Researchers from ETH Zürich and Paul Scherrer Institute have found how methanol, produced from carbon dioxide recycled from the air, can be used to make carbon neutral fuels. To do this, the mechanism by which methanol is turned into liquid hydrocarbons must be better understood so that the catalytic process can be optimized. The researchers […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology researchers have succeeded in cultivating a ‘miracle microbe’ in the laboratory enabling them to describe exactly how the microbe achieves the oil to methane gas transformation. They also discovered that it prefers to eat rather bulky chunks of food. Microorganisms can convert oil into natural gas, i.e. methane. […]

University of Georgia scientist Puneet Dwivedi’s research replaces petroleum-based aviation fuel with sustainable aviation fuel derived from a type of mustard plant. The study shows the plant oil can reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%. Dwivedi led a team that estimated the break-even price and life cycle carbon emissions of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) […]

Nanyang Technological University’s study showed how encasing algae protein in liquid droplets can dramatically enhance the algae’s light-harvesting and energy-conversion properties by up to three times. The variety of humble algae that cover the surface of ponds and seas could hold the key to boosting the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis, allowing scientists to produce more […]

Engineers at Lancaster University have led research that discovered a way to generate renewable biofuel additives, using radiation that could be derived from nuclear waste. The renewable proportion of petroleum fuels is set to increase to 20 percent over the coming years, meaning the discovery of a new production pathway for such additives/biofuels could help […]

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