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Newswise: How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

How to Make it Easier to Turn Plant Waste into Biofuels

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers have developed a new process that could make it much cheaper to produce biofuels such as ethanol from plant waste and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Their approach, featuring an ammonia-salt based solvent that rapidly turns plant fibers into sugars needed to make ethanol, works well at close to room temperature, unlike conventional processes, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Green Chemistry.

Channels: All Journal News, Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science, Green Tech, Chemistry,

Released:
14-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST

McMaster chemists find new way to break down old tires into material for new ones

McMaster University

A team of chemists at McMaster University has discovered an innovative way to break down and dissolve the rubber used in automobile tires, a process which could lead to new recycling methods that have so far proven to be expensive, difficult and largely inefficient.

Channels: All Journal News, Chemistry, Green Tech, Materials Science,

Released:
13-Jan-2020 8:30 AM EST
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Newswise: Supporting Structures of Wind Turbines Contribute to Wind Farm Blockage Effect

Supporting Structures of Wind Turbines Contribute to Wind Farm Blockage Effect

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Much about the aerodynamic effects of larger wind farms remains poorly understood. New work in this week’s Journal of Renewable and Sustainably Energy looks to provide more insight in how the structures necessary for wind farms affect air flow. Using a two-scale coupled momentum balance method, researchers theoretically and computationally reconstructed conditions that large wind farms might face in the future, including the dampening effect that comes with spacing turbines close to one another.

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Released:
12-Dec-2019 9:00 AM EST
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New Function for Plant Enzyme Could Lead to Green Chemistry

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could inspire the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates, one of the cornerstone chemical reactions needed to synthesize a wide array of organic molecules, including those found in lubricants, cosmetics, and those used as raw materials for making plastics.

Channels: All Journal News, Chemistry, DOE Science News, Green Tech, Plants, DOE Science News,

Released:
9-Dec-2019 12:35 PM EST
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Newswise: Bending an Organic Semiconductor Can Boost Electrical Flow

Bending an Organic Semiconductor Can Boost Electrical Flow

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Slightly bending semiconductors made of organic materials can roughly double the speed of electricity flowing through them and could benefit next-generation electronics such as sensors and solar cells, according to Rutgers-led research. The study is published in the journal Advanced Science.

Channels: All Journal News, Engineering, Green Tech, Materials Science, Technology,

Released:
3-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
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Newswise: : The Greenest Diet: Bacteria Switch to Eating Carbon Dioxide

: The Greenest Diet: Bacteria Switch to Eating Carbon Dioxide

Weizmann Institute of Science

Weizmann Institute scientists have converted bacteria to consume CO2 – basically, to live on air – instead of sugar. Such bacteria may contribute to new, carbon-efficient technologies, from food production to green fuels.

Channels: All Journal News, Engineering, Green Tech, Microbiome, Cell (journal),

Released:
27-Nov-2019 2:15 PM EST
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Newswise: Big trucks, little emissions

Big trucks, little emissions

Argonne National Laboratory

Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Channels: All Journal News, Energy, Green Tech, Travel and Transportation, PNAS, DOE Science News,

Released:
26-Nov-2019 4:25 PM EST
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Newswise: New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process

New study analyzes viability of sustainable fuels developed through ORNL process

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis.

Channels: All Journal News, DOE Science News, Energy, Green Tech, DOE Science News,

Released:
26-Nov-2019 5:00 AM EST
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Newswise: PPPL is recognized for being green

PPPL is recognized for being green

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its green practices in reducing waste, energy, and water, and transportation, and for green purchasing and electronics recycling.

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Released:
22-Nov-2019 3:05 PM EST
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