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Gator in your tank: Alligator fat as a new source of biodiesel fuel
Amid growing concern that using soybeans and other food crops to produce biodiesel fuel will raise the price of food, scientists have identified a new and unlikely raw material for the fuel: Alligator fat. Their report documenting gator fat's suitability for biofuel production appears in ACS' journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. (2011-08-17)

More, better biodiesel
Higher yields of better-performing biodiesel could be produced using a new method developed by chemists at UC Davis. (2010-02-19)

Biodiesel from sewage sludge within pennies a gallon of being competitive
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, a bimonthly journal. Sludge is the solid material left behind from the treatment of sewage at waste-water treatment plants. (2010-05-20)

Deakin University research finds diesel exhaust kills throat cells
Researchers at Deakin University have found that diesel exhaust is far more damaging to our health than exhaust from biodiesel, the plant-based fuel. (2007-09-10)

Current use of biodiesel no more harmful than regular diesel
Up to 7 percent biodiesel blended in regular diesel will presumably not cause greater health risks for the population than the use of pure fossil diesel. This is the main conclusion in a memorandum from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Climate and Pollution Control Agency to the Ministry of Health and Care Services and the Ministry of the Environment in Norway. (2011-02-03)

Cow-a-bella -- making eco-friendly diesel fuel from butter
The search for new raw materials for making biodiesel fuel has led scientists to an unlikely farm product -- butter. In a new study in ACS' biweekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they report that butter could be used as an eco-friendly feedstock, or raw material, for making diesel fuel. (2010-07-28)

University of Tennessee professor and student develop device to detect biodiesel contamination
A professor and student team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has developed a quick and easy-to-use sensor that can detect trace amounts of biodiesel contamination in diesel. (2013-09-05)

Fungus among us could become nonfood source for biodiesel production
In the quest for alternatives to soybeans, palm and other edible oilseed plants as sources for biodiesel production, enter an unlikely new candidate: A fungus, or mold, that produces and socks away large amounts of oils that are suitable for low-cost, eco-friendly biodiesel. That's the topic of a study in ACS' bimonthly journal Energy & Fuels. (2010-06-09)

Biodiesel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions
A CSIRO report released today confirms that using pure biodiesel or blending biodiesel with standard fuel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. (2007-11-27)

Algae could fuel cars and jobs
The production of biodiesel from algae could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help to address future fuel shortages and create jobs in rural Australia. (2009-03-04)

'First economical process' for making biodiesel fuel from algae
Chemists are reporting development of what they termed the first economical, eco-friendly process to convert algae oil into biodiesel fuel -- a discovery they predict could one day lead to US independence from petroleum as a fuel. The study is scheduled for presentation in March at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. (2009-03-25)

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)

K-State researchers work with university in Ghana to create biofuels from native tree seeds
K-State biologists are working with a researcher in Ghana to create biodiesel from the seeds of trees that are common and well adapted to the climate of northern Ghana. (2009-03-19)

U of I research seeks to improve sensors that monitor diesel fuel quality
Sensors currently used to monitor the quality of diesel fuel and biodiesel blended fuels during engine operation are unable to adequately detect certain important fuel quality concerns. Alan Hansen, professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois, and his colleagues are working to develop new technologies to improve these commercially available sensors. (2010-07-26)

Researchers read the coffee grounds and find a promising energy resource for the future
What's usually considered old garbage might be a promising asset for our energy supply, according to University of Cincinnati researchers. (2013-09-09)

Pennycress could go from nuisance weed to new source of biofuel
A common roadside plant could have the right stuff to become a new source of biofuel, according to US Department of Agriculture studies. (2010-11-04)

Biotech breakthrough could end biodiesel's glycerin glut
With U.S. biodiesel production at an all-time high and a record number of new biodiesel plants under construction, the industry is facing an impending crisis over its major waste byproduct, glycerin. Rice University researchers have developed a possible solution, a new biotech process to convert glycerin into ethanol, another popular biofuel. Rice chemical engineers estimate the operational costs of the process to be about 40 percent less that those of producing ethanol from corn. (2007-06-26)

Selecting best microalgae for biodiesel production
Microalgae are a promising source of energy to replace fossil fuels, as they have several advantages over conventional crops used for commercial biodiesel. Microalgae have a shorter lifecycle and they can be developed in environments unfit for agriculture. In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers developed a methodology to analyze different species to select the best microalgae for use as an energy source by taking into account biological, economic, and environmental aspects. (2020-12-01)

NextCAT Inc. secures $250,000 to commercialize biodiesel technology developed at Wayne State
NextCAT Inc., a Detroit-based company, announced that it has received $250,000 in seed funding from Automation Alley in Troy, Mich. NextCAT is commercializing biodiesel catalyst technology developed at the National Biofuels Energy Lab at Wayne State University that will allow biodiesel producers to use cost-effective raw materials. (2011-01-27)

Ethanol and heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production
Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil ones. The EU policies of boosting biodiesel have achieved its implementation in the transport fuels market and increasingly its sustainable nature is being taken into account. Thus, up to 86 percent of the biofuels used in the EU in 2013 achieved the certificate of sustainability, in accordance with the Community norms. (2014-11-12)

Microalgae could be a profitable source of biodiesel
Dinoflagellate microalgae could be used as a raw material to obtain biodiesel easily and profitably. This is the conclusion of a study led by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona scientists, in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council, published recently in Biomass and Bioenergy. (2013-03-21)

Using E. coli to create bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner
LSU mechanical engineering graduate student Tatiana Mello of Piracicaba, Brazil, is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. (2019-02-21)

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)

Brown University chemists simplify biodiesel conversion
Two chemists at Brown University have streamlined the conversion of waste vegetable oil into biodiesel, eliminating the need for corrosive chemicals to perform the reactions. Writing in the journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, the chemists were able to pull off the waste vegetable oil-to-biodiesel conversion in a single reaction vessel using environmentally friendly catalysts and making the conversion six times faster than current methods. (2010-10-07)

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)

Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
In accordance with an EU directive, conventional automotive diesel is supplemented with seven percent biodiesel. This proportion is set to rise to ten percent by 2020. However, this presents a significant technical challenge: biodiesel vaporises at higher temperatures, which can lead to problems with electronic fuel injection systems and particulate filters. Researchers from Kaiserslautern, Bochum, and Rostock have developed a method for producing a petroleum diesel-like fuel from conventional biodiesel at low temperatures. (2017-06-19)

NextCAT secures license agreement for advanced biofuel technology from Wayne State
NextCAT Inc., a Detroit-based company, announced that it has secured a license agreement for advanced biofuel catalyst technology developed at the National Biofuels Energy Lab at Wayne State University. (2011-02-22)

The green machine: Algae clean wastewater, convert to biodiesel
Researchers at RIT are developing biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater. The project is doubly (2011-02-17)

UC Riverside developing biofuel formulations for California
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology are working with the state of California to develop diesel formulations with higher levels of renewable biofuels. (2012-08-29)

Biodiesel on the wing: A 'green' process for biodiesel from feather meal
Scientists in Nevada are reporting development of a new and environmentally friendly process for producing biodiesel fuel from (2009-07-22)

Identifying strategies for cultivating microalgae more efficiently to produce biodiesel
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, the public body that reports to the Sub-ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Government of the Basque Autonomous Community, has coordinated a research project to cultivate microalgae to produce lipids for obtaining biodiesel in a more cost-effective and more environmentally sustainable way. (2014-04-04)

New American Chemical Society podcast: Economical biodiesel from sewage sludge
Scientists report, in the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's award-winning podcast series, (2010-09-08)

New NIST method accelerates stability testing of soy-based biofuel
NIST researchers have developed a method to accelerate stability testing of biodiesel fuel made from soybeans and identified additives that enhance stability at high temperatures, work that could help overcome a key barrier to the practical use of biofuels. (2009-01-13)

Wayne State start-up company NextCAT awarded nearly $500,000 from NSF for Phase II SBIR
NextCAT, Inc., a Wayne State University startup company, has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $498,830. This brings NextCAT's total grant funding to $1.3 million. (2011-08-29)

'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)

Towards sustainability -- from a by-product of the biodiesel industry to a valuable chemical
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) develop a cheap and efficient copper-based catalyst that can be used to convert glycerol, one of the main by-products of the biodiesel industry, into a valuable compound called dihydroxyacetone. In addition, this same process produces hydrogen molecules from water, and these could be used as a clean type of fuel, further highlighting the impact of this research in terms of energy sustainability. (2020-01-08)

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits
Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production by two months, decreasing the cost of each gallon of fuel and increasing profits by as much as 30 percent. (2017-01-10)

Lithium ion battery waste used in biodiesel production from discarded vegetable oil
Brazilian researchers demonstrated a new chemical approach for producing biodiesel from domestic cooking oil waste by using hydroxide lithium mixed with either sodium hydroxides or potassium hydroxides as catalysts. Their work, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, could enable future studies related to the use of lithium from waste lithium ion batteries. The work marks one of the first times lithium has been used for such purposes. (2020-07-21)

Waste coffee grounds offer new source of biodiesel fuel
Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering automobiles and industries. (2008-12-10)

Iowa State chemist hopes startup company can revolutionize biodiesel production
Victor Lin, a chemistry professor at Iowa State University, has developed a catalyst that he thinks will revolutionize biodiesel production. Lin has founded a company in Ames, Catilin Inc., to develop and market that technology. (2007-07-02)

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