Energy and Climate


Assessing the Economic Potential of Advanced Biofuels

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 of ethanol and fatty acid ethyl esters from switchgrass: A comparative analysis of environmental […]

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 […]

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 […]


On November 10, 2010, in

Sandia spearheads research into energy alternatives that will help the nation reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and to combat the effects of climate change. Sandia’s long history with geothermal, solar, and wind energy research has seen a vast increase in effort and intensity over the past 15 years and has also been supplemented in […]


On November 9, 2010, in

Global demand for energy has risen dramatically in recent years, yet the world continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs—a troubling key contributor to international issues of energy security and climate change. The U.S. presently imports 66% of the oil that is consumed in this country, and these imports contribute $400 […]

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