Raven SR waste-to-hydrogen plant in California to be powered by INNIO Jenbacher’s Ready-for-H2 engines

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At the site, landfill gas (LFG) will be the primary fuel to provide power for the non-combustion process that converts waste to hydrogen. tons of organic waste per day and produce up to 2,000 metric tons per year of hydrogen.

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Veolia launches largest project to produce bio-methanol from pulp mill waste

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million liters of biomethanol which will be sold as a substitute for fossil-based methanol in the transport sector. Black liquor is the waste byproduct from the kraft pulping process after pulping is completed.

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BMW Group using sustainable BASF paints made from bio-waste

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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. This not only reduces consumption of fossil resources, but also avoids the CO 2 emissions associated with the production, transport and processing of crude oil.

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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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EnTech Solutions, Peterbilt, Maki Trucking Partner to transport renewable natural gas with electric truck

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The Peterbilt Model 579EV will deliver the RNG to the Dane County landfill facility, where it will be injected into the natural gas pipeline to be used as clean transportation fuel on the west coast. offtakes the RNG for distribution to the transportation market in California.

SK invests in Fulcrum BioEnergy to accelerate production of low-carbon fuel from waste

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the strategic investment arm of South Korea’s SK Group, was part of a $50-million investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, a US-based waste-to-fuels company. Fulcrum produce biofuel on a commercial scale by chemically converting municipal solid waste (MSW) into transportation fuels.

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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. Although they originally developed both processes to address the problems of liquid waste formed during biofuel production, Electro-Active Technologies will focus on fighting food waste.

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NREL releases comprehensive vision for deep decarbonization of transportation

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a comprehensive vision for deeply decarbonizing transportation. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.

Hapag-Lloyd will use advanced biofuels for the transport of DHL shipments

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Advanced biofuels are based on raw biological materials, such as used cooking oil and other waste products. This project will bring us a step closer to offering our customers biofuel-powered transportation as a commercial product and thereby to supporting them in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. DHL’s GoGreen Plus service paves the way to transition to clean and sustainable transportation.

Carrier partners with ConMet to advance zero-emission transport refrigeration solutions

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Carrier is further expanding its electrification capabilities through a new alliance with ConMet , adding trailer wheel-based power generation that captures energy that otherwise would be wasted during braking events.

Voith to show latest electric drive and H2 storage systems at IAA Transportation

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Voith will present two products at IAA Transportation 2022 in September that promote an economical and sustainable mobility shift for heavy-duty trucks and buses: the latest Voith Electrical Drive System (VEDS) and the Plug & Drive H 2 storage system.

QUANTRON presents Q-Light fuel-cell transporter; 3.5t-4.2t range

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QUANTRON is presenting the Q-Light fuel-cell-electric transporter at the NUFAM trade fair for the commercial vehicle industry in Europe. As a hydrogen fuel cell transporter in the 3.5 The transporter is available with different body variants and can be used in a variety of ways.

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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). Topic Area 1: Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks.

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

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LanzaTech UK, among other companies, has been shortlisted for funding through The UK Department for Transport’s Green Fuels, Green Skies (GSGF) competition to advance the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). 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.

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Enogia and IFPEN partner on waste heat recovery in stationary and transport applications

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The aim is to recover waste heat from the exhaust gases of internal combustion engines in both stationary installations (generators, cogeneration installations) and transport, particularly rail and maritime. Created in 2009, Enogia specializes in ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle) systems converting waste heat into electricity. Enogia will use its partnership with IFPEN to help it to extend the power range of its turbines (up to 100 kW) and address the needs of the transport market.

2014 209

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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GTI quantifies opportunity to produce low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) from wood wastes

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GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “ Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes ”. GTI led a team of engineers and scientists to produce a blueprint for converting an existing biomass facility into an RNG production site, using the wood waste feedstock and some of the existing infrastructure. Open burning of agricultural wastes and devastating forest fires in California severely degrade air quality in the state.

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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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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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Manchester team proposing graphene-based ballistic rectifier for waste heat recovery

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Researchers at the University of Manchester (UK) have developed a graphene-based nano-rectifier (“ballistic rectifier”) that can convert waste heat to electricity. The Manchester team is now proposing that the graphene-based ballistic rectifier can convert waste from engine exhaust into a useable electrical current to power additional automotive features such as air conditioning and power steering, or be stored in the car battery. Graphene Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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Waste-to-biofuels company Enerkem produces bio-DME

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Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem has successfully produced a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector. Using the company’s proprietary thermochemical technology, its innovation group has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste.

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Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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The Dearman project is to deliver a production-feasible waste-heat recovery system for urban commercial vehicles, which offers life-cycle CO 2 savings of up to 40%; fuel savings of 25%, with the potential of up to almost 50%; and potential payback in less than three years. Ambient or low grade waste heat is used as an energy source with the cryogen providing both the working fluid and heat sink. —Chris Reeves, Commercial Manager of Future Transport Technologies at MIRA.

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UCR team demonstrates use of earth abundant elements in spin-mediated thermoelectric energy conversion for waste heat recovery

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Mechanical engineers at the University of California, Riverside, have successfully used inexpensive materials to produce thermoelectric devices that transform low-level waste heat into electricity. In SSE, the thermal transport takes place due to the two-step spin dependent process. So, such spin-thermoelectric generators integrated into computer chips could generate significant amounts of electricity from heat that would otherwise be wasted.

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Iwatani, SG H2 & City of Lancaster to launch green hydrogen transportation eco-system

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Energy company SG H2 Energy; the City of Lancaster, California; and Iwatani, Japan’s leading hydrogen industrial gas company and a developer of hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) in California, are launching California’s first closed-loop green hydrogen ecosystem for transportation. The plant will feature SGH2’s gasification technology, which uses biogenic waste, biomass and recycled water to produce carbon negative hydrogen.

Three coming DOE funding opportunities for sustainable transportation technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to issue three sustainable transportation technologies funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in Spring 2021. These potential funding opportunities seek innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the transportation sector, the highest source of emissions in the United States.

Fulcrum to build second waste-to-fuels plant in Gary, Indiana

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Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Gary, Indiana as the location of its Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, which will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel. Fulcrum has developed and demonstrated a proprietary thermochemical process that converts MSW feedstock into low-carbon renewable transportation fuels including jet fuel and diesel. Fulcrum’s Centerpoint plant will be the company’s second waste-to-fuels plant.

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Dalian team develops new process to synthesize gasoline- and jet-range blendstocks from PET waste

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Researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in China have selectively synthesized gasoline- and jet-fuel range C 7 -C 8 cycloalkanes and aromatics by the methanolysis of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) (PET) waste, followed by the solvent-free hydrogenation and hydrodeoxygenation (HDO). Strategy for the synthesis of gasoline and jet fuel range C7-C8 cyclic hydrocarbons with PET wastes. The team found that methanol is highly reactive for the alcoholysis of PET waste.

2019 207

W2C Rotterdam welcomes Shell as partner in waste-to-chemicals project

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Shell will join a consortium comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam in an effort to build Europe’s first advanced waste-to-chemicals facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Shell will become an equal equity partner in the proposed commercial-scale waste-to-chemicals ( W2C ) project, which will be the first of its kind in Europe to make valuable chemicals and bio-fuels out of non-recyclable waste materials.

2019 174

Wärtsilä to supply a major LNG/bioLNG production plant for CO2-neutral transport fuels

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a major contract to supply and construct a plant for production of CO 2 -neutral liquid transport fuels. The feedstock for bioLNG is based on biological waste material—e.g. liquid manure and food waste.

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Brightmark Energy closes $260M in financing for first US commercial-scale waste-plastics-to-fuel plant; ULSD and naphtha

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Brightmark Energy , a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, closed a $260-million financing package for the construction of the US’ first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant, which will be located in Ashley, Indiana. As part of the financing closure, Brightmark has become the controlling owner of RES Polyflow , the Ohio-based energy technology company that innovated the process for converting plastics directly into transportation fuel and other products.

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Electric van helps to save over 240 tonnes of food waste in Milton Keynes

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Food Connect Milton Keynes, a project of Hubbub, stops food going to waste. It does this by collecting fresh food from shops and businesses such as supermarkets that otherwise would have gone to waste, and delivering to community fridges. Food Connect Milton Keynes.

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CR&R pathway for biogas from anaerobic digestion of green waste to CNG has LCFS CI of just above zero

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CR&R Incorporated / California Renewable Power LLC (CR&R) has submitted a California LCFS Tier 2 application for its biomethane from anaerobic digestion of green waste to CNG pathway, with a requested carbon intensity (CI) of 0.34 The CR&R facility produces biomethane from an organic waste anaerobic digester (AD) facility in Perris, California that is co-located with CR&R’s material recovery facility and transfer station.

2018 203

BP and Johnson Matthey license Fischer-Tropsch technology to waste-to-biofuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy for biojet

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BP and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an agreement with Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum’s drive to convert municipal solid waste into biojet fuel. The Sierra plant will be the first commercial-scale plant in the US to convert municipal solid waste feedstock, or household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled, into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel.

2018 207

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

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Catalyst produced by PQ has already been used to successfully produce renewable transportation fuel and other products at ENVIA, the first commercial smaller scale gas-to-liquids plant which incorporates Velocys technology. 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.

2018 150

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. With the vigorous rise of the transportation industry, scrap tires (STs), which were once called “black pollution”, have become a critical threat to the human environment.

2019 197

Velocys receives FONSI from USDA for planned Mississippi biorefinery; wood waste to drop-in fuels

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The 160-page environmental assessment report details the impact of the proposed facility across 15 potential aspects, including: land use; water resources; air quality; wildlife; visual impact; noise; transport; and public and occupational health. The site will be home to a biorefinery that will use Velocys’ technology to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from the wood wastes of lumber operations and tree plantations.

2018 163

JRC report assesses R&I in low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT) in Europe; €2.3B spent from 2007-2020

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Center recently published a report analyzing research and innovation (R&I) in low-emission alternative energy for transport in Europe. Transport infrastructure (INF). Road transport has received more funding than any other transport mode.

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Waste Management adds 1,000th truck to natural gas fleet

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Waste Management added a 1,000 th natural gas truck to its fleet, making it the largest owner and operator of heavy duty refuse trucks in North America. The trucks Waste Management runs out of its Carson service yard—as well as a third of its California clean fleet—are powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) derived from the decomposition of organic waste in its Altamont Landfill in Livermore, Calif.

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Volvo Trucks presents Vera autonomous electric vehicle for future transport solutions

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Vera is controlled and monitored via a cloud-based service, and has the potential to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient. Volvo’s long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today’s offerings. Rising consumption, the fast growth of e-commerce and the wide-spread shortage of drivers put higher demands on efficient transport solutions.

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What is Electrification of Transportation?


For the transportation sector, electrification means replacing fossil fuels with electricity as the means of powering light-duty vehicles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and buses. Globally, the transportation sector contributes about 25% of all CO2 emissions.

Study suggests that decarbonizing US transport sector by converting waste CO2 to fuels would require economical air-capture of CO2

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Kreutz used two examples of CCTF systems in his analysis: biodiesel from microalgae and Sandia National Laboratory’s S2P process (an effort to utilize concentrated solar energy to convert waste CO 2 into synthetic fuels, earlier post ). This raises the unusual possibility of the transportation sector becoming decarbonized before. Tom Kreutz (2010) Prospects for Producing Transportation Fuels from Fossil CO 2 in a Climate Constrained World (GHGT-10).

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DOE BETO to award $61.4M for low-carbon biofuels research to reduce transportation emissions

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BETO is focused on developing technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources (e.g., municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the availability of $61.4 million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. (