Sept. 28, 2017 - Eat too much without exercising and you’ll probably put on a few pounds. As it turns out, plant leaves do something similar. In a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat too.
Aug. 8, 2016 - The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and University of Guelph researchers are currently investigating the potential of growing two unique plants, Euphorbia lagascae from the Mediterranean and Centrapalus pauciflorus from Africa, as sources of vernolic acid, a naturally occurring epoxidized fatty acid that can directly substitute for the synthetic vernolic acid made from petroleum, soy or linseed oil.
February 3, 2016 - Four parallel conference tracks at International Wood Biorefining Week will focus on bioenergy and biobased products and innovations.
November 8, 2013, Columbus, Ohio - Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit converts one ton of pine chips, shavings and sawdust into as much as 130 gallons of wet bio-oil per day.
October 24, 2013, Oklahoma City, Okla. – The U.S. Department of Energy is providing a $3 million grant to fund research on the development of a commercially-viable bio-oil.
February 21, 2013, Lawrence, KS – A team at the University of Kansas has demonstrated the feasibility of an integrated wastewater algae-to-biocrude process using hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that can sustainably cultivate algal biomass for biofuel production.
November 19, 2012, Ann Arbor, MI — Michigan Engineering researchers can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude.
October 23, 2012, Ames, Iowa – Researchers at Iowa State University are looking at using heat to break up cellulosic biomass (wood chips) instead of corn grain to produce biofuel.
October 16, 2012, Ames, IA– Microbes are working away in an Iowa State University laboratory to ferment biofuels from the sugar and acetate produced by rapidly heating biomass such as corn stalks and sawdust.
Mar. 7, 2012 - Metso and Fortum Power and Heat have signed a contract regarding a delivery of a bio-oil production plant and a related automation system to the Fortum power plant in Joensuu, Finland.
Feb. 5, 2012, Lappeenranta, Finland - Finnish papermaker UPM plans to build the world's first industrial-scale plant to refine tall oil, a byproduct of wood pulp, into biodiesel, according to a report on Google News.
Turning solid wood in-to liquid fuel sounds like an interesting concept. One way to do this is by pyrolysis, which involves placing biomass such as sawdust or wood chips into a reactor and rapidly heating it at extreme temperatures without oxygen.
Oct. 30, 2009, Richmond, BC – Dynamotive has successfully applied the BINGO bio-oil upgrading process to bio-oils produced from a variety of feedstocks.
Aug. 26, 2009 - Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation, a developer of biomass-to-biofuel technology, has received orders for its bio-oil from a U.S.-based client.
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