Chalmers team engineers synthetic enzymes for bio-production of fuel alternatives

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Researchers at Chalmers University and their colleagues have engineered synthetic fatty acid synthases (FASs) that enable yeast to produce short/medium-chain fatty acids and methyl ketones for use in fuels and chemicals. Bio-hydrocarbons Biotech Fuels Synthetic Biology

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Scientists assess seaweed as a fossil fuel alternative

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While there are questions as to whether farming seaweed as an alternative to fossil fuels can be a commercially viable business, the eleven project partners are hop[.].

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Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

Green Car Reports

At least in North America, ethanol is a contentious fuel. fuel supplies. Much debate followed over using "food for fuel," its supposed carbon neutrality and the footprint of the. ethanol Department of Energy research DOE carbon dioxide flex fuel alternative fuel vehicles scienc

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Americans turning away from fossil fuel alternatives

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With the price of fuel continuing to rise, you might expect more and more Americans to prioritise the nation’s energy supply as a key issue. However, according to research by the Pew Research Center, 52 per cent of Americans now believe that developing alternative sources of energy – such as wind and solar power – [.]. Green cars Latest news fossil fuel green cars Pew Research USA

EPA to study cutting amount of ethanol in U.S. gasoline

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Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has required increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline blends sold in the U.S. Most fuel stations across the United States no longer offer pure gasoline, with E10—a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline—prevailing. Gasoline Biofuels EPA ethanol e85 United States E10 flex fuel alternative fuel vehicles e15

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Free Ampera event to highlight fuel alternatives and what could happen when the oil runs out

Green Cars News

The ‘Vauxhall Ampera x super/collider Science Weekend’ is set to feature a series of challenging, informative and entertaining events based around different fuel types from next Thursday 16 August at the once disused King’s Cross Filling Station. Vauxhall’s Ampera will play a central role in a free four-day science-fest in London next week.

Green Cars Part 4- Compressed Air

DIY Electric Car

Conventional cars work by exploding fuel and air in a chamber to exert force on the pistons, but what if rather than using an explosion to provide that pressure on the piston, you just stored your ‘fuel’ at a constant high pressure. Tags: Editorials Compressed Air Green Cars Alternative Fuels Alternative Transport Could the answer to our transport needs have been right in front of our faces all this time?

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Toyota to start algae biofuel research project

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Toyota may be well established as the hybrid car leader but it hasn’t turned its attention away from other alternative fuels. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news Toyota algae biofuels Alternative Fuels alternative vehicle fuels Toyota algae biofuel research project

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Ninety per cent of vehicles to use alternative fuels?

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It may be an aggressive prediction – but a report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is suggesting that 90 per cent of vehicle fleets in the USA, China, Western Europe, Brazil and Japan could be running on alternative powertrain/fuels by 2050. Tags: Green cars Latest news 2050 Alternative Fuels alternative powertrains vehicle growth rate vehicle predictions vehicle sales

UK University makes biofuel breakthrough

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There may be a new alternative to petrol and ethanol in the form of the liquid biofuel dimethylfuran – DMF. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news Alternative Fuels alternative vehicle fuels biofuel dimethylfuran DMF Innospec University of Birmingham

Production begins at biogasoline plant

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Ethanol isn’t the only alternative fuel for motor vehicles – as a new demonstration plant is keen to prove. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news Alternative Fuels alternatives to ethanol alternatives to gasoline biogasoline biogasoline plant ethanol shell Virent Energy Systems

US drivers want more fuel economy rather than alternative fuels

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It goes without saying that we all want our petrol engines to achieve better fuel economy at a lower cost – however, according to a new study, US vehicle owners would rather existing engine choices achieve this goal over opting for higher priced alternative fuel engines.

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Pennsylvania awarding up to $5M to support alternative fuel transportation initiatives

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting grant applications for innovative, advanced fuel, and vehicle technology projects that will result in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the commonwealth. DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program offers funding for the purchase and use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Conversions Electric (Battery) Fuels Policy

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Low Carbon Fuel Standard Proving More Successful Than Expected

Green Car Reports

A report analyzing the uptake of low-carbon fuels says that fossil-fuel alternatives are actually growing faster than expected. The report, produced by a coalition of investors, utilities, and makers of alternative fuels and vehicles, suggests alternative fuels are proving more popular than anticipated, with biodiesels in particular more popular

NYK to build Japan’s first LNG-fueled tug

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NYK will build a tugboat featuring a dual fuel engine that can be powered by either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy oil. Other than LNG carriers, this tugboat will be the first building in Japan of an LNG-fueled vessel.

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Jülich evaluation of power-to-fuels recommends DME, OME3-5 and n-alkanes as diesel substitutes

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An evaluation of the implementation possibilities of power-to-fuel (PTF) technologies by a team from Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH in Germany recommends the PTF products DME, OME 3-5 and n-alkanes as suitable diesel alternatives for the transportation sector.

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Testing by recreational marine industry suggests up to 16.1% blends of isobutanol can be used in marine engines

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Ongoing research in the industry has been exploring cost-effective fuel alternatives. Other higher ethanol blends such as E15 have caused issues in recreational marine engines, including fuel phase separation, fuel system compatibility issues and engine failures. These issues have driven the marine industry to explore alternative biofuel solutions such as biobutanol. The fuel was a blend of 16.1%

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NAIT partnering with Oberon, Mack and Westcan to advance use of DME fuel in long-haul trucks

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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is partnering with Mack Trucks, Oberon Fuels and Westcan Bulk Transport to develop fuel moisture management technology for dimethyl ether (DME), a cleaner-burning (sulfur-free and no PM), high-cetane (55-60), diesel fuel alternative that can be made from natural gas or methanol produced from biomass feedstock, such as wood chips. Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels. DME Fuels Heavy-duty

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SHV Energy to market and sell Neste Oil’s biopropane

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Replacing existing fossil fuels with biopropane will result in significant carbon savings. LPG already provides our customers with a cleaner rural energy choice to the high-carbon fuel alternatives many are dependent on in off-grid areas. Neste Oil and SHV Energy have agreed that SHV Energy will market and sell biopropane to be produced at Neste Oil’s Rotterdam refinery. Earlier post.)

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EPIC Fuels supports Alaska Airlines and Gevo commercial aviation flights with alcohol-to-jet fuel

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EPIC Fuels , a fuel supplier to the general and commercial aviation industries, provided expertise in fuel blending as well as technical and logistical support to Alaska and Gevo, Inc., a next generation biofuels company, to enable the first commercial flights using a blend of petroleum based fuel and Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). After blending traditional jet fuel with Gevo’s patented ATJ, the 20% fuel mix was tested at an ASTM-approved laboratory.

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Gulf Oil adds LNG-powered trucks to its transportation fleet

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Gulf Oil LP, a national branded supplier of motor fuels throughout the United States and its territories, has deployed 34 transport trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Gulf’s move into the LNG marketplace is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to diversify its energy offerings and provide the marketplace with a fuel alternative that is cheaper, cleaner, and domestic.

Renewable wood-based biofuels for shipping

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The ReShip project, led by the Paper and Fibre Research Institute (PFI) with R&D partners Aston University (UK) and NTNU (Norway), is developing technology for producing a cost-competitive pyrolysis-oil-based multi-component fuel which meets the performance requirements of marine diesel engines. In cooperation with PFI they will also seek to blend the bio-oil with conventional diesel and surfactant to form a multi-component fuel.

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California Energy Commission to award up to $3M to support development of bio-oil as intermediate for renewable jet fuel

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The California Energy Commission is issuing a solicitation ( GFO-17-901 ) to provide up to $3 million in funding for innovative, pre-commercial low-carbon fuel production processes that result in the development of bio-oil as an intermediate fuel with wide-scale adoption potential used for renewable jet fuel production. Applicants must site a demo facility in California that will produce a minimum of 50,000 gallons of bio-oil intermediate fuel over the term of the project.

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Study reveals new solution in battle against emissions

Green Cars News

A study published by the National Grid in the UK is suggesting that Bio-SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) could achieve carbon dioxide (CO2) savings of up to 90 per cent compared with fossil fuel alternatives. The report, prepared by Progressive Energy and CNG Services, shows that unlike biomethane produced by anaerobic digestion Bio-SNG is formed by [.].

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Cal Energy Commission to award ~$1.2M for center for alt fuels and advanced vehicle technologies

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The California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) is making up to $1,194,659 in grant funds available to develop a new center or expand an existing center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Central California. For the purposes of the solicitation: Alternative fuels include, but are not limited to electricity, natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, ethanol, biodiesel, and renewable diesel.

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Clean Cities Autogas Vehicle Conversion Program Rolls Out First of 1,189 LPG Cars in Virginia

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The founding partners of Alliance AutoGas—a national propane Autogas vehicle conversion and fueling network—are closely involved with the program. Blossman Gas (the nation’s largest independent propane Autogas company) will install and service the fueling stations, and American Alternative Fuel (alternative fuel systems specialists) will provide the conversion equipment and work with participating fleets to train and certify their technicians.

DOE to award up to $11M for medium- and heavy-duty vehicle powertrain electrification and dual fuel fleet demonstration

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The first is medium- and heavy-duty powertrain electrification; the second is a dual fuel fleet demonstration. Area of Interest (AOI) 2: Dual Fuel Heavy Duty Vehicle Fleet Demonstration. The objective of this AOI is to demonstrate and evaluate the performance and emissions systems of dual fuel heavy-duty vehicles equipped with engines capable of operation using a mixture of diesel fuel and gaseous fuels (natural gas, propane or natural gas derived fuels such as DME).

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MIT study concludes that absent climate policy, coal-to-liquids could account for around a third of global liquid fuels by 2050

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A new assessment of the viability of coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology by researchers from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change (JPSPGC) found that without climate policy, CTL has the potential to account for around a third of global liquid fuels by 2050.

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DOE TEF project finds US can eliminate petroleum and reduce GHG by more than 80% in transportation by 2050; less use, more biofuels, expansion of electricity and hydrogen

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TEF project points to deep cuts in petroleum and emissions in the transportation sector by focusing on modes, fuels, and demand. TEF is organized into four research areas: light-duty vehicles; non-light-duty vehicles; fuels; and transportation demand. Using less fuel in vehicles.

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Ford Europe leading project investigating DME and OME1 as low carbon, near zero particulate fuels; power-to-liquids pathways using CO2

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Ford Motor Company is leading a €3.5-million (US$3.9-million) research project to investigate the use of alternative fuels that could offer customers the power and performance of modern internal combustion engines with environmental benefits comparable to an electric vehicle. OME1 is made from methanol on a commercial scale and has a cetane number of 38; it can be mixed with additives to produce OME1a diesel fuel (CN 48).). Diesel DME Engines Fuels Power-to-Liquids

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US Departments of Energy and Defense Partner to Accelerate Energy Innovation

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The MOU covers efforts in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, fossil fuels, alternative fuels, efficient transportation technologies and fueling infrastructure, grid security, smart grid, storage, waste-to-energy, basic science research, mobile/deployable power, small modular reactor nuclear energy, and related areas.

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CSIRO and Australasian Aviation Partners Launch Study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Industry

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Australia’s CSIRO, together Australasian aviation partners, is leading a study to help develop a sustainable aviation fuels industry. Called the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map, the study aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of a sustainable aviation fuels industry in Australia and New Zealand. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map study will draw on the expertise of participants and use economic modelling to map out future scenarios.

Opinion: Alternatives to the RFS

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Recently, the Energy Resources Center made headlines by saying the EPA’s shift on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would equal adding 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road. It’s also a political lightning rod given the stagnation of fuel consumption matched with accelerating ethanol blending. The expansion of the RFS in 2007 goes far beyond just replacing MTBE with ethanol as the required fuel oxygenate (and avoiding lawsuits ). Unrenewable Fuel Standard.

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What about the Pickens Plan?

Plugs and Cars

The good news about electricity as a transportation fuel for cars is finally breaking through to the mainstream. Hydrogen and fuel cells remain decades from meaningful deployment, even their supporters concede. Boone Pickens is spending tens of millions of dollars promoting CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) as the bridge fuel to get the U.S. And today natural gas is a critical fuel for electricity generation.

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UK study finds Bio-SNG could offer 90% reduction in lifecycle CO2; lower cost of carbon abatement than electrical solutions for transport applications

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Bio-SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) delivered via the gas grid offers CO 2 lifecycle savings of up to 90% compared with fossil fuel alternatives, and offer sa more cost-effective solution than electricity for carbon abatement in transport applications, according to a new feasibility study published by National Grid (UK), the North East Process Industry Cluster ( NEPIC ) and Centrica. Cost of carbon abated for transport applications. Click to enlarge.

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SwRI wins $20M EPA contract for emissions and fuel consumption testing, analytical services

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded a five-year, $20.16-million contract by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide testing and analytical services related to vehicle emissions and fuel consumption. It encompasses 25 areas, from fuels and lubricants to engine and emissions characterizations, as well as economic studies, general rule-making support, and coordinating peer review meetings. Emissions Fuel Efficiency Regulations

2015 60

LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels partnering with Virgin Atlantic on waste gas-to-ethanol-to-jet fuel process; targeting commercial use by 2014

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Virgin Atlantic announced the development of a low-carbon, synthetic jet fuel kerosene produced from industrial waste gases with half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative in partnership with LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels. Virgin Atlantic will be the first airline to use this fuel and will work with LanzaTech, Boeing and Swedish. Biofuels towards achieving the technical approval required for using new fuel types in commercial aircraft.

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USDA, DOE and US Navy to invest up to $510M over next 3 years to build out drop-in biofuel production capacity for military and commercial transportation

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Advanced biomass-derived transportation fuels that use a domestic, renewable feedstock provide a secure alternative that reduces the risks associated with petroleum dependence, they said. Enhanced reliability of fuel supplies through diversification to advanced drop-in biofuels is also essential to sustain the U.S. Only a handful of production facilities for renewable jet fuel and diesel will operate in the foreseeable future.

2011 60

Researchers Discover Potential Weaknesses in Structure of Lignocellulose; Insight Could Lead to Cost-Effective Strategies for Biomass Conversion

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The insight ultimately could lead to a cost-effective and energy-efficient strategy for turning biomass into alternative fuels. The ability to economically and easily break cellulose into sugars is desirable because the sugars can be used to create fuel alternatives.

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MIT team develops new synthetic pathway and modular engineering toolkit for direct biosynthesis of odd-chain molecules for fuels and chemicals

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Controlled biosynthesis of odd-chain fuels and chemicals via engineered modular metabolic pathways. Metabolic pathway construction for direct microbial synthesis of pentanol from glucose or glycerol.

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