Texas A&M University researchers have described their novel plant-based energy storage device that could charge even electric cars within a few minutes in the near future. Furthermore, they said their devices are flexible, lightweight and cost-effective. Dr. Hong Liang, the Oscar S. Wyatt Jr. Professor in the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology research now can show a new biofuel system that uses lignin found in biomass for the production of hydrogen. The novel technology has been developed for hydrogen production from the process, which involves electrons that are produced during the decomposition of biomass such as waste wood. The […]

Sweden’s University of Borås researchers are finding values and ways to obtain them from the problematic plant residue lignin. Lignin, a substance considered as a waste product in biomass and ethanol production, would then reach its proper value as bio-oil in new products. Lignin is a natural substance in biomass, but it is unwanted in […]

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 […]

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) team of scientists used the Titan supercomputer to model the interaction of lignin and hemicellulose of a plant cell wall. The team is working to further the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol. The team is concluding that hydrophobic, or water repelling lignin binds less with hydrophilic, or water attracting […]

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