Transform Materials plasma process converts abundant natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene

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Transform Materials has developed a novel and sustainable microwave plasma reactor process to convert natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene, thereby opening up a new pathway for green chemical manufacturing. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Natural Gas

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PNNL team develops new low-cost method to convert captured CO2 to methane

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a new method to convert captured CO 2 into methane, the primary component of natural gas. Different methods for converting CO 2 into methane have long been known. In addition to geologic production, methane can be produced from renewable or recycled CO 2 sources, and can be used as fuel itself or as an H 2 energy carrier.


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C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. Carbon dioxide is absorbed like a sponge in a liquid alkali carbonate electrolyte, and is absorbed by bubbling either flue gas or air (without the need for pre-concentration of the carbon dioxide).

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Bakken Energy to purchase synfuels plant and convert to blue hydrogen production as part of $2B hydrogen hub project

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Energy infrastructure developer Bakken Energy (Bakken) has reached agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) on key terms and conditions to purchase the assets of the Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), a subsidiary of Basin Electric, and the owner of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

AW-Energy entering green hydrogen market with wave energy device

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AW-Energy Oy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing a combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process for the production of green hydrogen. In AW-Energy’s concept, wave energy complements solar power production to enable large-scale green hydrogen.

Global Clean Energy buys Bakersfield refinery for $40M, converting to produce renewable diesel

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Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., Fuels produced from the facility will result in significant reductions of both greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and local air pollutants such as particulate matter. through a subsidiary, has purchased Alon Bakersfield Properties, Inc.,

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Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to convert CO 2 directly into aviation fuel using a novel, inexpensive iron-based catalyst.

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SoCalGas to convert 200 new F-250 trucks with Landi Renzo systems to run on renewable natural gas

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Southern California Gas Co. SoCalGas) will convert 200 new Ford F-250 service pickup trucks to run on renewable natural gas (RNG). SoCalGas has committed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045. The service trucks will be outfitted with the newest Landi Renzo Eco Ready equipment, a California Air Resource Board (CARB)-certified ultra-low emissions vehicle system.

EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

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The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with FuelCell Energy, Inc., an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol, a major chemical commodity with worldwide applications in the production of liquid fuels, solvents, resins, and polymers.

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New MOF material captures and converts NO2

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The NO 2 can then be easily converted into nitric acid, a multi-billion dollar industry with uses including agricultural fertilizer for crops; rocket propellant and nylon. The highly efficient mechanism in this new MOF was characterized by researchers using neutron scattering and synchrotron X-ray diffraction at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Berkeley National Laboratory, respectively.

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Clean Energy Fuels delivered 143M gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas in 2019, up 30% year-on-year

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) last year as robust sales of the carbon-neutral transportation fuel continued in 2019, closing out the year with significant deals throughout North America. Biomethane Fleets Natural Gas

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Hydrogenics to supply 1MW electrolyzer to project converting CO2 to methanol; Power-to-Gas

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The application will take excess electricity from intermittent renewable energy sources, generate green hydrogen, and then create methanol using a low-carbon footprint production plant and carbon dioxide emissions from an existing coal-fired power plant in Essen, Germany owned by STEAG Gmbh, which operates a number of regional power plants and distributed energy facilities. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Hydrogen Methanol Power-to-Gas

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Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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Electro-Active Technologies has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 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.

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

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing nearly $80 million in four new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms in the fields of living cell-based therapies, personalized heart tissue, point-of-care health systems and fuel derived from shale gas. To better leverage the natural gas sector’s surplus in lighter hydrocarbon gases, CISTAR plans to build small, modular and mobile processing units for small well sites in rural areas.

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Port of Corpus Christi, Howard announce to convert Javelina refinery services facility to blue hydrogen production

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The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (Port of Corpus Christi) and Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC (Howard/HEP) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating their intention to convert Howard’s Javelina refinery services facility into the region’s first blue hydrogen production facility.

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 goal is to save energy and stem carbon dioxide emissions from metal manufacturing while concurrently generating clean hydrogen and fixing fossil-sourced carbon in solid materials.

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DOE awarding $3.0M cost-share contract to FuelCell Energy for solid oxide electrolyzer; converting excess electricity to H2

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FuelCell Energy, Inc. is developing a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) system to convert excess electricity during periods of low power demand into hydrogen efficiently. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting this development with a $3.0 The market for energy storage is significant for high efficiency and flexible long duration storage that is affordable for rate payers. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Gas

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European HYFLEXPOWER project to demo first integrated power-to-X-to-power hydrogen gas turbine

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The purpose of this project is to prove that hydrogen can be produced and stored from renewable electricity and then added up to 100% to the natural gas currently used with combined heat and power plants. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Gas

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Researchers use chemical looping process to produce hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide gas

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Researchers at The Ohio State University have used a chemical looping process to produce hydrogen from hydrogen sulfide gas—commonly called “sewer gas”.

City of Santa Monica converting bus fleet to renewable natural gas

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The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has become one of the country’s first municipal transit authorities to convert its fleet to renewable natural gas (RNG), rated 90% cleaner than diesel. Earlier this year, BBB modified its original agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp to transition the supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for its fleet to Clean Energy’s Redeem renewable LNG, which is non-fracked methane harvested from organic waste in landfills.

2015 207

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

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These fuels, when coupled with Gevo’s integrated-systems approach that includes regenerative agriculture and non-fossil-based renewable energy, could produce net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the lifecycle of the product. 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. The USPTO has awarded Gevo US Patent No.

Australia’s Jemena to supply green hydrogen to Hyundai from 2021; Green Gas project

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Leading Australian energy infrastructure company Jemena has signed a new deal to supply Australia’s emerging zero emission vehicle industry with renewably generated green hydrogen. Jemena has committed, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Australia and Coregas, to produce and deliver hydrogen gas to Hyundai’s Macquarie Park headquarters from early 2021. Australia Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Hydrogen Storage Power-to-Gas

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KIT team produces synthetic natural gas from waste wood; used in natural gas vehicles

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Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have successfully produced renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for methanation using a new honeycomb catalyst. The quality of this synthetic natural gas (SNG) is comparable to that of fossil natural gas and can be used as fuel in cogeneration and heating plants as well as in cars or trucks. Biogas facilities produce renewable gas mainly by fermenting biological waste.

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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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Calysta Energy engineering organisms to convert methane to low-cost liquid hydrocarbons; BioGTL process

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Calysta is using its proprietary BioGTL biological gas-to-liquids platform to convert natural gas to liquid hydrocarbons. Start-up Calysta Energy plans to use methane as a feedstock for engineered organisms to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels and high value chemicals that are cost-effective, scalable and reduce environmental impact. Comparison of biofuel platform efficiency (source: Calysta Energy).

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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. A paper describing their work is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. For remote small-/medium-sized natural gas fields, transport via pipeline or liquefied natural gas is often not possible.

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NAR and EDI converting 6 Class-5 armored trucks to natural gas PHEVs

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North American Repower (NAR)—a California-based natural gas engine management and conversion technology company—and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI)—a developer of plug-in hybrid electric drivetrains—will convert a fleet of six 26,000-pound, Class-5 medium-duty armored vehicles operated by Sectran Security into PHEV vehicles that run on electricity and renewable natural gas.

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New porous coordination polymer captures CO2, converts it to useful organic materials

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A new material that can selectively capture CO 2 molecules and efficiently convert them into useful organic materials has been developed by researchers at Kyoto University, along with colleagues at the University of Tokyo and Jiangsu Normal University in China. One possible way to counteract rising global CO 2 emissions is to capture and sequester carbon from the atmosphere, but current methods are highly energy intensive.

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Study finds copper catalysts work better at converting CO2 to renewable fuel when they gain and lose oxygen atoms

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Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Caltech have found that copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting carbon dioxide into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen. JCAP is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub.

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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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The bio-propanol offers the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 75% compared to fossil fuels. Being a vegetable residue, glycerin is classified as an advanced bio-feedstock, according to the European RED II directive (Renewable Energy Directive, Annex IX part A). Eni and BASF have signed a strategic agreement on a joint R&D initiative to reduce the CO 2 footprint of the transportation sector.

SwRI, UTSA seek to combine reverse water-gas shift and Fischer Tropsch synthesis in single reactor to produce low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels

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We’re seeing a rise in battery-powered passenger vehicles, but the high power demands of the aviation, locomotive, shipping, and long-haul trucking industries will continue to require energy-dense hydrocarbons for the foreseeable future. The first will react hydrogen with CO 2 to make carbon monoxide (CO) and the second will convert the CO and hydrogen, a blend known as synthesis gas or syngas, into liquid hydrocarbon fuel by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

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

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The US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision released two case studies assessing the results of projects that were among the first to produce Renewable Compressed Natural Gas (R-CNG) vehicle fuel by using anaerobic digesters to capture the biogases from decomposing organic waste. Energy Vision and Argonne produced the studies jointly. Biomethane Natural Gas

2018 163

Converting wastepaper to biocrude and hydrogen

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Biocrude compounds, product gas and reaction pathways from APR of wastepaper at 250 °C in presence of 5 wt % Ni(NO 3 ) 2 catalyst. A paper on their work is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. The product gas showed a maximum of about 0.2 The researchers decided to explore the potential for converting wastepaper to fuels. In addition to biocrude, aqueous phase biomass reforming is also capable of generating high energy density fuel, H 2 (143 MJ/kg).

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Natural Resources Canada invests $800K in G4 Insights project to convert forestry waste to renewable natural gas

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for the development of technology to convert forestry waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) that can be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada. G4 is developing and commercializing a proprietary PyroCatalytic Hydrogenation (PCH) process to produce a renewable drop-in replacement for fossil natural gas. G4 RNG can be produced on a distributed basis in forestry regions and delivered to end users through existing natural gas pipelines.

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PNNL team develops catalyst to convert ethanol into C5+ ketones as building blocks for high-value chemicals and fuels

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ZrO 2 catalyst that converts ethanol into C 5+ ketones that can serve as building blocks for everything from solvents to jet fuel. It then rapidly converts to products containing more than 70% C 5+ ketones. Generating such products from renewable ethanol rather than fossil resources could help cut greenhouse gas emissions and boost energy security. The technology for converting ethanol to ketones is available for licensing from PNNL’s commercialization office.

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Rice team demonstrates more efficient photocatalyst for converting ammonia to hydrogen

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Rice University nanoscientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more efficient. Tests showed the catalyst benefited from a light-induced electronic process that significantly lowered the activation barrier, or minimum energy needed, for the ruthenium to break apart ammonia molecules.

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Primus Green Energy, partner commission FEED study on new GTL plant; gasoline the end product

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Primus Green Energy Inc., along with a global petrochemical company as a joint venture partner, has commissioned a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study with IHI E&C International Corporation for a first of its kind natural gas-to-gasoline plant in Texas. Liquid/Gas Separation.

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Dominion Energy sets new goal of net zero emissions by 2050 for both power generation, natural gas operations

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Dominion Energy announced a significant expansion of the company's greenhouse gas emissions-reduction goals, establishing a new commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The goal covers carbon dioxide and methane emissions, the dominant greenhouse gases, from both electricity generation and gas infrastructure operations. Significant progress can be made by converting oil and coal-powered manufacturing facilities to lower-carbon natural gas.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects to receive nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects to advance natural gas infrastructure technology development. DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy will provide federal funding for these projects. These projects aim to develop tools, methods, and technologies to enhance cost-effectively the safety and efficiency of the US’ natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure.

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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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A methanation plant expansion to the existing power-to-gas (PtG) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany has officially opened as part of the international €28-million (US$33.5-million) STORE&GO research project. While the current facility feeds pure hydrogen (“WindGas”) directly into the gas grid, the new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane. Moreover, it provides for unrestricted use of the natural gas infrastructure, including for transport and storage.

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Siluria Technologies announces successful start-up of first demo plant directly converting natural gas to ethylene through OCM

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This milestone marks the world’s first large-scale production of ethylene directly from natural gas through Oxidative Coupling of Methane (OCM). Siluria’s OCM technology is the first commercially viable process to directly convert natural gas to ethylene, a key building block for the global petrochemicals industry and a new basis from which to produce transportation fuels. The oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) converts methane into ethane and ethylene (C 2 hydrocarbons).

2015 195

Siluria and Wood launch Modus: process technology to convert low-value offgas into high-octane, low-sulfur gasoline blendstock

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Siluria Technologies, developer of a catalytic oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) process to convert natural gas into liquid fuels or petrochemical building blocks ( earlier post ), and Wood, a leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets, announced the availability of the Modus process technology for petroleum refiners. This necessitates significant additional refining/separations and energy input.

2017 150

Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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In a paper published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels , Guanqun Luo and Armando G. 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. Energy & Fuels doi: 10.1021/ef401993x.

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