New research may have found a way to develop better biofuel

Researchers have created a new “nano-reactor” that could catalyze hydrogen production. According to a new study published in the scientific journal, Nature Chemistry, researchers have managed to develop a new biomaterial, by hiding a modified enzyme inside a virus, which is capable of efficiently catalyzing the production of hydrogen. Dubbed the “nano-reactor,” the modified enzyme may result in a biofuel production process that is more efficient and profitable. The modified hydrogen-producing enzyme is 150 times more efficient than an enzyme that has been unaltered. Within the capsid, which is the…

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Shipworms may help in the production of Biofuels

Sea creatures give researchers idea on how to create environmentally friendly fuels. Shipworms, which look like worms but are actually clams, are not only odd looking ocean-dwelling creatures that have the unique ability to digest wood, researchers also believe that by harnessing the digestion capabilities of these “termites of the sea”, this could help them enhance the production of biofuels. Bacteria that breaks down the wood is located in the gills of the clam, not its gut. The discovery made by at team of researchers, which included Daniel Distel, research…

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DOE invests to advance biofuels

Federal agency awards $6 million to biofuel production projects The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $6 million in funding for the development of next-generation biofuels. These fuels are becoming more important in various transportation sectors as they produce no carbon dioxide. As such, biofuels are becoming an effective tool in meeting emissions regulations imposed by the U.S. government, as well as those introduced by other governments around the world. Funding from the Department of Energy has been issued to two projects located in North Carolina and California. Projects aim…

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Harvard University researchers use E. coli to produce biofuels

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Research team uses bacteria as tool to produce biofuels A team of researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering may have made a breakthrough in renewable energy. The research team has been working on transforming a common strain of E. coli bacteria into a producer of biofuels, as well as chemical components for plastics and pharmaceuticals. The idea behind the team’s efforts is to allow the bacteria to produce biofuels that are similar to petroleum and to scale up this process so that the need for fossil-fuels…

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Biofuels could transform Canada’s Navy

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Canada explores prospects of biofuels for Navy ships The Canadian government has been working on a plan that would allow Navy ships to be powered by biofuels for some time. The federal government is keen to move away from diesel and other fossil-fuels, hoping instead to adopt more environmentally-friendly sources of power. Biofuels have been at the top of the government’s list and now federal officials are looking to see just how viable biofuels can really be for the country’s Navy. Country begins to look for adequate alternatives to fossil-fuels…

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Algae-based biofuels now available in California

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Algae-based biofuels available to consumers for the first time Transportation is evolving as automakers and fuel producers begin taking alternative energy more seriously. Traditional fossil-fuels are becoming more expensive, especially in the U.S. Political tensions with the Middle East have set the price of oil on a steady incline. Further boosting interest behind clean transportation are new fuel efficiency standards. Automakers have largely focused on hydrogen fuel for the future, but some fuel producers have chosen to embrace algae-based biofuels. Propel Fuels teams with Solarzyme to provide biofuels Earlier this…

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Biofuels produced from century-old technology

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Researchers eye old technology to produce biofuels Researchers from the U.S. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered that a technology formerly used to produce explosives can be repurposed for the production of biofuels. The technology makes use of a bacterium known as Clostridium acetobutylicum and was widely used over a century ago to produce artillery shells and bullets. This technology gave way to more efficient forms of production, but researchers have found that it has a great deal of promise in the realm of alternative energy. The technology is so…

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Hyrax Energy and WARF enter into licensing agreement

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Hyrax Energy looks to commercialize new biofuel production technology Hyrax Energy, a leading bioenergy company, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) have entered into a licensing agreement that could accelerate the commercialization of new biofuel production technology. Fuel production is becoming an increasingly important issue, especially in the U.S. where political tensions are threatening access to oil and other fossil-fuels. Biofuels are becoming more popular as the country begins to looks for alternatives to oil, but efficient production technology has kept biofuel soundly beyond mainstream adoption. Technology produces clean…

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Lufthansa sets sights on biofuel

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Lufthansa teams with Algae.Tec for new biofuel project Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline, has long held a keen interest in sustainability and what that concept could mean for the future of aviation. In the past, the airline has experimented with hydrogen fuel. Though these experiments continue to some degree today, the airline is now shifting focus to biofuels. Lufthansa has entered into an agreement with Algae.Tec, a company specializing in biofuel production. Together, the two companies will work to incorporate biofuels into the aviation industry. Project will establish new biofuel production…

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EPA announced new biodiesel standards

  New biodiesel standards aim to boost the availability of biofuel The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced information concerning the amount of bio-diesel products that must be included in the 2013 diesel fuel market. Biodiesel products are biofuels produced through renewable sources, primarily vegetable and waste oils. The EPA claims that its biodiesel standards measure, which aligns with the energy plans from Congress, will help the country make progress in its energy security efforts. The EPA considers biodiesel to be one of the best ways to address the…

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New biofuel production method could make process more affordable

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Microbiologist discovers a way to streamline biofuel production Biofuel is becoming more popular around the world, especially in countries eager to break their reliance on fossil-fuels. Biofuel production can be a costly endeavor, however, and the expensive nature of the process has kept the fuel out of the reach of many. Not only in the biofuel production process expensive, it also requires a significant amount of fossil-fuel-generated power to deliver results, making biofuel a less clean form of energy than it is intended to be. A microbiologist from the Missouri…

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Biofuel industry shows impressive growth in US

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Report shows impressive results of biofuel industry The biofuel industry has seen impressive growth despite a less-than-favorable economic climate, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national conglomeration of business leaders who promote sound environmental policies. The report shows that the U.S. biofuels industry has shown particularly impressive growth, partly due to the interest the U.S. Navy has shown in biofuel. If interest in biofuels remains high and project continue to produce favorable results, the industry is expected to continue showing signs of growth into the future.…

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Biofuel production process from Purdue University hailed as promising breakthrough

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H2Boil method used to produce biofuel through use of biomass materials and hydrogen gas Researchers from Purdue University have developed a new process for creating biofuels. The process have shown promise in making affordable, production scale biofuels available to a wide range of consumers, which could make this form of energy a viable competition with fossil-fuels. The process is known currently as the H2Boil method, which utilizes pressurized hydrogen gas, high temperatures, and biomass materials such as switchgrass and corn stover. According to economic analysis conducted by the university, the…

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