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 […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s professor James Dumesic has developed a new process that triples the fraction of biomass converted to high-value products to nearly 80 percent. The development also triples the expected rate of return for an investment in the technology from roughly 10 percent (for one end product) to 30 percent. Technologies for converting non-edible […]

UniVerve Ltd. (UniVerve), an Israeli company, has developed a scalable technology and production process combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from biomass. Their results show an ability to offer high quality feedstock for various industries at a highly competitive price. UniVerve has begun scaling-up its […]

University of East Anglia (UEA) researchers report finding five new strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs into ethanol, the well known alcohol biofuel. The team’s study paper, “Identification of Furfural Resistant Strains of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and Saccharomyces Paradoxus from a Collection of Environmental and Industrial Isolates” has […]

Researchers at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) report a new study that could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass. The A*STAR experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal new insights into the process by which ethanol produced from waste biomass can be converted into hydrogen in the presence […]

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