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. In the recycling industry, the cost of recycling is key.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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The plant will feature SGH2’s technology, which will gasify recycled mixed paper waste to produce green hydrogen that reduces carbon emissions by two to three times more than green hydrogen produced using electrolysis and renewable energy, and is five to seven times cheaper.

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LanzaTech Project DRAGON shortlisted for UK funding; ATJ-SPK from waste

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The feedstock for the facility will be waste-based, low-carbon ethanol, procured from a variety of waste sources. The facility will also have the ability to use ethanol produced from local steel mill waste gases via LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform. In October 2018, the first batch of LanzaTech jet fuel, made by recycling waste industrial gases, was used on a Virgin Atlantic commercial flight from Orlando to London Gatwick.

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Global Bioenergies reports first isobutene production from waste biomass

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Global Bioenergies has produced “second-generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources. As a first step in manufacturing bio-sourced isobutene, Global Bioenergies has been using first-generation feedstock such as wheat-derived glucose to set-up and to optimize its bio-isobutene process, which produces the gaseous hydrocarbon via fermentation. —Frédéric Pâques, Chief Operating Officer at Global Bioenergies.

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Jaguar Land Rover will use plastic waste in next-generation sustainable luxury interiors

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Jaguar Land Rover is working with ECONYL nylon to develop high-quality interiors made from ocean and landfill waste. Next-generation Jaguar and Land Rover models will feature floor mats and trims made with ECONYL fiber from recycled industrial plastic, fabric offcuts from clothing manufacturers, fishing nets from the farming industry, and those abandoned in the ocean—known as ‘ghost nets’. The nylon waste is reclaimed by Aquafil from all over the world.

Alphabet Energy introduces PowerModules for modular thermoelectric waste heat recovery; partnership with Borla for heavy-duty trucks

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Alphabet Energy, founded in 2009 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, announced the availability of its thermoelectric generator PowerModule as a standalone product, available to meet the specific application needs of a range of industries, including transportation. Compared to other waste heat recovery systems, the E1 requires only minor up front engineering scope and no operation by the customer. According to TechNavio, 20-50% of global industrial energy is wasted as heat.

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Boeing, Canadian aviation industry launch sustainable aviation biofuel project using forestry waste

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Boeing, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and SkyNRG, with support from Canada’s aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. Canada is in a terrific position to leverage its sustainable forests to make environmental progress for its aviation industry and other transport sectors.

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Cyient to support global rollout of Decipher cloud platform for tailings and rehab monitoring

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Cyient, a global engineering, manufacturing, and digital transformation and technology solutions company, signed an MoU with Decipher , a Perth-based company that provides a cloud monitoring and governance platform for tailing storage facilities.

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Siemens researching thermoelectric waste heat recovery for lower grade exhaust; industrial and mobile application

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Siemens is researching technologies that would allow waste heat from vehicles and industrial facilities to be used efficiently. The chemical industry, as another example, uses waste heat from reactions in order to preheat other substances, for example. One of the challenges that must be overcome before thermoelectric generators can be used for industrial applications is the development of materials that operate efficiently at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius.

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Lithium Australia produces LFP cathode material and Li-ion batteries from mine waste

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Lithium Australia NL reported that its wholly owned subsidiary VSPC Ltd has successfully produced Li-ion battery cathode material, and Li-ion batteries (LIBs), from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste using the SiLeach process. Moreover, there is potential for SiLeach to derive all its energy requirements from waste heat generated during the production of sulfuric acid, which would further reduce operating inputs. LFP and batteries from waste.

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Altalto waste-to-jet fuel plant advances in UK; BA, Shell, Velocys

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The proposed plant would take more than 500,000 tonnes each year of non-recyclable everyday household and commercial solid waste destined for landfill or incineration such as meal packaging, diapers and takeaway coffee cups and convert it into more than 60 million liters (15.85 This is an important step in the reduction of the airline’s carbon emissions towards the industry targets of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels.

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6K raises $51M to accelerate advanced battery material development and global expansion of additive manufacturing powders

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Funding will also enable a tripling of production capacity for 3D metal powders at its 6K Additive division, increase the portfolio of powder product offerings, and expand its commercial sales activities globally. 6K’s mission is to provide a solution for global decarbonization in the production of performance materials, critical to manufacturing and production infrastructure.

Neste exploring ways to use waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and plastics

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Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, is now exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by 2030. At the same time, we aim to provide solutions to support global plastic waste reduction.

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SEAT reduces waste by 34% since 2010, expects to achieve 60% reduction by 2025

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Since 2010, SEAT, a member of the Volkswagen Group, has improved its production-related environmental footprint by 34% on average with measures to emit less CO 2 and fewer volatile organic compounds, generate less waste and consume less water and energy. Over the next few months, the company will implement measures designed to reduce production waste by up to 60% in the next six years. less waste.

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Electric Vehicle Industry Associations – Joining Forces to Drive Adoption


That’s where EV industry associations come in. The organizations’ annual conferences and webinars promote information sharing among eMobility leaders to drive the industry forward. Blog EV charging infrastructure EV industry E-Mobility EV Charging

Brazilian Industrial Biotech Association formed

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Industrial biotechnology companies have formed the Brazilian Industrial Biotechnology Association (in Portuguese ABBI - Associação Brasileira de Biotecnologia Industrial). ABBI brings together companies and institutions developing and using microorganisms and its derivatives to deliver renewable products for industries and consumers worldwide.

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Neste and LG Chem building a strategic partnership to drive the polymers and chemicals industry transformation towards a circular bioeconomy

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Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons are produced entirely from traceable, bio-based raw materials, such as waste and residue oils and fats, providing a high-quality, more sustainable alternative to fossil feedstock.

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Waste-to-biofuels company Enerkem raises C$280M, its largest financing round

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a leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has completed a C$280-million (US$223 million) investment round—its largest to date. The technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely-used chemicals. BlackRock is a global leading investment management corporation, managing close to six trillion dollars in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. Canada-based Enerkem Inc.,

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Blue Marble Biomaterials launches first zero-waste chemical biorefinery

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A photobioreactor and algae perform the “water recycling”; the pelletized solid waste material will be used in the gasifier. has launched the first zero-waste chemical biorefinery in the US in Missoula, Montana. The facility will produce 72 tons of fine chemicals a year and only purified water and pellet fuel for wood-boilers as its waste. If we have fixed feedstock [such as the waste spent grain], we have price stability.

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Velocys partners with PQ for FT catalyst manufacturing; secures funding for UK waste-to-jet project

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PQ is a leading global provider of specialty catalysts, services, materials and chemicals for the refinery, emissions control and petrochemical industries. UK waste-to-jet-fuel project. million) of funding has been secured to deliver the next development phase of the waste-to-sustainable jet fuel project that it is developing in the UK.

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Enerkem and AkzoNobel to explore development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe

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a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe. In this new project partnership, Enerkem will license its technology to convert municipal and other waste feedstocks into chemicals. Enerkem Inc.,

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ADEME awarding €3.1M to Global Bioenergies and IBN-One plant project

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Global Bioenergies will soon be receiving €2.6 million in the form of repayable advances, following last July’s achievement of a technical and financial milestone in the ISOPROD project funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), which involves Global Bioenergies, Cristal Union and L’Oréal around the IBN-One first plant project. —Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies. Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union created the joint venture IBN-One.

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LanzaTech produces 1,500 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from waste gases for Virgin Atlantic

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In a milestone for the low-carbon fuel project, LanzaTech has produced 1,500 gallons of jet fuel from waste industrial gases from steel mills via a fermentation process for Virgin Atlantic. LanzaTech and Virgin Atlantic are now set to continue to work with Boeing and industry colleagues to complete the additional testing aircraft and engine manufacturers require before approving the fuel for first use in a commercial aircraft.

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Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries; driven by power generation and road transport

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Global CO 2. After a decline in global CO 2 emissions in 2009 of 1% (including a. correction for the leap year 2008), global emissions have. in the last two decades, 2 %20emissions%20report%20-%2021%20Sept.pdf">according to the newly published report “Long-term trend in global CO 2 emissions,” prepared by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Indexed global CO 2.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Completes First Unit of Latest Version of Waste Heat Recovery System for Marine Engines

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI) has completed its first unit of the STG (Super Turbo Generating) System, a marine-use, high-efficiency, combined power generation system that utilizes waste heat and the exhaust gas from diesel engines. The STG System reduces the fuel cost of vessels by 10%, effectively recovers exhaust gas energy and ultimately contributes to efforts to prevent global warming, according to MHI. The MHI STG system. Click to enlarge.

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British Airways partners with Velocys on renewable jet fuel from household waste

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British Airways has entered a partnership with Velocys to design a series of waste plants that convert household waste into renewable jet fuel to power its fleet. The first plant will take hundreds of thousands of tonnes of household waste per-year, destined for landfill or incineration, including diapers, plastic food containers and chocolate bar wrappers, and convert it into clean-burning, sustainable fuels.

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Shell opens major new technology center in Bangalore; waste-to-fuels demo plant

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The center is also helping to pioneer efforts to turn forestry, agricultural and municipal waste into transportation fuels, with a new demonstration plant being built at the site. Specialists at STCB work closely with experts from external industrial partners, universities and institutes. Shell Technology Center Bangalore is one of the three main technology hubs in the company’s global network of R&D centres, with the other two located in the Netherlands and the US.

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Alphabet Energy closes $23.5M Series C; thermoelectric waste-heat-to-power for oil & gas and automotive

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Schlumberger, a new investor from the oil and gas industry, led the round with participation from GM Ventures and Osceola Capital Management, LLC. The new capital will be used to scale Alphabet Energy’s production for the oil and gas and automotive industries, both under intense regulatory pressure to curb emissions. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced new regulations to limit methane emissions in the oil and gas industry.

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Final session on international mercury convention this week expected to culminate in agreement; UNEP Global Mercury Assessment 2013 finds industrial source Hg emissions may be rising

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Intentional-use sectors: Disposal and incineration of product waste, cremation emissions, chlor-alkali industry. UNEP produced its first Global Mercury Assessment in 2002 and a subsequent study in 2007. Coal burning emitted some 475 tonnes of mercury in 2010, the majority of which is from power generation and industrial use. These global percentages will, of course, vary on a regional basis. Asia contributes almost half of global anthropogenic mercury emissions.

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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 Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa (dti) is working with Swayana to realize the implementation of the project.

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Global Bioenergies receives €475K funding from French innovation agency OSEO to support industrialization of bacteria-produced isobutene

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One month after its IPO ( earlier post ), Global Bioenergies, a France-based startup that has engineered a series of bacterial strains that can produce isobutene, has received €475K (US$680K) in funding from the French innovation agency OSEO. The funds will be used to start the industrialization of the company’s process to convert renewable resources into isobutene, a gas which can be converted into liquid fuels and various polymers.

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China Steel Corporation making $46M investment in LanzaTech commercial waste-gas-to-ethanol project

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LanzaTech’s gas fermentation process uses proprietary microbes to capture and reuse carbon rich waste gases, reducing emissions and pollutants from industrial processes such as steel manufacturing, while making fuels and chemicals that displace those made from fossil resources. Initial product focus will be industrial ethanol and gasoline additives, with plans for increased product diversity utilizing LanzaTech''s unique microbial capability.

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Norsk Titanium and Alcoa launch joint 3D-printing technology and industrial cooperation program

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Norsk Titanium AS (NTi), a global 3D-printing technology leader, signed a memorandum of understanding with lightweight metals leader Alcoa to launch a Joint Technology and Industrial Cooperation program. Through the program, the companies will identify and explore cooperation projects to leverage each other’s advanced manufacturing expertise and strong commercial capabilities focused on serving the aerospace, defense, energy, automotive and maritime industries.

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Global Bioenergies reports first production of green isobutene at demo plant

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Global Bioenergies is now entering the final phase of demonstrating its technology for converting renewable carbon into hydrocarbons. The first trials on the demo plant in Leuna were successfully completed, within schedule, in the fall of 2016 and Global Bioenergies announced first production of green isobutene via fermentation. Global Bioenergies is partnering with Audi, earlier post.)

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LanzaTech and SK Innovation partner on process to produce butadiene from waste gas

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SK innovation, one of the world’s leading energy and petrochemical companies, and LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, are working together to develop a new process technology for the production of 1,3 butadiene, a platform chemical used in many high growth industries globally.

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Tenneco/Gentherm showcasing prototype of thermoelectric generator for waste heat recovery; targeting 5% fuel economy improvement

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Tenneco and Gentherm (formerly BSST/Amerigon) are part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) consortium actively developing a thermoelectric generator (TEG) for capturing waste exhaust heat in vehicles and converting it to electrical energy to be used to power electrical systems within the vehicle. Gentherm is supplying modular, cylindrical-shaped thermoelectric cartridges that convert waste heat from the exhaust into electricity. TEG component (cartridge) and TEG architecture concept.

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Study projects global carbon footprint from ICT will be equivalent to half of transportation’s current level by 2040

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Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) from the Information and Communication Industry (ICT) could grow from roughly 1–1.6% In a paper published in the Journal of Cleaner Production , Associate Professor Lotfi Belkhir and Ahmed Elmeligi, a recent grad, assessed the global carbon footprint of the overall ICT industry, including the contribution from the main consumer devices, the data centers and communication networks, and compared it with total worldwide GHGE.

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LanzaTech-Shougang joint venture in China earns RSB certification for waste steel mill gas to biofuel process

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has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Services Foundation’s (RSB’s) sustainability certification for the joint venture’s facility that converts waste steel mill gases to sustainable biofuels. The facility, which utilizes LanzaTech’s waste gas fermentation technology ( earlier post ), is the first RSB-certified biofuel plant in China, and the first of its kind anywhere to receive this key certification for industrial carbon capture and utilization.

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$4M ARPA-E award to Lanzatech to improve design of bioreactors for waste-gas-to-fuels fermentation technology

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LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, was awarded a $4-million grant by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as one of the 15 REMOTE projects ( earlier post ) receiving a combined $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. Methane has a global warming potential 21 times as high as carbon dioxide (CO 2 ).

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NSF and DOE Issue Solicitation for Automotive Thermoelectric Waste Heat Recovery Projects; Up to $9M in Total Funding Over 3 Years

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Six key elements of a thermoelectric waste heat recovery module for vehicle applications. The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation in partnership with the US Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program has issued a solicitation for proposals for thermoelectric waste heat recovery devices for automotive applications. Automotive thermoelectric waste heat recovery. Tags: Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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GE study finds 5% of worlds natural gas production wasted per year by flaring

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A newly released GE study — Flare Gas Reduction: Recent Global Trends and Policy Considerations —estimates that 5% of the world’s natural gas production is wasted by burning or “flaring” unused gas each year, despite some progress on the flaring issue. Worldwide, billions of cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas are wasted annually, typically as a by-product of oil extraction. It will help slow global warming while also saving scarce natural resources.

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Global Bioenergies receives ?1M payment after improvements in bio-isobutene process

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Global Bioenergies (GBE) received a payment of €1 million (US$1.2 The ISOPROD project ( earlier post ) aims to validate (i) the production of bio-based isobutene on an industrial scale from beet substrates and (ii) the implementation of bio-based isobutene in industrial processes currently using fossil isobutene. —Bernard Chaud, Director of Industrial Strategy at Global Bioenergies. —Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies.

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Cyclone Power Technologies receives patent on Waste Heat Engine; product launch slated for later this year

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Cyclone Power Technologies, developer of the external combustion Cyclone Engine, announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has allowed the company a patent on its scalable waste energy recycling engine known as the WHE (Waste Heat Engine). Designed to run on waste heat from the exhaust of small industrial furnaces, diesel engines and gas turbines, Cyclone’s WHE has also been adapted for other recovered energy applications.

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