Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown thinks his new fast pyrolysis of lignocelluslosic biomass has the potential to be the cheapest way to produce biofuels or biorenewable chemicals.  The competition is on – a post on sugar was up just two days ago on a private venture firm backed technology. Brown keeps a small vial [...]

From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory comes the announcement that researchers with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified a potential new advanced biofuel that could replace today’s standard fuel for diesel engines.  It would be clean, green, renewable and produced in the U.S. JBEI research team used synthetic biology tools [...]

Renmatix using only pressurized hot water turns wood, agricultural stover, grasses, other hemicellulose and cellulose rich crops and perhaps separated household and business waste into the sugars used to make vehicle fuels and other useful chemicals by treating the materials with compressed water heated to very high temperatures. The idea is to achieve the sugar [...]

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has discovered a new material that has 10 times the piezoelectric effect of crystals and ceramics making it suitable for perhaps hundreds of everyday uses.  A 10-fold increase is going to have impact. ORNL’s Volker Urban and colleagues at Technical University Aachen in Germany noticed the reverse piezoelectric effect [...]

A lawsuit in Pennsylvania has put the state’s natural gas production at risk.  Thousands of oil and gas properties in the Marcellus Shale thought to have the ownership of the underlying oil and gas and mineral rights solidly set have been put to doubt. Gas production in Pennsylvania increased to about 2.8 billion cubic feet [...]

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