ORNL study shows benefits of mid-level ethanol blends

"Oak Ridge National Laboratory has published a study on mid-level ethanol blends that has determined high-octane fuels (HOF), specifically ethanol blends of E25 to E40, could offer significant benefits to the U.S., including improved vehicle fuel efficiency in vehicles designed to use increased octane."

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Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

"Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds each cell and plays a pivotal role in plants' ability to grow against gravity and reach heights ranging from stubbly grasses to the sky-scraping splendor of redwoods. But lignin is a problem for scientists interested in converting plant biomass to biofuels and other sustainable bio-based products. Lignin makes it hard to break down the plant matter so its carbon-rich building blocks can be converted into forms suitable for generating energy or running automobiles."

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A New Way To Make Biofuels: Two Feedstocks

"Sass Somekh knows firsthand that biofuels is a market for masochists."

"Back in 2010 and 2011, the general partner of Musea Ventures was putting together the elements to launch White Dog Labs. The company had developed a process for making acetone, butanol and ethanol with an updated version of the Weizman process which helped the British win WWI. It lined up a deal with ADM and was seeking out the funds to build a 25 million gallon demo plant."

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How to Convert Switchgrass to Ethanol

"Biofuels such as ethanol are compounds derived from plants that can be used to fuel internal-combustion engines such as those in cars and small machinery. Creating these fuels from plants can reduce the environmental and political problems caused by a reliance on oil. Although much ethanol production, especially in the United States, comes from corn, switchgrass is a promising alternative. It is a North American native grass that can grow on marginal land without the extensive inputs that corn or sugar cane require, and it produces a much better energy yield. Making ethanol from switchgrass, though, is a challenging process."

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