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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ScienceDaily: Energy and Resources News

ScienceDaily: Energy and Resources News

Biologists partner bacterium with nitrogen gas to produce more, cleaner bioethanol

Posted: 02 Feb 2015 06:21 PM PST

Biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers. The discovery could save the industry millions of dollars and make cellulosic ethanol -- made from wood, grasses and inedible parts of plants -- more competitive with corn ethanol and gasoline.

Toward the next biofuel: Secrets of Fistulifera solaris

Posted: 02 Feb 2015 11:11 AM PST

Biofuels are an attractive alternative to fossil fuels, but a key challenge in efforts to develop carbon-neutral, large-scale methods to produce biofuels is finding the right organism for the job. One emerging candidate is the microalga Fistulifera solaris. An international collaboration of scientists has revealed the genome of F. solaris and provided exciting hints at the roots of its ability to grow and produce oil at the same time.

Transforming biochar into activated carbon

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 09:16 AM PST

It's about transforming corn stover, dried distillers grain solids and even native grasses into a product more than 1,000 times more valuable--graphene. A team of researchers is converting biochar into graphene which they hope can one day be used in place of expensive, activated carbon to coat the electrodes of supercapacitors.

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