On Jan. 3, the United States Department of Energy announced that it has awarded Novozymes and MBI International up to $2.5 million to develop new enzyme-based technologies to convert corn stover into sugars for subsequent conversion into biofuels.
It took mankind millennia of painstaking trial and error to breed hardier, healthier food crops. But we can’t wait that long to develop better trees for biofuel. So a Michigan Technological University researcher is studying the genetics of trees for better growth and higher quality biomass.
Is it possible to develop and produce biofuels in a sustainable way, without harming people or the environment? What policies need to be put in place to help that happen?
The Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University will receive $749,996 from the National Science Foundation to develop a research roadmap on biofuels and bioenergy sustainability in the Pan American region and a graduate course in biofuels and bioenergy sustainability, to be offered over the Internet to partner universities.
NextCat Inc., a Wayne State University startup company, has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $498,830. This brings NextCAT’s total grant funding to $1.3 million.
Walloon Lake-based Gas Technologies LLC Friday announced an agreement with Michigan BioDiesel LLC to design and build the GasTechno proprietary distillation system at Michigan BioDiesel’s Bangor location.
Walloon Lake-based Gas Technologies LLC said Thursday that it has streamlined its GasTechno advanced alcohol, biofuels and chemical plant that profitably converts natural gas to liquids and chemical products at an unprecedented capital cost of less than $2 million.
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to cut foreign oil imports, Energy Secretary Steven Chu Friday announced that Michigan Biotechnology Institute, based in Lansing, was selected for up to $4.3 million to improve pre-treatment processes in biofuels development.
The Walloon Lake-based company offers a glimpse of its process to turn poor quality natural gas, a byproduct of oil exploration that’s frequently simply burned off, into valuable methanol and other chemicals.
Walloon Lake-based Gas Technologies LLC is searching for up to 10 global repersentatives.