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03/08/2011

Advances in Biofuel Technology

 
DOE research has made significant advances in biofuel technology

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has congratulated a team of researchers at the Department’s BioEnergy Science Center who have achieved advancement toward next generation biofuels.

The research involves using bacteria to convert plant matter directly into isobutanol, which can be used in regular car engines with a heat value higher than ethanol and similar to gasoline.

"Today's announcement is yet another sign of the rapid progress we are making in developing the next generation of biofuels that can help reduce our oil dependence," says Secretary Chu. "This is a perfect example of the promising opportunity we have to create a major new industry—one based on bio-material such as wheat and rice straw, corn stover, lumber wastes, and plants specifically developed for bio-fuel production that require far less fertilizer and other energy inputs. But we must continue with an aggressive research and development effort."

The work is being conducted by researchers at the Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center (BESC), led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Using consolidated bioprocessing, a research team led by James Liao of the University of California at Los Angeles for the first time produced isobutanol directly from cellulose.

The team's biofuel research, published online in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, represents across-the-board savings in processing costs and time, plus isobutanol is a higher grade of alcohol than ethanol.

Department of Energy Sets Sights on Net-Zero Research Facility

Expectations for a Greener Tomorrow

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Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency program can help data centers and large-scale IT operations improve reliability and energy efficiency.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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