Corncob biofuel could be greener than ethanol fuel produced by corn grain

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New research has found that corncobs could be effective for producing cleaner biofuel. Corncob biofuel, ethanol fuel produced from corncobs, produces less greenhouse gases compared to other sources used to produce biofuels, such as corn grain. This discovery was made by researchers from Iowa State University (ISU), who recently published their study findings in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Corncobs also produce ethanol with greater efficiency than other sources. The researchers analyzed the entire ethanol production chain, from transporting the raw material to sending the resulting fuel to service…

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First of its kind hydrogen power technology is coming to Australia

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Northern Oil plans to use hydrogen to generate electricity in a way that’s novel to Australia. An industrial-scale pilot plant is gearing up for the use of a new hydrogen power technology that will be the first of its kind in Australia. The technology will be used at Northern Oils Advance Biofuels Refinery, near Gladstone, Australia and is expected to start in 2019. The Gladstone Refinery was the first of its type in the country when it was built back in 2017. Northern Oil’s Advanced Biofuels Refinery produces renewable fuel.…

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Novel carbon-neutral fuel from Iceland to be mixed with petrol for UK cars

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The Icelandic fuel is generated using a renewable power source. The carbon neutral fuel is methanol created by Icelandic-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI). It is produced using renewable geothermal energy, powered by a nearby volcano. For the first time in the UK, methanol will come from a full renewable source. Although methanol combined with petrol isn’t exactly new in the UK, what makes CRI’s methanol unique is that it is produced entirely from renewables and it is not biofuel. This helps to eliminate the concerns of biomass critics who feel…

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New biofuel production technique could dramatically reduce fuel-related CO2 emissions

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Scientists have discovered a way to make the production of biofuels more environmentally friendly. Imperial College London scientists have improved the process of using biology to make products, which could lead to a cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production technique as well as more efficient plastic recycling. The scientists’ findings were published in the journal Nature Chemistry. The scientists claim to be able to breakdown plant-based biomass 30 times faster. The biofuel production technique discovered by the researchers can reportedly breakdown plant-based biomass 30 times faster than current bioprocessing…

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Study shows that fuel cells and other technologies are gaining momentum in the shipping industry

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Study highlights the growing significance of clean technology The University of Maritime Advisory Services and Lloyd’s Register have released a new study highlighting zero emission vessels. The shipping industry has embarked on a quest to significantly reduce emissions by 2030. Several companies aim to accomplish this task through the use of clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells. The study suggests that shipping companies will have to have made serious progress in this endeavor by 2030 in order to achieve their own emissions reduction goals. Fuel cells are becoming more…

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Scientists identify plant enzyme that could lead to mass-production of biofuels

Researchers may have found an enzyme that could enable any plant to product fuel. In their quest to find the next best environmentally friendly fuel, a team of international researchers have announced that they have successfully isolated an enzyme with lycopaoctaene synthase activity in common algae known as Botryococcus braunii. This enzyme is responsible for hydrocarbon oil production and the scientists are investigating how to use the enzyme to mass-produce biofuels. This discovery could be a breakthrough for the alternative fuel industry. Although not as clean as other forms of…

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Huge biofuels pilot plant announced in Australia

The development of renewable energy in Queensland would help to address climate change. Queensland, the second largest and third most populous state in Australia, is improving its renewable energy efforts by establishing a biofuels pilot plant. The state government has secured the $16 million facility for Gladstone in central Queensland. If the project is successful it could result in the state establishing a large-scale alternative fuel industry. The development of renewable energy in Queensland will also help to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is located off…

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United Airlines powers regularly scheduled flights with biofuel

According to the major American airline, it is the first to use sustainable fuel on a regular route. Although United Airlines is not the first to have tested biofuel in its jets, it claims that it is the first to use the green fuel on a regular route. Its Boeing 737 jet that flies the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, four to five times daily, will be fueled by a mixture of 30% biofuel and 70% petroleum fuel, reported the Los Angeles Times. The first flight took off on…

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U.S. scientists may have found new technique to lower biofuel cost

Decreasing plant lignin could help make green fuel cheaper. Biofuel could become cheaper as scientists have shown for the first time that it is possible to lower lignin in plants by tweaking an enzyme; a discovery which could be highly beneficial to the bioenergy industry. The technique discovered by the scientists from the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), could help reduce the cost required to convert biomass into carbon-neutral fuels used to power cars and other sustainably develop bio-products, reported Phys.org. The technique lowers…

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Biodiesel has become so inexpensive in the U.S. that it’s free

Some refiners are being paid to use biofuel. Tax credits in the U.S. have made biodiesel so cheap in some parts of the country that some refiners are being paid to use this clean substitute to diesel. More specifically, one-dollar-a-gallon tax subsidy and other credits, has resulted in Midwest refiners paying as little as 64.5 cents a gallon for the alternative fuel. This, plus additional clean energy incentives offered by California, has lead to some customers in the Golden State obtaining the fuel for free, reported Bloomberg. The commitment to…

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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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U.S. Navy deploys warships fueled by alternative energy

The first carrier strike group partially powered by biofuel was launched Wednesday. Known as the “Great Green Fleet”, US Navy’s warships, which are powered by alternative energy, have been sent to conduct operations in the Pacific. These ships that run partly on renewable fuel, are part of the Navy’s goal to go green and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. The ships run on 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. The biofuel used as part of the ships’ fuel is made out of beer fat. According to the…

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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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New biofuel project may convert forestry waste into aviation biofuel

A consortium of aviation companies and scientists are investigating whether forest-industry waste could fuel jet planes. A project that will be led by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, and includes aviation and aviation-related companies Boeing, Air Canada, Bombardier, WestJet and SkyNRG, will assess whether waste from the forest industry, including sawdust and leftover branches, can be converted into sustainable aviation biofuel. A study determined that the forestry waste to energy conversion could meet 10% of B.C.’s annual jet fuel demand. Earlier this year, a…

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Biofuel may be produced from roadside weed

Researchers from Nevada think they may be able to produce diesel fuel from gumweed. Nevada scientists believe that curlycup gumweed, a common roadside weed that grows across much of Nevada’s high desert, may be ideal for producing biofuel. More specifically, the researchers think that they are close to producing diesel fuel and may even one day be able to produce jet fuel from the plant, reported the Associated Press. Very little water is needed to grow gumweed. Back in the 1980’s, a University of Nevada researcher and mining engineer, Darrell…

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Grants awarded to switchgrass biofuel research project

Scientists to study plant’s effectiveness as an alternative energy source. A professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin, Tom Juenger, will receive two grants totaling to $15 million to study a native prairie grass known as switchgrass, to determine how it can be used as an alternative source of energy. More specifically, the study will focus on biofuel research. It is believed that switchgrass can become a sustainable source of bioenergy. According to the University of Texas at Austin’s UT News, Juenger will lead a team…

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