An Oregon State University led international research collaboration has taken an important step toward the commercially viable manufacture of biobutanol, an alcohol whose strong potential as a fuel for gasoline-powered engines could pave the path away from fossil fuels. The key breakthrough is the development of a new metal organic framework, or MOF, that can […]

Waseda University scientists of Japan have developed a new method to convert carbon dioxide to methane with an electric field at low temperatures. Compared to previous methods, this new method can produce any amount of methane whenever necessary. Methane, the main component of natural gas can be used to generate heat and electricity, so this […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Bonn now have shown cyanobacteria – colloquially called blue-green algae – can produce oil from water and carbon dioxide with the help of light. The result is unexpected. Until now, it was believed that this ability was limited to plants. Now its possible that blue-green algae will also become interesting as suppliers […]

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are taking biomass derived acetone – common nail polish remover – and use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons. Then they have a domestically generated product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel to power flight, while providing environmental benefits, creating domestic jobs, securing the nation’s global leadership […]

Bio Diesel leader Valero Energy Corp has been joined by other big oil firms Marathon Petroleum Corp., Phillips 66 and HollyFrontier in developing new projects designed to produce what’s been dubbed bio diesel or “renewable diesel,” a second-generation fuel made from animal fat that’s almost chemically identical to the petroleum form and offers the same […]

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