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Radical engine redesign would reduce pollution, oil consumption
Researchers have created the first computational model to track engine performance from one combustion cycle to the next for a new type of engine that could dramatically reduce oil consumption and the emission of global-warming pollutants. (2007-05-10)

Florida Tech explores microalgae for biofuel
Responding to the urgent need for alternative energy, Florida Tech Professor of Biological Science, Junda Lin, has received a $430,000 contract from Aurora Biofuels for large-scale production of microalgae. Successful microalgae production for fuel so far is in small-scale cultivation. (2007-04-26)

Biodiesel won't drive down global warming
EU legislation to promote the uptake of biodiesel could increase rather than decrease greenhouse gas emissions. A study reported in C&I revealed that while petroleum diesel emits 85 percent of its greenhouse gases at the final stage, in the engine, two-thirds of emissions produced by rapeseed derived biodiesel occur during farming -- cropland emits nitrous oxide, which is 200-300 times as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2. (2007-04-23)

Biodiesel study targets cleaner air, cleaner engines
Cleaner engines, cleaner air and more uses for local farm products were the focus of a just-completed study of biodiesel as an alternative fuel source on selected Ontario farms. This province-wide initiative is the only one of its kind in Canada. It involved six farms to evaluate the effectiveness of using biodiesel in agriculture. (2007-04-02)

With cellulosic ethanol, there is no food vs. fuel debate according to MSU scientist
As more and more corn grain is diverted to make ethanol, there have been public concerns about food shortages. However, ethanol made from cellulosic materials instead of corn grain, renders the food vs. fuel debate moot, according to research by a Michigan State University ethanol expert. (2007-03-27)

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2007
The following are story tips from the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for March 2007. (2007-03-20)

Biofuels: An advisable strategy?
Biofuels have been an increasingly hot topic on the discussion table in the last few years. The main argument behind the policies in favour of biofuels is based on the idea that biofuels would not increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, a more careful analysis of the life cycle of biodiesel reveals that the energy (and CO2) savings is not so high as it might even be negative. (2007-03-07)

Fats into jet fuel -- NC State 'green' technology licensed
New biofuels technology developed by North Carolina State University engineers has the potential to turn virtually any fat source -- vegetable oils, oils from animal fat and even oils from algae -- into fuel to power jet airplanes. (2007-02-28)

York-Sichuan link to study biodiesel production
Biologists at the University of York have established new research links with Chinese scientists to investigate biodiesel -- a cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum. (2007-01-04)

Mixed prairie grasses are better biofuel source, U of M study says
Highly diverse mixtures of native prairie plant species have emerged as a leader in the quest to identify the best source of biomass for producing sustainable, bio-based fuel to replace petroleum. A new study led by David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences, shows that mixtures of native perennial grasses and other flowering plants provide more usable energy per acre than corn grain ethanol or soybean biodiesel and are far better for the environment. (2006-12-07)

U of M researchers invent 'flashy' new process to turn soy oil, glucose into hydrogen
A University of Minnesota team has invented a (2006-11-02)

Iowa State researchers improving plastics made from corn and soy proteins
Iowa State researcehers are using ultrasonics and nanotechnology to improve plastics made from corn and soy proteins. (2006-10-30)

DOE JGI, VBI describe disease mechanisms of sudden oak death, related soybean pathogens
By comparing the complete genome sequences of two plant-killing pathogens and related organisms, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, in collaboration with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and others, have uncovered crucial aspects of the disease-causing mechanisms of (2006-08-31)

Brownfields may turn green with help from Michigan State research
Growing crops for biofuels summons images of fuel alternatives springing from the rural heartland. But a Michigan State University partnership with DaimlerChrysler is looking at turning industrial brownfields green. (2006-08-03)

Researchers identify energy gains and environmental impacts of corn ethanol and soybean biodiesel
The first comprehensive analysis of the full life cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither can do much to meet U.S. energy demand. The study was conducted by researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences and College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. (2006-07-10)

New process makes diesel fuel and industrial chemicals from simple sugar
James Dumesic, a University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineering professor, reports in the June 30 issue of the journal Science on a better way to make a chemical intermediate called HMF (hydroxymethylfurfural) from fructose - fruit sugar. HMF can be converted into plastics, diesel-fuel additive, or even diesel fuel itself, but is seldom used because it is costly to make. (2006-06-29)

Finding a better way to make biodiesel
Iowa State scientists are using chemistry and nanotechnology to create a better way to make biodiesel. (2006-06-19)

Biofuels research featured at day-long symposium at American Chemical Society meeting
Fuel chemists and other scientists from across the United States and Europe will present the latest research toward developing viable, cost-effective and high-performing biodiesel fuels on Sunday at the 231st national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, during a special day-long symposium, (2006-03-26)

USDA and DOE to coordinate research of plant and microbial genomics
The US Departments of Agriculture and Energy will share resources and coordinate the study of plant and microbial genomics, and the Department of Energy will tackle the sequencing of the soybean genome as the first project resulting from the agreement. Soybean is of particular interest to DOE because it is the principal source of biodiesel, a renewable, alternative fuel. (2006-01-17)

Bioenergy - I: From concept to commercial processes
This international conference addresses the state of the art challenges toward the production of bioenergy, and the research being conducted to solve the technical, scientific, and economical barriers to widespread adoption. (2006-01-16)

Canola oil may soon burn in engines rather than frying pans
A growing market for biodiesel fuels is heating up interest in canola among Texas producers. Dr. Brent Bean, Texas Cooperative Extension agronomist, quit participating in the National Winter Canola Variety Trials when interest waned. But calls from producer have him participating once again. David Bordovsky, Texas Agriculture Experiment Station researcher in Chillicothe, expects his national variety trial work to play a role as canola becomes a larger part of the growing biodiesel industry. (2005-11-03)

Ethanol and biodiesel from crops not worth the energy
David Pimentel, professor of ecology and agriculture at Cornell University, has co-authored an analysis that finds that producing ethanol or biodiesel from corn and other biomass uses more energy than is produced. (2005-07-05)

Wind turbine to stir up renewable energy research
A renewable energy research and demonstration center in western Minnesota is showing how to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, utilizing wind, biomass and biodiesel. Its centerpiece, a wind turbine, will be commissioned on Earth Day (April 22). (2005-04-14)

From fryer to fuel tank, U-M students make a case for waste elimination and energy recovery
University of Michigan engineering students have discovered a redeeming quality in junk food: waste grease produced in campus cafeterias can be used to make biodiesel fuel for U-M buses. (2004-05-19)

Innovative shuttle bus debuts in Washington, D.C.
A modernized version of the traditional Yellowstone National Park tour bus has been developed as a low-emission, cost-effective community/transit shuttle bus of the future. (2003-09-25)

Prospect of greenhouse gas reduction drives biofuels market
The market for biofuels is driven by the need for security of fuel supply and the recognition that greenhouse gas emissions are causing global warming. In the US, the transportation sector is responsible for more than 70 percent of the petroleum consumed and one-third of the carbon dioxide emissions. (2002-12-09)

'Biodiesel' fuel could reduce truck pollution
Diesel fuel made from natural renewable sources such as vegetable oils or animal fats can lower air-polluting emissions of heavy trucks without modifying the engines. The finding is reported in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2000-03-14)

New Technology Turns French Fry Oil Into Diesel Fuel
The vegetable oil used to cook crispy, golden french fries may soon power diesel engines. Researchers at the DOE's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory have found that used french fry oil can be converted into an environmentally friendly diesel fuel faster and less expensively than current processes while producing an even higher grade fuel. (1999-03-10)

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