Researchers are finding new ways to increase the yield of cellulosic ethanol production—this time using genetically engineered bacteria and yeast. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency is being asked by more than 40 senators to do more to encourage the production of biomass-based diesel. Keep reading for these headlines and more from this week in bioenergy news.
As politicians, government agencies and industry advocates continue to debate the strength of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that will be in place for 2017, the transportation sector just overtook power plants as America’s biggest climate problem.
At Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, scientists are using CO2 to drastically reduce the cost of pretreatment in the cellulosic ethanol production process. Meanwhile, a Florida-based lab has found a way to produce an advanced, military-grade aviation fuel. Keep reading for these and more stories making waves in the biofuel industry this week!
A new study finds that the introduction of E20 in Europe may be key to hitting EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets, while the U.S. Department of Energy’s Billion-Ton Report expands on its previous work to update its biomass resource assessment. This, plus a looming Chinese grain shortage, and it’s been a busy week for the biofuel industry. Read on for this week’s biggest biofuel stories!