A Harvard University team from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have created a system that uses bacteria to convert solar energy into the liquid fuel isopropanol (rubbing alcohol or the red bottle of gasoline line deicer). The work integrates an “artificial leaf,” which […]

University of Minnesota researchers’ new study examining the financial viability of solar-heated biomass gasification technologies that produce a natural gas substitute product shows how combining these renewable resources can make economic sense. Now, even at historically low natural gas prices, bioenergy may not be out of the market mix. The current technology situation in traditional […]

A researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology has discovered a bacterium that can produce hydrogen. Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences at Missouri S&T, and her team discovered the bacterium Halanaerobium hydrogeninformans in Soap Lake, Washington. In her first single-author article, Mormile’s findings were featured in the Nov. 19 edition of Frontiers […]

A team at the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences in Japan has developed an efficient production of both ethanol biofuel and animal feed from one crop. Using rice, the predominate grass and starch crop in Japan, the work can be done on a farm without the need for an off-site processor. The research has been […]

Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have found an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in an algae species to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, a from the single algae. The algae is a common algae commercially grown to make fish food that […]

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