Levulinic Acid from Cow Dung

Levulinic acid is a platform chemical with significant potential to substitute petroleum-based products in the chemical and fuel sectors. Agricultural waste, cow dung, was used as feedstock for the production of a high value–added chemical levulinic acid (LA) in dilute acid aqueous solutions. Researchers from “Agro-Environmental Protection Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences” developed a…Read more Levulinic Acid from Cow Dung

Beautiful Biotechnology for Biofuels

µ-BioRefinery™ or n-BioRefinery™ are two of DalinYebo's biorefining platforms that are designed for future technologies such as the one described in the the following research article: A microbial platform for renewable propane synthesis based on a fermentative butanol pathway (Abstract) Navya Menon, András Pásztor, Binuraj RK Menon, Pauli Kallio, Karl Fisher, M Kalim Akhtar, David Leys, Patrik R Jones and Nigel S Scrutton Background Propane (C3H8) is a…Read more Beautiful Biotechnology for Biofuels

California won’t list furfuryl alcohol under Prop 65

California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced it will not list furfuryl alcohol, also known as 2-furanmethanol, as a chemical known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65 [1]. The substance is formed in foods during thermal processing and as a result of the dehydration of sugars,…Read more California won’t list furfuryl alcohol under Prop 65

Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income

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Farmer Bruce Nelson and a representative from biofuels company POET-DSM stand between square and round bales of corn stover stock piled outside of POET-DSM’s PROJECT LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. Selling the corn plant residue after their corn harvest has generated a new revenue stream for many farmers, including Bruce. Watch a video segment about Bruce’s story at the beginning of the film “Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future.”

In Africa we recommend to use the cobs, only or indigenous energy crops. We also have smaller biorefinery solutions, like the µ-Biorefinery or the GreenEnergyPark, which have the same economic outcome as in the USA: Additional income for the farmers.

The article below appeared on Energy.gov (US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy):

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Bioeconomy: $369bn and 4 Million Jobs Added to US Economy in 2013

Each job in the US bioeconomy adds 1.64 jobs in adjacent sectors. An economic impact analysis of the US biobased products industry showed that in 2013 4 million jobs and  US$369bn were added to US economy. In Africa, we can expect an even higher job creation rate (See: GreenEnergyPark™ biorefinery). The following report was obtained…Read more Bioeconomy: $369bn and 4 Million Jobs Added to US Economy in 2013

Levulinic Acid from Furfuryl Alcohol in THF Solvent Systems

American and Brazilian Researchers observed a reduction of the  furfuryl alcohol polymerization reactions, when using a zeolite to hydrolyse furfuryl alcohol in THF (a furfural by-product) , thus increasing the yields over 70%. Two extracts from their report explain the importance of their work: Levulinic acid can be produced from the cellulose fraction (C6 sugars)…Read more Levulinic Acid from Furfuryl Alcohol in THF Solvent Systems

Furfural Derivatives And 170-Year-Old Champagne

Analysis of furfural derivatives in the shipwrecked bubbly reveals secrets of 19th-century French wine making.  The ancient and perfectly preserved champagne, which was taken from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland, revealed an array of curious facts about past wine-making practices. Chemical analysis of the vintage sparkling wine revealed particularly high levels of sugar and…Read more Furfural Derivatives And 170-Year-Old Champagne