UNSW, H2Store to develop hydrogen storage for renewables; residential and commercial P2G

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The funding will help them deliver phase one of a four-stage project that includes the creation of prototypes of their hydrogen energy storage solution for residential and commercial use; demonstration units; and testing and optimization that will enable full commercialization of the product.

2019 97

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

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).

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 85

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

Gevo signs definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding for commercial supply of renewable isooctane

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has entered into a definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding GmbH (HCS) to supply renewable isooctane ( earlier post ) under a five-year offtake agreement. This first phase commences in May 2017 and would continue until completion of Gevo’s first large-scale commercial hydrocarbon plant. The agreement with HCS is a key milestone for Gevo and represents our first definitive purchase agreement for long-term supply from our first commercial scale hydrocarbon site. Gevo, Inc.

2017 60

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years. The report calculates the cost of producing electricity from different types of new power plants. Renewables.

2015 97

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 106

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 97

Ricardo forms company to commercialize cryogenic split-cycle engine: CryoPower

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Ricardo has created a company—Dolphin N2 Ltd—to commercialize its CryoPower cryogenic split-cycle engine technology ( earlier post , earlier post.) CryoPower is a potentially game-changing, commercially and environmentally attractive technology whose time really has come.

2018 95

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 123

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 78

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.

GM commits to 100% renewable energy by 2050

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General Motors plans to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100% renewable energy—such as wind, sun and landfill gas—by 2050. The company has set itself the goal of using 100% renewable energy across all its own operations.

2016 120

Electrify America releases $300M Cycle 2 national ZEV investment plan; metro charging, autonomous charging, renewable generation

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Autonomous: To support the growth of autonomous ZEVs, Electrify America will build up to two commercial deployments of charging stations for autonomous electric vehicles where this need is emerging.

2019 126

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 136

DOE researchers develop energy-efficient, cost-effective process to extract rare earth elements from scrapped magnets

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They have patented and scaled-up the process in lab demonstrations and are working with ORNL’s licensee Momentum Technologies to scale the process further to produce commercial batches of rare earth oxides. We have developed an energy-efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly process to recover high-value critical materials. No commercialized process currently recycles pure rare earth elements from electronic-waste magnets.

2019 78

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.

Avantium raises €103M in IPO; commercializing YXY

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Based in Amsterdam, Avantium , which spun off from Shell in 2000, is a pioneer company specialized in renewable and sustainable chemicals which develops efficient processes and sustainable products made from biobased materials. It offers a cost-effective solution for applications ranging from bottles to packaging film and fibres, positioning it to become the next generation packaging material.

2017 60

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 79

MIT study concludes V2G-enabled electric commercial trucks could offer lower total operating cost than conventional diesel fleet

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A new study by researchers at MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), concludes that electric commercial vehicles can cost 9 to 12% less to operate than trucks powered by diesel engines when used to make deliveries on an everyday basis in big cities and when V2G (vehicle-to-grid) revenue is incorporated. The operational cost per mile would drop from 75 cents per mile to 68 cents per mile when V2G-enabled electric trucks are substituted for internal-combustion trucks.

2012 95

Anellotech planning commercial Bio-TCat plant based on progress in development program

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Sustainable technology company Anellotech confirmed significant progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program and has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens. Anellotech has developed an innovative manufacturing process to produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass.

2018 69

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

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. The company is converting existing ethanol plants into biorefineries to make renewable building block products for the chemical and fuel industries. Gevo, Inc.

2011 73

DOE to award up to $51.5M for commercial truck, off-road vehicle, and gaseous fuels research

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Funded through the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), this FOA addresses priorities in gaseous fuels research, including natural gas, biopower, and hydrogen; heavy-duty freight electrification; hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell technologies for heavy-duty applications; and energy efficient off-road vehicles. The US Department of Energy announced up to $51.5

2019 75

OPXBIO raises $36.5M to accelerate commercialization of renewable chemicals and fuels

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The investment will accelerate OPXBIO’s development and commercialization of renewable, bio-based chemicals and fuels that are lower cost, higher return and more sustainable than existing petroleum-based products. US Renewables Group (USRG) led the C-Round investor syndicate, which also included new investor DBL Investors with strong participation by existing investors Mohr Davidow Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Altira Group and X/Seed Capital.

2011 69

Australian techno-economic analysis of renewable aviation fuels identifies research priorities to lower the high costs

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A techno-economic analysis of renewable aviation fuels by Australian researchers has found that, based on currently available long-term reputable technological data, biorefineries producing biofuels from microalgae, oil seeds of the Pongamia tree, and sugarcane feedstocks would be competitive with crude oil prices at $1,343, $374, and $301/bbl, respectively. 2013), Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata , and sugarcane.

2013 69

Lufthansa to use Neste Oil NExBTL renewable jet fuel in 6-month commercial flight trial

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In April 2011, Lufthansa will begin a six-month trial of renewable jet fuel with an Airbus A321 on scheduled commercial flights on the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route. Pending certification, one of the aircraft’s engines will use a 50-50 mix of Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable jet biofuel and traditional kerosene. The project will cost Lufthansa an estimated €6.6

2010 83

SAE World Congress panel highlights progress on H2 infrastructure and fuel cell vehicle commercialization

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Although the SAE World Congress has been running panel sessions on fuel cell vehicle commercialization since 2005, this year was the first in which three participating automakers—Toyota, Hyundai and Honda—had fuel cell vehicles that customers can buy now or within a year.

2015 149

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 78

Clean Energy Zero Now truck orders surpass 250; heavy-duty trucks fueled by renewable natural gas

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has reached agreement with trucking firms to lease or purchase more than 250 new heavy-duty trucks, fueled by its Redeem RNG (renewable natural gas). Clean Energy’s Zero Now program makes the cost of leasing or purchasing a new natural gas heavy-duty truck equal to the price or even lower than that of the same truck equipped with a diesel engine. The company will also be utilizing renewable natural gas where available for this deployment. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

2019 71

Amyris to expand collaboration with Total, form JV to commercialize Amyris renewable diesel

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which applies its industrial synthetic biology platform to provide renewable alternatives to select petroleum-sourced products used in specialty chemical and transportation fuel markets, has entered into a term sheet with Total Gas & Power USA SAS, an affiliate of Total S.A., to expand the current collaboration ( earlier post ) and to form a joint venture to commercialize Amyris No Compromise Renewable Diesel. Amyris, Inc.,

2011 73

UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

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UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets.

2018 103

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

Rennovia demonstrates production of HMD from renewable feedstocks; enabling production of 100% renewable nylon-6,6

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a privately held company that develops novel catalysts and processes for the cost-advantaged production of chemical products from renewable feedstocks, has successfully demonstrated production of hexamethylenediamine (HMD) from widely available, renewable feedstocks. Production costs for Rennovia’s bio-based HMD are projected to be 20-25% below that of conventional petroleum-based HMD, with a significantly lower per-pound capital cost. Rennovia, Inc.,

2013 96

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. Initially, the joint venture would source farnesene from other Amyris production facilities, and the parties would share the marketing and operating costs. Amyris designs these microorganisms to produce defined molecules for use as renewable chemicals and transportation fuels.

2010 69

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil renew algae biofuels research agreement

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ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission alternative to traditional transportation fuels since launching the program in 2009. Vijay Swarup, vice president for research and development at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, said that renewal of the agreement underscores the importance of the research and recognition of milestones the team has achieved together over the past few years.

2017 88

GAO study concludes Renewable Fuel Standard will miss advanced biofuel program targets; EPA generally concurs

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The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) sets statutory targets for increasing volumes of renewable fuels to be blended into domestic transportation fuels through 2022. Conventional renewable fuel is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared with petroleum-based fuels.

2016 107

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.

2019 65

Lufthansa launches 6-month, 6.6M trial of renewable jet fuel in commercial service

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Suppliers must provide proof of the sustainability of their processes and meet the criteria stipulated by the European Parliament and the Council in the Renewable Energy Directive. The renewable fuel used by Lufthansa, NExBTL, is produced by Neste Oil. Lufthansa puts the total costs of conducting the biofuel project at about €6.6 Lufthansa today launched a six-month biofuel trial on regular scheduled flights.

2011 69

Hawaii opts for EVs and renewable energy

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Once the capital costs of setting up the facility are recouped, about ten years in this case, all they have are maintenance and operational costs since the energy source is essentially free forever. Geothermal is particularly attractive since it’s a “forever&# renewable power source much like wind and solar - but without the intermittency of those clean energy sources. The company plans test deployments of vehicles in 2009 and broad commercial sales in 2012.

2008 100

Sandy solution for renewable energy storage; Thermal Energy Storage System

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Sand is emerging as a key ingredient in the race to develop a viable electricity storage system for renewable energies. Australia-based Latent Heat Storage has developed a low cost thermal energy storage system based on the latent heat properties of silicon derived from sand. The device—known as TESS (thermal energy storage system)—is being developed in South Australia with the help of an AUD $400,000 government grant to take it from prototype to commercial reality.