A University of New South Wales (UNSW) study found biochar can boost crop yields in poor soils and help stop the effects of climate change. That follows an international review involving UNSW that found a product made from urban, agriculture and forestry waste has the added benefit of reducing the carbon footprint of modern farming. […]

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 […]

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