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  • Switchgrass ethanol yields large net energy gain

    Switchgrass grown for biofuel production produced five times more energy than needed to grow, harvest and process it into cellulosic ethanol, finds a large farm study by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln published Monday. The five year study also found greenhouse gas emissions from cellulosic ethanol made from switchgrass were 94 percent lower than estimated greenhouse gas ...

  • NREL Teams with Navy, Private Industry to Make Jet Fuel from Switchgrass

    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from a renewable biomass feedstock such as switch grass. “This can be an important step in the efforts to continue to displace petroleum by using biomass ...

  • Opportunities for sustainable biomass in Ukraine

    Ukraine is discovering the potential of biomass, thanks in part to the three-year biomass development project Pellets for Power. Carried out by Wageningen UR together with several private partners and with support from NL agency’s Sustainable Biomass Import programme, Pellets for Power has paved the way for The Netherlands as well as for other EU members to import sustainably produced ...

  • Grass Is Greener For Biofuels Future

    A genetically-engineered bacterium developed by scientists in the US can produce ethanol biofuel from coarse, wild-growing switchgrass, rather than using vital food crops such as maize. Scientists in the US claim they have developed a simple, one-step process that turns plant tissue into biofuel. A genetically-engineered bacterium can convert switchgrass into ethanol directly, without any ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Develop Advanced Logistics for Bioenergy Feedstocks

    The Energy Department announced today up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. Examples of bioenergy feedstocks include corn stover, switchgrass, and woody biomass. By investing in this type of research, development, and demonstration, the Energy Department is supporting the production of ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • DOE awards US$21m to five projects for biomass processing

    DOE announced on August 31 that it will award up to $21 million to five projects for handling and delivering high-tonnage biomass feedstocks to producers of cellulosic biofuels. The awards were selected as the best projects to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system to handle the harvesting, collection, preprocessing, transport, and storage of sufficient volumes of ...

  • New UGA biomass technology dramatically increases ethanol yield

    University of Georgia researchers have developed a new technology that promises to dramatically increase the yield of ethanol from readily available non-food crops, such as Bermudagrass, switchgrass, Napiergrass—and even yard waste. “Producing ethanol from renewable biomass sources such as grasses is desirable because they are potentially available in large quantities,” said Joy Peterson, ...


  • Fuels from biomass: New technique can fast-track better ionic liquids for biomass pre-treatments

    They’ve been dubbed “grassoline” - second generation biofuels made from inedible plant material, including fast-growing weeds, agricultural waste, sawdust, etc. - and numerous scientific studies have shown them to be prime candidates for replacing gasoline to meet our transportation needs. However, before we can begin to roll down the highways on sustainable, carbon-neutral grassoline, numerous ...

  • DOE selects biofuels projects to receive up to US$21m in funding

    U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $21 million will be made available for the selection of five projects that will develop supply systems to handle and deliver high tonnage biomass feedstocks for cellulosic biofuels production.  The awards announced today are part of the department’s ongoing efforts to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Kansas Gets First U.S. Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

    HUGOTON, Kansas, August 28, 2007 (ENS) - A Spanish energy company has selected the town of Hugoton in southwestern Kansas as the site of the first U.S. plant to turn corn stalks, switchgrass and other woody biomass into ethanol. Abengoa Bioenergy announced the $400 million ethanol project on Thursday. The facility will include an 85 million gallon per year corn-to-ethanol ...

  • New Discovery Will Enhance Yield and Quality of Cereal and Bioenergy Crops

    A team of scientists led by Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D., director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable ...

  • Energy Department Announces $9 Million to Improve Sustainability of Cellulosic Bioenergy Systems

    The Energy Department today announced up to $9 million for the design of sustainable bioenergy systems that maintain or enhance the environmental and socio-economic sustainability of cellulosic bioenergy through the improvement of feedstock production, logistics systems, and technology development. This funding supports the Department's efforts to promote the commercialization ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions

    The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. Argonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of GREET, funded in part by the U.S. Department of ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Controversy over biofuels grows

    New research suggests that nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions associated with growing some biofuel crops may be much greater than previously thought and could be high enough to outweigh the potential CO2 savings associated with biofuels. Producing fuels from crops such as rapeseed is one strategy being explored to replace fossil fuels, with a view to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the ...

  • Argonne National Laboratory Scientists Study Benefits of Bioenergy Crop Integration

    Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study, “Multifunctional landscapes: ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Feds Offer $200 Million for Small Biorefineries

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – The U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, will provide up to $200 million, over five years to support the development of small-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the United States. The agency seeks projects to develop biorefineries at 10 percent of commercial scale that produce liquid transportation fuels such as ethanol, as well as bio-based chemicals and ...

  • Biofuels ignite food crisis debate

    Taking up valuable land and growing edible crops for biofuels poses a dilemma: Is it ethical to produce inefficient renewable energies at the expense of an already malnourished population? David Pimentel and his colleagues from Cornell University in New York highlight the problems linked to converting a variety of crops into biofuels. Not only are these renewable energies inefficient, they are ...


    By Springer

  • $30 Million Juices Startup of Bioenergy Research Centers

    WASHINGTON, DC, October 1, 2007 (ENS) - The startup of three new bioenergy research centers got a financial boost today with the U.S. Department of Energy's investment of nearly $30 million in end of fiscal year 2007 funds. The fiscal year ended September 30. The three centers selected by DOE this June are located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Madison, Wisconsin; and near Berkeley, ...

  • German-American Partnership To Promote Energy From Biomass and Waste

    Freesen & Partner and Steel City Biofuels sign agreement to promote green energy, create international marketplace Alpen, NRW (Germany) / Pittsburgh, PA (USA) – The benefits of biofuels seem clear enough: they can provide a safe, sustainable domestic resource. But what does this mean for the business owner, for municipalities, the farm economy? How can the utilization of oilseed ...


    By Freesen & Partner GmbH

  • Combining strategies speeds the work of enzymes

    Enzymes could break down cell walls faster – leading to less expensive biofuels for transportation – if two enzyme systems are brought together in an industrial setting, new research by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests. A paper on the breakthrough, “Fungal Cellulases and Complexed Cellulosomal Enzymes Exhibit Synergistic Mechanisms in ...

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