Biofuels of the future

May 16, 2017
Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — Emma Drew @ 12:52 pm

Australia could turn to plants such as agave, hemp, saltbush and plantago for potential biofuel production, according to UA node leader, Professor Rachel Burton. In a recent article titled “Biofuels: could agave, hemp and saltbush be the fuels of the future?“, published by The Guardian, Professor Burton discusses the possibility of using these hardy plants […]

Biofuel Production from the Stem of Wild Sorghum

May 31, 2016
Filed under: Media,New Publications,News — Tags: , — Stav Manafis @ 4:33 pm

  Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia, Arun, has the potential to yield over 10,000 litres of bioethanol per hectare per year. Researchers such as Dr Caitlin Byrt Postdoctoral Fellow in the University’s School […]

Special Feature – Biofuels in SA

December 7, 2015

SA’s biggest newspaper, The Advertiser, recorded and produced a special feature on biofuels in SA. The video and article stars SA node leader Associate Professor Rachel Burton, with help in the lab from PhD student Kendall Corbin. In the article, Associate Professor Burton discusses the use of Agave and grape marc in biofuels and how […]

A better source for biofuel?

October 7, 2015

Researchers at the Centre have showed that the agave plant, best known for producing tequila in Mexico, could produce up to 15,000 litres per hectare a year of biofuel ̶ and it grows on marginal land under low rainfall conditions. The paper, titled “Prospecting for Energy-Rich Renewable Raw Materials: Agave Leaf Case Study” published in the journal […]

Biofuel from grape waste

August 20, 2015

Centre PhD Student, Kendall Corbin’s research on grape marc being used as a biofuel has recently been published in the journal, Bioresource Technology. The paper, “Grape marc as a source of carbohydrates for bioethanol: Chemical composition, pre-treatment and saccharification“, discusses how the leftover grape waste (skins, stalks and seeds) from wine-making could be fermented to produce […]

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