Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory biofuel scientists used an oddball molecule made by bacteria to develop a new class of sustainable biofuels powerful enough to launch rockets. The candidate molecules have greater projected energy density than any petroleum product, including the leading aviation and rocket fuels, JetA and RP-1. Converting petroleum into fuels involves mostly […]

Michigan State University researchers have developed a chemical method that enables electricity and water to break the strong chemical bonds in biomass or plant matter. The “electrocatalytic” process could be applied to lignin, a carbon-rich biomass component that is usually discarded or simply burned as a byproduct of making paper. The new tool also has […]

Radboud University Nijmegen microbiologists have demonstrated that it is possible to make methane-consuming bacteria generate power in the lab. The study has been published in Frontiers in Microbiology. The press release suggests it should be possible to use bacteria to clean the environment of methane while generating power. The bacteria, Candidatus Methanoperedens, uses methane to […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists hope to optimize fixing carbon with an enzyme from soil microbes for producing fuels, antibiotics and other products from CO2. When it comes to fixing carbon, plants have nothing on soil bacteria that can do it 20 times faster. The secret is an enzyme that ‘juggles’ reaction ingredients. The […]

University of Cambridge researchers have developed an efficient concept to recycle carbon dioxide into clean, sustainable fuels, without any unwanted by-products or waste. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, have previously shown that biological catalysts, or enzymes, can produce fuels cleanly using renewable energy sources, but at low efficiency Their latest research has improved […]

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