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Novozymes launches commercial enzyme technology to convert waste oils into biodiesel

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Novozymes has launched Eversa Transform, the first commercially available enzymatic solution (a liquid lipase) to convert both glycerides and free fatty acids (FFA) into biodiesel. Existing biodiesel process designs have difficulty handling oils containing more than 0.5%

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A*STAR team combines fungal culture and acid hydrolyses for cost-effective production of fermentable sugars from palm oil waste

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Researchers from A*STAR in Singapore have developed a fungal culture for use in a cheap and efficient method to transform waste oil palm material into biofuels and environmentally friendly plastics. After the harvest of the fruit from oil palm trees, large amounts of leftover biomass known as empty fruit bunch remain. The palm oil waste contains cellulose and hemicellulose that can be broken down into sugars for use in fuel and plastic production.

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Alphabet Energy introduces PowerModules for modular thermoelectric waste heat recovery; partnership with Borla for heavy-duty trucks

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The company also announced it will partner with Borla jointly to develop and to commercialize a next-generation-exhaust system incorporating PowerModules, with the goal of delivering significant fuel savings for commercial fleet truck fleets. Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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Alphabet Energy closes $23.5M Series C; thermoelectric waste-heat-to-power for oil & gas and automotive

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Alphabet Energy, a startup commercializing low-cost, efficient thermoelectric materials for power generation leveraging technology initially developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ( earlier post , earlier post ), has closed a $23.5-million Series C round of financing. Schlumberger, a new investor from the oil and gas industry, led the round with participation from GM Ventures and Osceola Capital Management, LLC.

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

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In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia are partnering on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles.

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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.

2014 133

BP and Johnson Matthey license Fischer-Tropsch technology to waste-to-biofuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy for biojet

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BP and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an agreement with Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum’s drive to convert municipal solid waste into biojet fuel. The Sierra plant will be the first commercial-scale plant in the US to convert municipal solid waste feedstock, or household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled, into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel.

2018 78

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. This will be the first commercial scale plant based on Cat-HTR technology, a catalytic hydro-thermal liquefaction platform developed by Licella over the past ten years.

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Heterogeneous Catalyst Reactor Technology Produces High-Quality Biodiesel with No Aqueous Waste Stream; Lower Capital and Operating Costs

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is commercializing a reactor technology based on heterogeneous catalysis for the production of high-quality biodiesel plus a cosmetics/food grade glycerol, with practically no waste streams. Yellow Diesel Biodiesel Specs (Rapeseed oil feedstock).

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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. Fusel oils from the ethanol industry alone equate to about 2.5 million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock. Gevo, Inc.

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HEET to conduct first Boeing-COMAC Technology Center aviation biofuel research project focused on waste cooking oil

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The technology center created by Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. HEET, a company with experience developing alternative energy technologies, will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into a component of sustainable aviation biofuel at the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.

2012 76

Sapphire Energy and Linde Group to commercialize hydrothermal treatment technology used to upgrade algae into crude oil

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and The Linde Group will expand their partnership to commercialize a new industrial-scale conversion technology needed to upgrade algae biomass into crude oil. In addition, they will jointly license and market the technology into an expanded list of industries, including algae, municipal solid waste, and farm waste, in order to upgrade other biomass sources into energy. Today, this Green Crude Farm is operating year-round and producing barrels of crude oil daily.

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MIT researchers advancing development of supercritical water upgrading of heavy crude; lower cost, energy use and CO2

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Supercritical water upgrading (SCWU) of heavy oils has been of interest for years in industry and academia; SCWU reduces sulfur content and decreases average molecular weight or crude without rejecting carbon as coke products. Fuels Oil

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QUB team converts aluminum foil waste to highly active alumina; biofuel catalyst, other applications

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Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a novel green route to convert aluminium foil waste into highly active nano-mesoporous alumina (γ-Al 2 O 3 ) (designated as ACFL550). The material shows higher surface area, larger pore volume, and stronger acidity compared to γ-Al 2 O 3 that is produced from the commercial AlCl 3 precursor, AC550. In the UK, around 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging is wasted each year.

2017 69

MAHLE developing portfolio of solutions for fuel cell drives in commercial vehicles

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MAHLE is developing a modular fuel cell systems portfolio focused on commercial vehicles, based on its current range of components. New opportunities are opening up for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Fuel cells are also sensitive to oil admixtures.

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Researchers develop cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst using waste metals and bacteria

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A team from the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, with colleagues from the University of Birmingham and Aarhus University, have developed a nanosized bio-Pd/C catalyst for upgrading algal bio-oil. The bio-oil produced from algae contains nitrogen and oxygen; treating it with palladium as a catalyst during processing helps remove those impurities. For the palladium to do its job, the bio-oil needs to flow past it during processing.

2017 60

GE providing produced water handling systems to Blackgold Oil Sands Project; new solidification process for disposal of SAGD waste

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GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) has selected GE to supply the produced water evaporation and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) system for the Blackgold Oil Sands project, located near Conklin, Alberta. Blackgold is owned and operated by a subsidiary of the Korean National Oil Corp. The Blackgold Oil Sands project will utilize drum boilers to drive the steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process for extracting bitumen. A subsidiary of the Korean National Oil Corp.

NextFuels introduces hydrothermal process to produce biofuels from wet, unprocessed waste; solution for palm plantation residue

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Biofuels company NextFuels introduced its hydrothermal process for economically producing transportation and industrial fuels from wet, unprocessed agricultural waste. to 6 metric tons of agricultural waste is generated for each metric ton of oil. There is no such thing as waste.

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Canada oil sands producers form alliance to improve environmental performance

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Twelve of Canada’s oil sands producers have formed a new alliance, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), focused on accelerating the pace of improving environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands through collaborative action and innovation. Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) has been adding waste CO 2 into the tailings streams in order to reduce the size of their tailings ponds. Imperial Oil. Canada Oil sands

OriginOil to collaborate with PACE to commercialize algae harvesting process for oil recovery and on-site re-use of frac flowback water

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has signed a memorandum of understanding with California-based PACE to collaborate with oil field operators in Texas and elsewhere to improve petroleum recovery and water cleaning for re-use at well sites, using a process it originally developed for algae harvesting.

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EPA Awards TDA Research, Inc. $225,000 for Development Process to Produce Low-Cost Biodiesel from Waste Feedstocks

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TDA) a $225,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop a process aimed at producing biodiesel from low-cost waste feedstocks. After completion of their EPA Phase I SBIR contract, TDA determined that it can produce biodiesel from waste grease at a cost that is competitive with conventional diesel. Under the Phase II contract, TDA has identified a new process to solve technical problems involving cost and supply.

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Solar Energy - A Way To Cut Down On High Energy Costs

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It was expensive to commercially exploit solar energy few decades ago. But over time due to rapid advancements in solar technology and the corresponding increase in conventional fuels solar energy cost has become comparable to other energy sources. What options do you have to cut the sky-rocketing energy bills due to the high oil and gas prices? With fuel prices going up it is inevitable that you are faced with high utility bills due to higher heating and cooling costs.

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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).

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$4M ARPA-E award to Lanzatech to improve design of bioreactors for waste-gas-to-fuels fermentation technology

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LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, was awarded a $4-million grant by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as one of the 15 REMOTE projects ( earlier post ) receiving a combined $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. Doing so will enable the reuse of waste methane gases for low carbon fuels and chemicals.

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Southern Oil to build new biofuels lab in Queensland; focus on renewable diesel and jet

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Australia-based Southern Oil and JJ Richards & Sons, joint venture partners in the Northern Oil Refinery at Yarwun, Australia, are building a new $5.3-million dollar biocrude and biofuel laboratory in central Queensland on the site of the recently announced Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant. Southern Oil will contribute the balance of the cost. Southern Oil is a private, 100% Australian owned company, based in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

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CERA: Canadian Oil Sands Poised to Become the Top Source of Crude Imports to the US in 2010; Could Contribute Up To 36% of US Oil and Refined Products Imports by 2030

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Growth of production of Canadian oil sands. The Canadian oil sands are now poised to become the number one source of US crude oil imports in 2010, according to new research from the IHS CERA Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue. The Role of Canadian Oil Sands in US Oil Supply”.

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GE, INL Researchers Collaborate on Waste Heat Recovery Research

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The secondary loop creates additional costs for each unit, increases the opportunity for component failure, and reduces the conversion efficiency of the system.

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Canada backs demonstration-scale algal biorefinery project in the oil sands; Algal Carbon Conversion

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The Government of Canada is supporting a three-year project that will result in the construction of a $19-million, demonstration-scale facility in Alberta that will use algae to recycle industrial carbon dioxide emissions from an oil sands facility into commercial products such as biofuels. The demonstration-scale algal biorefinery will be established at Canadian Natural’s Primrose South oil sands site, near Bonnyville, Alberta. Algae Algal Fuels Biorefinery Canada Oil sand

Start-up commercializing NC State technology for drop-in biofuels; full commercial production targeted for 2016

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Red Wolf, formed in 2010, is in the process of raising $3 million through an equity offering to commercialize the thermal-chemical catalytic process. This is accomplished by separately pumping steam and the feedstock oil at high temperature and pressures into a Colgate-Emery reactor.

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Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. However, most current thermoelectric materials are limited by several factors, including high cost, low efficiency, and the inability to operate reliably at temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius.

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Waste Management and Genomatica enter strategic joint development agreement to produce chemicals from MSW syngas

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Waste Management and Genomatica, an industrial biotech company targeting sustainable chemicals ( earlier post ), have formed a strategic joint development agreement to research and advance Genomatica’s technology and manufacturing processes to enable production of intermediate and basic chemicals from syngas made from municipal solid waste. Waste Management wants to maximize the value of the materials it manages.

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Eindhoven University of Technology to make biofuels from its own wood waste; cyclic oxygenate CyclOx and ethanol

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Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are developing a small-scale demonstration reactor that will process 40 tons of wood waste per year from the university into replacements for diesel fuel and gasoline.

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Praj cellulosic ethanol demo plant running in India; commercial projects coming

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The plant is India’s first integrated bio-refinery, built to showcase Praj’s proprietary process technology to produce ethanol from agricultural waste. Backed by its expertise and experience of well integrated first-generation technologies, Praj is confident that its second-generation ethanol technology will produce ethanol at the lowest cost and GHG emissions.

2017 60

Fraunhofer characterizes Alphabet Energy thermoelectric PowerCard; up to 5% fuel economy improvement in automotive

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Alphabet Energy is commercializing low-cost, efficient thermoelectric materials for power generation leveraging technology initially developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Connected vehicles Fuel Efficiency Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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New sulfonated carbon catalysts for esterification of free fatty acids for biodiesel production at lower costs

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Researchers at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech report on their development of sulfonated carbon catalysts for the conversion of low-quality fats and oils containing high concentrations of free fatty acids into biodiesel in a paper in the journal Bioresource Technology. The new technology could reduce costs by up to 15% for a small-scale biodiesel production facility. While high-quality vegetable oil feedstock has low FFA content, it is expensive.

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SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Flowback water treatment is a critical sustainability issue for the oil and gas industry. Once the water is used, the flowback, or wastewater, must be treated to remove hazardous chemicals before it is stored, reused or disposed, which can be a costly endeavor. Using biochar could help oil and gas companies save money and responsibly treat flowback water for reuse. Currently, biochar is used commercially to improve soil quality by helping soils retain nutrients and water.

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Porous material polymerizes carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads; less costly and energy-intensive approach

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Scientists in the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour have developed materials that offer a lower cost, less energy-intensive way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads. That’s a terrible waste of energy.

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Roland Berger study outlines integrated vehicle and fuels roadmap for further abating transport GHG emissions 2030+ at lowest societal cost

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The study was commissioned by a coalition of fuel suppliers and automotive companies with a view to identifying a roadmap to 2030+ to identify GHG abatement options at the lowest cost to society. GHG abatement in road transport sector will cost approx.

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Boeing, COMAC open facility to transform gutter oil into aviation biofuel

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Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. billion liters) of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil. HEET) to clean contaminants from waste oils and convert it into jet fuel at a rate of 160 gallons (650 liters) per day.

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California Energy Commission to award up to $3M to support development of bio-oil as intermediate for renewable jet fuel

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The California Energy Commission is issuing a solicitation ( GFO-17-901 ) to provide up to $3 million in funding for innovative, pre-commercial low-carbon fuel production processes that result in the development of bio-oil as an intermediate fuel with wide-scale adoption potential used for renewable jet fuel production. For the purpose of the solicitation, bio-oil is defined as a synthetic or organic equivalent to crude oil such as bio-crude.

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LanzaTech Produces 2,3-Butanediol from Waste Gases; Building Block for Polymers, Plastics and Hydrocarbon Fuels

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LanzaTech has shown 2,3-BD production from waste gas resources in an industrial setting. However, LanzaTech’s process uses nonfood, low-value gas feed stocks, including industrial waste gases such as those produced by steel mills, oil refineries, coal manufacturing, syngas from landfill-waste and reformed natural gas. LanzaTech is now able to offer an integrated waste gas to fuels and chemicals technology that is both economically and environmentally sound.

Algae biodiesel company AFS BioOil tracking to produce biodiesel at $2/gallon at commercial scale

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AFS BioOil announced that initial tests conducted by the company since startup of the system confirm that production costs of biodiesel will be in the range of $2 per gallon when produced in a commercial system of 1 millon gallons/yr and greater. AFS BioOil has recently partnered with a renewable electricity company that has the technology to convert waste heat into electricity at a cost of 6 cents/kWh and potential of reducing the cost to 4 cents/kWh in the future.

2012 81

Coskata Unveils Semi-Commercial Feedstock-Flexible Ethanol Facility; Springboard for Full-Scale Commercial Rollout

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Coskata’s semi-commercial facility in Madison, Pa. a syngas to ethanol company, officially launched its semi-commercial “Flexethanol” facility located in Madison, PA. Actual production cost will vary, either below or above $1.00 Sorted waste (construction and demolition).

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