Scientists Find Cheaper and Eco-Friendlier Way to Make Biofuels

Researchers have discovered a low-cost method to deliver carbon dioxide (CO2) to microalgae. Although the growth of microalgae can be sped up by carbon dioxide, the CO2 has to be free of contamination or the algae die. Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have found a cheap way to purify the carbon dioxide within the power station flue gasses by absorbing the CO2 into a liquid, allowing it to be delivered to microalgae, which makes it possible to harvest the microalgae and make biofuels. This purification process is typically…

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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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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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