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Sugarcane Genetically Modified for High Biofuel Yield

Written by , on April 7, 2017

A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce more oil in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production. The modified sugarcane plants also produces more sugar, which could be used for ethanol production.  Read more »

Jet Fuel from Grass

Written by , on April 5, 2017

Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a process that produces jet fuel from grass.  Read more »

Turning Sewage into “Biocrude”

Written by , on November 10, 2016

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have produced a “biocrude” oil fom sewage waste. The biocrude can be further refined into liquid fuels similar to petroleum products.  Read more »

New Rice Strain Greatly Reduces Methane Emissions

Written by , on August 4, 2015

The US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed a genetically engineered strain of rice that not only produces almost no methane but also more grain.  Read more »

Fueling Vehicles with Hydrogen from Corn Waste

Written by , on April 8, 2015

Researchers have found a way to make hydrogen fuel by a biological method that uses cheap and abundantly available corn stover (the stalks, cobs and husks) and greatly reduces the time it takes to produce the fuel.  Read more »

Hydrogen from Wastewater

Written by , on February 25, 2015

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have reported that they have developed an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen in a wastewater treatment process. The system uses bacteria which consume the organic material and generate electricity which is used to produce hydrogen.   Read more »

New Process Triples Biogas Production from Waste

Written by , on November 5, 2014

Researchers in Spain have developed the new “BiogàsPlus” technology which increases the production of biogas by 200% with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.  Read more »

Cold-tolerant, Oil-Producing Sugarcane

Written by , on February 26, 2014

A team led by researchers at the University of Illinois is using recent advances in plant biotechnology to increase sugarcane's geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. The team introduced genes into the sugarcane that boost natural oil production in the plant's stems to about 1.5%.  […]  Read more »

Wood to Biofuel in Hours

Written by , on December 10, 2013

Until now, it has taken weeks to make biofuel from trees. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have now shortened the process to a few hours. In 2010, scientists at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences discovered a "super enzyne" which, in effect, shoots holes into the wood surface with the help […]  Read more »

Discovery Could Eliminate Need for Nitrogen Fertilisers

Written by , on July 26, 2013

Professor Edward Cocking, at the University of Nottingham, has developed a process which enables all crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than from environmentally damaging fertilisers. Nitrogen fixation is the process by which plants convert nitrogen is ammonia which is vital for plants to survive and grow.The vast majority of plants obtain their […]  Read more »