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

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Alon Bakersfield Refinery is an existing oil refinery located in Bakersfield, California. Historically, the refinery has produced diesel from crude oil and has a capacity of 70,000 barrels per day. Bio-hydrocarbons Diesel Fuels LCFS Market Background Oil

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Oleophobic hydrophobic magnetic sponge selectively soaks up oil, sparing water and wildlife

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A Northwestern Engineering-led team has developed a highly porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water. With an ability to absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil, the sponge could be used to clean up oil spills inexpensively and efficiently without harming marine life.

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BTG and GoodFuels exploring options for joint investment to convert pyrolysis oil to low-carbon fuel for ships

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Biomass technology group BTG plans to set up a new high-tech technology company that can convert crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil.

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Gevo develops process to convert isobutanol or fusel oils into renewable diesel

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has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that convert either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value fusel oils—a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as alcohol production—into renewable diesel. Gevo, Inc.

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Celeroton introduces new 7.5 kW fuel cell converter

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Celeroton is expanding its portfolio of fuel cell converters. With the launch of the improved power electronics converter, CC-550-7500 , operating compressors up to 7.5 kW of drive power (at 300 VDC converter input) is now possible for fuel cell stacks of up to 75 kW.

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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.

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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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Upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into lubricant oils

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Researchers in the US have developed a catalytic upcycling process using platinum nanoparticles supported on perovskites to convert single-use polyethylene (PE) (such as grocery bags) into value-added high-quality liquid products (such as motor oils and waxes). These liquids could be used as motor oil, lubricants or waxes, or further processed to make ingredients for detergents and cosmetics. Catalysts Lubricating Oils Plastics Recycling

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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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University of Utah engineers develop fast method to convert algae to biocrude

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Algal biocrude obtained from CIJMs converts successfully into biodiesel, and cascades of CIJMs increase the net lipid production. This technology could also be applied beyond algae and include a variety of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, or any microbial-derived oil, says Mohanty.

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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

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%.

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Chinese team uses light to convert fatty acids into alkanes with up to 95% yield; photocatalytic decarboxylation

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WANG Feng at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported that photocatalytic decarboxylation is an efficient alternate pathway for converting biomass-derived fatty acids into alkanes under mild conditions of ambient temperature and pressure.

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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.

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ORNL-led team uses carbon material derived from tire waste to convert used cooking oil to biofuel

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Using a novel, reusable carbon material derived from old rubber tires, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)-led research team has developed a simple method to convert used cooking oil into biofuel. The team’s approach combines modified, recovered carbon with sulfuric acids, which is then mixed with free fatty acids in household vegetable oil to produce usable methyl ester biofuel.

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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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The assumptions in the analysis are based on “field to wheel” data generated from a multistep experiment that started from biomass preparation and was followed by biomass feedstock conversion to pyrolysis oil, and then finished by pyrolysis oil upgrading to produce hydrocarbon liquid fuel.

2019 97

Adamas: China rare earth consumption for catalytic converters down on weak passenger vehicle production

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Vehicle exhaust gas catalysts comprising platinum-group metals are used in three-way catalytic converters of gasoline-powered vehicles to convert harmful pollutants in the vehicle’s exhaust stream into less harmful varieties. In a three-way catalytic converter, cerium oxide (along with small amounts of other light rare earth oxides) is commonly substituted for a fraction of the platinum-group metals used in both the reduction and oxidation catalysts.

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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.

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

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The patented REACH technology, developed by US-based parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective drop-in biofuels and bio-chemicals, as alternatives to fossil fuels.

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China researchers hydrotreat waste engine oil and scrap tire oil blend to produce diesel- and jet-range fuel

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In a paper in the journal Fuel, they report that among the catalysts, Rh/C showed the highest performance for sulfur removal from the resulting upgraded oil (UPO). The liquid-state product, generally called oil, is one of the most promising feedstocks for use in fuels or chemicals.

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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.

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Siemens targeting Li-ion energy storage for marine and offshore oil and gas applications; 6MW system to West Mira rig

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As part of a strategy to continue providing low-emissions solutions for harsh offshore operating environments, Siemens has opened a fully robotized and digitalized plant in Norway that will develop and manufacture energy storage technologies for both marine and offshore oil and gas applications.

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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

ETH Zürich, Total team develops new catalyst to convert CO2 and H2 directly to methanol efficiently

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Scientists at ETH Zürich and oil and gas company Total have developed a new catalyst that efficiently converts CO 2 and hydrogen directly into methanol. It is possible to convert it into fuels and a wide variety of chemical products, including those that today are mainly based on fossil resources. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals.

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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.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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

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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

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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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

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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.

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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

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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 86

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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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.

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