Rice, C-Crete team optimizes conversion of tire waste into graphene for stronger concrete

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Rice University scientists and their colleagues at C-Crete Technologies have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete. Elements besides carbon were vented out for other uses.

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DOE awards ~$34M to 11 projects to advance waste and algae bioenergy technology

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Biomass feedstocks can be produced by municipal solid waste (MSW) streams and algae and converted into low-carbon fuels that can significantly contribute to the decarbonization of transportation sectors that face barriers to electrification, such as aviation and marine. The selected projects will: Research and develop waste for energy conversion ($20 million). Topic Area 1: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks.

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Carbon Engineering & LanzaTech partner to produce SAF using direct air capture CO2; “air-to-jet”

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LanzaTech UK and direct air capture technology company Carbon Engineering have partnered on a project to create sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO 2 ). The project team, consisting of LanzaTech, CE, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, will examine how two proven technologies can be integrated to recycle atmospheric CO 2 into ultra-low carbon jet fuel. Aviation & Aerospace Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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Researchers develop titanium and copper heterostructured photocatalyst for conversion of CO2 into CH4

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Scientists at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, have developed a novel heterostructured photocatalyst using titanium and copper, two abundant and relatively inexpensive metals, for the conversion of CO 2 into CH 4. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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Sinopec Capital to invest in and partner with LanzaTech; direct production of chemicals from wastes and residues

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Sinopec Capital, as the industrial investment arm of Sinopec Group—one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies—announced an investment in LanzaTech with a focus on promoting direct production of chemicals from waste carbon. LanzaTech’s platform takes pollution and recycles it, eliminating single-use carbon. LanzaTech represents the world-leading carbon recycling company. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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NSF awards $2M to Rice U collaboration to explore direct conversion of CO2 into fuels

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Rice University engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2-million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how waste carbon dioxide can be converted directly into pure liquid fuels using CO 2 capture, polymer engineering, DFT simulation and solid electrolyte reactor technologies. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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Lufthansa, ETH Zürich, Climeworks & Synhelion to cooperate on Sustainable Aviation Fuels; CO2 capture & solar thermochemical conversion

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Climeworks, a company founded at ETH Zurich in 2009, is pursuing CO 2 air separation to provide the carbon required for fuel synthesis in a sustainable manner. Climeworks direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste.

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TU/ecomotive develops waste-free car with UBQ: Luca

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With this zero-waste car, the team wants to show that waste can be a valuable material with a multitude of applications. Luca, the world’s first Zero-Waste car.

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Raven SR & Hyzon Motors to build up to 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs

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At the hubs, which can be built at or near landfills, Raven SR will convert mixed and multiple organic wastes, including municipal solid waste, greenwaste, food waste, medical, paper, etc. Raven SR , a renewable fuels company, and Hyzon Motors Inc.,

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GTI quantifies opportunity to produce low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) from wood wastes

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GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “ Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes ”. GTI led a team of engineers and scientists to produce a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock and some of the existing infrastructure. These companies are world experts in gasification, gas clean-up, and conversion technologies.

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DOE awards $35M to 15 projects in ARPA-E ECOSynBio program to reduce carbon footprint of biofuel production

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $35 million to 15 research projects through ARPA-E’s “Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy” (ECOSynBio) program to decarbonize biorefining processes used across the energy, transportation, and agriculture sectors. These fermentation processes create carbon as a byproduct, with some processes wasting more than 1/3 of this carbon as CO 2 emissions.

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ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for direct conversion of CO2 to ethanol

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ReactWell , LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production. ReactWell will bring ORNL’s electrochemical process, which converts carbon dioxide directly into ethanol ( earlier post ), into the company’s existing conversion solution known as the ReactWell process.

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LLNL report lays out technology pathways for California to become carbon-neutral and then -negative by 2045; 3 pillars of negative emissions

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have identified a suite of technologies to help California to become carbon-neutral—and ultimately carbon-negative —by 2045. The key finding of this report is that carbon neutrality is achievable.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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The plant will feature SGH2’s technology, which will gasify recycled mixed paper waste to produce green hydrogen that reduces carbon emissions by two to three times more than green hydrogen produced using electrolysis and renewable energy, and is five to seven times cheaper.

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DOE awarding $72M to 27 projects to develop and advance carbon capture technologies, including direct air capture

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of approximately $72 million in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies under two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). DOE is awarding a total of $21 million to 18 projects for technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a process known as “direct air capture” (DAC). It will also help develop carbon reduction technologies for use in the steel sector.

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$3M UK project to develop low-carbon aviation fuels from captured CO2 and waste biomass

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Heriot-Watt University in the UK will lead a £2-million (US$3-million) project ( EP/N009924/1 ) to develop low-carbon aviation fuels from captured CO 2 and waste biomass. The project aims to produce low-carbon synthetic aviation jet fuel using renewable energy from waste agricultural and forestry biomass and captured CO 2. The aviation sector is faced with demands from the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2050.

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Amazon invests in electrofuels company Infinium

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Infinium Electrofuels have the potential to help investor Amazon and other companies to decarbonize their operations and meet their net-zero carbon goals. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power-to-Gas

LanzaTech and Sekisui advance conversion of municipal solid waste to ethanol

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Sekisui , a multibillion dollar Japanese diversified chemicals company and LanzaTech report making significant progress on a waste-to-chemicals platform converting municipal solid waste (MSW) to ethanol or other new products. Today, many MSW streams are incinerated or super-heated to produce a synthesis gas made up of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, which is then combusted for power and emitted as carbon dioxide.

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Novel pathway for aviation fuel from food waste–derived volatile fatty acids (VFA) could lead to 70% blends, up to 165% reduction in GHG

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Life cycle analysis showed up to 165% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to fossil jet if the food waste is diverted from landfills to produce VFA-SAF. In the process, anaerobic digestion of west waste is arrested prior to methanogensis to generate VFAs (C 3 -C 8 ).

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DOE to award $35M for bioenergy feedstock and algae R&D

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DE-FOA-0002423 ) Topic Areas ins the FOA support DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topic Areas include: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M). Improvements in productivity with traditional carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) supply.

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ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech break ground on €150M project to convert blast furnace carbon emissions to ethanol

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Leading steel and mining company ArcelorMittal has begun construction of new premises at its site in Ghent, Belgium, to house a new installation which will convert carbon-containing gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol. The technology in the gas conversion process, which utilizes microbes that feed on carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol, was developed by LanzaTech, with whom ArcelorMittal has entered a long-term partnership.

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Gevo secures funding from Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund

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has been awarded part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia. The W2B fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts. Gevo, Inc.

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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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The team used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. With the help of the nanotechnology-based catalyst which contains multiple reaction sites, the solution of carbon dioxide dissolved in water turned into ethanol with a yield of 63%. Ethanol was a surprise—it’s extremely difficult to go straight from carbon dioxide to ethanol with a single catalyst.

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Waste gasification company Sierra Energy closes $33M Series A funding; FastOx

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The funding will help Sierra Energy further develop and commercialize its FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning. FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000°F (2,200°C). Waste is fed into the top of the gasifier vessel through an airlock.

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Novel membrane-free Mg-CO2 battery sequesters CO2 and generates electricity

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Our findings indicate great benefits for the newly-developed MF Mg-CO 2 battery technology to produce various value-added chemicals of practical significance and electricity from CO 2 without any wasted by-products. Batteries Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions

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ARPA-E adds five new funding topics to FOA to advance critical energy innovation

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Waste into X (WiX); $5.0 Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater (DOC); $2.0 Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air (DAC); $2.0 Schematic showing the solid streams in ARPA-E’s conceptualization of zero waste going to landfill.

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ORNL-led team uses carbon material derived from tire waste to convert used cooking oil to biofuel

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Using a novel, reusable carbon material derived from old rubber tires, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)-led research team has developed a simple method to convert used cooking oil into biofuel. The team’s approach combines modified, recovered carbon with sulfuric acids, which is then mixed with free fatty acids in household vegetable oil to produce usable methyl ester biofuel.

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LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. Ferroalloys are alloys of iron with some element other than carbon; the ferroalloy “carries” that element into molten metal—e.g., Biotech Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Ethanol Fuels Manufacturing

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ArcelorMittal launches XCarb; commitment to producing carbon-neutral steel

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XCarb will ultimately bring together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced, low and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities, as well as wider initiatives and green innovation projects, into a single effort focused on achieving demonstrable progress towards carbon-neutral steel. Across ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products operations, the company is investing in a broad range of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions from the blast furnace.

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TotalEnergies and Veolia partner to develop CO2-based microalgae cultivation to produce next-generation biofuels

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When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity. This circular business model, applied to petroleum waste, allows the revalorization of these residues from maritime transport, and the creation of value locally. Algae Algal Fuels Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) FuelsTotalEnergies and Veolia are partnering to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO 2.

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Manchester team proposing graphene-based ballistic rectifier for waste heat recovery

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Researchers at the University of Manchester (UK) have developed a graphene-based nano-rectifier (“ballistic rectifier”) that can convert waste heat to electricity. Conventional devices with similar conversion efficiencies require cryogenically low temperatures. The resulting technology can also be applied to harvesting wasted heat energy in power plants. Graphene Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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Fulcrum to build second waste-to-fuels plant in Gary, Indiana

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Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana as the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel. Fulcrum has developed and demonstrated a proprietary thermochemical process that converts MSW feedstock into low-carbon renewable transportation fuels including jet fuel and diesel. a highly efficient and economic gasification system for the conversion of the MSW feedstock to syngas.

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KIT team produces synthetic natural gas from waste wood; used in natural gas vehicles

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Biogas facilities produce renewable gas mainly by fermenting biological waste. In countries with a large forestry sector, such as Finland or Sweden, there is a high potential for the production of SNG from waste wood. A synthesis gas consisting mainly of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide is produced by biomass gasification. Then, the hydrogen reacts with carbon dioxide to synthetic methane.

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US$105M WESTKÜSTE100 green hydrogen project receives funding approval from German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs

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The vision for all partners is to build a 700 MW electrolysis plant, with the future prospect of making use of the waste heat and oxygen arising during the electrolysis process. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Wind

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Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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The tenth competition under the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform’s integrated delivery program (IDP), IDP10 is targeting the building of an integrated low-carbon-vehicle innovation chain, from the science base, through collaborative R&D to fleet-level demonstration. Ambient or low grade waste heat is used as an energy source with the cryogen providing both the working fluid and heat sink. Engines Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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RWE Power/BRAIN expanding work on waste gas CO2 microbial conversion project

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The joint project, which started two years ago, aims at converting CO 2 into biomass or directly into secondary raw materials with the help of micro-organisms bred to explore innovative CO 2 conversion and synthesis pathways. RWE Power intends to go beyond the current project focus as the utility company plans to examine other carbon-rich waste streams—e.g.

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JBI enters into 10-year agreement for commercially viable conversion of waste plastic to fuel

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has entered into an agreement with Rock-Tenn Company to convert mill by-product waste into fuel using JBI’s Plastic2Oil technology. Under the agreement, JBI has an exclusive ten-year license with a renewal option to build and operate Plastic2Oil (P2O) processors at RockTenn facilities to process RockTenn’s waste plastic at paper mills and Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and to mine and process plastic from RockTenn’s plastic-filled monofill sites. JBI, Inc.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources. Scale-Up of the Primary Conversion Reactor to Generate a Lignin-Derived Cyclohexane Jet Fuel. Scale-up and Qualification of Net-Zero Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Wet Waste. Microchannel Reactor for Ethanol to n-Butene Conversion. Electrolyzers For CO 2 Conversion from BioSources.

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Standard Lithium completes proof-of-concept of lithium extraction & crystallization; better than battery-quality lithium carbonate

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Successful operation of the technology at pre-commercial continuous scale has directly extracted lithium from brine in Arkansas and produced a purified, concentrated intermediate product (LiCl solution) which has been converted to better than battery-quality lithium carbonate final product.

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Swedish eMethanol startup launches crowd-funding campaign, developing commercial-scale plant

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The project is supported by the expertise and technology of Axpo, COWI, Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens. The funding will enable Liquid Wind to accelerate its momentum in bringing eMethanol to market at scale and reducing carbon emissions from transport.

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DOE awarding $33M for carbon-neutral hybrid electric aviation

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The US Department of Energy announced $33 million in funding for 17 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) and Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) programs. Both programs work to decrease energy usage and associated carbon emissions for commercial aircraft propulsion systems.

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DOE BETO to award $61.4M for low-carbon biofuels research to reduce transportation emissions

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million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. ( DE-FOA-0002396 ) Topic areas for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding opportunity include high-impact biotechnology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts.

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The LanzaTech facility will recycle industrial waste gases from steel manufacturing to produce a low cost ethanol intermediate: “Lanzanol.”

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