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…)
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…)
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…)
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
The U.S. Energy Department is investing up to $4.3 million in a pilot biomass project that will convert the stalks and leaves of corn plants into diesel fuel using a new chemical process.
The pilot plant in Indiana will be run by Mercurius Biofuels, whose goal is to convert the corn biomass (more…)
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
In recent test flights, NASA researchers have confirmed that commercial airliners can safely fly on an alternative jet fuel blend and that under some conditions the biofuel mix produced 30 percent fewer emissions than typical jet fuel.
After flying DC-8 aircraft using a biofuel blend (more…)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
The Heslin Rothenberg firm’s Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) 2012 Year in Review was published earlier this month. Always an interesting read, the CEPGI is a quarterly publication that tracks grants of U.S. patents directed to clean energy technologies.
The 2012 roundup reports that granted green patents hit an all time high of 3061 for last year, a (more…)
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Algae biofuel is an alternative to fossil fuel that uses algae as its source. Several companies and government agencies are funding efforts to reduce capital and operating costs and make algae fuel production commercially viable. Taking an approach similar to that used for discovering new therapeutic drugs, chemists at the University of California, Davis, have (more…)
Monday, April 8th, 2013
We’ve been tracking the major biobutanol patent litigation between advanced biofuels company Gevo and BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax, e.g., here, here and here.
In a significant decision, a Delaware federal court judge recently ruled on several motions and cross- (more…)
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
A long-term genomic analysis of the common peach has revealed important insights into how scientists can improve the biofuel potential of other plant species, including the fast-growing poplar tree, a new study says.
Three years after a team of scientists first released a draft description of the annotated peach genome, (more…)
Friday, January 25th, 2013
A number of green patent complaints have been filed in the last several weeks in the areas of biofuels, compressed air turbines, and LEDs.
Neste Oil, OYJ v. Dynamic Fuel, LLC et al. (more…)