Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has explained the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives. ORNL’s Chaitanya Narula said, “Our method of direct conversion of ethanol offers a pathway to produce suitable hydrocarbon blend-stock that may be blended at a refinery to yield fuels such […]

Researchers are combining semiconducting nanowires and bacteria and can now produce liquid fuel. The Kavli Foundation has sponsored a roundtable discussion with three leading scientists that is a very useful read that’s available for everyone to read through. Organic plant based photosynthesis uses solar power to drive the ability of plants to transform sunlight, carbon […]

University of Pittsburgh (UP) researchers have computationally derived a metal-free catalyst that captures converts and recycles the carbon dioxide into formic acid. The new metal-free catalyst that does the molecular recombining without the use of expensive or extreme conditions. Turning carbon dioxide effluent into a more valuable chemical would reduce emissions while creating a revenue […]

University of Minnesota researchers’ new study examining the financial viability of solar-heated biomass gasification technologies that produce a natural gas substitute product shows how combining these renewable resources can make economic sense. Now, even at historically low natural gas prices, bioenergy may not be out of the market mix. The current technology situation in traditional […]

Scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas. Syngas can be a precursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products with the UIC work bringing the process closer to commercial viability. The team’s study was published in the journal Nature […]

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