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March 05, 2015
Step change for screening could boost biofuels
Norwich, UK (SPX) Mar 04, 2015
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The new technique could also be a boon in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals from plant-based wastes, reducing our reliance on petrochemicals. Yeasts are a key step in producing biofuels, fermenting sugars into ethanol. First generation biofuels used sugars, starch and oils derived from plants grown for that purpose. The ... read more
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Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reduci ... more

New catalyst to create chemical building blocks from biomass
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of ... more

Electricity from biomass could make western US carbon-negative
Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably-sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, because it is carbon-neutral: it pro ... more
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Second Generation Biofuels Market is Expected to Reach $23.9 Billion
According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, "Global Second Generation Biofuels - Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 - 2020", the global second ... more


Understanding air pollution from biomass burners used for heating
As many places in the U.S. and Europe increasingly turn to biomass rather than fossil fuels for power and heat, scientists are focusing on what this trend might mean for air quality - and people's h ... more
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Biologists partner bacterium with nitrogen gas to make cleaner bioethanol
Indiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place ... more

Renewable energy drives production of southern wood pellets for bioenergy
A recently released study led by U.S. Forest Service scientists and published by the Forest Service's Southern Research Station (SRS) finds that policies in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere req ... more
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Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and pet ... more

Study yields surprising insights into the effects of wood fuel burning
The harvesting of wood to meet the heating and cooking demands for billions of people worldwide has less of an impact on global forest loss and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than previously believe ... more
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Plant genetic advance could lead to more efficient conversion of plant biomass to biofuels
Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control c ... more

EPA wants cleaner wood-burning fires, new rules expected by February
Wood fires still help keep many Americans warm during the winter. But if indoor wood fire burning - whether open hearth or wood stoves - aren't built or set up properly, they can negatively affect air quality and lead to health risks. ... more

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Guelph Researchers Recipe: Cook Farm Waste into Energy
It takes some cooking, but turning farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. Guelph researchers are st ... more

Central America's new coffee buzz: renewable energy
That morning cup of coffee gives many of us a needed boost, but Central American coffee farmers have found a new source of energy in their beans: turning agricultural wastewater into biogas. ... more
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