Pioneering research produces industrially vital chemical through engineered bacteria
A team of South Korean scientists have succeeded in engineering the bacterium E. coli to produce the industrial chemical putrescine. The research, published in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering, provides a rene ...
Alternative Energy Crops in Space
(PhysOrg.com) -- What if space held the key to producing alternative energy crops on Earth? That's what researchers are hoping to find in a new experiment on the International Space Station.
Nanopillars significantly boost the power conversion efficiency of thin-film solar cells
One of the major challenges in the world today is the energy crisis. The high demand and low supply of fossil fuel are driving up oil and food prices. Silicon-based solar cells are one of the most promising ...
New technology converts seaweed to renewable fuels and chemicals
A team of scientists from Bio Architecture Lab (BAL), has developed breakthrough technology that expands the feedstocks for advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals production to include seaweed (macroalgae). The team engineered ...
Research reveals potential for producing liquid fuels using microalgae
(Phys.org)—Due to continuing high demand, depletion of non-renewable resources and increasing concerns about climate change, fossil fuel-derived transportation fuels face constant challenges from both a ...
One step closer to hydrogen production from photoelectrochemical water-splitting
In the quest to produce an environmentally benign renewable fuel, scientists have explored many techniques to split water molecules to produce hydrogen. Still, the current photovoltaic designs are not yet technically or economically ...
Transportation fuels from woody biomass promising way to reduce emissions
(Phys.org) —Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency requirements for renewable fuels, according to research published ...
Expos showcase future of renewable energy: Fuel-efficient car, high-tech batteries shine at exhibitions
One of the few bright spots in the dark days of the global economic downturn is the field of renewable energy.
Biological nanowires expedite future fuel production
Scientists in the UK and US, including researchers at Arizona State University, have been awarded funding to improve the photosynthetic process as a means of producing renewable fuel.
Researchers advance next generation biofuels by turning up the heat on biomass pretreatment processes
The nation's Renewable Fuels Standard calls for annual production of 36 billion gallons of biofuel by 2022. One of the biggest hurdles to achieving this goal lies in optimizing the multistep process involved ...
Is seaweed the future of biofuel?
As scientists continue the hunt for energy sources that are safer, cleaner alternatives to fossil fuel, an ever-increasing amount of valuable farmland is being used to produce bioethanol, a source of transportation fuel. ...
Lab drives toward the future with fuel cell EVs
Efforts currently underway at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are contributing to rapid progress in the research, development and testing of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Plant making gas from wood opens in Austria
A new plant that produces gas from wood was opened in Austria on Wednesday, paving the way towards new possibilities in renewable energy.
EPA postpones decision on 15 percent blend for ethanol
The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it will make a formal decision next year on whether to allow a 15 percent blend of ethanol in domestic gasoline, after initial tests showed that cars can run on the fuel.