HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
ASU researchers partner with UOP to make biofuel for military jets a reality

MESA, Ariz. Arizona State University researchers are part of a team led by UOP, LLC., a Honeywell company, that is looking at alternative sources of oil that could be used to produce Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) or military jet fuel.

The goal of the project, which is backed by a $7.2 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is to develop and commercialize a process to produce Jet Propellant (JP-8), which is used by U. S. and NATO militaries.

The ASU team in the School of Applied Arts and Sciences will lead an effort to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of using algae as an alternative feedstock resource. ASUs researchers Qiang Hu and Milton Sommerfeld will screen for oil-rich algal strains, evaluate their potential as oil producers and develop an algal feedstock production system that will yield competitively priced oil that can be converted into jet fuel.

Hu and Sommerfeld, who direct the Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology, have focused on algae as a source of renewable oil for more than 20 years. The benefits of oil produced from algae are endless, according to the ASU researchers. Algae are non-food/feed sources, so there is no inherent conflict of using food crop plants for fuel rather than for food, said Hu and Sommerfeld. Also, algae can be grown on land that is unsuitable for agriculture and can use saline or brackish water, making the algae feedstock production system complementary rather than competitive to existing agriculture.

Moreover, since algae can use carbon dioxide from waste or flue gases as a nutrient for growth, an added value of algae feedstock production is environmental carbon sequestration.

While algal oil is very similar to other vegetable oils in terms of fatty acid composition, the oil yield of algae is projected to be at least 100 times that of soybean per acre of land on an annual basis.

ASU, UOP LLC, Honeywell Ae
'"/>

Contact: Christine Lambrakis
lambrakis@asu.edu
480-727-1173
Arizona State University
2-Aug-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Innovative tagging technique may help researchers better protect fish stocks
2. Penn researchers discover how key protein stops inflammation
3. Einstein researchers prototype vaccine could provide improved protection against tuberculosis
4. Penn researchers discover pathway that eliminates genetic defects in red blood cells
5. U-M researchers find family of on switches that cause prostate cancer
6. 2007 EURYI: 20 young researchers to receive Nobel Prize-sized awards for breakthrough ideas
7. Pets could be source of multiresistant bacteria infections in humans, MU researchers investigate
8. MGH researchers confirm that bone marrow restores fertility in female mice
9. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
10. U-M researchers identify gene involved in breast cancer
11. Drug protects brain cells in Huntingtons disease model, researchers find

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/4/2020)... ... March 04, 2020 , ... ... and services, announced it has been nominated as a finalist in the category ... This nomination comes as VGXI expedites manufacturing of a DNA vaccine against the ...
(Date:3/2/2020)... ... 02, 2020 , ... Toronto-based clinical research organization (CRO) and regulatory consulting firm, ... just 5 minutes south of Clarksburg on a farm on Beaver Valley Road. , ... the Rainbow Orchard, and decided it would be a great new option for employees ...
(Date:2/28/2020)... ... February 28, 2020 , ... Meridian Clinical Research ... Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) award for Best Clinical Trial Site. Meridian is also ... the Best Clinical Trial Network award. These nominations were the result of two voting ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 18, 2020 , ... ... populations down to the strain level, recently unveiled a novel DNA isolation product. ... and unbiased isolation of high molecular weight (HMW) single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) in excess ...
(Date:2/19/2020)... ... February 19, 2020 , ... ... the life sciences industry, today announced the opening of a new office in ... Red Nucleus R&D. , Red Nucleus announced the new office in response to ...
(Date:2/11/2020)... ... February 11, 2020 , ... ... from a long-term follow-up clinical study of outpatient L4-L5 lumbar interspinous fixation ... Unlike extension block design, the Inspan device fixates the spine to allow ...
(Date:2/10/2020)... ... 2020 , ... R3 Medical Training announced it is now registering for its ... The course is hands on involving real patients and stem cell biologics, with every ... Stem Cell Training Course has received rave reviews from attendees, who love the hands ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: