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 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 Michigan researchers have flown aircraft over an oil and gas field and pinpointed with unprecedented precision the sources of the natural gas or methane leaks in real time. The technique led to the detection and immediate repair of two leaks in natural gas pipelines in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. […]






Researchers at MIT and the Cambridge Massachusetts startup Novogy have developed a biofuel production process that gives producer microbes the upper hand against unwanted invaders, eliminating the need for expensive and potentially harmful sterilization methods. The new technique gives biofuel-producing microbes the upper hand against unwanted invaders. The development could reduce the cost and environmental […]






Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy of an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide to make the biofuel ethanol. Ludmilla Aristilde, assistant professor in biological and environmental engineering said, “Instead of having the waste go to waste, you make it into something you want. In order to make the microbes do our […]






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