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Lightning Systems converting 35-foot diesel buses to battery-electrics in Boulder; cost-effective electrification

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission solutions for commercial fleets, is partnering with the City of Boulder and transit provider Via Mobility Services to repower diesel buses with battery-electric systems.

2018 135

Gevo develops process for low-cost renewable isoprene; building block for rubber and rubber products

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has developed a proprietary catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO 2 emissions. Renewable, low-carbon, low-cost isoprene has been pursued by a lot of companies over the years without commercial success. Gevo, Inc.

2019 78

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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).

Gevo and Leaf Resources sign joint development agreement for potential use of cellulosic-derived sugars to convert to hydrocarbon molecules

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and Leaf Resources , an Australia-based company and one of the world’s leading companies in converting plant biomass into industrial sugars, have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA). The JDA is to explore Gevo’s potential use of cellulosic-derived sugars and glycerol from Leaf and the ability to convert these to hydrocarbon molecules useful as fuels or chemicals. Glycell pretreatment is followed by enzymatic hydrolysis which converts cellulose into cellulosic sugars.

2019 84

United Airlines begins commercial-scale use of renewable jet fuel; 15M gallons over 3-year period

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United Airlines has become the first US airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights, beginning with the departure of United Flight 708 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

2016 78

QUT, Mercurius Australia partner on pilot plant to convert sugarcane waste to jet and diesel fuel; REACH

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The patented REACH technology, developed by US-based parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective drop-in biofuels and bio-chemicals, as alternatives to fossil fuels.

2019 112

Renmatix and Virent collaborate on converting cellulosic sugars to renewable chemicals and packaging

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Renmatix and Virent announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic sugars to renewable chemicals and bio-based packaging materials. Integrating local feedstock processing with on-site commercial production will lower costs and increase the viability of using renewable chemicals in bio-based packaging and plastics for industrial and consumer goods.

2013 74

IH2 technology licensed for demonstration plant to convert woody biomass into drop-in hydrocarbon transportation fuels

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IH 2 technology is a continuous catalytic thermochemical process which converts a broad range of forestry/agricultural residues and municipal wastes directly into renewable hydrocarbon transportation fuels and/or blend stocks.

2015 129

AliphaJet joins Advanced Biofuels Association, beginning commercial scale-up of catalytic process to convert plant oils to drop-in fuels

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the developer of a cost-effective catalytic decarboxylation (CDC) process for making jet fuel, diesel and high-octane gasoline from renewable plant oils or animal fats ( earlier post ), has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and is beginning its commercial scale-up program. AliphaJet’s BoxCar catalytic de-oxygenation process (decarboxylation) converts renewable oils and fats into drop-in advanced biofuels by removing oxygen to create true hydrocarbon fuels.

2012 78

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.

2019 104

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.

2019 96

Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo Alcohol-to-Jet renewable fuel for commercial aviation use

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has come to an agreement with Lufthansa under which the carrier will evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving the alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. ATJ, like the Fischer-Tropsch pathway, has the potential to use lignocellulosic waste as feedstock, but promises to do so at less cost than Fischer-Tropsch. Renewable jet embodies the potential of cleaner, greener, and as we scale up, cost competitive drop-in fuels.

2014 76

Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

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Renewable chemicals company Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide. The acquisition combines the technologies of both Liquid Light and Avantium to develop a world-leading electro-catalysis platform and to commercialize new process technologies using CO 2 as feedstock to produce sustainable chemicals and materials.

2017 60

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.

2019 122

Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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McDonald describe their study of converting methanol (MTG) and a mixture of methanol and glycerol (MGTG) into gasoline-range hydrocarbons using a bench-top, fixed-bed microreactor. The technology of converting methanol into gasoline was discovered and commercialized more than 3 decades ago. For the conversion of glycerol into fuels, most research focuses on the gasification of glycerol to produce syngas that can be further converted into gasoline or diesel via Fischer?Tropsch

2013 97

NREL/UGA study finds microbial enzyme digests cellulose ~2x fast as current leading commercial cellulase; implications for biofuels cost

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Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Georgia have discovered that an enzyme from a microorganism first found in the Valley of Geysers on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia in 1990 can digest cellulose almost twice as fast as Cel7A, the current leading component cellulase enzyme on the market. In the saccharification of a common cellulose standard, Avicel, CelA outperforms mixtures of commercially relevant exo?

2014 86

LS9 Purchases Florida Site to Manufacture Renewable Diesel; Commercial-Scale Demonstration

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The new Renewable Petroleum Facility. LS9, a synthetic biology company developing fermentation-derived drop-in renewable fuels and chemicals ( earlier post ), has acquired an existing production facility in Okeechobee, Florida. Click to enlarge.

Coritech Services orders Ideal Power’s bi-directional battery converters for DoD vehicle-to-grid program

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Coritech intends to install the battery converters in its bi-directional electric vehicle charging system for use in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications for the Department of Defense (DoD). Multiple IBC-30kW-480 converters can be used in parallel to provide higher power capability.

2014 102

Gevo and Mansfield Oil sign commercial off-take and strategic alliance agreements for renewable isobutanol

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In addition the companies signed a commercial off-take agreement—Gevo’s second commercial off-take agreement to date and its first in the fuel industry. Mansfield markets and distributes fuel to thousands of commercial customers across all 50 states and has over 900 supply points across the country. Gevo has developed and patented a process (Gevo Integrated Fermentation Technology, GIFT) which converts fermentable sugars from sustainable feedstocks into isobutanol.

2011 71

Tesoro to acquire renewable fuels company Virent

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Renewable fuels and chemicals company Virent and petroleum refiner and marketer Tesoro have reached an agreement for Tesoro to become Virent’s new strategic owner.

2016 78

Renmatix and Gevo to evaluate feasibility of cellulosic hydrocarbons for renewable jet and gasoline

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and Renmatix, the leader in affordable cellulosic sugars, announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process ( earlier post ) with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process ( earlier post ). At Gevo, we are replacing fossil-based jet fuel and gasoline with better-performing, renewable low-carbon jet fuel and isooctane to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo, Inc.

2018 78

ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters, based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. CIRCUITS projects will establish the building blocks of this class of power converter by advancing higher efficiency designs that exhibit enhanced reliability and superior total cost of ownership. A Universal Converter for DC, Single-phase AC, and Multi-phase AC Systems.

2017 65

Blue Sun to build and operate renewable jet, diesel and gasoline demonstration facility; next step commercial volumes

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announced a partnership for the design, construction, and operation of a Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process (BIC) demonstration system using the ARA and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) process for the production of certification quantities of 100% drop-in renewable jet, diesel, and gasoline. The core focus for ARA, research and development, dovetails with Blue Sun’s focus on commercialization. Applied Research Associates, Inc. ARA) and Blue Sun Energy, Inc.

2013 76

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.

2009 78

Oberon Fuels secures $2.9M grant from California for first production of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) in US

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Oberon Fuels, a producer of clean-burning dimethyl ether (DME) transportation fuel ( earlier post ), has been awarded a grant for $2,876,139 from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a first-of-its-kind, multi-phase project to produce the first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), a clean-burning, ultra-low-carbon transportation fuel, in the US. Oberon can then replicate its initial commercial production facility for statewide rollout of rDME production facilities.

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Amyris and Cosan establishing JV for production and commercialization of renewable base oils

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and Cosan SA Industria e Comércio have executed a binding agreement to establish a joint venture for the worldwide development, production and commercialization of renewable base oils. The Cosan/Amyris joint venture plans to use sugarcane as a feedstock in a standard fermentation process in which Amyris’s modified yeast converts the cane syrup to farnesene (Biofene). Amyris, Inc.

2010 68

Argonne and NGO Energy Vision case studies demonstrate success of renewable natural gas as transport fuel

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It converts manure to R-CNG using a large anaerobic digester, and uses the fuel to power its milk tanker trucks. The other study assesses the Sacramento BioDigester, the first food-waste digester in California to turn commercial organic waste into R-CNG vehicle fuel using anaerobic digestion.

2018 85

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.

2014 133

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.

2012 68

Global Bioenergies successfully moves its C3 process to demo scale; isopropanol and acetone from renewable resources

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Global Bioenergies has reached a new milestone in scaling up its C3 process converting renewable resources into isopropanol and acetone. They can also be converted into polypropylene, a key component in the plastics industry, with market value exceeding 70 billion dollars. A demonstration run of several cubic meters, representing a further 20-fold increase in scale has now been successfully carried out, and paves the way towards a first commercial plant.

2018 70

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. In the lowest-cost scenario, algae harvested using OriginOil’s Algae Appliance is blended with waste feedstocks and converted onsite to achieve a modeled production cost of $2.28

2012 78

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.

2017 91

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

Amyris to enter partnership to supply renewable jet fuel from sugar to GOL Airlines

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An overview of the direct sugar to hydrocarbon (DSHC) process for the production of renewable jet fuel. Renewable fuels and chemicals company Amyris, Inc. Source: Amyris. Click to enlarge. and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A.,

2013 115

Australian Renewable Energy Agency awarding US$9M to Ethtec cellulosic ethanol project

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is awarding $11.9 Ethtec has developed an innovative and cost-effective approach to production of bioethanol from a range of waste or low-value lignocellulosic biomass including sugarcane bagasse, forestry residues and cotton gin trash. In our pilot plant we convert lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks to sugars in solution, which are then fermented to ethanol and other biorenewable products.

2017 68

ARPA-E awards $33M to 13 intermediate-temp fuel cell projects; converting gaseous hydrocarbons to liquid fuels

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The US Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $33 million to 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. Redox’s new material configuration also allows the operating temperature to be reduced when incorporated into commercially fabricated fuel cells. This membrane eliminates the need for a separate fuel processing system, which reduces overall costs.

2014 95

Neste, ReNew ELP and Licella to collaborate in utilization of waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and chemicals

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Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella are collaborating in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. ReNew ELP is commencing construction of a chemical recycling plant in Teesside, UK, with a target to recycle end-of-life plastic to produce raw material for a range of petrochemical products.

2018 65

Progress toward commercializing the GTI IH2 thermochemical process for drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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At the 244 th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) scientist Dr. Martin Linck provided an update on the progress toward commercializing the GTI Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH 2 ) process, with a presentation of new data on IH 2 developed from a continuous 50 kg/day pilot plant. Based on assessments by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.,

2012 119

Praj, Gevo to enter commercialization phase of Gevo isobutanol technology for sugarcane and molasses feedstocks

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In the first phase of development, Praj worked with Gevo’s technology using sugar cane and molasses feedstocks, undertaking test-runs in order to develop a process design package that will now be offered for commercialization to cane juice and molasses-based ethanol plants, as licensees of Gevo’s isobutanol technology. Praj Industries and Gevo announced that Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology will now be available for licensing to processors of sugarcane juice and molasses.

2017 65

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. With technology improvements—specifically advances in microbial yield and catalyst efficiency—production costs for electrofuels drop to below $150 per barrel.

2014 74

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.

2014 120

HyperSolar reaches 1.25 V for water-splitting with its self-contained low-cost photoelectrochemical nanosystem

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volts (V) of water-splitting voltage with its novel low-cost electrolysis technology. Further, overcoming the corrosive degradation of these “artificial photosynthesis” systems remains a challenge and has thus far eluded commercialization. HyperSolar, Inc.

2014 109

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.

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