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New electrocatalyst converts CO2 into ethanol, acetone, and n-butanol with high efficiency

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The electrocatalytic conversion of CO 2 using renewable energy could establish a climate-neutral, artificial carbon cycle. Excess energy produced by photovoltaics and wind energy could be stored through the electrocatalytic production of fuels from CO 2.

MIT researchers boost efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

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Researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of carbon capture and conversion systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar fuels


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Phillips 66 to convert Alliance Refinery to terminal facility

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Phillips 66 plans to convert its Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, La., The conversion is expected to take place in 2022. Alliance receives domestic crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico by pipeline and US tight oil by marine transport. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and anode-grade petroleum coke. to a terminal facility. The refinery suffered significant damage from flooding from Hurricane Ida in August.

EU project HyFlexFuel converted sewage sludge and other biomasses into kerosene by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL); SAF

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The production of HTL fuels from three different feedstock classes shows the flexibility of the process. The decarbonization of the transportation sector will require large volumes of renewable fuels.

AVZ signs binding SC6 offtake agreement with major Chinese lithium converter Yibin Tianyi, supplier to CATL

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Yibin Tianyi is a leading global battery materials producer that is continuing to expand its lithium hydroxide production capacity as a key participant in the supply chain of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), the world’s largest lithium-ion battery maker.

Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel. There are usually thousands of microbes that are required to convert a complex organic mixture from biomass into electrons. Although they originally developed both processes to address the problems of liquid waste formed during biofuel production, Electro-Active Technologies will focus on fighting food waste. Hydrogen Production

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Voltabox to supply battery systems to e-troFit for conversion of diesel buses to electric

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Voltabox AG secured a long-term framework contract with e-troFit GmbH as the preferred supplier of high-performance battery systems for e-troFit’s conversion solutions for diesel buses. Voltabox has 8 years of experience in battery development for the public transport market segment.

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New system for more efficient CO2 electrolysis to hydrocarbon products

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A team of researchers from Canada and the US has developed a system that quickly and efficiently converts carbon dioxide into simple chemicals via CO 2 electrolysis. Here, we present a catalyst:ionomer bulk heterojunction (CIBH) architecture that decouples gas, ion, and electron transport.

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Consortium moves ahead with HESC pilot for conversion of Australian coal to LH2 for transport to Japan

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The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain ( HESC ) project will convert brown coal from the AGL Loy Yang mine into hydrogen at an adjacent site and then transport the gas by road in high pressure tube trailers to a liquefaction terminal at the Port of Hastings. A liquefaction plant at the Port of Hastings will convert the hydrogen gas into liquefied hydrogen (LH2). The liquefied hydrogen (LH2) will then be shipped to Japan for use predominantly in the transport industry.

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Rice team awarded $3.3M ARPA-E OPEN+ grant to convert methane into carbon nanotubes and hydrogen

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Rice University researchers have won a $3.3-million Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) OPEEN+ grant to develop a method to convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes for materials that can replace metals in large-scale applications. The process would also produce valuable hydrogen as a side product. With our new concept, we will convert directly natural gas into materials made of carbon nanotubes. ARPA-E Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Materials Natural Gas

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NSF launches $20M engineering research center aimed at converting natural gas into transportation fuels: CISTAR

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The NSF Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources ( CISTAR ) will develop technologies for responsible conversion of alkanes—light hydrocarbons including methane, ethane and propane—into more valuable liquid fuels, including gasoline and diesel fuels. The CISTAR team will develop innovative process designs for economic production of liquid chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons.

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Amazon invests in electrofuels company Infinium

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The proceeds will be used to advance the development of commercial scale applications to decarbonize the transportation sector. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power-to-Gas

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

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $35 million to 15 research projects through ARPA-E’s “Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy” (ECOSynBio) program to decarbonize biorefining processes used across the energy, transportation, and agriculture sectors. Many biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material (biomass), are almost exclusively produced via fermentation.

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Bright Automotive To Convert VW Transporters to Plug-ins

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A VW Transporter van. Start-up Bright Automotive, which in May unveiled its IDEA concept series plug-in hybrid light commercial van ( earlier post ), will convert VW Transporter vans with the series hybrid Bright powertrain as a bridge between the concept and the production version of the IDEA. Conversions are expensive, noted Lyle Shuey, Bright VP of Marketing and Sales, and the converted Transporters will not be as efficient as the purpose-built IDEA.

Converting natural gas at the field to transportable high-octane fuel components

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A duo at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) is proposing an approach for the conversion of natural gas at gas-transport-constrained fields to easily transportable, high-octane liquid products. For remote small-/medium-sized natural gas fields, transport via pipeline or liquefied natural gas is often not possible.

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New $20M XPRIZE tackles conversion of CO2 into products

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Teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO 2 into one or more products with the highest net value. We’re using the highly effective XPRIZE process to engage the world’s brightest minds to find a solution that helps solve emissions problems, and simultaneously creates viable products that we use every day.

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Gevo awarded patent for process to upgrade or convert ethanol and bio-based alcohols to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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Gevo has received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a process that encompasses upgrading ethanol and bio-based alcohols into drop-in, bio-based diesel and jet-fuel products. 11,078,433 titled “ Conversion of Mixtures of C 2 -C 8 Olefins to Jet Fuel and/or Diesel Fuel in High Yield from Bio-Based Alcohols.”. C 2 -C 8 ) to transportations fuels including diesel and/or jet fuel.

Three coming DOE funding opportunities for sustainable transportation technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to issue three sustainable transportation technologies funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in Spring 2021. These potential funding opportunities seek innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the transportation sector, the highest source of emissions in the United States.

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

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A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals. Muconic acid can then be separated from the biological culture and catalytically converted into adipic acid.

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Eni and BASF launch R&D initiative to convert bio-diesel byproduct to bio-propanol; drop-in component for gasoline

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Eni and BASF have signed a strategic agreement on a joint R&D initiative to reduce the CO 2 footprint of the transportation sector. The cooperation aims to develop a new technology to produce advanced bio-propanol from glycerin, a side stream of the production of industrial biodiesel (FAME, fatty acid methyl ester), that Eni will purchase from European producers.

KIST team develops membrane reactor system to produce pure H2 from ammonia with high productivity

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Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) have developed a steam-carrier-adopted composite membrane reactor system to produce pure H 2 (>99.99%) from ammonia with high productivity (>0.35 Membrane reactor for production of H 2 from NH 3.

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UW Madison, ExxonMobil researchers convert alcohols to diesel-range ethers and olefins

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Researchers from the University of Wisconsin Madison and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering have devised a two-stage process by which an alcohol such as ethanol or 1-butanol can be converted with high yields into distillate-range ethers and olefins by combining Guerbet coupling (the coupling of two alcohol molecules) and intermolecular dehydration. The synthesis of liquid transportation fuels from abundant, bio-derived feedstocks is motivated by the drive toward lower GHG fuels.

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bp plans UK’s largest hydrogen project; 1GW of blue hydrogen

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bp is developing plans for the UK’s largest blue hydrogen production facility, targeting 1GW of hydrogen production by 2030. bp’s hydrogen business and make a major contribution to the UK Government’s target of developing 5GW of hydrogen production by 2030.

Hydra Energy partners with Chemtrade to provide commercial truck fleets with green hydrogen below the cost of diesel

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Continuing to speed up the adoption of hydrogen in long-haul transportation, Hydra Energy —the first Hydrogen-as-a-Service provider for commercial fleets—announced a strategic partnership with Chemtrade. In exchange for long-term, discounted fuel contracts with fleets, Hydra installs hydrogen-diesel co-combustion conversion kits into existing semi-trucks and provides the fueling infrastructure for green hydrogen sourced from chemical producers such as Chemtrade.

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Experts view on future transportation fuels

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Multiple step-change reductions in the environmental/climate footprint of combustion-based transportation systems, while maintaining the fitness for purpose and convenience for the end user, are achievable. The authors identified a number of challenges for new fuels for a low-carbon transportation sector: Fuels tailored to engines with cycle and system advances that increase overall conversion of chemical energy to useful work. 2018) “Future transportation fuels.”

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Oxford Team Outlines Progress and Potential in CO2 Capture and Conversion to Synthetic Transportation Fuels

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In an open-access paper published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A , researchers from the University of Oxford, led by Dr. Peter Edwards, provide an overview of progress in the area of the conversion of carbon dioxide to synthetic transportation fuels (Carbon Capture and Conversion, CCC), its potential, and barriers to future progress. Major reductions in emissions from the transportation sector will necessitate a change in vehicle fuels.

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DOE seeks input on barriers to thermochemical liquefaction conversion of biomass to drop-in transportation fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0000796) to garner input from researchers in industry, academia, and other interested biofuels stakeholders to identify key technical barriers in converting biomass via thermochemical direct liquefaction pathways to transportation fuels in the gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel ranges. Improvements in hydrogen production, use, and transfer in biomass liquefaction and bio-oil upgrading are needed.

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

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The partners plan to produce green hydrogen, transport it in the gas network, use it in industrial processes and to interlink different material cycles within the existing infrastructure. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Wind

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Nesscap completes US$1M convertible note financing

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has completed a non-brokered private placement of a US $1,000,000 Convertible Note with I2BF Energy. The Note has a maturity date of 1 April 2015; the conversion price is CAD 0.10 Nesscap products are available in both cells and modules and are used to enhance the performance of modern applications ranging from portable electronic devices to high-performance windmills and green cars. Customers of the Company include transportation, power, and consumer markets.

China researchers develop one-pot process for direct conversion of cellulose to ethanol

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Researchers in China have developed a one-pot process for the direct conversion of cellulose to ethanol with a yield of 43.2 The researchers suggest that the inherent advantages of a chemocatalytic process in continuous operation and scalability will make it a promising alternative to the current bioprocess for the production of cellulosic ethanol. Among various platform and end-use products derived from biomass, cellulosic ethanol is the most important one.

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Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. The conversion process builds upon the solar thermal electro-chemical process (STEP) introduced by GWU Professor Stuart Licht and his colleagues in 2009. Batteries Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

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SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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Red arrow indicates ceria reduction (oxygen evolution); blue arrow indicates oxidation (fuel production). The EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has demonstrated the production of aviation kerosene from concentrated sunlight, CO 2 captured from air, and water. The process has also the potential to produce any other type of fuel for transport applications, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen in a more sustainable way. SOLAR-JET concentrated thermochemical reactor.

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

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DE-FOA-0002396 ) Topic areas for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding opportunity include high-impact biotechnology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. BETO is focused on developing technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources (e.g.,

Unifrax introduces new nano-structured alumina catalyst support technology for a greener catalytic conversion option: Eco-lytic

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Unifrax, a leading manufacturer of high-performance specialty materials, introduced a new, nano-structured alumina catalyst support technology for the transportation market: Eco-lytic. Unifrax will have commercial production capability on-line in late 2021. Our product is designed to enhance emissions reductions, reduce the need for precious raw materials, extend cleaner engine lives and help drive a more sustainable carbon footprint through vehicle weight reduction.

New plasma synthesis process for one-step conversion of CO2 and methane into higher value fuel and chemicals

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The combination of plasma and catalyst in this process shows great potential for manipulating the distribution of liquid chemical products in a given process, they concluded. Instead of using H 2 , direct conversion of CO 2 with CH 4 (dry reforming of methane, DRM) to liquid fuels and chemicals (e.g. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Natural Gas

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PNNL/INL team assesses costs and GHG LCA for converting biomass to drop-in fuels via fast pyrolysis and upgrading

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A team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Idaho National Laboratory has evaluated the process economics and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the conversion of 11 biomass feedstocks to produce transportation fuels via fast pyrolysis and then pyrolysis oil upgrading via hydrodeoxygenation. The final fuel product yield is one of the most significant parameters affecting the process economics.

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PNAS study finds Vertimass CADO efficient way to convert ethanol to biohydrocarbons; 40 to 96% reduction in GHGs, based on feedstock

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Increased oil prices or current production incentives make Vertimass fuel cost competitive, and CADO-derived hydrocarbon blendstocks pass on greenhouse gas emission reductions of the ethanol feedstock.

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New inexpensive catalyst for conversion of CO2 to CO could help with storage of renewable energy

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carbon monoxide evolving catalyst (Bi-CMEC) that can be used in conjunction with ionic liquids to convert CO 2 to carbon monoxide (CO) using electricity. Storage of solar and other sources of renewable electricity may be enabled by the catalytic production of fuels such as H 2 or reduced carbon-containing compounds via the electro-chemical reduction of H 2 O or CO 2 , respectively. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power Generation

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

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A research team led by Professor Roland Dittmeyer from the Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT) at KIT and Professor Geoffrey Ozin from the University of Toronto (UoT) in Canada proposes to decentralize the production of synthetic energy sources in the future and to link them to existing ventilation and air conditioning systems in buildings. hydrocracking) allowing to further increase product yield and quality. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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Taiwan’s ITRI introduces cellulosic bio-butanol production technology; pathway with highest carbon conversion yield

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ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), a Taiwan-based high-tech applied research institution, is introducing ButyFix, a technology for cellulosic bio-butanol production with a negative carbon footprint. ButyFix uses a three-step process: (1) the hydrolysis of cellulose and hemicellulose to release sugars; (2) fermentation of the sugars to produce butyrate; and (3) the chemical conversion of butyrate via esterification and hydrogenation to butanol.

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UTA researchers demonstrate one-step solar process to convert CO2 and H2O directly into renewable liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated a new solar process for the one-step, gas-phase conversion of CO 2 and H 2 O to C 5+ liquid hydrocarbons and O 2 by operating the photocatalytic reaction at elevated temperatures and pressures. The products were collected by passing the hot effluent gas through a condenser unit at 0 °C to capture condensable products; through a back-pressure regulator to drop the pressure to 1.0

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SRI wins $925,000 DOE award to liquefy biomass for production of transportation fuels

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Southern Research Institute (SRI) entered into a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a mild liquefaction process that will economically convert biomass to petroleum refinery-ready bio-oils. The process will convert biomass to stabilized bio-oils that can be directly blended with hydrotreater and cracker input streams in a petroleum refinery for production of gasoline and diesel range hydrocarbons.

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Wisconsin Researchers Devise Process to Convert Biomass Intermediate Product into Drop-in Transportation Fuels Without Use of External Hydrogen or Precious Metal Catalysts

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Reaction pathways for conversion of GVL to butenes and CO 2 , and the integrated conversion of GVL to both a liquid stream of alkenes for use in transportation fuels and a gaseous stream rich in CO 2 that is appropriate for further processing options. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, led by Dr. James Dumesic, have developed a process to convert aqueous solutions of ?-valerolactone Dumesic (2010) Integrated Catalytic Conversion of ?-Valerolactone

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