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The system is powered by Nvidia GPUs and thought to be one of the two fastest supercomputers in the world. It's capable of making 20,000 trillion calculations each second.
Switchgrass, a native grass researchers are turning into ethanol fuel, can also be used for producing biodegradeable plastics from within the leaves of switchgrass.
The grass, native to the U.S., gets high marks for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in Department of Agriculture test.
Seeking out cheaper biofuels, Boston-area start-up uses protein engineering to instruct sorghum and corn stover plants to break down more quickly into sugars.
To encourage the use of clean energy, agency says it will defer permitting requirements for CO2 emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources for three years.
Range Fuels, which uses a process that simultaneously produces ethanol and methanol from wood chips, says it's ready to sell biodiesel and ethanol for cars on a large scale.
Researchers find that using crop land to make electricity to power a plug-in electric vehicle is more efficient and less polluting than running a comparable car with ethanol.
New regulation, focused on "carbon intensity," is aimed at cutting dependence on petroleum and on boosting alternative fuels.
Biofuel created from forestry or agricultural waste could replace a decent chunk of the annual gas use in the U.S. by 2030.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers say that a sterile grass known as Miscanthus giganteus proved to be significantly more productive than other biofuel crops like corn in the making of ethanol.