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Tag: Biofuels

Harvard University: Bionic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Liquid Fuel

A cross-disciplinary team at Harvard University has created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. The system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10 percent efficiency, far above the one percent seen in the fastest-growing plants.

Berkeley Lab: Javier Ceja-Navarro | Do Insects Contain the Secrets to Sustainable Food and Energy Production?

Berkeley Lab scientist Javier Ceja-Navarro discusses his research on the microbial populations found the guts of insects, specifically the coffee berry borer, which may lead to better pest management and the passalid beetle, which could lead to improved biofuel production.  

ARPA-E: Engineering Innovative New Biofuels

ARPA-E’s PETRO program was created to supply the transportation sector with plant-derived fuels that are cost-competitive with petroleum and don’t affect U.S. food supply. This video highlights the role that ARPA-E has played in connecting traditionally distinct research areas to inform the research and development efforts of PETRO project teams. Specifically, it highlights how the …

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The ‘Bio’ in Biofuels: New Energy from Ancient Life

Hosted by The University of California, this talk on bacteria producing hydrogen. We all know that hydrogen is a clean and efficient source for energy, for example used in future cars with fuel cells. However, production of hydrogen is actually dirty and expensive using current mainstream methods – something that bacteria could change in the …

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