Research presses on for better plant oils to make fuels.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has engineered E.Coli bacteria to produce significantly more of the compound methyl ketone from glucose. Methyl ketones are a class of chemical compounds we’re most familiar with in fragrance and flavoring products and might provide the […]

A research collaboration of Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and Mexico’s Instituto Politecnico Nacional have developed a one-step hydrotreatment process over catalysts containing Ni-Mo and solid acids that converts the tested vegetable oils jatropha, palm and canola to renewable diesel and propane (LPG) fuels. The research addresses some critical issues with […]

Today biodiesel is made by the batch, a naturally less efficient way for processes to run.  A continuous process would be less expensive to run, easier to manage and need less storage and product movement both in front and at the finished side. Continuous biodiesel production would get less expensive, more competitive and become more […]

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a branch of the Department of Energy, biodiesel “represents a significant energy resource and could someday supply 3 percent to 5 percent of the distillate fuel market.”  That assertion requires a lot more technology for getting from raw materials to fuel products. Brown University assistant professor of chemistry […]

One way to increase world bio oil production that would cause a low ecosystem impact is to use lipids from single-cell oil microorganisms (also called oleaginous microorganisms), which present many significant advantages over plants. Oleaginous microorganisms, such as yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and microalgae, can accumulate high levels of lipids and do not require arable land, […]

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