Uppsala University researchers have successfully produced microorganisms that can efficiently produce the alcohol butanol using carbon dioxide and solar energy. The researchers press release is optimistic that we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbon-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide and water. The researchers have published their study in the […]

BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have crashed through another barrier to commercially viable biofuels with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The group’s work builds on results from 2011 in which researchers reported on the first genetically engineered microbe to produce […]

Duncan Wass explained a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with the substantially better biofuel additive called butanol at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. In view of some experts regarding butanol as “the gasoline of the future” the report on this discovery holds […]

UC Berkeley scientists have rediscovered a long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel.  Berkeley chemists and chemical engineers joined skills to produce diesel fuel from the products of the abandoned bacterial fermentation discovered nearly 100 years ago by the first president of Israel, chemist […]

A new discovery at the University of Illinois should make the alternative fuel butanol more attractive to the biofuel industry.  Scientist Hao Feng has found a way to significantly reduce the cost of the energy involved and a way around a bottleneck that has frustrated producers in the past. Feng explains, “The first challenge in […]

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