March on, Hydrogen! Mild but very efficient: new catalytic process extracts hydrogen from bioalcohols
(PhysOrg.com) -- Over 80% of the worlds energy demands continue to be met with fossil fuels. The environmental problems associated with this, such as global warming, are well-known. The efficient supply of ...
Scientists flag global food pricing too hot to ignore
A paper on the surge in world food prices is calling on private and public policy makers to recognize the serious impact that price spikes in food bring to the worlds most vulnerable populations.
Study finds more effective way to dry ethanol, reduce costs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Purdue University researchers have found an alternative environmentally friendly and energy-efficient way to dry corn ethanol, and their proof is in the pudding.
Improving sugarcane ethanol production -- the 'midway' strategy
An article in the current issue of Global Change Biology Bioenergy reviews the history and current state of ethanol production of sugarcane in Brazil and presents a strategy for improving future ecosystem services and pr ...
Study: Wisconsinites have mixed views on ethanol
A majority of Wisconsinites support the use of ethanol blends if it keeps dollars and jobs in the United States and reduces air pollution, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
Research offers means to detoxify mycotoxin-contaminated grain intended for ethanol, animal feed
Using barley as the raw material for ethanol production results in an additional product dried grains for animal feed. But the presence of a fungal pathogen sometimes found in barley can result in a lethal toxin, called ...
Scientists use commercial enzyme to improve grain ethanol production
A commercial enzyme could reduce overall costs linked with producing ethanol from grain, and also reduce associated emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and ...
Pretreatment, proper harvest time boost ethanol from switchgrass
Adding a pretreatment step would allow producers to get more ethanol from switchgrass harvested in the fall, according to a Purdue University study.
Making tomorrow's bioenergy yeasts strong
Cornstalks, wheat straw, and other rough, fibrous, harvest-time leftovers may soon be less expensive to convert into cellulosic ethanol, thanks to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists' studies of a promising new ...
Car that runs on wine and cheese showcased at eco-rally
Imagine pulling up to a gas station, and rather than being offered the usual choice between regular or premium unleaded, the gas pump instead read "Chardonnay" or "Pinot Noir." Not for you, of course, but for your car!
A quick way to grade grasses for ethanol yields
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have developed an inexpensive way to grade the ethanol potential of perennial grasses at the biorefinery's loading dock.
Single microbial gene linked to increased ethanol tolerance
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of researchers from the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center has pinpointed a single, key gene in a microbe that could help streamline the production of biofuels from non-food ...
NIST finds that ethanol-loving bacteria accelerate cracking of pipeline steels
U.S. production of ethanol for fuel has been rising quickly, topping 13 billion gallons in 2010. With the usual rail, truck and barge transport methods under potential strain, existing gas pipelines might ...
Scientists find way to identify manmade biofuels in atmosphere
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have discovered a technique to track urban atmospheric plumes thanks to a unique isotopic signature ...