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Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced Biofuels

Dean Dibble prepares samples of switchgrass for analysis. (Photo by Randy Wong) Biofuels hold great promise for the future of transportation energy, but how near we are to that future is, at best, an educated guess with many variables at play. A study led by Scott Paap (Systems Research and Analysis Dept.), “Biochemical production [...]

By |September 10th, 2013|Biofuels, Biomass, Energy, Facilities, JBEI, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced Biofuels

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

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 [...]

By |December 7th, 2011|Energy, JBEI, News, Renewable Energy, Transportation Energy|Comments Off on JBEI Researchers Splice Corn Gene into Switchgrass, Increasing Plant Cell Wall Starch by 250%

Lignocellulosic Biomass

Lignocellulosic biomass is one of the most abundant plants on Earth and is a critical feedstock for the production of renewable fuels. Lignocellulose is a mixture of complex sugars and lignin, a non-carbohydrate polymer that provides strength and structure to plant cell walls. By extracting simple fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and producing biofuels, the [...]

By |April 26th, 2011|Comments Off on Lignocellulosic Biomass

Co-Evolution of Biofuels

This program includes the development of thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies routes to efficiently generate renewable biofuels from two primary feedstock types – lignocellulose and microalgae. Both of these feedstocks have significant promise in terms of displacing fossil fuels, but significant challenges remain that require further research and development. Co-evolution of Biofuels and Engines [...]

By |November 9th, 2010|Comments Off on Co-Evolution of Biofuels

Stationary Power

Stationary Power Our work in stationary power includes the deployment of clean electricity, which requires integration with a modernized grid infrastructure, and enhancements in energy efficiency as a direct influence on energy productivity and economic competitiveness. Energy Conversion Efficiency High-efficiency conversion of low and  zero-carbon energy sources to electricity [...]

By |November 4th, 2010|Comments Off on Stationary Power