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 […]

McGill University researchers propose in their new study to use metal powders, produced using clean primary energy sources, to provide a more viable long-term replacement for petrochemical fuels than other widely discussed alternatives, such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries. The team led by McGill University professor Jeffrey Bergthorson, lead author of the new study, suggests […]

University of Nottingham School of Chemistry scientists have developed a recyclable system for converting carbon monoxide (CO) directly into more complicated organic molecules using depleted uranium.  This is a very large concept taking a bold step into making use of used uranium and making complex molecules – some are thinking it could be used to […]

Here you’ll learn how to be smart about energy and fuels, such that what makes it to stories, articles, media pieces and blog posts can be assessed.   It’s coming up on four years since those early posts on the fundamentals here were written and they’ve slowly gone away into the mists of search engine relevance.  […]

More Fuel From Less Oil

January 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

The UK’s University of Bradford researchers are proposing a method for increasing the yield of the middle distillates, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel at the refinery by applying catalytic hydrotreating (HDT) to raw crude oil. Current technology uses HDT on the fuels after they’re drawn from the crude by distillation, the process of heating […]

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