More Oil from Plants Could Increase Biodiesel Output

John Davis

Government scientists have found the genes that increase the oil production in plant leaves, and that could increase the amount of biodiesel that can be squeezed out of plants. This news release from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory says finding a way to enhance that oil expression in those parts of the plant could have significant implications …

Biodiesel, Research

Ethanol Sweet Spots – Part II

Joanna Schroeder

Yesterday, DF featured an article on “Must Know Ethanol Trends” that came out of Christianson & Associate’s, PPL (C&A) Biofuels Benchmarking 2012-13 Annual Report. In addition to identifying important trends for the industry, the report also identified some “sweet spots” for the industry. John Christianson, partner with C&A, said running a good business is the first thing and being as …

Audio, biofuels, corn, Ethanol, Research

Must Know Ethanol Trends – Part I

Joanna Schroeder

The Biofuels Benchmarking 2012-13 Annual Report is out and in addition to identifying past, current and future biofuel trends, the report identifies some emerging trends for the ethanol industry. During an interview with John Christianson, partner with Christianson & Associates, PPLP (C&A), I asked him what trends they have been seeing and he noted five in particular of importance. Christianson …

Audio, biofuels, corn, Ethanol, Research

European Researchers Look to Turn Algae to Biofuel

John Davis

University researchers in Europe are looking at ways to turn algae into biofuels, including biodiesel. This article from the BBC says Swansea University is teaming up with scientists in seven other European countries to find the best way of turning it into fuel. “The big driver behind the research for algae is the consideration about what we’re doing to our …

algae, Biodiesel, International, Research

Cellulosic Byproduct Increases Ethanol Yield

Joanna Schroeder

Scientists from the University of Illinois have reported that they have engineered yeast to consume acetic acid, a previously unwanted byproduct of the process of converting plant leaves, stems and other tissues into biofuels. This innovation increases ethanol yield from lignocellulosic sources (aka second generation feedstocks) by nearly 10 percent. According to researchers, the new advance will streamline the fermentation …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Ethanol, Research

NREL Calculates Emissions, Cost of Wind & Solar

Joanna Schroeder

According to new research from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that carbon emissions induced by more frequent cycling are negligible (<0.2%) when compared with the carbon reductions achieved through wind and solar power generation. Cycling occurs when a utility, to accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, must ramp down and …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Research, Solar, Wind

U of Cincy Team Captures Grease for Biodiesel

John Davis

A student team from the University of Cincinnati is being recognized for their idea to capture waste grease and turn it into biodiesel. The school’s Team Effuelent, led by students Ron Gillespie, Ethan Jacobs, and Qingshi Tu won the $40,000 prize in the Odebrecht Award for Sustainability Development Competition with their concept of “Using Trap Grease As the Raw Material …

Biodiesel, Research, University

Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Feedstocks Studied

John Davis

A two-year study has examined the environmental impacts of feedstocks used for biofuels. Minnesota Daily reports researchers from the University of Minnesota found that there are some fundamental differences between how the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, look at biofuel production. All three agencies differed in crop location, which Hill said is an …

biofuels, Environment, Research

Defunding Biodiesel, Ethanol Center Draws Rep’s Ire

John Davis

The North Carolina legislature’s lack of approving funds for a center that promotes the development of biodiesel and ethanol in the state draws the ire of one of its own members. In an opinion piece for the Herald Sun of Durham, N.C., State Representative G.K. Butterfield says the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in Oxford will soon close for good …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Government, Research