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 […]

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 […]

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to sugars up to 14 times faster and much cheaper than competing catalysts in today’s enzyme cocktails. This enzyme is called CelA, a cellulase from the bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. C. […]

A new catalytic process from Purdue is able to convert the biomass waste lignin into lucrative chemical products that can be used to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets or even in fragrances or flavorings. The Purdue team of researchers has developed a process that uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions […]

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