Tagged Biofuel

Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds

Scientists know that upward currents of warm air assist birds in flight. To understand how birds find and navigate these thermal plumes, researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals. The research highlights the role of vertical wind accelerations and roll-wise torques as viable biological cues for soaring birds. The findings…

New method from EPFL more than doubles sugar production from plants

By mmillikin Researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. Producing fuels and chemicals from biomass (wood, grasses, etc.) involves breaking down (deconstructing), plants to produce single carbohydrates, mostly in the form…

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

Researchers have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. First, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories, and second, establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Renewable Energy News — ScienceDaily

Chalmers team identifies two main challenges for bio-hydrocarbon fuel production from cheap sources

By mmillikin Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources: lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories; and establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. In a paper published in the journal Nature Energy, the researchers investigated the…

Cover the U.S. In 89 percent trees, or go solar

Researchers found that using bio-sequestration to capture carbon produced by US coal-fired plants even after carbon capture and storage would require using 62 percent of the nation’s arable land for that process, or 89 percent of all US land with average forest cover. In comparison, offsetting the amount of carbon produced by manufacturing solar panels…

Tomorrow’s Batteries Could Be Made of Paper

By [email protected] Scientists have found a way to make batteries from paper and spit. But don’t expect the batteries to power your electric vehicle or take the place of your lithium-ion home storage system. Instead, the biodegradable, paper-based batteries devised by a team at Binghamton State University of New York are designed for disposable, one-time…

Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel

A new study used semi-artificial photosynthesis to explore new ways to produce and store solar energy. They used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and human-made technologies. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Solar Energy News — ScienceDaily

Aemetis to use Mitsubishi ZEBREX technology to reduce energy use and lower carbon intensity of ethanol; largest implementation worldwide

By mmillikin Aemetis will be implementing the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation ZEBREX zeolite membrane dehydration system at the 60 million gallon per year Aemetis fuel ethanol plant in Keyes, California. The Aemetis plant upgrade is the first ZEBREX system installation in North America and is the largest implementation of the ZEBREX system worldwide. With ZEBREX, ethanol…

Danish wind output down over summer #DNK

By National Wind Watch Wind turbines in Denmark produced 1,657GWh in the two summer months, according to transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet – down from 2,167GWh in the same period last year. But output from coal, gas, solar PV and biomass combined was still lower than wind production in June and July, according to the…

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