Chevron Corp. and Weyerhaeuser Co. will work together to commercialize the production of biofuels from cellulose-based sources. The companies plan to research and develop technology that can transform wood fiber and other non-food sources of cellulose into economical clean-burning biofuels for cars and trucks. Chevron turned to Weyerhaeuser because of the forest and mill system crops planted on the company’s forest plantations.
The companies believe cellulosic biofuels can become a popular low-carbon alternative transportation fuel. But there are some technical barriers to overcome. “There are several technology hurdles that need to be addressed before large-scale commercialization of cellulosic feedstocks occurs,” says Dave O’Reilly, chairman and CEO of Chevron. “We believe this partnership will accelerate the achievement of that reality.”
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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