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

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Quantification of critical properties, including pour point, kinematic viscosity, and viscosity index, indicates that the products are promising alternatives to currently used base or synthetic oils. Catalysts Lubricating Oils Plastics Recycling

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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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DOE researchers investigate economic and environmental impacts of converting wet waste to renewable diesel

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Meanwhile, wet waste feedstocks, such as animal manure and fats, oils, and greases (FOG), represent another important category of resources that could be utilized to produce MCCI bioblendstocks due to its abundant availability.

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There’s Only One Kind Of “Just” Transition I Want To See

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That’s granting the workers who pocketed great salaries and benefits, while filling our air and water with toxic waste, a free pass from taking any responsibility for their actions. Those health bombs were dropped deliberately by the oil workers who cannot cop to a “I’m just a worker.

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Li-ion battery waste used in biodiesel production from discarded vegetable oil

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Brazilian researchers have demonstrated a new chemical approach for producing biodiesel from domestic cooking oil waste by using lithium hydroxide mixed with either sodium hydroxides or potassium hydroxides as catalysts. Their work, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy , could enable future studies related to the use of lithium from waste lithium-ion batteries.

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BMW Group using sustainable BASF paints made from bio-waste

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The BMW Group is the first automotive manufacturer worldwide to use matt paints made from biomass instead of crude oil at its European plants. BASF’s innovative production process makes it possible to replace petroleum-based precursors, such as naphtha, with renewable raw materials from organic waste, starting in the early stages of paint production.

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Goodyear offering second tire with soybean oil; Endurance WHA

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced a new formulation of its popular Endurance WHA waste haul tire made with a renewable soybean oil compound. The Endurance WHA is now made with soybean oil, which replaces a portion of the petroleum-based materials used in its production.

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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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Researchers at Henan Polytechnic University in China have hydrotreated the oil derived from hydrothermal liquefaction of scrap tires (STO) with waste engine oil (WEO) using five different activated carbon-supported noble metal catalysts—Pd/C, Pt/C, Ru/C, Ir/C, and Rh/C—for the production of liquid fuels. The liquid-state product, generally called oil, is one of the most promising feedstocks for use in fuels or chemicals.

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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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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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VTT and partners to assess bio- and waste-based oils suitable for power plants and ships; BioFlex project

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In a three-year Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT—the Finnish state-owned research agency—and partners are exploring how suitable fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics are for power plants and ship diesel engines. We compare different methods of industrially producing fuel oils from, for example, waste plastics or biomass, such as harvest residues from forestry and agriculture.

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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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Virgin Group and Agilyx form strategic partnership to produce lower carbon aviation fuel from plastic waste

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Virgin Group and Agilyx aim to reuse plastic waste to produce synthetic crude oil that will then be refined into a lower carbon fuel. Plastic waste that otherwise would be un-recycled will be diverted from landfill and will help broaden options in the market for lower carbon fuels from the limited range available today. Cyclyx, an innovative feedstock company that is majority owned by Agilyx, will source the plastic waste used for the fuel in the first facility.

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Eni and Hera Group partner on conversion of used vegetable oil to renewable diesel for waste collection vehicles

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In Italy, Eni and Hera signed a partnership agreement with the aim of converting used vegetable oil into renewable diesel for Hera’s waste collection vehicles. The agreement revolves around household waste vegetable oil, such as that used for frying, collected by Hera in around 400 roadside containers and about 120 collection centres. Enidiesel+ will power Hera’s urban waste collection vehicles.

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Goodyear Waste Haul Tire Made with Renewable Soybean Oil

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced a new formulation of its Endurance WHA waste haul tire made with a renewable soybean oil compound

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Oil sands company Suncor Energy strengthens its focus on hydrogen and renewable fuels, divesting wind and solar

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Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company that is one of the top oil sands producers in the country, will strengthen its focus on hydrogen and renewable fuels to accelerate progress towards its objective to be a net-zero company by 2050. Canada Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Oil sands

DOE awards $8.4M for accessing geothermal potential from abandoned oil and gas wells

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million to establish new geothermal energy and heat production from abandoned oil and gas wells. This work also supports the creation of new clean energy jobs, helping transition some of the oil and gas workforce to the production of renewable energy. The selected projects include: Geothermix, LLC (Austin, TX) Geothermix will harvest waste heat from existing oil and gas wells in Texas to generate commercial quantities of geothermal electricity.

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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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Neste Oil now the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues

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Over the last few years, Neste Oil has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues. billion liters, 423 million gallons US) of renewable fuel from waste and residues. In practical terms, this is enough to power for two years all the 650,000 diesel-powered passenger cars in Finland with NEXBTL renewable diesel manufactured from waste and residues. With regard to crude palm oil, Neste Oil only uses certified feedstock.

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Novozymes launches commercial enzyme technology to convert waste oils into biodiesel

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Biodiesel producers can thereby use cooking oil or other lower grade oils as biodiesel feedstock, reducing their raw material costs. Growing demand for vegetable oil in the food industry has resulted in increased prices, causing biodiesel producers to search for alternative—and more sustainable—feedstocks. Most of the oils currently used in biodiesel production are sourced from soybeans, palm or rapeseed, and typically contain less than 0.5%

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Neste Oil inaugurates Europe’s first pilot plant for producing microbial oil from waste and residues

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Neste Oil celebrated the official opening of Europe’s first pilot plant for producing microbial oil from waste and residues at its site in Porvoo, Finland. Microbial oil produced from industrial and agricultural residues such as straw represents one of the most promising future raw materials for NExBTL renewable diesel, the company said. Increasing the use of waste and residues in the production of NExBTL renewable diesel is one of our most important goals.

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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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Neste, Recycling Technologies and Unilever combine expertise to test and validate systems to recycle waste plastics chemically

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In this three-year project, Recycling Technologies will take waste plastic packaging and process it using its RT7000 proprietary technology to turn it into a liquid hydrocarbon feedstock called Plaxx. This collaboration will allow the company to improve its systems to process waste plastic optimally to upgrade the Plaxx so it can be easily further refined at Neste’s facilities into high-quality feedstock for the manufacture of new plastics.

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St1 Etanolix food-waste-to-ethanol plant integrated into oil refinery in Gothenburg

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The ethanol plant is fully integrated into the functions and logistics of St1 oil refinery in Gothenburg and has an annual production capacity of 5 million liters (1.3 The Etanolix production process starts with receiving feedstock that has high carbohydrate concentrations, such as bakery waste. St1 is a leader in waste-based ethanol production and production technologies. The production capacity of the plant will be leased to North European Oil Trade Oy (NEOT).

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Audi researching industrialization of chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste from manufacturing

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The results of the project indicated that the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising. The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models. Additionally, mixed plastic waste is often not available for mechanical recycling.

New microwave-based pyrolysis process for recycling waste automotive engine oil to fuels

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Researchers from the University of Cambridge (UK) have developed a new high-yield process for recycling waste crankcase oil into gasoline-like fuel based on microwave pyrolysis—i.e., The recovered pyrolysis oils contain substantial concentrations of paraffinic hydrocarbons with low sulphur and oxygen content, and a density and calorific value comparable to traditional liquid fuels derived from fossil fuel. Fuels Lubricating Oils

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

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The PowerBlocks thermoelectric materials are p-type tetrahedrites and n-type magnesium silicide (Mg 2 Si) which provide the average ZT of around 1—similar to that obtained by skutterudite (GM, Gentherm) and half-heusler (GMZ) materials used by the DOE Waste Heat 2 (WH2) projects, according to a recent US Department of Energy (DOE) technology assessment. It has long been our goal to be known as the ‘Intel Inside,’ or in our case, the ‘Alphabet Inside’ of waste heat recovery.

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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. The nylon waste is reclaimed by Aquafil from all over the world. In a single year, the company recycles as much as 40,000 tonnes of waste, with the recycling process reducing the global warming impact of nylon by 90 per cent compared with the material produced from oil.

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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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Neste Oil produces NExBTL renewable diesel from waste fat sourced from the fish processing industry

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Neste Oil has again expanded the range of renewable raw materials it uses by beginning to produce NExBTL renewable diesel from waste fat sourced from the fish processing industry at its Singapore refinery. The fat comes from the gutting waste generated when processing freshwater pangasius farmed in Southeast Asia after the fillets have been removed for human consumption. After the fillets have been removed, the fat content of the gutting waste can be as high as 30-35%.

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Sinopec reports bio-jet test flight successful; hydrotreated palm and waste cooking oil

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Sinopec, China’s top oil refiner, announced the success of the first test flight powered by the company’s newly developed drop-in aviation biofuel product. An Airbus A320 owned by China Eastern Airlines completed an 85-minute flight using a 50% blend of Sinopec’s aviation biofuel, made from hydrotreated palm oil and recycled cooking oil feedstocks and produced by Sinopec Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Company.

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BMW provides an update on waste heat recovery projects; Turbosteamer and the Thermoelectric Generator

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The company says that some of the most promising projects are the Turbosteamer ( earlier post ); the Thermoelectric generator (TEG) ( earlier post ); engine encapsulation; and a waste heat exchanger for oil heating. The Turbosteamer and Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) projects are focused on generating electric current from waste heat to improve overall engine efficiency, but each project follows a different approach and time frame. Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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Volkswagen fueling car carriers with fuel derived from used cooking oil; GoodFuels BFO

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The fuel is produced from materials such as used oil from restaurants and the food industry. The first car freighter was refueled for the first time with this oil in mid-November 2020 and a second ship is due to follow at the beginning of 2021.

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A*STAR team combines fungal culture and acid hydrolyses for cost-effective production of fermentable sugars from palm oil waste

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Researchers from A*STAR in Singapore have developed a fungal culture for use in a cheap and efficient method to transform waste oil palm material into biofuels and environmentally friendly plastics. After the harvest of the fruit from oil palm trees, large amounts of leftover biomass known as empty fruit bunch remain. The palm oil waste contains cellulose and hemicellulose that can be broken down into sugars for use in fuel and plastic production.

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bp begins producing SAF by co-processing used cooking oil at Lingen refinery

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bp has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from used cooking oil in co-processing process with crude oil at its plant in Lingen, Germany. This is the first industrial production facility in Germany to use this process for SAF production based on biomass waste and residues. Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) co-processing is one of nine ASTM-approved conversion processes for SAF production.

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Neste Oil Looking to Waste-based Microbial Oil As Feedstock for NExBTL Renewable Diesel

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Neste Oil has applied for patents to cover technology developed to produce microbial oil from waste and residues with the help of various yeasts and molds for use as a feedstock for its NExBTL renewable diesel. Microbial oil produced in this way has already been successfully refined into NExBTL renewable diesel. The process can use a flexible input of any vegetable oil or animal fat to produce a product with characteristics similar to Fischer-Tropsch output.

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IEA: Petrochemicals set to be the largest driver of world oil demand

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Petrochemicals—components derived from oil and gas that are used in all sorts of daily products such as plastics, fertilizers, packaging, clothing, digital devices, medical equipment, detergents and tires—are becoming the largest drivers of global oil demand, in front of cars, planes and trucks, according to a major study by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Petrochemicals are rapidly becoming the largest driver of global oil demand.

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Audi and KIT working on recycling for automotive plastics via pyrolysis oil

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Whereas plastics of the same type can often be mechanically recycled, recycling of mixed plastic waste poses a major challenge. These plastic components are processed into pyrolysis oil by chemical recycling.

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GE GHG Ecomagination Innovation Challenge for higher value use of low grade waste heat from oil sands production

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NineSigma, representing the General Electric Company, is inviting participation in a GE GHG Ecomagination Innovation Challenge to create value from excess low grade heat resulting from Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) oil sands production and/or related surface facility operations. Topic 1, “Higher Value Uses of Low Grade Heat,” aims to create new uses for low grade heat resulting from oil sands production, thereby utilizing a by-product that is typically wasted.

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Neste Oil more than doubles use of waste- and residue-based inputs for renewable fuel to 742,000 tons

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Neste Oil succeeded in achieving its target of increasing its use of waste and residue raw materials for refining into NExBTL renewable fuels by more than 400,000 tons in 2012: a total of 742,000 tons of these raw materials were used compared to 330,000 tons in 2011. Neste Oil increased its use of waste animal fat in particular last year and added waste fat from the fish processing industry to its feedstock base. Neste Oil used a total of 2.1

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