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Biodiesel from sewage sludge within pennies a gallon of being competitive

25-May-2010

Existing technology can produce biodiesel fuel from municipal sewage sludge that is within a few cents a gallon of being competitive with conventional diesel refined from petroleum, according to an article in ACS' Energy & Fuels. Sludge is the solid material left behind from the treatment of ...

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Biofuel chemistry more complex than petroleum, say Sandia and Lawrence Livermore researchers

18-May-2010

Understanding the key elements of biofuel combustion is an important step toward insightful selection of next-generation alternative fuels. And that's exactly what researchers at Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories are doing. The journal Angewandte Chemie devotes its May 10 ...

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Process in big-screen plasma TVs can produce ultra-clean fuel

25-Mar-2010

The process that lights up big-screen plasma TV displays is getting a new life in producing ultra-clean fuels, according to a report at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). It described a small, low-tech, inexpensive device called a GlidArc reactor that uses ...

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More, better biodiesel

24-Feb-2010

Yields of biodiesel from oilseed crops such as safflower could be increased by up to 24 percent using a new process developed by chemists at UC Davis. The method converts both plant oils and carbohydrates into biodiesel in a single process, and should also improve the performance characteristics ...

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BASF to break ground for new sodium methylate plant in Brazil

World-scale plant with a capacity of 60,000 metric tons

11-Feb-2010

BASF broke ground for its new production plant for sodium methylate in Guaratinguetá, Brazil, its largest site in South America. The plant will have a capacity of 60,000 metric tons per year and is primarily intended to supply the regional market. It is the second BASF plant for this product, in ...

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Microbes produce fuels directly from biomass

29-Jan-2010

A collaboration led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has developed a microbe that can produce an advanced biofuel directly from biomass. Deploying the tools of synthetic biology, the JBEI researchers engineered a strain of Escherichia coli ...

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Iowa State researchers part of $78 million national effort to develop advanced biofuels

19-Jan-2010

Two teams of Iowa State University researchers will receive a total of $8 million over three years from a $78 million U.S. Department of Energy program to research and develop advanced biofuels. Victor Lin – professor of chemistry, director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology's ...

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Petrobras Biocombustível acquires 50% stake in a Biodiesel Plant in Paraná

23-Nov-2009

Petrobras announced that its Board of Directors has approved the entry of its wholly-owned subsidiary Petrobras Biocombustível S.A. in the joint stock of BSBIOS Marialva Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil S.A., with investments worth R$ 55 million , going on to hold 50% of the company´s ...

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UT Knoxville and ORNL researchers turn algae into high-temperature hydrogen source

Platinum-catalyzed photosynthetic process creates high-yield sustainable source of hydrogen

16-Nov-2009

In the quest to make hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel source, researchers have been stymied about how to create usable hydrogen that is clean and sustainable without relying on an intensive, high-energy process that outweighs the benefits of not using petroleum to power vehicles. New ...

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UGA licenses technology to make fuel from dead forests and agricultural waste

17-Sep-2009

An innovative process for turning waste biomass – such as dead trees, agricultural waste and lumber byproducts – into a liquid fuel to power conventional engines has been licensed by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. to Tolero Energy, LLC, a private biofuels company based in ...

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