The January edition of the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook predicted ethanol consumption in the US to increase from 940,000 barrels per day in 2017 to 960,000 barrels per day in 2018 and 970,000 barrels per day in 2019. This consumption forecast was attributed to an increase in ethanol's share of the total gasoline pool, from an average of 10.2% last year to an average of 10.3% this year and next year, according to EIA.
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the bacterium strain Rhodopseudomonas palustris "has clear advantages as a system to develop the use of a remodelled nitrogenase in synthetic biology" and could help convert carbon dioxide to methane, said researcher Lance Seefeldt. Biochemists from the University of Washington and Utah State University note that their discovery "could drive efforts to turn waste gases into usable fuels," he said.
Singapore's new Synthetic Cannabinoid Biology Program will apply synthetic biology technology to identify cannabinoid genes for the production of medicinal cannabinoids without growing the cannabis plant. "Synthetic biology research is maturing and we are well positioned to move forward with translational research for industrial application," said George Loh, director of programs at the National Research Foundation.
Envia Energy, an Oklahoma City-based joint venture plant involving Velocys, is seeking the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of its fuel pathway application for the production of D7 cellulosic diesel Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The plant uses biogas and natural gas as feedstocks for drop-in fuel production.
Eco Green Fuels received permission from India's Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board to use liquid waste as feedstock for biodiesel production. "The idea behind this is that any substance in fat form is a potential feedstock for biodiesel manufacture," said Eco Green founder and CEO Julesh Bantia.
Whirlpool met its 2020 sustainability goals three years early by using EcoStruxure software to collect and measure waste and energy data throughout its plant system. Executive Ron Voglewede says translating big goals into local needs at each facility was important.
The BBC will present two upcoming features on the impact of waste. "Drowning in Plastic" will focus on the scale of plastics pollution in the world's oceans, and "The Truth About What You Wear" will examine the clothing industry's effect on the environment.
When advertisers are trying to communicate an important climate change message, hope and fear are effective tools in different contexts. A report by the Journal of Advertising Research says fear-based messaging works with a global scope, while hope language works best on local levels.
Artificial intelligence will soon touch every industry in the world, and corporations need plans to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of the technology. While AI brings many benefits, the data centers that power it must structured with sustainability in mind, Dunstan Allison-Hope says.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ruling on grid resiliency is a win for consumers and suggests the agency will continue to operate independently of the Trump administration's agenda, said executives from the American Wind Energy Association, Advanced Energy Economy and other trade groups during a news conference today. "It's not only valuing those essential reliability services but ... making sure there's no discrimination," added AWEA Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Amy Farrell.