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Ethanol from copy paper

It isn’t particularly fast, and there is no detail on the yeild, but Japanese researchers have developed an enzyme-based route to producing ethanol from shredded copy paper. There is no information about whether the ink on the paper makes any difference to the quality of the fuel. p> Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Direct ethanol fuel cells

Japanese researchers say they have gone some way to overcomnig the difficulties in using ethanol as a fuel cell material. Thanks to Hugh Baker

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1m Euro grant for catalyst route to biofuels

The University of Amsterdam and companies  Solarix and Yellow Diesel have won a grant worth Euro 1m to develop and produce biofuels more efficiently using hetrogeneous catalysis, under Prof Gadi Rothenberg according to SenterNovem. 

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Syngenta and Proteus in biofuel joint venture

I notice that Syngenta and Proteus have formed a joint venture to create enzymes to help make second generation biofuels. This is not Syngenta’s first jv in this area. It would be intetresting to know how the different techologies complement each other.

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Coconuts for biofuels

Researchers at Baylor University, Texas have been working with academics from Papua New Guinea to make  biofuel from coconut oil. The technology looks to centre around a device which separates coconut milk from the oil as it crushes individual coconuts and is part of Baylor’s Appropriate Technology program. It is being spearheaded in Papua New […]

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Bacteria can make branched longer chain alcohols

Nature reports that researchers have genetically modified bacteria to produce waste products that are high in branched long-chain alcohols. These have higher octane numbers than conventional ethanol and find it harder to absorb water than shorter chain alcohols. The work was done by Professor James C. Liao, UCLA Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His […]

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Fungus joins biofuel armoury

There’s some excitement about a newly discovered fungus that makes chemicals similar to biofuels from cellulose. (Thanks David). It looks legit, because a couple of my colleagues sent me this link (thanks Clay and Doris). This isn’t the first time fungus has been suggested. But, the more the merrier. It would be interesting to see […]

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Biofuels offer considerable scope for catalysts

The Catalyst Group says that biofuels offer considerable scope for catalysts, which could help improve yields and reduce reaction times. It’s not on the Catalyst Group’s website yet… so here’s what they said in an email… The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR) has identified a number of attractive avenues worthy of further consideration.  Developed for members […]

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Fischer-Tropsch online resource

I’ve just come across a resource on line for people who are interested in gas to liquids technology developed by Fischer and Tropsch . You might like it if you’re into pyrolysis as a first step to produce gas from biomass.

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DSM starts DOE funded biofuels project

DSM an international chemicals company based in the Netherlands says it is launching a project funded by the DOE into biofuels through a “multimillion dollar cooperative funding agreement with the US Department of Energy to underwrite a portion of research and development costs aimed at enabling “second generation” biofuels from non-food feedstocks.This has to be […]

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