $10 million to an academic, industry, and government consortium led by Colorado State University to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for …

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Nov 04

Biofuels faster? Enzyme could unlock research

Crafting a better enzyme cocktail to turn plants into fuel faster Tapping fungus to unlock energy Scientists looking to create a potent blend of enzymes to transform materials like corn stalks and wood chips into fuels have developed a test that should turbocharge their efforts. The new research, published in October in the journal Molecular BioSystems, …

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Oct 22

Ethanol Industry Shows Resurgence in Profitability

Heightened Investment in Advanced Technologies and Co-Products The latest annual ethanol industry report, compiled by Christianson & Associates, PLLP (C&A), has been released. The Biofuels Benchmarking 2012-13 Annual Industry Report provides analysis of changes and trends for a broad cross-section of the ethanol industry over the most recent six calendar quarters (January 2012-June 2013). The information in …

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Aug 15

Energy Dept Invests $22 Million in Biofuels Projects

Hawaii Bioenergy and Sapphire Energy have each received $5 million investments from the Energy Department, part of some $22 million in new investments by the agency to help develop cost-competitive algae fuels and streamline the biomassfeedstock supply chain for advanced biofuels. The Energy Department has invested $16.5 million in four projects — Hawaii Bioenergy, Sapphire Energy, New …

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Mar 13

Biofuels Support Urged

Top governors proclaim ‘steadfast support’ for Renewable Fuels Standard Iowa Biodiesel Board says plea to Congress is a needed shot in the arm Thirty governors in the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition have issued a letter to all Members of Congress urging them to stay the course on the federal Renewable Fuels Standard. The Iowa Biodiesel Board …

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Nov 14

MILITARY BIOFUEL PROGRAMS POISED TO DRIVE MAJOR ECONOMIC, JOB GROWTH

Plans in Congress to kill military biofuel programs could also derail $10 billion+ in economic activity; creation of more than 14,000 jobs, study finds The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuel in planes, ships and other vehicles would generate at least about $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 14,000 jobs …

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May 16

UC Berkeley Scientists Converting Carbon In Tobacco Plants Into Biofuels

Scientists at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s FOLIUM Project, funded by ARPA-E, use light to convert the carbon in tobacco leaves into biofuels. This is a most interesting approach to converting carbon into useable energy again through the use of light and tobacco plants. And this energy should not cause you to have …

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May 04

Algae System For Biofuels – New Collaboration

OriginOil and Algasol Renewables to Develop an Integrated Algae Growth and Harvesting System Algasol, collaborating with NASA and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, will bundle its offering with OriginOil’s Algae Appliance(TM) OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), developer of breakthrough technology to convert algae into renewable crude oil, and Algasol Renewables, a technology company with a unique patented …

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Apr 11

Scientists Examine Increasing Fuel From Microbes

Biofuel researchers have developed a mechanism that may increase yields for products like diesel, ethanol and even medicines. Growing bacteria, algae and plants on large scales is challenging enough; getting them to do things they don’t normally do, like make fuel, is even harder. Scientists have to select and tweak molecular pathways to make cells …

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