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Rotterdam The Hague Airport initiates study for the production of renewable jet fuel from air

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Rotterdam The Hague Airport and a European consortium led by EDL Anlagenbau Gesellschaft mbH signed a cooperation agreement to develop a demonstration plant that produces renewable jet fuel from air. This plant aims to be the first worldwide to offer renewable jet fuel from air to the market.

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Monash team proposes roadmap to renewable ammonia economy; 3 generations of technology

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While there is global potential to generate renewable energy at costs already competitive with fossil fuels, a means of storing and transporting this energy at a very large scale is a roadblock to large-scale investment, development and deployment.

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

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A team from the University of Illinois and startup Dioxide Materials has developed an electrocatalytic system for the reduction of CO 2 to CO—a key component of artificial photosynthesis and thus an enabler for the conversion of CO 2 to synthetic fuels—at overpotentials below 0.2

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LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

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a $3-million grant to support the commercialization of its patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. Lignocellulose, or lignin, is ubiquitous in biomass, and yet it is highly-resistant to the chemical, biological, and other processes historically used for the conversion and refining of biomass into renewable products. The USDA has awarded a consortium including Attis Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a

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Berkeley Lab copper catalyst yields high-efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

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While propanol is a very effective fuel, it is currently too costly to manufacture to be used for that purpose. What we know is that this unique structure provides a beneficial chemical environment for CO2 conversion to multicarbon products,” he said.

2017 78

ORNL team discovers mechanism behind direct ethanol-to-hydrocarbon conversion; implications for energy efficiency and cost of upgrading

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The research, supported by DOE’s BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO), has implications for the energy efficiency and cost of catalytic upgrading technologies proposed for use in bio-refineries. Uncovering the mechanism behind the reaction helps support the potential economic viability of ORNL’s own direct biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion approach. This has renewed interest in the conversion of ethanol to hydrocarbon blend-stock and other industrial chemicals.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The new TCF selections will expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Denver, Colo. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

2019 84

Joule expands solar CO2 conversion platform to produce renewable gasoline and jet hydrocarbons

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Joule, the developer of a direct, single-step, continuous process for the production of solar hydrocarbon fuels ( earlier post ), has extended its solar CO 2 conversion platform to produce renewable gasoline- and jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. Though many technological paths are being pursued to help supplant fossil fuels, the majority have followed the same direction—beginning with biomass feedstocks and facing the well-known challenges of cost and scale along the way.

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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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Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division have demonstrated novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of CO 2 and hydrogen from seawater and their subsequent conversion to liquid fuels.

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Anellotech Bio-TCat hits commercially-targeted yields during 6 months of continuous operations

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Anellotech ’s Bio-TCat technology has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

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Researchers use multifunctional co-solvent pair to uncover molecular principles of biomass breakdown for conversion to transportation fuels

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Plant cell walls resist chemical or biological degradation, making the breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass into renewable chemical precursors for conversion into chemicals and transportation fuels challenging and costly.

2019 91

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. This effort will focus on the downstream processing of isobutanol to paraffinic kerosene (jet fuel) for jet engine testing, airline suitability flights and advancing commercial deployment. High-level process schematic for hydrocarbons from isobutanol. Source: Gevo.

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NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile; carbon fibers from renewable biomass

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Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their colleagues have devised a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile (ACN) using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars.

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 ”. The RNG product with very low carbon intensity could be used for carbon emission reductions in the transportation, industrial, commercial, and residential energy sectors.

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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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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that can enable the conversion of biomass to sugars up to 14 times faster and more cheaply than competing catalysts in enzyme cocktails today.

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UC Santa Barbara team develops catalytic molten metals for direct conversion of methane to hydrogen without forming CO2

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Bi 0.73 ) achieved 95% methane conversion at 1065°C in a 1.1-meter bubble column and produced pure hydrogen without CO 2 or other by-products. Under these conditions, the equilibrium conversion is 98%. When the temperature was reduced to 1040 °C, the CH 4 conversion decreased to 86%.

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US researchers demo separation-free, IL-based process for conversion of biomass to advanced biofuel

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Bisabolene is a chemical precursor to bisabolane—a potential renewable diesel and jet fuel that phase separates readily when released to the fermentation broth, enabling efficient recovery via two-phase extractive fermentation with an organic overlay. Lower cost and higher efficiency biomass deconstruction remains a critical hurdle towards large-scale deployment of affordable lignocellulosic biofuels.

2018 70

Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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CRI, founded in 2006 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is developing technology to produce renewable methanol from clean energy and recycled CO 2 emissions. Geely Group and CRI intend to collaborate on the deployment of renewable methanol fuel production technology in China and explore the development and deployment of 100% methanol-fueled vehicles in China, Iceland and other countries. CRI have a proven track record in renewable methanol, working up and down the value chain.

2015 84

Cobalt Technologies and US Navy partner on conversion of biobutanol to renewable jet fuel

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Cobalt Technologies, a company focused on commercializing biomass-derived biobutanol as a renewable chemical and fuel ( earlier post ), has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Navy to develop technology for the conversion of biobutanol into full performance renewable jet and diesel fuels. The Navy’s jet fuel, JP-5, has slightly different properties than JP-8 or commercial jet fuel, such as a higher flash point.)

2010 68

Amyris Opens Renewable Products Demonstration Facility in Brazil; Final Scale-up Before Commercial Production of Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

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Amyris Renewable Products Demonstration Facility. opened the Amyris Renewable Products Demonstration Facility in Campinas, Brazil. A key attribute of the fuel is that it is a renewable hydrocarbon—i.e., Photo: Business Wire. Click to enlarge.

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ExxonMobil and UW Madison extend research collaboration on conversion of biomass to transportation fuels

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The research is part of a broad effort to identify scalable and commercially viable solutions to help meet increasing global energy demand with a renewable resource. UW-Madison has long been known for its expertise in biomass conversion.

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CA Energy Commission awarding Wrightspeed $5.789M grant for retrofit range-extended electric powertrain for medium-duty commercial vehicles

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The grant is part of the CEC’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The CEC grant funds are to accelerate manufacturing of Wrightspeed’s Route retrofit powertrain for the medium-duty commercial fleet market ( earlier post ). Conversions Fleets Hybrids Plug-in

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OriginOil analysis suggests production cost as low as $2.28/gallon for algae-derived renewable gasoline or diesel using feedstock blending

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points to a potential production cost as low as $2.28/gallon ($0.60/Liter) for gasoline or diesel using a blend of algae and waste feedstocks, using the latest growth, harvesting and fuel conversion technologies from OriginOil and other innovators. OriginOil’s model analyzes the entire algae production process at scale, integrating the latest advances in growth, harvesting and fuel conversion. An in-house analysis by algae technology company OriginOil, Inc.

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Cobalt Technologies demonstrates capability of biocatalyst conversion of biomass sugars to n-butanol; confirms 40-60% cost reduction compared to petroleum-derived n-butanol

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Partnering with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Cobalt completed multiple fermentation campaigns in a 9,000 liter fermenter, exceeding the target yield and other performance metrics for a commercial-scale facility. Ultimately, we’re showing performance is achievable at commercial scale across our technology platform. Tests resulted in high sugar conversion and high yields of butanol.

2012 74

TMO Renewables expands production of cellulosic ethanol with cassava stalk; cost projected to be less than $2/gallon

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TMO Renewables, the developer of a novel thermophilic bacterium and process for converting biomass into fuel ethanol ( earlier post ), has advanced to demonstration scale on cassava stalk feedstock with major Chinese fuel and food producers. demonstration facility are projected to produce ethanol for less than two dollars per gallon, marking a crucial step toward commercialization.

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Neste Oil de-emphasizing microbial oil R&D for renewable diesel; seeking other uses for cellulosic biomass

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Neste Oil produces NExBTL diesel (and its other renewable fuel cousins such as jet fuel) by using a proprietary process to hydrogenate vegetable oil or animal fat feedstocks. The time is not yet ripe for a commercial-scale microbial oil plant, however.

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Study shows bamboo ethanol in China technically and economically feasible, cost-competitive with gasoline

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Now, researchers at Imperial College London have shown that bioethanol production from bamboo in China is both technically and economically feasible, as well as cost-competitive with gasoline.

2013 146

Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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If terrorists had poisoned 40% of our wetlands and 25% of our fisheries, we wouldn’t ask, ‘How much will it cost to fight back?’ And it will cost much less than you think.”. We know we eventually need to kick our addiction to costly, dangerous fossil fuels. The missing piece we dream President Obama will follow up with is an emergency-response roadmap to a world where increasingly scarce and costly oil is used only when needed. And no one asked what it would cost.

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EU NELLI project delivers new generation solid-oxide fuel cell; efficient and lower cost

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In an SOFC electrolysis system, fuel cells convert excess power from renewable generation to turn water into hydrogen, addressing intermittency and storage issues for wind and solar. The design was patented during the project and is now commercially available from UK company Flexitallic.

2017 91

Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent. The cost of electrofuels—fuels produced by catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels—remains far away from viable, according to a new analysis by Lux Research. Source: Lux Research. Click to enlarge.

2014 74

ULEMCo delivers first hydrogen dual fuel road sweeper to Aberdeen City Council

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UK-based ULEMCo—a spin-out from Revolve Technologies focused on conversions of diesel vehicles to hydrogen dual fuel operation—has collaborated with Aberdeen City Council (ACC) to deliver the first hydrogen dual fuel road sweeper. Conversions Diesel Hydrogen

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Vertimass receives up to $2M from DOE for conversion of ethanol into gasoline, diesel and jet blendstocks; expanding the ethanol market

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Ethanol conversion to hydrocarbons as a function of temp. Benefits of the catalyst technology include: A single step conversion of ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend stock without the addition of hydrogen. Zeolitic catalytic conversion of alcohols to hydrocarbons.

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DOE to Award $106M to Six CO2 Conversion Projects; $156M in Matching Private Funding

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Funded with $106 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—matched with $156 million in private cost-share—the selections highlight the potential opportunity to use CO 2 as an inexpensive raw material that can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions while producing useful by-products. The algal biocrude can be blended with other fuels for power generation or processed into a variety of renewable drop-in replacement fuels such as jet fuel and biodiesel.

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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Commercialization. Cell schematic.

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Renewable Energy Group acquires drop-in renewable fuels company LS9 for up to $61.5 million

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Biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. a synthetic biology company developing fermentation-derived drop-in renewable fuels and chemicals ( earlier post ), for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million in cash and/or shares of REG common stock consideration for achievement of certain milestones over the next five years related to the development and commercialization of products from LS9’s technology. Oh, Renewable Energy Group President and CEO.

2014 71

UC Riverside team develops new high efficiency method for conversion of biomass to biofuels

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The method couples the use of a metal halide selective catalyst with a highly tunable co-solvent—renewable tetrahydrofuran (THF)—to enhance co-production of the fuel precursors furfural and 5-HMF from biomass in a single-phase reaction strategy capable of integrating biomass deconstruction with catalytic dehydration of sugars. Successful commercialization of biofuels technology is about yield, yield, yield, and we obtained great yields with this novel technology.

2014 81

NCSU team develops catalyst for thermal hybrid water-splitting and syngas generation with exceptional conversion; H2 gas and liquid fuels

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In contrast, previously reported ferrite materials typically exhibit 20% or lower steam to hydrogen conversion. Their work indicates that a synergistic effect of reduced LSF and metallic iron phases is attributable to the exceptional steam conversion.

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Researchers propose using AC and ventilation systems for decentralized production of carbon-neutral synthetic fuels

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Compact plants are to separate CO 2 from the ambient air directly in buildings and produce synthetic hydrocarbons which can then be used as renewable synthetic oil. Envisioned modular, on-site renewable hydrocarbon synthesis system based on CO 2 capture from thin air.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

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Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

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A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol. Some of these techniques for processing mixed butenes are costly, and corrosive, the team notes. Overall single pass conversion is 14 vol%.

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Ideal Power, developer of new indirect power conversion technology, prices IPO

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the developer of a new approach to electric power conversion ( earlier post ), has priced its initial public offering (IPO) of 3,000,000 shares of common stock at an offering price of $5.00 has developed a novel, patented power conversion technology it calls Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA). It also provides buck/boost voltage conversion, bi-directional power transfer, and multiport applications with any combination of independently-controlled AC and DC power ports.

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Vertimass licenses ORNL ethanol-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology; overcoming the blend wall with drop-in fuels

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In a 2012 presentation, the inventors said that the direct conversion process delivers a liquid hydrocarbon fuel yield of ~54-55% at 310°C, with ~6-7% ethylene and ~39% water byproducts, making the technology more cost-effective than previous approaches. Preliminary ORNL analysis in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado shows the catalytic technology could be retrofitted into existing bio-alcohol refineries at various stages of ethanol purification.

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