Clean Energy


Direct Conversion of Biomass to Fuel

UGA, ORNL research team engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel

New research from the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) has overcome a major hurdle to cost-effective biofuel production by enabling the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, documents the direct conversion of biomass to biofuel without pretreatment using the engineered bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Read more at ORNL features.

You can also find a feature on the UGA–ORNL study at The Scientist magazine online.




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