Sunday, December 14, 2008

Energy Developments

That you should be aware of. When the price of oil skyrocketed, people all over the world started to investigate alternatives. This is still at a developmental level like that of aviation in 1914, but the future looks promising.

Taking Pulp to the Pump
Gasifying black liquor from pulp mills will accelerate second-generation biofuels. So people aren't buying newspapers like they used to, maybe they can make fuel.

Cheaper Cellulosic Ethanol
Qteros thinks its microbe could cut production costs.

Lean eating machines: These slender bacteria, called Q microbes, can dissolve cellulose into sugars and convert the sugar into ethanol, all in one step. Credit: Qteros

Bacteria Make Better Alcohol Fuels

Modified E. coli produce long-chain alcohol fuels that have advantages over ethanol and butanol.

By engineering the metabolic process of the common E. coli bacteria, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have coaxed the microorganism into churning out useful long-chain alcohols that have potential as new biofuels. The bacteria-produced biofuels have between five and eight carbon atoms, compared with ethanol, which has two carbons.

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