Ames Laboratory researchers in a collaboration of National Laboratory researchers want to create energy conversion technologies designed to mine the carbon out of waste processes. The new concept was born of the Big Ideas Summit, held by the Department of Energy and its National Laboratories in 2015. The effort, being co-led by Ames Laboratory and […]






Its been a long time since we’ve seen any news in the algae field. University of Florida (UF) researchers may have found a protein key to converting algae to fuel. The UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) researchers must starve the algae of nitrogen to draw lipids out of algae. Among the hundreds […]






University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have announced the design of a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant bottleneck in the biofuels pipeline – namely, that the powerful solvents so […]






Researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are looking beyond the usual suspected bugs in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. A new comparative study finds the natural abilities of unconventional bacteria could help boost the efficiency of […]






Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. The discovery shines new light on the complex metabolic network for carbon utilization in […]






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