Bioenergy

Pellets From Pretreated Biomass

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 16, 2011
Biomass supply is complicated by diversity of feedstocks, seasonal availability, and widely distributed feedstock. The costs of biomass supply and...

Sustainability of Biomass Crop Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 16, 2011
Woody biomass is renewable only if sustainable production is imposed. How to evaluate the benefit of different biomass crop species on a...

Growth Kinetic Study of Chlorella Vulgaris

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 11, 2009
Algae are simple autotrophic organisms that produce complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules such as carbon dioxide using energy...

Designing Sustainable Options for Bioenergy Crops

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2009
Currently, the complexity and scale dependency of land-use decisions and their impacts are not understood, defined, or described with adequate...

Advanced Biofuels - The Path Forward

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2009
Oil prices go up and they come down and our ability to forecast them with any real confidence has not been particularly good. A year ago when oil...

Biomass Thermal Conversion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Papers are on topics related sustatinable supply of a wide variety of biomass feedstocks to meet the needs of evolving liquid fuel demand (...

Advances in Biofuel Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Papers on biodiesel production advances. Please Note : Advances in Biofuel Technologies -- Spring Meeting 2009 includes the following recorded...

Researchers Crack Fundamental Mechanism of Biofuel Production

July 28, 2015

This week, impressive findings emerged when a group of researchers at the University of Tokyo revealed for the first time the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of action of a key enzyme of biofuel production, cellobionic acid phosphorylase (CBAP).

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015

This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

Is There a "Magic" Biomass Crop?

April 7, 2014

Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was assembled and applied in The Manomet Report for the State of Massachusetts.

Startup Hits Bio-Crude Production Milestone

November 27, 2012

After hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funding and stock market IPOs, second-generation biofuels still hadn't moved beyond small pilot plants, despite rosy federal projections.

Solar Cell Efficiency Record Broken with New "Tandem" Cell

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May 30, 2012

The inefficiencies of previous generation solar cells are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. In collaboration with the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute and Sumitomo Chemical of Japan, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a “tandem” solar cell that increases efficiency to a certified 10.6% by capturing energy in multiple spectra.

Cellular-Based Systems for Producing Alcohol

March 16, 2012

The current method for producing alcohol biofuels, in particular butanol, is through metabolic cellular processes. Clostridia species are used to produce butanol, but they are not very suitable because they are complex and not well understood. Biological pathways have also been developed for strains of Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae; both of these microbes have better genetic tools available.

Free Rice Genome Database Will Speed Biofuel Research

February 15, 2012

Built on 24 known data sets, the first genome-scale model for predicting the functions of genes and gene networks in a grass species, called RiceNet, is expected to help speed the development of new advanced biofuels from Miscanthus and switchgrass.

The Search for Environmentally Friendly Energy: Ethanol vs. Butanol

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November 14, 2011

The growing demand for carbon-neutral energy sources has fueled the search for biologically derived products. While the predominant liquid fuel is gasoline, the search is on for biofuel alternatives, but many pose considerable challenges. Currently ethanol is the most widely used biologically generated fuel. Ethanol, however, is difficult to transport in pipelines and also contains just 70% of the energy content of gasoline.

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