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Genes may travel from plant to plant to fuel evolution

Evolutionary biologists at the University of Sheffield and Brown University have documented for the first time that plants pass genes from plant to plant to fuel their evolutionary development.



Fossil fuel power stations and other industrial sources account for more than 65% of global CO2 emissions

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are expected to double by 2050. There are many challenges associated with developing renewable energy technologies that can meet global energy demands.



From microbe to hydrogen fuel

Scientists have investigated a means for enhancing the efficiency of clean energy production by using specialised bacteria.



Balancing fuel, food and biodiversity

In order to effectively reap the social and economic benefits of biofuel production, government policies need to address potential effects of land-use choices on our ecosystems.



Designing a better type of fuel cell

Fuel cells are often touted as one method to help decrease society's addiction to fossil fuels. But there is still a lot of work to be done before fuel cells will be ready for mass market to be used in transportation, home heating and portable power for emergencies.



Making more efficient fuel cells

Bacteria that generate significant amounts of electricity could be used in microbial fuel cells to provide power in remote environments or to convert waste to electricity.



Biotechnology: More efficient fuel production

Using electrolysed water rather than harsh chemicals could be a more effective and environmentally friendly method in the pretreatment of ethanol waste products to produce an acetone-butanol-ethanol fuel mix, according to research.



Biotechnology breakthrough in fuel cells

Researchers have developed a successful way to grow molecular wire brushes that conduct electrical charges, a first step in developing biological fuel cells that could power pacemakers, cochlear implants and prosthetic limbs.



14-month payback on new fuel system for ingredient manufacturer

In an effort to boost efficiency, a supplier of ingredients to the bakery, confectionery and food service sectors has used a novel solution to cut by 6.58 per cent the amount of gas consumed by its steam raising boiler. Payback, as Sean Ottewell finds out, took just 14.5 months.



Energy management technology improves fuel use efficiency

Located in the English midlands, the Worksop-based Campbell Grocery Products plant manufactures some of the company’s most recognisable brands A subsidiary of the Campbell Soup Company, its five autonomous manufacturing centres are responsible for Oxo, Homepride Cook-in-Sauces, Batchelor’s Super Noodles, the Batchelor’s Mushy Pea cannery, and the company's R&D facility.



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