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Team converts wet biological waste to diesel-compatible fuel

Date: December 4, 2018 Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summary: In a step toward producing renewable engine fuels that are compatible with existing diesel fuel infrastructure, researchers report they can convert wet biowaste, such as swine manure and food scraps, into a fuel that can be blended with diesel and that shares diesel’s combustion …

Ready-to-use recipe for turning plant waste into gasoline

Ready-to-use recipe for turning plant waste into gasoline. Credit: KU Leuven – Joris Snaet Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven, Belgium, already knew how to make gasoline in the laboratory from plant waste such as sawdust. Now the researchers have developed a roadmap, as it were, for industrial cellulose gasoline. In 2014, at KU Leuven’s Centre …

Increase in plastics waste reaching remote South Atlantic islands

Date: October 9, 2018 Source: British Antarctic Survey The amount of plastic washing up onto the shores of remote South Atlantic islands is 10 times greater than it was a decade ago, according to new research. Scientists investigating plastics in seas surrounding the remote British Overseas Territories discovered they are invading these unique biologically-rich regions. …

Millions of tons of plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products

A chemical conversion process developed at Purdue University allows researchers to turn recycled shopping bags into pellets into oil as shown in the bottle being held by Linda Wang, the Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering. Using distillation, that oil is separated into a gasoline-like fuel in the bottle in …

Vice President of Technical Services to Present at Army Corps Natural and Nature-Based Features Symposium

Vice President of Technical Services, Randy Mandel, has been invited to present the Bioengineering Manual he coauthored for the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program as well as Riparian Restoration Matrix, also developed for EWP, at the September Army Corps International Natural and Nature-Based Features Symposium at UC Santa Cruz. His presentation will occur on September …

Billionaire Builds World’s Largest Yacht to Clean Up Ocean Trash

The 595-foot floating lab will be able to scoop up five tons of plastic a day. After profiting from offshore drilling, one billionaire is trying to clean up the environment with a trash-collecting yacht. Kjell Inge R∅kke, a Norwegian businessman, is funding the construction of a state-of-the-art ship to research matters like climate change, pollution, …