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ORNL team devises electrocatalyst for direct conversion of CO2 into ethanol with high selectivity; pushing the combustion reaction in reverse

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This could help to balance a grid supplied by intermittent renewable sources. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions EthanolWu, Z.,

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U of I study: synthetic fuels via CO2 conversion and FT not currently economically & environmentally competitive

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Emissions FuelsA paper detailing the study is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. Li et al.

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US Navy demos recovery of CO2 and production of H2 from seawater, with conversion to liquid fuel; “Fuel from Seawater”

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Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Production —Dr. Heather Willauer, NRL research chemist.

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New inexpensive catalyst for conversion of CO2 to CO could help with storage of renewable energy

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The combination, suggests the team in paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society , could integrate into energy storage and distribution networks to provide a means for renewable energy storage. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power Generation CO can then be reacted with H 2 O via the water?gas Resources.

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Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

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Joe Galliani in Keep Hermosa Hermosa hat receiving his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from the City of Manhattan Beach and V.O.I.C.E. And the L.A.

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Global Bioenergies plans to acquire Dutch start-up Syngip; gaseous carbon feedstocks for renewable isobutene process

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Global Bioenergies, the developer of a process to convert renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons via fermentation (with an initial focus on isobutene) ( earlier post ), signed a contribution agreement with the shareholders of Syngip B.V. Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Synthetic Biology

DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Power GenerationDrawing of sCO 2 plant. Click to enlarge. Higher plant efficiency.

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Company creates renewable diesel from sunlight

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There have been some fairly remarkable accomplishments in the push for renewable fuels, but the latest innovation from Joule Unlimited is one of the most jaw-dropping yet. Tags: Green cars Latest news diesel from sunlight Joule Joule Unlimited renewable diesel renewable fuel production

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Governments of Canada & Québec award $76.5M to AE Côte-Nord Canada Bioenergy for renewable fuel oil from forest residues w/ Ensyn RTP

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for the production of renewable fuel oil (RFO) from forest residues. million gallons US) of renewable fuel oil per year. Source: Ensyn.

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SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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Aviation Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar Solar fuels SOLAR-JET concentrated thermochemical reactor. Click to enlarge. to 2.34

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USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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Pine chips will be the feedstock source for the Cool Planet facility, but the company can use almost any type of renewable cellulosic material.

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Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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The patent-pending technology has been developed in collaboration with the Professorship of Renewable Energy Carriers at ETH Zurich. The Audi e?gas

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Renewable fuels and biochar company Cool Planet closes on $100M Series D financing

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Cool Planet Energy Systems, a renewable fuels and biochar company ( earlier post ), closed on its targeted $100 million Series D financing.

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NREL enzyme enables conversion of biomass to sugar up to 14x faster than current alternatives; changing the economics of conversion

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The enzyme called CelA, a cellulase from the bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii , could thus could change the economics of biofuel conversion.

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Global Bioenergies delivering first renewable gasoline sample to Audi

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This first batch of renewable gasoline represents a historic milestone. Earlier post.) In its pure form it would be labelled “unleaded 100”.

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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In fact, the PHEV is the only existing technology that acts as a vector for transitioning our society to exclusive use of renewable resources.

NREL shows graded catalytic-protective layer boosts longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes for renewable hydrogen

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. Using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device is a promising way to produce hydrogen. —Gu et al. Resources.

Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

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million for seven research projects designed to advance a broad range of renewable energy technologies, including solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy. Maximizing solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency in photo-electrochemical cells. Electrochemical conversion of carbon gases to sustainable fuels and chemicals.

PetroAlgae partners with CRI Catalyst to optimize conversion of biomass to renewable drop-in fuels using IH2 technology

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GTI says that renewable gasoline (RG) produced by the IH 2 process results in more than 90% lower greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based fuels.

Primus Green Energy raises $12 million for renewable gasoline technology

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developer of a proprietary process to produce gasoline and other fuels from biomass and/or natural gas ( earlier post ), has completed its third round of funding with the recent $12-million investment by IC Green Energy Ltd, the renewable energy arm of Israel Corp. Click to enlarge. Primus Green Energy Inc.,

TU Bergakademie Freiberg launches OTTO-R project with VW Group, Shell, OMV as partners; P2X for green gasoline

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Researchers at the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, with partners from the automotive industry (Audi, VW) and the petroleum industry (Shell, OMV) have launched the €1.46-million OTTO-R project for the production of gasoline from “green” methanol produced from CO 2 , water and renewable electricity. million.

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On the road to solar fuels and chemicals

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Various device configuration powered by a renewable energy source perform electrochemical water splitting or CO 2 reduction. One such connects a photovoltaic (PV) to a separate electrolyzer with catalysts that drive the necessary conversion reactions (PV/electrolysis). —Montoya et al. —Montoya et al. Resources. Joseph H.

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New renewable hydrocarbon fuel pathway uses platform molecule acetoin produced by biomass fermentation

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Researchers at Nanjing Tech University in China have developed a new pathway for the production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from lignocellulose.

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Researchers develop co-catalyst system for lower cost conversion of CO2 to CO; syngas for synfuels

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high overpotentials are needed to convert CO 2 because the first step in CO 2 conversion is the formation of a “CO 2 ? OC = open cell). is not.

MIT researchers devise simple catalytic system for fixation and conversion of CO2

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Ideally we’d like to develop carbon-neutral cycles for renewable energy, to get carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and avoid pollution. reacts with triethylsilane in acetonitrile under an atmosphere of CO 2 to produce formate (69% isolated yield) together with silylated molybdate (quantitative conversion to [MoO 3 (OSiEt 3 )] ? ,

Gevo contracts with Mustang Engineering for the conversion of Gevos renewable isobutanol to biojet fuel

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a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, signed an engineering and consulting agreement with Mustang Engineering, LP for the conversion of Gevo’s renewable isobutanol to biojet fuel. High-level process schematic for hydrocarbons from isobutanol. Source: Gevo. Click to enlarge. Gevo, Inc., Earlier post.). —Dr.

Light over heat: UV-driven rhodium nanoparticles catalyze conversion of CO2 to methane

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Fuels Solar fuelsAn open-access paper on the work is published in Nature Communications.

CoolPlanet BioFuels claims conversion yield of 4K gallons gasoline per acre biomass

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CoolPlanet BioFuels, a start-up developing technology to convert low-grade biomass into high-grade fuels including gasoline, and carbon that can be sequestered ( earlier post ), claims it has achieved a conversion yield of 4,000 gallons gasoline/acre biomass in pilot testing using giant miscanthus, an advanced bioenergy crop. Earlier post.).

S. Korean researchers develop new catalytic pathway for direct conversion of CO2 to liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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Making hydrocarbons out of CO 2 must overcome two challenges—chemical stability of the CO 2 molecule and a cheap and renewable hydrogen source.

New one-pot methanol-mediated process for conversion of wood and cellulosic solids to liquid fuels

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Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have developed a one-pot process for the catalytic conversions of wood and cellulosic solids to liquid and gaseous products in a reactor operating at 300–320 °C and 160-220 bar. Overview of the process. Click to enlarge. —Matson et al. —Matson et al.

Researchers produce high density renewable fuels from terpenes; potential use as significant components of jet, diesel and tactical fuels

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Turpentine and ethanol were both used as renewable fuels as far back as the early 19 th century, the researchers note in their paper. to 39.5

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Naval Air Warfare Center awards contract to Albemarle for processing Cobalt Technologies’ bio n-butanol to renewable jet fuel using Alcohol-to-Jet process

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Cobalt converts non-food feedstock such as woody biomass into renewable butanol for both chemicals and fuels, including jet fuel. Butene Drying.

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DOE to award up to $12M for technologies to produce renewable carbon fiber from biomass

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award ( DE-FOA-0000996 ) up to $12 million in funding to advance the development of a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from renewable non-food biomass. Prior attempts to produce renewable carbon fiber have focused on converting lignin.

Airbus joins Australian consortium developing pyrolysis pathway for renewable jet fuel

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Airbus has joined a consortium that includes Virgin Australia, Renewable Oil Corporation, the Future Farm Industries CRC, Canadian biofuels company Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation and GE to study a new pathway for the production of sustainable aviation fuels from mallee trees using fast pyrolysis and subsequent bio-oil upgrading.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

Second, you can make the energy to run them domestically and renewable, and finally they are better driving experiences. This is a shame because we have the intelligence and renewable resources to do much better Was there a level of distrust among the execs? CHRIS: Yes. There was risk all around. This other is what went right.

New $30M ARPA-E program to produce renewable liquid fuels from renewable energy, air and water

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Conversion efficiency, %. ARPA-E Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Solar Solar fuels WaterDE-FOA-0001562 ). Gasoline.

Texas A&M team developing photocatalyst to turn CO2 into renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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Researchers with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, led by Dr. Ying Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering, are developing a photocatalyst to convert CO 2 into renewable hydrocarbon fuels. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Fuels Solar fuels—doctoral student Huilei Zhao.

New Na-ion battery combining intercalation and conversion could be promising low-cost energy storage system

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Scheme of the new full sodium-ion battery, which combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode. This battery system combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode, resulting in high capacity, high rate capability, thermal stability, and much improved cycle life. (In Credit: ACS, Oh et al. Click to enlarge. Fe 0.5

CalTech, Berkeley Lab team uses new high-throughput method to identify promising photoanodes for solar fuels

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar fuelsEach water molecule consists of an oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. Credit: Yan et al.

Study for European Parliament assesses options for turning CO2 into methanol for use in transport

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Putting a price on energy security does, however, not invalidate the need for finding more efficient conversion processes for alternative fuels, including hydrogen and methanol, nor for promoting the most suitable uses of all types of energy sources, recycled CO 2 included, so that energy remains affordable for all economic players. Olah, G.