Eni licenses EST technology to Sinopec to convert residues to high-quality light products; eliminating pet-coke and fuel oil

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Eni’s proprietary Eni Slurry Technology (EST) is able to convert refining residues entirely into high-quality light products, eliminating both liquid and solid refining residues with significant environmental benefits. Eni slurry technology: A new process for heavy oil upgrading.”

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Biogas2PEM-FC project converts waste from olive oil production to electricity

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An EU-funded project, Biogas2PEM-FC , has developed a system to convert the toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity. The goal of the project has been to develop a technology to convert waste from the olive oil production into electricity.

2014 102

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%

2014 102

New catalytic method for converting algal oil to gasoline- or jet-fuel-range hydrocarbons

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A new catalytic method for converting algal oil to gasoline- or jet-fuel-range hydrocarbons has been developed by the research group of Prof.

2015 93

Scientists Convert Algae To Crude Oil In 60 Seconds

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Crude oil, from which all fossil fuels are made, is a dwindling resource. There will come a point, some time in the future, where the expense of extracting it from deep under the ground becomes too great for the return on investment. While one solution is to wean ourselves off fossil fuels entirely, another is to artificially create them--and

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Researchers convert sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, more photosynthetically efficient, oil-producing crop

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A multi-institutional team led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30% and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.

2014 93

Efficient one-pot process to convert bio-oil fractions to gasoline-range hydrocarbons

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A team at South China University of Technology has developed a one-pot process to convert the diesel distillate and residual oil fractions in bio-oil into high-quality fuels by catalytic hydrocracking with combined CoMoS/Al 2 O 3 and HZSM-5 catalysts. Based on the material balance, the net hydrogen consumption for the hydrocracking process was 38 g of H 2 /kg of bio-oil, and the energy efficiency could reach up to 84%.

2015 72

Brazil’s Nutec launches system to convert fish waste into oil for biodiesel feedstock

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Brazil’s Industrial Technology Core Foundation of Ceará (Nutec), an entity linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the State (Secitece), launched Biopeixe Machine, which converts 50% of fish viscera into fats for the production of oil which will, in turn, be converted into biodiesel. It is estimated that a range of 50 to 70% of the total mass of the viscera can be converted into fish oil.

2012 89

Battelle evaluating pilot-scale mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit to convert biomass to bio-oil

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Battelle researchers have developed a mobile catalytic pyrolysis unit that converts biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into bio-oil. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit converts one ton of pine chips, shavings and sawdust into as much as 1,300 gallons of wet bio-oil per day. The bio-oil then can be upgraded by hydrotreatment into a gas/diesel blend or jet fuel.

2013 78

New catalyst system for converting castor-oil-derived ricinoleic acid methyl ester into jet fuel; up to 90% carbon selectivity

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Although hydro-processing of lipid and fatty acid is well-known, the yield of jet fuel from typical lipid based oil with mainly C 18 fatty acid is quite low (about 35–40%). The major reason for the low overall yield is the necessity of a hydrocracking step for converting the C 18 or C 16 alkane into jet fuel range paraffin (C 9 –C 15 ), the researchers explained. reported the hydro-processing of castor oil into bio-jet fuel for the first time.

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Tunable high-yield catalytic approach converts pyrolysis oil to bio-hydrocarbon chemical feedstocks including fuel additives

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Pyrolysis bio-oils are produced by the thermal decomposition of biomass by heating in the absence of oxygen at more than 500 °C; fast pyrolysis of biomass is much less expensive than biomass conversion technologies based on gasification or fermentation processes.

2010 102

Electrified Blondes in Convertibles For Everyone!

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Otherwise you’ll just be buying a dinosaur that you’ll have to pay to convert or dispose of. That’s EE Solar’s RAV4 and it has gone over 116,000 miles oil free.

Greenstar Recycling and Vadxx Energy partner to convert recycled plastics to synthetic crude oil

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Greenstar Recycling has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a joint venture (JV) with Vadxx Energy , LLC to convert recovered plastic into synthetic crude oil using Vadxx’s thermal depolymerization process. Greenstar and Vadxx expect that the JV will begin producing crude oil in mid-2012 with the target location for the project in Ohio. Specifications of Vadxx crude oil are largely functions of the raw materials consumed and the operating parameters employed.

2011 78

ExxonMobil to invest >$1B in Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oil into diesel, other products

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plans to invest more than $1 billion to install a new delayed coker unit at its Antwerp refinery to convert heavy, higher sulfur residual oils into transportation fuels products such as marine gasoil and diesel fuel. The investment addresses an industry shortfall in capability to convert fuel oil to products such as diesel. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Belgium, a division of ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical B.V.B.A.,

2014 78

Researchers Convert Green Tide Macroalgae to Bio-oil

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Researchers at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) have converted the marine macroalgae Enteromorpha prolifera , one of the main algae genera for “green tide”—massive algal blooms caused by eutrophication of marine water bodies—to bio-oil by hydrothermal liquefaction in a batch reactor at temperatures of 220-320 °C. A moderate temperature of 300 °C with 5 wt % Na 2 CO 3 and reaction time of 30 min led to the highest bio-oil yield of 23.0

2010 68

Opinion: Oil Market ShowdownCan Russia Outlast The Saudis?

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November 27, oil consuming countries will celebrate the first anniversary of the Saudi decision to let market forces determine prices. per barrel oil in 2015 and 2016 respectively, while the October projections are based $51.62 Market Background Oil Opinion Russia

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Researchers from Caltech and UC San Diego report very high performance catalysts to convert seed oils to olefins

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Researchers from Caltech and UC San Diego have developed a family of ruthenium-based metathesis catalysts that have shown exceptional activity in the conversion of seed oils to linear-chain olefins. The ethanolysis of fatty acids derived from seed oils could provide a renewable source of LAOs. The authors of the study observed that: These catalysts exhibited exceptional activity in the ethenolysis of the seed-oil derivative methyl oleate.

Converting Oil Shale to Gasoline via Alberta Taciuk Processor Results in Full Fuel Cycle GHG Emissions 1.5-1.75 Larger Than From Conventionally Produced Gasoline

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Converting oil shale to gasoline via the Alberta Taciuk Processor (ATP)—an above-ground shale retort—results in fuel-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of ~130-150 g CO 2 equivalent/MJ of gasoline produced, according to a new analysis by Dr. Adam Brandt at Stanford University.

2009 104

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. 14 kg technical corn oil.

2014 129

Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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

2013 94

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

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

2012 78

American Refining Group taking 1/3 stake in Amyris/Cosan Novvi JV; accelerating commercialization of renewable base oil and lubricants

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formed in 2011 to produce renewable base oils and lubricants from Amyris’ Biofene—Amyris’s brand of a renewable, long-chain, branched hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene (trans-ß-farnesene). Bio-hydrocarbons Lubricating Oils Oil Synthetic Biology

2016 78

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to convert 500 public vehicles and taxis to natural gas

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company ( ADNOC ) plans to convert more than 500 public vehicles and taxis to natural gas by next year; 177 vehicles have already undergone the conversion. Adnoc officials said that the service was available only to public vehicles and taxis, however private cars would soon be eligible to convert their cars to natural gas. The National.

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MIT researchers develop oxygen permeable membrane that converts CO2 to CO

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MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and thence into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products. The research was funded by Shell Oil and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

2017 67

ARA Developing Catalytic Hydrothermal Process to Convert Plant Oils Into Non-Ester Biofuels (Biohydrocarbons)

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Researchers at Applied Research Associates’ (ARA) Florida Research Laboratory are developing a catalytic hydrothermolysis (CH) process to convert triglycerides (e.g., crop oils and animal fats) to non-ester biofuels—renewable fuels that are pure hydrocarbons indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. Soybean oil was used as the baseline feedstock for this study. The process involves three main production steps: The CH process that converts triglyceride to biocrude.

2010 71

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). Most of this is landfilled or incinerated as it’s usually contaminated by grease and oils, which can damage recycling equipment.

2017 67

Eni converting Venice Refinery to biorefinery based on Ecofining technology

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Eni plans to convert its Venice (Italy) Refinery into a biorefinery producing innovative and high quality biofuels. The project involves an estimated investment of approximately €100 million (US$130 million), and is the first in the world to convert a conventional refinery into bio-refinery. The Ecofining process uses catalytic hydroprocessing technology to convert vegetable oils to a renewable diesel fuel.

2012 84

New fast hydrothermal process converts 65% of wet algae feedstock sample to biocrude in one minute

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Phillip Savage at the University of Michigan has found that with appropriate parameters, hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) can convert 65% of wet algae (a Nannochloropsis species) into biocrude in one minute. Biocrude from Nannochloropsis. Credit: Savage Lab. Click to enlarge.

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Study finds that switch to heavy and synthetic crude oils could double or triple refinery emissions

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Increasing crude processing intensity and energy intensity with worsening oil quality. OQ: Crude feed oil quality. Switching to heavy crude oil and synthetic crude oil derived from oil sands bitumen in refineries could double or triple refinery emissions and add 1.6-3.7

2011 119

DOE to award up to $1.2M to project converting wastewater solids to biogas and liquid fuels; hydrothermal processing

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The project will use Genifuel hydrothermal processing technology (HTP) to convert wastewater solids into renewable natural gas as well as liquid fuels. The technology, developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) over a 40-year period, converts waste solids from a wastewater treatment plant into biocrude and methane gas using water, heat and pressure. HTP uses subcritical water and pressure (350 °C and 207 bar) to convert the wet organics into crude oil and natural gas.

2017 68

U. Calgary analysis of energy balances and emissions of SAGD oil sands production finds need for improved processes; some operations not thermally efficient or net generators of energy

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Plot of cumulative steam-to-oil ratio (cSOR) vs. ratio of energy produced in form of chemical energy contained in bitumen if combusted to energy injected in form of steam (75% efficient steam generation). Emissions Oil sands

WSU, PNNL researchers convert algal biofuel waste from hydrothermal liquefaction into commodity using anaerobes; sewage sludge next

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Researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a method of converting a waste product generated by the conversion of algae into bio-crude into a usable and valuable commodity. Converting algae to biofuels can utilize a two-step process. The first, developed by PNNL, applies high pressure and high temperature to algae to create bio-oil.

2017 60

New catalytic process to convert algae-derived squalane to high-quality transportation fuels

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Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan, with a colleague at the University of Tsukuba, have devised a process to convert squalane, a C 30 algae-derived branched hydrocarbon, to smaller hydrocarbons—without skeletal isomerization and aromatization—over ruthenium on ceria (Ru/CeO 2 ). Considering the diminishing reserves of crude oil, biomass, as renewable organic carbon resources, is expected to be a promising substitute.

2015 84

Neste Oil seeking California LCFS approval for gutter oil to renewable diesel pathway

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Among four new California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications is a used cooking oil (gutter oil) to renewable diesel (NExBTL) pathway from Neste Oil at its Singapore plant. Boeing and COMAC are opening a demonstration facility in China to convert gutter oil to renewable aviation fuel. Neste Oil Singapore Pte Ltd. not biodiesel—using a hydrogenation process and multiple oil and fat feedstocks. Gutter oil.

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Boeing partners with South African Airways to convert Solaris energy tobacco into jet fuel

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The seed contains around 40% oil. Initially, oil from the plants seeds will be converted into jet fuel. Solaris energy tobacco is optimized for seed production for energy applications, not leaf production. Click to enlarge. Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from Solaris, a new hybrid tobacco plant optimized for seed production for energy applications.

2014 92

Grillo-Werke AG successfully converts methane directly into methanesulfonic acid (MSA)

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Development of commercial production of C 1 through to C 4 alkanesulfonic acids—including MSA—came out of work in the 1940s at Standard Oil of Indiana.

2016 78

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.

2017 60

USC team develops highly efficient catalyst system for converting CO2 to methanol; 79% yield from CO2 captured from air

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In a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society , they reported demonstrating for the first time that CO 2 captured from air can be directly converted to CH 3 OH in 79% yield using the new homogeneous catalytic system.

2016 87

VTT converts biomass into BTX chemicals; gasification, F-T and aromatization

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Finland’s VTT has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals: benzene, toluene and xylene. The aim of this research is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil in, for example, plastics, fuels, medicine and paints. This price is higher than the current price of raw material derived from crude oil, but more competitive than the price of other bio-based routes.

2015 74

New Cost-Effective Continuous Flow Technology with Solid Catalyst for Converting Algae Oil to Biodiesel

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Chemists at United Environment and Energy LLC have developed an energy-efficient, high throughput continuous flow fixed-bed reactor technology for cost-effective algae oil biodiesel production. A report on what they termed “ the first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil ” was presented at the 237 th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil.

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Neste Oil complete first phase of its microbial oil pilot plant; feedstock for NExBTL renewable diesel

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Neste Oil plans to use yeast and fungi to convert waste into oil for NExBTL feedstock. Neste Oil has completed the first phase of its project to build a pilot plant for producing microbial oil for use as a feedstock for NExBTL renewable diesel.

2012 104

California oil producer applies for LCFS credits for producing crude oil using solar-generated power

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Under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), crude oil producers may generate credits for oil that has been produced using innovative methods and delivered to California refineries for processing. Seneca Resource Corporation (Seneca) has applied for LCFS credits for producing crude oil using solar generated electricity. In 2012, Seneca acquired a portion of assets in the east Coalinga oil field, located in the western Fresno County, Ca.,

2016 60

Total investing €200M to convert La Mède refinery to produce renewable diesel, €400M to upgrade Donges for low-sulfur fuels

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Crude oil processing at La Mède will be halted at the end of 2016. The Group will also maintain certain petroleum product refining operations, but halt processing of crude oil, which is reporting heavy losses, at end-2016.

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