Startup Virdia raises funds to test making sugar from wood chips, making it one of many companies trying to create sugars from non-food sources for chemicals, biofuel, or animal feed.
Researchers from the University of Georgia believe they have discovered a method that could turn CO2 from the air into useable industrial products.
Aiming for a breakthrough in biofuel production, Berkeley National Lab project seeks to tweak tobacco plants with hydrocarbon-producing properties of algae and cyanobacteria.
The company, which makes biofuel from a microbes, said it will stay the course, and expects a demo flight with its biofuel soon.
Taking a cue from the oil business, BioEnergy International is developing biorefinery processes to make fuels and specialty biochemicals.