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Solar energy becomes biofuel without solar cell

Solar energy turns into biofuel without solar cells

It seems like soon we will be able to replace fossil fuels with a carbo-neutral product created from solar energy, carbon dioxide, and water. Cyanobacteria,...
University of Utah chemical engineering assistant professor Swomitra Mohanty, pictured with beakers of algae, is part of a team that has developed a new kind of jet mixer for turning algae into biomass that extracts the lipids with much less energy than the older extraction method. It is a key discovery that now puts this form of energy closer to becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative fuel. Credit: Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

Turning Algae into fuel

High energy density transportation fuels remain essential to long distance transportation. However, scalable high energy density alternatives to fossil fuels remain challenging. Yet, microbial...
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Improved catalyst can speed up conversion of industrial biomass into biofuel

In their quest for greener sources of energy, researchers are focusing their attention on efficient conversion of biomass into biofuel. Scientists at the National...