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Paige Seibert in a lab

Jul 20, 2023

CALS Student Explores Biofuel at National Laboratory

This summer, Paige Seibert is learning how to turn carbon dioxide into biofuel at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. 

Dunaliella saltwater algae

Dec 16, 2019

Salty Algae Leads to Sweet Success

NC State University professor Heike Sederoff started studying saltwater algae more than a decade ago as part of a project to use algae to make biofuel. This research led to a recent paper in the journal Nature and a biofuels patent application. 

Two scientists in a laboratory

Feb 12, 2019

Fueling the Future: Elephant Grass as Potential Biofuel Material (And More)

A common perennial grass may hold uncommon promise for research, agriculture and industry – and it may even fuel the future. A team of NC State scientists are exploring the potential of miscanthus. 

Jul 7, 2017

‘On Your Mark, Get Set’: Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production

Researchers from NC State and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used a combination of X-ray and neutron crystallography to determine the detailed atomic structure of a specialized fungal enzyme. Their findings could lead to improved computational models that will further guide industrial applications for cleaner forms of energy. 

Feb 12, 2014

Closing the loop

Biologists team with engineers to develop economical system for producing biofuels from algae. 

Feb 12, 2014

North Carolina 4-H gets students charged up about bioenergy

Interest in bioenergy has soared as concerns about petroleum’s limited resources and its environmental impact have risen. But what exactly is bioenergy, and what does it mean for America today and in the future? With its latest science-based curriculum, North Carolina 4-H is helping middle-school students answer these and other timely questions. 

Apr 11, 2012


College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Environmental Expertise: Energy 

Feb 3, 2012

Designing jet fuels of the future

Using micro-organisms able to survive in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, two CALS researchers are working to turn plants and algae into oil-producing factories efficient enough to help solve the problem of the world’s diminishing petroleum reserves. 

Sep 8, 2011

Biofuels efforts to be showcased Sept. 14

The latest N.C. State University research related to biofuels will be showcased at the 2011 Western N.C. Bioenergy Field Day. The event takes place Sept. 14 at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River. 

Aug 25, 2011

Project fuels interest in canola

When leaders of a project designed to provide homegrown, renewable fuels for the military and to strengthen Eastern North Carolina agriculture needed help finding the right source crop and testing it locally, they turned to N.C. State University and its N.C. Cooperative Extension Service for help.