U Delaware team develops chemocatalytic process to convert waste polypropylene to lube oils

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They were able to convert amorphous polypropylene and everyday bags and bottles effectively to lubricants with yields up to 80+%. Vlachos (2021) “Polypropylene Plastic Waste Conversion to Lubricants over Ru/TiO 2 Catalysts” ACS Catalysis doi: 10.1021/acscatal.1c00874.

New technology converts waste polyethylene to jet fuel in an hour

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Washington State University researchers have developed an innovative way to convert waste polyethylene plastic to ingredients for jet fuel and other valuable products, making it easier and more cost-effective to reuse plastics.

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New waste-to-hydrogen plant in Tokyo to convert wastewater sludge into H2 for vehicles and power generation

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announced the completion of a facility in Tokyo that will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen fuel for fuel cell mobility and power generation. A new facility in Tokyo that will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen gas for fuel-cell vehicles is nearing completion.

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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. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste—such as plant biomass or food waste—to produce hydrogen. There are usually thousands of microbes that are required to convert a complex organic mixture from biomass into electrons.

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ETH Zurich catalyst can convert polypropylene directly into motor oil with high selectivity

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The recycling of plastic waste plays a large conceptual role in the quesst for the realization of a circular economy. Polypropylene constitutes about 30% of all plastic waste.

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Raven SR & Hyzon Motors to build up to 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs

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At the hubs, which can be built at or near landfills, Raven SR will convert mixed and multiple organic wastes, including municipal solid waste, greenwaste, food waste, medical, paper, etc. Raven SR , a renewable fuels company, and Hyzon Motors Inc.,

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Researchers use cold-spray deposition to create thermoelectric generators for harvesting waste heat from previously inaccessible sources

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Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and collaborators have used an additive manufacturing technique, called cold-spray deposition, to create thermoelectric generators that can harvest waste heat—a huge untapped resource—from previously inaccessible sources, such as pipes with complex geometries. Waste heat is a huge untapped resource. Thermoelectric materials convert heat to electricity or vice versa.

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Asahi Kasei to produce S-SBR for eco-friendly tires using butadiene derived from plastic waste and biomass

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regarding the supply of butadiene derived from plastic waste and biomass. The first is a method of converting plastic waste into pyrolysis oil and feeding it to its Ethylene Cracker Complex; the second is using bio-feedstock as a feed.

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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 waste from olive oil production—which contains pesticides and toxic organic compounds, is acidic and with a high salinity—is environmentally harmful and costly to discard. Currently the waste is turned to landfill; this is very costly and can become a major environmental problem.

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Greenergy opts for Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to produce low-carbon fuels from waste tires

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Greenergy will invest in Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of a project to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from waste tires. billion tires are discarded each year worldwide, creating significant waste.

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Velocys receives further £0.5M grant for waste-to-fuels project

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million) of grant funding for the Altalto waste-to-fuels project from the UK Department for Transport (DfT), under the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C). Velocys plc has secured a further £0.5 million (US$0.63

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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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In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia are partnering on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles. REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) technology: Efficiently converts biomass into biofuels and green chemicals without producing CO 2 byproduct like fermentation and gasification processes.

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Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction partners with RevoTech on production of hydrogen from waste plastic

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Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has embarked on the development of technology for producing hydrogen using waste plastic and vinyl. The company has signed a business partnership MOU with RevoTech, a company that specializes in the continuous pyrolysis of waste plastic.

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ElectraTherm and Navy to demonstrate shipboard waste heat recovery

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ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, is working with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Creare, and the US Naval Academy (USNA) to demonstrate gas turbine waste heat recovery as part of a Small Business Innovation Research project. The demonstration will take place at the USNA in Annapolis, Maryland to prove the potential for waste heat recovery onboard ships. Ports and Marine Waste Heat Recovery

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DOE awards ~$34M to 11 projects to advance waste and algae bioenergy technology

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Biomass feedstocks can be produced by municipal solid waste (MSW) streams and algae and converted into low-carbon fuels that can significantly contribute to the decarbonization of transportation sectors that face barriers to electrification, such as aviation and marine. The selected projects will: Research and develop waste for energy conversion ($20 million). Algae uses sunlight and nutrients to grow, and then can be converted to a variety of biofuels and products.

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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). In the UK, around 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging is wasted each year. Foil waste was dissolved in a 6 M HCl solution to form an aluminum chloride solution.

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Rice, C-Crete team optimizes conversion of tire waste into graphene for stronger concrete

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Rice University scientists and their colleagues at C-Crete Technologies have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete. Tour (2021) “Flash Graphene from Rubber Waste,” Carbon doi: 10.1016/j.carbon.2021.03.020.

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Waste-to-hydrogen producer Ways2H announces strategic investment by John Molina and Pacific6 Enterprises

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the developer of a gasification-based process that converts waste into clean hydrogen fuel for mobility, microgrids and power generation ( earlier post ), closed an investment from Pacific6 Enterprises, led by founding partner John C. The patented thermochemical process produces clean hydrogen fuel from municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, plastics and/or other waste materials, without incineration. Ways2H ?,

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WUR developing new aviation fuel based on mixture of acetone and alcohol from wet bio-waste streams

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In the Netherlands, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and its partners have developed a new type of aviation fuel produced using bio-based waste streams from the agriculture industry. Locally produced waste streams from the agriculture or food sector can be used as raw materials in the production of advanced biofuels if they meet stringent sustainability conditions.

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SUEZ Environnement and Déinove partner on R&D to convert urban waste to ethanol with Deinococcus bacteria

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SUEZ Environnement and Déinove ( earlier post ) are collaborating on an R&D program to explore the development of a process to convert organic urban waste into ethanol using Deinococcus bacteria. This organic waste is currently mainly recovered via composting and methanization. For the past six months, Déinove has already been collaborating with SUEZ Environnement, which is making various sources of waste from its operating units available to the company.

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Raven SR partners with Republic Services to produce commercial green hydrogen from waste in N California, starting summer 2022

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to convert organic waste to produce green hydrogen at a site in Richmond, California. Raven SR’s first commercial systems will divert a blend of green waste and food waste from the landfill, thereby reducing methane emissions and will have a negative carbon intensity generating a California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit for fueling stations. Raven SR, a renewable fuels company, is collaborating with Republic Services Inc.

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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. Many inexpensive biofuel feedstocks, including those containing free fatty acids (FFAs) in high concentrations, are typically disposed of as waste due to our inability to efficiently convert them into usable biofuels.

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Enerkem plant becomes first ISCC-certified plant to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol

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a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. This biorefinery therefore becomes the first ISCC-certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol. Enerkem Inc.,

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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. waste oils with high FFAs have not been a viable feedstock option. The enzymatic process uses less energy, and the cost of waste oil as a feedstock is significantly lower than refined oils. A small number of plants have been producing biodiesel from waste oils using existing technologies.

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LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. The energy produced is assumed to be used internally at the site and the carbon content of the CO subsequently converted to CO 2 in-plant.

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Ways2H partners with Ford, Bacon & Davis to build waste-to-H2 production facilities for clean fuel in US markets

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a global producer of renewable hydrogen from the world’s worst waste streams, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a leader in energy facility engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), are collaborating to design and to build waste-to-hydrogen facilities in California and other locations in the United States, to produce renewable hydrogen fuel for customers in the mobility and power generation sectors, and to offer alternative disposal options for waste processing and waste disposal companies.

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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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SUTD team proposes low-temperature thermionic converter with graphene cathode; about 45% efficiency

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Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are proposing that it is possible to design an efficient graphene-cathode-based thermionic energy converter (TIC)—a device for converting heat to electricity leveraging the phenomenon of thermionic emission, or the release of electrons from a hot body—operating at around 900 K (626 °C) or lower, as compared with a conventional metal-based cathode TIC operating at about 1500 K (1227 °C).

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Researchers developing free-piston linear generator for exhaust waste heat recovery

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Researchers in China have developed a novel free-piston linear generator (FPLG) to recover exhaust waste heat efficiently from a vehicle engine. The FPLG can be used in a small-scale organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system and can directly convert the thermodynamic energy of working fluid into electricity. Engines Fuel Efficiency Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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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 second converts that bio-oil into biofuel, which can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

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PNNL team finds biocrude from kelp and fish waste via hydrothermal liquefaction could be viable fuel for remote Alaskan communities

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Using existing fish processing plants, kelp and fish waste can be turned into a diesel-like fuel to power generators or fishing boats in rural, coastal Alaska, according to a team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). In search of a cheaper, sustainable fuel, researchers at PNNL turned to two plentiful marine resources in Alaska: kelp and fish processing waste. The waste-to-energy fuel could then be used to power generators or fishing boats.

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Researchers develop relatively low-temp process to convert low-density polyethylene waste to liquid fuel

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Researchers in India have developed a relatively low-temperature process to convert low-density polyethylene (LDPE)—a common polymer used to make many types of container, medical and laboratory equipment, computer components and plastic bags—into liquid fuel over a kaolin catalyst. A paper on their work is published in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. of Environment and Waste Management Vol.

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Waste gasification company Sierra Energy closes $33M Series A funding; FastOx

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The funding will help Sierra Energy further develop and commercialize its FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning. FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000°F (2,200°C). Waste is fed into the top of the gasifier vessel through an airlock.

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Rotterdam proposed location for Enerkem waste-to-chemicals plant

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A partnership comprising AkzoNobel, Van Gansewinkel, Air Liquide, AVR and Enerkem is proposing to build a waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam, the province of South Holland and InnovationQuarter. The new chemical plant will use Enerkem’s innovative technology to convert residual waste into methanol, a raw material used in the chemical industry.

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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).

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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. Forest residue, which includes all parts of the tree, can be converted into solid, liquid or gaseous biofuels such as RNG that can then be burned for energy or used as fuel substitutes for transportation or industrial processes. Natural Resources Canada is investing $800,000 in G4 Insights Inc.

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GM and Detroit Renewable Energy partner on project to convert municipal solid waste to process heat for assembly plant

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General Motors and Detroit Renewable Energy are partnering on a renewable energy project to turn solid municipal waste from Metro Detroit into process steam that will be used to heat and cool portions of GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Detroit Renewable is able to process more than 1 million tons of municipal solid waste into electric power and steam while also recycling nearly 40,000 tons of metal annually.

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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.

Novel pathway for aviation fuel from food waste–derived volatile fatty acids (VFA) could lead to 70% blends, up to 165% reduction in GHG

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Life cycle analysis showed up to 165% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to fossil jet if the food waste is diverted from landfills to produce VFA-SAF. In the process, anaerobic digestion of west waste is arrested prior to methanogensis to generate VFAs (C 3 -C 8 ).

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Zero Waste Energy breaks ground on organic waste to CNG fuel facility

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Zero Waste Energy, LLC (ZWE) broke ground on an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco, CA that will convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost. The Blue Line Biogenic CNG facility will convert 11,200 TPY of food and green waste into 100,000+ diesel equivalent gallons of CNG fuel. and Zero Waste Energy, LLC.

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USDA closes on $105M loan guarantee to Fulcrum for biorefinery converting municipal waste to renewable jet fuel; first USDA loan for biojet

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to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC to build a biorefinery to produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste (MSW) via a proprietary two-stage thermochemical process. Fulcrum will gasify 147,000 tons of municipal solid waste to produce synthesis gas which it then will catalytically convert to synthetic paraffinic kerosene/jet fuel via a Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process. received a $75-million loan in 2011 to produce cellulosic ethanol from woody biomass and municipal solid waste.

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ARPA-E issues RFI on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies; focus on solid-state systems

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001607 ) on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies. quadrillion BTU of energy was wasted mainly in the form of heat. Much of the waste heat has been characterized by its source and its temperature, particularly in the transportation and power generation sectors. Thus, ARPA-E is keenly interested in waste heat conversion in this temperature range.

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New catalytic process turns renewable and waste carbon into cleaner, high-performance diesel biofuel blendstock

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Researchers used reductive etherification chemistry to convert alcohol and ketone substrates derived from microbial carboxylic acids into an ether bioblendstock for use when blended into conventional diesel fuel.

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