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.
DuPont opened a 30 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, becoming the world’s largest cellulosic biofuels refinery to date.
Rising environmental awareness paired with the world’s ever-waning supply of crude oil has driven car and fuel industries to look towards alternative fuels.
In December 2014, Novozymes launched our first ever enzymatic process using a liquid lipase – Eversa® Transform – for the production of biodiesel. Extensive research and development has shown that the enzymatic process enables biodiesel producers to be flexible when choosing feedstock, as low quality oils, or waste oils, with high free fatty acids (FFA) can now be processed. These waste oils are typically cooking oils generated by commercial canteens, factories and fast-food restaurants, and other lower grade oils.