Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists have developed a new streamlined process that could quickly pare down the stack of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel. The new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system. A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload […]






University of California, Irvine (UCI) molecular biologists have discovered an effective way to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO). They use a novel approach involving a key enzyme that helps regulate global nitrogen that can be adapted for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis or synfuels. Led by Yilin Hu, UCI assistant professor of […]






A Waseda University research group has developed a hydrogen-carrying polymer, which can be molded as a tangible, safe, and compact plastic sheet. The Tokyo research group’s newly developed a polymer can store hydrogen in a light, compact and flexible sheet, and is safe to touch even when filled with hydrogen gas. Although research and development […]






University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency that a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered “super yeast” could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels and bioproducts. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been the baker’s and brewer’s yeast of choice for centuries, but […]






University of Leiden physicists have directly observed the molecules produced in the synthetic fuel chemical production process. The new technique paves the way for designing more efficient catalysts. So far petroleum oil still serves as our primary source of fuel, even though a much cleaner alternative exists in the form of synthetic fuel. Synthetic fuel […]






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