Chevron Corp. of San Ramon, CA, and the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) have formed a strategic research collaboration to pursue advanced technology aimed at converting cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels. The joint research will coordinate with the California Biomass Collaborative to focus on renewable feedstocks available in California, including agricultural waste such as rice straw.
The goal is to develop commercially viable processes for the production of fuels from resources such as energy crops, forest and agricultural residues and municipal solid waste. The research will involve biochemical and thermochemical conversion. Chevron and UC Davis will also provide a demonstration facility to test the commercial readiness of the technologies.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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