DOE Finds Hydropower Has Great Potential

Joanna Schroeder

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has released a renewable energy resource assessment that finds that hydropower has great potential to produce renewable electricity. The report estimates over 65 gigawatts (GW) of potential new hydropower development across more than three million U.S. rivers and streams. This is nearly the amount currently produced by the industry. “The United States has tremendous untapped clean …

Hydro, Renewable Energy, Research

Trends & Growth in Global Geothermal Market

Joanna Schroeder

A new report reveals the international power market is booming with a sustained growth rate of 4 percent to 5 percent. The “2014 Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report,” finds, released by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) finds that nearly 700 projects are currently under development in 76 countries. Among the key factors for growth, finds the report, …

Geothermal, International, Renewable Energy, Research

Simplifying Pyrolysis for Bio-Oil Production

John Davis

U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers are getting closer to developing a system that will help farmers make their own energy on the farm or produce biofuels for commercial purposes. This article from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) says scientists have found a way to simplify the pyrolysis processes for bio-oil. These findings by ARS scientists Charles Mullen and Akwasi …

biofuels, Research, USDA

Characterizing Photosynthesis to Help Biodiesel

John Davis

Researchers in California have found a faster way to figure out more of the secrets of photosynthesis, and that could lead to new strains of algae better for biodiesel. Officials with the Carnegie Institution for Science say they have developed a new technique that will accelerate genetic characterization of photosynthesis: A type of single-cell green algae called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is …

Biodiesel, Research

U.S. Clean Energy Struggling from Policy Uncertainty

Joanna Schroeder

According to research from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. clean energy sector continues to be buffeted by policy uncertainty with 2013 investment down 9 percent from 2012 to $36.7 billion. The annual report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? 2013,” found that steep declines in the installation of wind overshadowed a record annual deployment of 4.4 gigawatts of solar. …

biofuels, Clean Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

Stanford Scientists Convert Carbon Monoxide to Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Stanford University scientists have discovered a new way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The researchers believe the discovery could provide an “green” alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops. The results were published in the April issue of Nature. “We have discovered the first metal catalyst that can produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol, Research

ACORE Releases Renewable Energy in America Outlook

Joanna Schroeder

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has released The Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014, jointly authored by U.S. renewable energy trade associations from the power, thermal, and fuel sectors. The Outlook assesses the renewable energy marketplace and forecasts the future of each renewable energy technology sector, from the perspectives of each of the associations, and provides a …

Renewable Energy, Research

Hemp-to-Biofuels Research Gets Green Light

John Davis

A crop that has had an undeserved stigma attached to it could now become a source for biodiesel and ethanol. The recently passed and signed Farm Bill contains a provision that would allow hemp to be grown for research purposes, including making it into the green fuels. “Hemp is a great crop for biodiesel, and we’ve already started experimenting with …

Audio, biofuels, farm bill, Government, Legislation, Research

Synthetic Chromosome Could Help Biodiesel, Ethanol

John Davis

The scientific world today is all a-buzz about the world’s first yeast synthetic chromosome, and the discovery could help the biodiesel and ethanol industries. This article from the Christian Science Monitor says researchers have put together man-made DNA into the synthetic version of a chromosome, a development expected to have implications for the green fuels. “For me, one of most …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

Research Looks Into Water-Free Biodiesel Brewing

John Davis

Efforts to make biodiesel production even more sustainable might get a boost from research into a water-free method of making the green fuel. This story from Biofuels Journal says researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal are looking at a way to eliminate the water normally used water to remove impurities to meet stringent quality standards. Instead of water, …

Biodiesel, International, Research