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Lignocellulosic biomass

JBEI Researchers Splice Corn Gene into Switchgrass, Increasing Plant Cell Wall Starch by 250%

On December 7, 2011, in Energy, JBEI, News, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy

Many experts believe that advanced biofuels made from cellulosic biomass are the most promising alternative to petroleum-based liquid fuels for a renewable, clean, green, domestic source of transportation energy. Nature, however, does not make it easy. Unlike the starch sugars in grains, the complex polysaccharides in the cellulose of plant cell walls are locked within a […]

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

On December 7, 2011, in Energy, JBEI, News, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy

A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with a domestically produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have engineered the first strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that can digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize […]

Lignocellulosic Biomass

On April 26, 2011, in

It is estimated that there is over 1 billion tons of non-food lignocellulosic biomass currently available on a sustainable basis in the United States alone for the production of biofuels.  Lignocellulosic biomass is therefore a critical feedstock for the production of renewable fuels that will be required to meet the biofuel production targets established by […]

Biochemical Conversion Program

On April 26, 2011, in

Biochemical conversion of biomass to fuels has become increasingly important as climate and energy security issues challenge our nation’s dependence on conventional energy sources. Sandia’s biochemical conversion program team works closely with industrial, university, and research lab partners to develop the foundation for the next generation of biochemical conversion technologies – including advanced biomass pretreatment, […]