Friday, January 10th, 2014
Bioenergy is currently the fastest growing source of renewable energy. Cultivating energy crops on arable land can decrease dependency on depleting fossil resources and it can mitigate climate change.
But some biofuel crops have bad environmental effects: they use too much water, displace people (more…)
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Biodiesel and ethanol both fall under the category of “biofuels,” which describes any fuel synthesized from plant or animal matter. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
Biodiesel offers a significantly improved environmental impact compared to both ethanol and (more…)
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
C5.6 Technologies of Middleton (WI) and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point recently won the grant to continue work on developing bacteria that will ferment sugar into isoprene, a high-energy molecule that can be used to make jet and other alternative energy fuels. The financial (more…)
Monday, August 26th, 2013
Previous posts, e.g., here and here, discussed the patent infringement litigation between Danish biopharm rivals Novozymes and Danisco (now owned by DuPont), which are both active in developing enzymes used in the production of biofuels.
In the suit, Novozymes accused Danisco of infringing (more…)
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Newly trialled native algae species provide real hope for the development of commercially viable fuels from algae, a University of Queensland scientist has found.
Dr Evan Stephens and the team at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience, in collaboration with (more…)
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Previous posts (e.g., here and here) have discussed Neste Oil’s patent infringement suits against competitor Dynamic Fuels involving biodiesel fuels and production processes.
Dynamic Fuels is a joint venture of Syntroleum and Tyson Foods that operates refineries capable of (more…)
Friday, July 26th, 2013
Scientists say they have identified the gene responsible for the yield of oil palm crops, a discovery that could boost the productivity of the world’s top source of vegetable oil and help reduce the size of oil palm plantations in the world’s tropical regions.
Writing in the journal Nature, Malaysian and U.S. (more…)
Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
VCs, driven by their appetite for quick results, are missing out on huge opportunities in renewable biofuels and chemicals. That leaves the market wide open to a variety of alternative investors who, if equipped with the patience needed, will realize the substantial returns that await those who can see the industry through a long lens. Only time will tell who will take (more…)
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
A team of genetic engineers reports it has developed an inexpensive process that uses fungus to convert raw materials such as straw and sawdust into a productive biofuel.
While it was previously known that the Trichoderma fungus produces the enzymes needed to break down (more…)
Friday, May 17th, 2013
BioGasol is a Danish company that has developed a biomass pre-treatment system comfortably situated upstream in cellulosic biofuels production. The system, called Carbofrac, provides more efficient and lower cost biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks such as wood and agricultural waste.
The company owns at least nine U.S. patents and (more…)