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08/25/2011

Cars Could Run on Recycled Newspaper, Tulane Scientists Say

 
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Here's one way that old-fashioned newsprint beats the Internet. Tulane University scientists have discovered a novel bacterial strain, dubbed "TU-103," that can use paper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline. They are currently experimenting with old editions of the Times Picayune, New Orleans' venerable daily newspaper, with great success.

TU-103 is the first bacterial strain from nature that produces butanol directly from cellulose, an organic compound.

"Cellulose is found in all green plants, and is the most abundant organic material on earth, and converting it into butanol is the dream of many," says Harshad Velankar, a postdoctoral fellow in David Mullin's lab in Tulane's Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. "In the United States alone, at least 323 million tons of cellulosic materials that could be used to produce butanol are thrown out each year."

Mullin's lab first identified TU-103 in animal droppings, cultivated it and developed a method for using it to produce butanol. A patent is pending on the process.

"Most important about this discovery is TU-103's ability to produce butanol directly from cellulose," says Mullin.

As a biofuel, butanol is superior to ethanol (commonly produced from corn sugar) because it can readily fuel existing motor vehicles without any modifications to the engine, can be transported through existing fuel pipelines, is less corrosive, and contains more energy than ethanol, which would improve mileage.

"This discovery could reduce the cost to produce bio-butanol," says Mullin. "In addition to possible savings on the price per gallon, as a fuel, bio-butanol produced from cellulose would dramatically reduce carbon dioxide and smog emissions in comparison to gasoline, and have a positive impact on landfill waste."

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01/28/2015

Building expenditures shown to benefit workers, businesses.

01/27/2015

Scent “temperatures” shown to have measurable effect on consumer behavior.

01/26/2015

Photovoltaic devices could cut costs, improve system versatility.

01/23/2015

Data shows earth's surface temperature increase to a new high

01/22/2015

New reports show ownership could have fast benefits.

01/21/2015

New formula kills germs, prevents them from reappearing.

01/20/2015

 Study shows properly maintained roofing can last as long as buildings.

01/19/2015

Increases projected at nearly 10% per year.

01/16/2015

Pollution, health improvements more powerful motivators than cost savings.

01/15/2015

Administration looks to cut GHGs from oil, natural gas production.

01/14/2015

Vegetation effective at dampening noise.

01/13/2015

Database will aid in making green purchasing decisions. 

01/12/2015

Includes best practices for energy monitoring and reduction.

01/09/2015

Study shows majority of reserves must be left alone to mitigate climate change.

01/08/2015

Energy department looks to standardize definition.

01/07/2015

Plus 12 best practices to reduce operating costs. 

01/06/2015

Improvements extend beyond energy efficiency to carbon emissions.

01/05/2015

Rule expected to cut carbon emissions, electricity use in lighting.

01/02/2015

Data storage pattern for media improves light absorption. 

12/31/2014

Partnerships will help communities prepare for electrical disruptions.

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