Could Cars Be Fueled By Recycled Newspaper?

Could Cars Be Fueled By Recycled Newspaper?

A novel bacterial strain uses recycled newspaper to produce butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline.

Kyana Gordon
  • 31 august 2011

Don’t rule out the newspaper industry just yet. Producing fuel out of newspaper with the help of bacteria found in animal droppings may seem a bit far-fetched, but that’s exactly what scientists at Tulane University have done. The team discovered a novel bacterial strain (dubbed ‘TU-103’) that converts The New Orleans Times-Picayune paper aka cellulose directly into butanol, a biofuel that can serve as a substitute for gasoline. What makes this new bacterial strain unique is its ability to survive in the presence of oxygen.

Access this article for free
Fill in your email below and you'll gain access to this article while also receiving a number of membership features as part of a special 30-day trial.
*Already a member? Log in here

Learn About Our Membership Services

Need Research Help?
As a member you can ask us any research questions and get complimentary research assistance with a 4-day turnaround. Reports inclde stats, quotes, and best-inclass examples on research topics.
Remain Informed & Strategic
We publish several trends reports each month. By becoming a member you will have access to over 100 existing reports, plus a growing catalog of deep topical analysis and debrief-style reports so you always remain in the know.
See Trends Come To Life
Meet your peers and immerse yourself in monthly trend and innovation webinars and discounted conferences.
No search results found.