Mobile machine can make biofuel for military and humanitarian operations

New technology is based on reactions of an engineered photosynthetic bacterium with plant enzymes

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have created a device called the Endurance Bioenergy Reactor (EBR) that can produce bioenergy on location, using waste from kitchens and latrines.

The fuel can go directly into engines and generators without any need for refining, avoiding the complications of distribution and supply chains associated with fuel production. The researchers say the EBR can produce 25 to 50 gallons (94.6 to 189.2 liters) of biofuel a day from waste streams or processed cellulosic materials.

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Argonne National Laboratory


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