Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers report success in using lignin as a path toward a drop-in 100% sustainable aviation fuel. Lignin makes up the rigid parts of the cell walls of plants. Other parts of plants are used for biofuels, but lignin has been largely overlooked because of the difficulties in breaking it down […]

A study led by researchers at the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) improves understanding of leaf functional relationships and provides valuable new information for scientists modeling the productivity of C4 bioenergy crops. The research team found that miscanthus and sorghum – both C4 plant species – occupy a distinct niche of the […]

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 […]

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