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Catalytic Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Alkyl Lactates with Solid Lewis Acids
BackgroundThe use of organic feedstocks such as cellulose, the most abundant biomass on Earth, for the production of value-added chemicals may contribute to a more sustainable economy and ecosystem. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have developed a method for producing organic compounds from an organic feedstock, such as cellulosic, lignocellulosic,...
Published: 6/24/2021   |   Inventor(s): Hongfei Lin, Lisha Yang, Xiaokun Yang
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Chemicals & Materials, Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment
Hydropyras Process: Conversion Of Waste To Heat/Power
Background: One can find numerous examples of industrial and domestic waste with high pollutant content (COD, BOD), e.g., stillage, sludge, etc. Treatment of these streams for discharge is quite expensive. In principle, the organic content can be converted to fuel, heat, or power by use of anaerobic digestion (AD), but that technology is not always...
Published: 6/24/2021   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Mohammad Reza, Reza (Alireza) Shekarriz
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment
Batch Cyclic Redox Reactor
Background The combustion of hydrocarbons which include fossil and synthetic fuels can produce power and heat; however, it can be difficult to protect the environment from greenhouse gases produced in air-based combustion reactions. Thus, there is a need for a combustion reactor that is both environmentally-friendly and economical for moderately-sized...
Published: 5/12/2020   |   Inventor(s): Marisa Zuzga, Charles Coronella, Md. Helal Uddin
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment
System For Enhancing Geothermal Energy Extraction
Background With ever-increasing energy security and climate change issues, there is a growing interest in the use of renewable energy sources, such as geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is everywhere in abundant supply, challenging engineers and inventors to harvest it economically. Researchers at the University of Nevada Reno have created a novel...
Published: 5/12/2020   |   Inventor(s): George Danko
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment
Enhancing Kinetics of Biodiesel Production Using Morpholine
Background With the ever-growing environmental issues such as air pollution and climate change, there is increased research in the solution of minimizing the use of fossil fuels. Biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel have been chosen by governments to be the best possible substitutes. Because of the popularization of biofuels, there is a need...
Published: 5/12/2020   |   Inventor(s): Dev Chidambaram, Dharshini Bala
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment
Dual Mode Combustor
Background Many existing heat production devices such as the gas burner systems require fairly complex control due to high burner-gas flame temperatures which lead to high costs to use the technology. Furthermore, carbon dioxide in the exhaust is a pollutant; thus, the development of a clean and simple system is in need. Description Our researchers...
Published: 5/12/2020   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, George Touchton
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment
Methods for Wet Torrefaction of a Biomass
Background Lignocellulosic biomass is an important and abundant source of renewable energy. However, difficulties in transportation and handling cause issues with the commercialization of its use, due to its low bulk density and tendency to rot if not stored properly. Thermochemical pretreatment through a process of wet torrefaction increases the mass...
Published: 5/12/2020   |   Inventor(s): Charles Coronella, Victor Vasquez, Mohammad Reza, Wei Yan
Keywords(s): Energy and Renewables
Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy & Environment