A team from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oklahoma investigated the full life cycle impact of one promising ‘second-generation biofuel’ produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and perennial grasses may provide a sustainable fuel resource. Over the years numerous studies have raised critical concerns […]

Researchers at the University of Twente, the Netherlands (UT), aim to build a self-regulating, mobile pilot plant for the pyrolysis of paper sludge. Paper sludge, the largest waste stream, is a nasty waste stream from paper factories made of organic molecules that are not useful and minerals. Gerrit Brem, professor in Energy Technology at the […]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists have found a way for recycled tires to see new life in lithium-ion batteries. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires, a team is developing a better anode for lithium-ion batteries. The team led by Parans Paranthaman and Amit Naskar is developing […]

Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered a fundamental chemical action that could allow cellulose to soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices.  The method discovered turns cellulose, the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees, into an important building block for supercapacitors. OSU chemists […]

North Carolina State University’s chemical and biomolecular engineer Dr. Phillip Westmoreland and doctoral student Vikram Seshadri looked at the molecular level when wood is rapidly heated to high temperatures in the absence of oxygen, a decomposition process known as pyrolysis. Much of the energy that can be extracted from wood exists in the cell wall […]

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