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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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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.


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04/24/2015

New technology could reduce risk of hospital-acquired infections.

04/23/2015

Seismic activity shown to affect nearly half of Americans.

04/22/2015

New technologies will cut use of climate-damaging refrigerants.

04/21/2015

Guidelines will ensure reliability of solar investments.

04/20/2015

Cloud-based application measures the effect of climate change on facilities.

04/17/2015

Rule will improve energy efficiency for wide range of pump types.

04/16/2015

Emissions rise marginally in 2013.

04/15/2015

Protocol will speed introduction of new roof products. 

04/14/2015

Better food choices, exercise options at work shown to reduce obesity.

04/13/2015

New design responds autonomously to changes in thermal energy.

04/10/2015

Guidelines include short-term, long-term energy efficiency goals.

04/09/2015

1.5 MW milestone reached.

04/08/2015

Plant molecule to improve roofing sustainability.

04/07/2015

ASHRAE revision will incorporate new developments, strategies to improve air quality.

04/06/2015

Green programs combine to improve building sustainability.

04/02/2015

New guides will drive down startup costs.

04/01/2015

Green features expected in hospitality facilities.

03/31/2015

U.S. photovoltaic capacity reaches new record for photovoltaic installations.

03/30/2015

New technology driving increased demand on healthcare systems.

03/27/2015

Capital ranks #1 in certified buildings.

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