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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Catalyst Creation

Posted on April 15, 2013 11:44 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Researchers working at IACT


Funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the Institute for Atom-Efficient Chemical Transformations (IACT) is performing multifaceted research and development to advance use of biomass as a viable energy resource. 

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Developing Willow Biomass: Reducing the Delivered Cost of Feedstock

Posted on January 28, 2013 15:04 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Willow harvesting


A 130-acre plot of willow in western New York is improving the cost-efficiency of harvesting willow biomass to produce biofuels. 

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John Gordon and Pete Silks: New Research from Webinar Presenters Published

Posted on December 20, 2012 11:24 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Furan Ring Illustration


On December 12, 2012, the Biomass Program hosted a webinar titled, “Upgrading Renewable and Sustainable Carbohydrates for the Production of High Energy Density Fuels.” Featured presenters, John Gordon and Pete Silks of Los Alamos National Laboratory, discussed how improvements in catalysis science are leading to more efficient conversion of non‐food biomass into transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks.

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The Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels

Posted on November 19, 2012 16:49 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Phase 1 of the Sapphire Energy Green Crude Farm


In June 2010, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) to convene a committee to investigate the potential for an environmentally sustainable domestic algal biofuels industry. The NRC’s report identifies priority areas for improving the long-term, national-scale sustainability of algal biofuels and notably finds no showstoppers.

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