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Hydrogenating biomass to biofuel

Hydrogenating biomass could viably produce biofuel researchers at Purdue University say, according to Science Daily. The researchers say that adding hydrogen during the gasification phase (sounds to me like they’re heating biomass up in air and seeing what comes off) changes the composition of the the gasses produced making them more interesting for fuel. Possibly […]

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BP donates $500m on biofuels in the US

Oil giant BP has just donated $500m in research funds for UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Illinois to develop new sources of energy — primarily biotechnology to produce biofuel crops, according to California Progress Report.

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Will the US start state funded algae research again?

Will the US start state funded algae research again, its more than possible, says one person active in the past. But Eric Jarvis, an NREL scientist, quoted in Gregoire’s CleanTech Blog says that enough has changed that NREL researchers expect to restart the program within the next six months to a year. When the program was […]

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Ethanol: good or bad? Some views from Berkeley

The Berkeleyan, has, I notice, an article on the pros and cons of ethanol as a fuel… Is it a useful alternative while other technologies ramp up? Or do its costs already exceed its potential payoff? In this welter weight contest we have: in the red corner, Dan Kammen, The Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor […]

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GM yeast for greater yields

MIT scientists have engineered yeast that can improve the speed and efficiency of ethanol production, a key component to making biofuels a significant part of the U.S. energy supply.

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Biofuel without the bio (nearly)

I came across this on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory website about biofuel cells that don’t really need much in the way of bio… It seems that some bacteria rely on proteins to distribute electricity on their surfaces as a way of dealing with excess energy they produce during metabolism. Now, scientists for the first […]

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Micro biodiesel reactor

Results of a project at Oregon University to make a micro-reactor for biodiesel. The work was partly sponsored by the US National Biodiesel Board .

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