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Friday, January 29, 2010

Synthetic Biology Breakthrough Improves Diesel Fuel Production


A team of researchers from government and private industry has engineered a molecule that sidesteps expensive processing to produce diesel fuel from biomass.

“The fact that our microbes can produce a diesel fuel directly from biomass with no additional chemical modifications is exciting and important,” said Jay Keasling, lead researcher on the project and CEO of the Energy Department’s Joint BioEnergy Institute.

“Given that the costs of recovering biodiesel are nowhere near the costs required to distill ethanol, we believe our results can significantly contribute to the ultimate goal of producing scalable and cost-effective advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals,” Keasling added.

Every little bit that we can get off Petroleum is a good thing...

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