Khanh-Quang Tran, an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Energy and Process Engineering turns 79% of kelp into bio-oil. Kelp, also known as seaweed, offers all of the advantages of a biofuel feedstock with the additional benefit of growing, not surprisingly, in the ocean. Tran conducted preliminary studies […]

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered an enzyme that digests cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading enzyme on the market. NREL researchers first discovered the enzyme in a microorganism found in the Valley of Geysers on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in 1990.  The team’s paper “Revealing Nature’s […]

Engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae.  The new design could bring algae to a more market ready status. The research results have been published in the journal Algal Research. A biofuels company, […]

University of Delaware (UD) researcher Kathryn Coyne is growing algae in her lab at UD’s Lewes campus that could help cut power plant emissions and serve as a base ingredient for biofuel. The microscopic algae Heterosigma akashiwo grows rapidly on a gas mixture that has the same carbon dioxide and nitric oxide content as emissions […]

Biology scientists at University of California San Diego genetically engineered marine algae to produce five different kinds of industrially important enzymes and say the same process they used could be employed to enhance the yield of petroleum-like compounds from these salt-water algae.  The team believes with good reason that marine algae can be just as […]

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