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Racing ahead with Biofuels – Bentley, BMW, Porsche, Others Embrace Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Bentley’s Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racecar proved to be fastest racecar running on renewable fuel at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2021, beating out all other sustainability-focused entrants (like Tesla’s Model S and an Acura NSX). Another car manufacturer, BMW, invested $12.5 million into Prometheus

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

LCA Model for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to GREET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model – aka GREET – can be used to address impacts and conduct life cycle analyses of biofuels and bioproducts. Check out Argonne National Laboratory’s BETO Peer Review presentation on how it works, why it’s

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Bioplastic Made from Air, Invasive Plants Turned into Yoga Mats, Cultured Chicken Progress, Renewable Fiber Innovations, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of July 2nd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) We’ve covered food made from air here, but Germany-based company Made of Air has developed a bioplastic derived from burnt plant and forestry waste, or biochar, that can be used in many ways. So far, H&M’s sunglasses and HexChar panels installed on the facade of an Audi

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

E-Fuels Development for Aviation Gets a Boost with Germany’s New PtL Roadmap

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online)  Germany’s federal and state governments, with backing from industry, have agreed a roadmap that commits to the development of e-fuels – also described as power-to-liquids (PtL) – for the aviation sector. E-fuels can potentially deliver net zero emissions and are considered a critical technology for

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Bureau Veritas Publishes Rules and Guidelines on Ammonia as a Marine Fuel

(Helenic Shipping/Bureau Veritas)  Bureau Veritas (BV) has released an Ammonia-Prepared notation and has developed a Rule Note for ammonia as a marine fuel to support ship owners, designers, shipyards, and charterers in advancing their journeys toward using ammonia and a zero carbon future. Ammonia-Prepared is applicable to new-builds and certifies that

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its 2021 Project Peer Review virtually on March 8‒12, 2021; March 15‒16, 2021; and March 22‒26, 2021. Presentations for all sessions can be found in the searchable database below. For more information, including a complete schedule, view the 2021 Project Peer Review Agenda.

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Clean, BayoTech to Develop Hydrogen, CO2 Capture Solutions

(Bioenergy Insight)  Carbon Clean has joined forces with BayoTech to develop on-site hydrogen with carbon capture solutions. Carbon Clean, a leader in cost-effective CO2 capture and separation technology, signed a memorandum of understanding with BayoTech, to explore commercial opportunities targeted at hydrogen and carbon capture and utilisation deployment. Initially, the companies

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

E-fuels Offer Clean Future for Shipping and Aviation, Green Groups Tell EU

(Transportation & Environment) The EU should promote the use of green synthetic fuels, or e-fuels, by ships and planes as part of its upcoming maritime and aviation fuel laws, environmental groups have told the European Commission. The FuelEU Maritime and ReFuelEU initiatives will require ships carrying EU trade and aircraft

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

US Ammonia Producer Unveils Green Hydrogen Project

(ReNewsBiz)  When completed in 2023 the 20MW electrolyser in Louisiana will be the largest in North America — The largest producer of ammonia in the US, CF Industries Holdings, has signed a contract with Thyssenkrupp for a 20MW green hydrogen project at its factory in Louisiana. The engineering and procurement contract

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 20: Hydrogen. Beyond Tomorrow.

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Let’s go back to the basics. The “Bio” term comes from ancient Greek and is translated as “Life.” Widely used in our day to day vocabulary, this term has found its place in our language by becoming a prefix. Biochemistry studies chemical reactions happening

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 7: Flying Green

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  What are we talking about?  Do you know that airlines’ activities, from passenger transportation to freight are responsible for two to three percent of anthropic emissions yearly according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report? Indeed, flying comes at a cost. But while

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

ExxonMobil and Porsche Test Lower-Carbon Fuel in Race Conditions

(ExxonMobil/Porsche/Business Newswire) ExxonMobil and Porsche are testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels, as part of a new agreement to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption. The first iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel is a blend of primarily advanced biofuels and is specially formulated by ExxonMobil’s in-house team of scientists

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Repsol Seeking EU and Spanish Funding for More than 30 Decarbonization Projects

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Spain, Repsol is responding to the Spanish government’s calls for expressions of interest with a portfolio of 30 projects, amounting to a total investment of €5.959 billion and “combining technology, decarbonization, and the circular economy with job creation and geographical balance.” This portfolio includes proposals for

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Haldor Topsoe and Nel ASA to Offer End-to-End Green Ammonia and eMethanol™ Solutions

by Svend Ravn (Haldor Topsoe) -Haldor Topsoe and Nel have entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the intent to offer customers complete renewable electricity to ammonia and methanol solutions.  -Solutions will be based on globally leading technologies from the two companies; Nel’s alkaline and PEM electrolysis technologies in combination

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

“Best CO2 Utilisation 2021″:The Three Winners of the Innovation Award Are Turning CO2 into Methanol, Cleaners, Plastic Packaging or Surfactants

(Bio-based News/nova Institute)  CO2 has become famous in a sad way. Carbon Recycling International from Iceland, LanzaTech from USA and Covestro from Germany transform it into usable raw materials. — More than 180 participants from 24 countries followed the 41 speakers online. Experts from industry and science presented their latest technologies

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

LCRI Looks at Hydrogen, Biofuels, Synthetic Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Low-Carbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrogen, ammonia, synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, and biofuels can provide greenhouse gas emissions reduction for difficult-to-decarbonize sectors when produced via low-carbon means—from clean electricity, renewable feedstocks, or fossil resources with carbon capture, utilization, and storage, says this Low-Carbon Resources Initiative white paper that looks at production,

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: Prometheus Joins the Chase to Make Captured CO2 into Net Zero Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) One more company to focus on in our tour of CO2 usage. It’s another electrofuels play called Prometheus Fuels using atmospheric CO2 using water, electricity, and nanotube membranes to produce commercially viable fuels. The project was one of two selected for investment in March of 2019

March 4, 2021 Read Full Article

The Return of Electrofuels: Amazon, Mitsubishi, AP Ventures Invest in Infinium’s Bid to Make Fuels from CO2, Water

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Infinium Electrofuels process converts renewable power into green hydrogen, then uses this green hydrogen and waste carbon dioxide to produce net-zero carbon fuels. These fuels may be used in today’s plane, ship and truck fleets without changes in infrastructure. Nearly a quarter of global carbon

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Transport Ministers Call for Accelerated EU-Wide Deployment and Mandates for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online) Eight European transport ministers have called for a harmonised, long-term strategy to decarbonising the air transport sector to include ramping up the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) through an EU-wide blending mandate. Hosting a high-level virtual conference, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

European Collaboration Projects Plan a Circular Route to Producing Synthetic Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online) A recent high-level conference hosted by the Dutch government focused on the potential of synthetic aviation fuels, also called power-to-liquid (PtL) or e-fuels, to significantly lower the aviation sector’s carbon footprint (see article). The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, announced KLM had undertaken the

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

VTT, Neste et al in Search for E-Fuels Breakthrough

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Finland, a partnership led by VTT and Neste aimed at using sustainable electricity and sequestered carbon dioxide to make fuels received €3.3M (about $4 million USD) in funding from Business Finland. Altogether, EUR 6 million (about $7.2 million USD) is invested in the development

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste’s Veturi Partner Programme to Commercialize E-Fuels

(Neste)  The e-fuel research project related to Neste’s Veturi programme was launched in January 2021. Headed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the project brings together fifteen partners to engage in R&D cooperation with the goal of large-scale production and commercialization of e-fuels. The two-year, over six-million-euro project will develop

February 11, 2021 Read Full Article

World First in the Netherlands by KLM, Shell and Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management: First Passenger Flight Performed with Sustainable Synthetic Kerosene

(KLM) For the first time worldwide, a passenger flight partly flown on sustainably produced synthetic kerosene, was carried out in The Netherlands. This was announced today during the international conference on Synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in The Hague. Shell, producer of the sustainable kerosene and KLM, operating the flight,

February 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Future Fuels Change the Balance of Power

by Chris Edwards (Engineering and Technology) Renewables may actually keep carbon fuels going for decades to come, but a new group of energy-rich countries will emerge.  — …    The question is what these new vehicles will use instead. For most European governments, the answer for most cars and light

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Must-Knows in the Biden Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are the key bioeconomy players in the new Biden Administration? What recent moves by the outgoing Trump Administration and Congress will set their budget and regulatory framework for 2021. What will the new Administration do, right away and this year?  READ MORE 1. New

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Gevo Announces Net-Zero Project Concept

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc. (“Gevo”) (NASDAQ: GEVO), announces the concept of Net-Zero Projects for the production of energy dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable energy and Gevo’s proprietary technology. The concept of a Net-Zero Project is to convert renewable energy (photosynthetic, wind, renewable natural gas, biogas) from a variety of sources into energy

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

French Fermentalg Stock Jumps on News of Planned Suez Algae-Based JV

(SeeNews/Renewables Now) – French microalgae firm Fermentalg (EPA:FALG) saw its shares jump 35% on Tuesday after it announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with domestic waste management company Suez SA (EPA:SEV) to create an equally-owned joint venture for carbon capture through the development of algae photobioreactors. The

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Mining the Sky for CO2 with Metal Trees, Towers and Pumps

by John Fialka (E&E News) … “Can we afford not to do this?” was the way Steve Oldham, the CEO of Carbon Engineering, headquartered in Squamish, British Columbia, put it in a recent TED Talk. He estimated that climate-related damages will eventually cost the U.S. over $500 billion a year “if

January 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Plastics Upcycling, Cleaner Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NextChem

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NextChem is focused on 3 solutions that all tie in together – cleaner hydrogen, biofuels and a circular economy. Find out why and how in this exclusive ABLC slide guide that dives into their low-carbon hydrogen production, biofuels from used cooking oil, animal fats, vegetable

December 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Production Is Set to Increase 5000% in Just 5 Years

by Alex Kimani (OilPrice.com) After decades of stagnation and multiple false dawns, the hydrogen economy appears primed for a major takeoff. A growing number of countries and industries are proactively investing in hydrogen technologies, with hydrogen being touted as the ‘fuel of the future.’ Meanwhile, industry experts are predicting that hydrogen could become a globally traded

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Yara’s Green Ammonia Behemoth: The 500,000 Tonner that Will De-fossilize Agriculture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Yara announces plans to fully electrify its ammonia plant in Porsgrunn, Norway with the potential to cut 800,000 tons of CO2 per annum, equivalent to the emissions from 300,000 passenger cars. … Yara’s the world’s largest ammonia fertilizer company, has 16,000 employees and operations in over

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Engineers Go Microbial to Store Energy, Sequester CO2

by Blaine Friedlander (Cornell University/Science Daily)  By borrowing nature’s blueprints for photosynthesis, bioengineers have found a way to efficiently absorb and store large-scale, low-cost renewable energy from the sun – while sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide to use later as a biofuel. By borrowing nature’s blueprints for photosynthesis, Cornell University bioengineers have

December 17, 2020 Read Full Article

WEF’s ‘Clean Skies for Tomorrow’ Outlines Pathway to Net-Zero Aviation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the World Economic Forum doing to help aviation meet net zero goals? First, they recognize that the most immediate action to achieve carbon-neutral flying is the investment in, and rapid scale-up, of sustainable aviation fuel production and use. Their latest report demonstrates the

December 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Carbon for Everyday Materials from Waste Emissions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture and Use

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Anyone facing a carbon target or price wants to capture carbon. The advanced players are turning towards carbon capture and use — as a way to pay for carbon capture and a place to put it for the long-term. What’s working, how, where and why? Peter

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Article in Science: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology to Unlock the Full Potential of Renewable Power

by Aleksandra Wójcik (Haldor Topsoe)  An article in the esteemed Science magazine suggests that solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology can unlock the full potential of renewable power and provide climate-friendly fuels. SOEC is a core technology in power-to-X solutions and offers major advantages over alternative electrolysis technologies. The article

October 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Haldor Topsoe Joins Ambitious Sustainable Fuel Project in Denmark

by Svend Ravn  (Haldor Topsoe)  – The project aims to develop a ground-breaking hydrogen and sustainable fuel facility based on electrolysis in the Greater Copenhagen Area.  -The project is expected to be executed by 2030 in three stages, achieving the capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) in 2023, 250 MW in 2027,

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Work on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Continues Unabated

(National Business Aviation Association)  Despite the pandemic, technologies continue to advance and more OEMs and operators are embracing sustainable aviation fuel.  — Even though COVID-19 has slowed or halted many business initiatives, efforts to promote the development and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) have continued throughout the pandemic, demonstrating the

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Published Library of Recorded Presentations on Multitude of Bioeconomy Topics

(Biofuels Digest)  Recorded presentations for your on-demand review and enjoyment. Just Pick and Click! On BioChannelTV RENEWABLE DIESEL & DME Saola Energy – Adam Belyamani Axens- David Schwalje Oberon – Rebecca Boudreaux Honeywell UOP-Dan Szeezil NextChem-Valerio Coppini Velocys – Jeff McDaniel   ENGINE TECH What if everything with a diesel

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Celebrating National Aviation Day … and Commenting on How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Tied to Future Sustainability, and Success, of the Enterprise

by Steve Csonka (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative)  Today is National Aviation Day in the U.S., a recognition instituted by FDR in 1939, honoring the birthday of Orville Wright, but also creating awareness of, and celebrating the progress and vision associated with, the aviation industry. Today, that industry has become

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Ammonfuel Highlights and Download of the Report

(Haldor Topsoe) In August 2020, Alfa Laval, Hafnia, Haldor Topsoe, Vestas, and Siemens Gamesa issued the report “Ammonfuel – an industrial view of ammonia as a marine fuel” based on own industrial expertise and input from a list of competent industrial players. Objective The ammonfuel report provides ship owners with a

August 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Air Transat Inks Agreement to Purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel from Canadian Power-to-Liquid Start-up

(GreenAir Online)  Leisure carrier Air Transat has signed an offtake agreement, claimed to be the first in Canada, to purchase a significant portion of synthetic jet fuel from future production by the SAF+ Consortium. The power-to-liquid (PtL) fuel will be derived by capturing waste CO2 from a chemical plant located in

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Aerion Supersonic and Carbon Engineering Join Forces to Deliver Carbon Neutral Supersonic Travel

(Carbon Engineering)  Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology and global mobility, and Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE), a leading Direct Air Capture (DAC) company, today announced they are working together to develop solutions for carbon neutral supersonic air travel.  The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Answer to Energy Storage Problem Could Be Hydrogen

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Hydrogen has the greatest potential among technologies for seasonal energy storage in the future, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Seasonal energy storage can facilitate the deployment of high and ultra-high shares of wind and solar energy sources, according

June 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Norsk e-Fuel Planning Europe’s First Commercial H2-Based Renewable Aviation Fuel Facility in Norway

(Norak e-Fuel) Norsk e-Fuel is planning Europe’s first commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel in Norway Leading industry consortium joins forces to make unlimited renewable fuel a reality to achieve climate-neutral transportation Norsk e-fuel is generating renewable fuels from CO2 & water using 100% renewable electricity Located in Herøya,

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Leading Danish Companies Join Forces on an Ambitious Sustainable Fuel Project

(Ørsted)  Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller – Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted have formed the first partnership of its kind to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area. The partnership brings together the demand and supply side

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen is Hot in Australia! ARENA’s Funding for Hydrogen Continues: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen Deployment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Australian Renewable Energy Agency, or ARENA, has invested $1.48 billion in 513 projects since 2012, and of those approximately $50 million are across 28 hydrogen projects. A pathway to a renewable hydrogen industry has many benefits but there are still several key issues like barriers to

May 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Flying with Sunlight

(Lufthansa Group) Lufthansa Group, ETH Zurich and its spin-offs Climeworks and Synhelion plan to cooperate in the field of Sustainable Aviation Fuels; The partnership initiated by SWISS and Edelweiss is intended to encompass collaboration in the areas of technology and economic efficiency; Jet fuels based on renewable energies are a decisive

May 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Making Commodity Chemicals Requires Fossil Fuels. New Devices Could Do It with Renewables

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine) As windmills and solar panels multiply, the supply of renewable electricity sometimes exceeds demand. Chemists would like to put the excess to work making commodity chemicals, such as the raw materials for fertilizer and plastics, which are now produced with heat, pressure, and copious fossil

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Starts “Just A Minute” Educational Series

(Advanced Biofuels USA) The first episode of  “Just A Minute or So about Renewable Fuels” focuses on what might be used to make renewable fuels.  Students, teachers, or anyone interested in renewable fuels can see in a 3-minute slide presentation narrated by Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic with pictures of

April 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Catalysts, Climate, Camaraderie: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Haldor Topsoe’s Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Haldor Topsoe had a great 2019. A leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries, their R&D spend is 8% of revenue and have developed more than 150 different catalysts. From project development to engineering and licensing of tech to

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanol as a “Future-Proof” Fuel

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuels Strategies)  … Recently, I wrote a primer for the Methanol Institute entitled, Methanol: A Future-Proof Fuel. Polygeneration, the ability to scale efficiently and cost-effectively, its versatility in so many products and applications including transportation fuels, its biodegradability and its history of safe production, use and handling

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Methanol as Fuel, Chemical Feedstock and Liquid Hydrogen Carrier: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Methanol as Fuel and Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Methanol is versatile – it can be used as turbine fuel, cooking fuel, and as a fuel for solid oxide fuel cells. But G.K.Surya Prakash from University of Southern California shares in this illuminating presentation other ways methanol is handy dandy, like as a liquid hydrogen

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Can the European Union’s Kerosene Demand Be Met by the Amount of Biomass Produced in the EU?

(nova-Institute) Regarding climate change and tackling its mitigation there is no question that the aviation industry has to reduce its greenhouse gas impact and has to shift to alternative fuels. If the European Union wants to achieve its ambitious climate goals, it needs to uncouple it growing kerosene demand from

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

ARENA announces funding for Yara Pilbara and ENGIE’s feasibility study on a renewable hydrogen to ammonia solution in fertiliser production

(Yara) Collaboration partners Yara International ASA and ENGIE have welcomed the announcement of $995,000 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) towards their feasibility study, which is examining the potential to make renewable hydrogen technology work in industrial-scale facilities. Yara International is working towards making carbon-free fertiliser, and renewable hydrogen is

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Tasmanian Government to Invest $50m in Hydrogen Power Plan

by Carla Howarth (ABC News)  … Tasmania’s Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan includes $20 million for a Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Fund, another $20 million in concessional loans and $10 million dollars for support services. In a statement, Premier Peter Gutwein said the Government’s goal was to have a renewable hydrogen generation

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Aerospace Company Boom Supersonic to Use Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Test Programme

(Biofuels International)  The company building the world’s fastest supersonic airliner, Boom Supersonic, has announced that is XB-1 test programme will be carbon neutral through the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and carbon offsetting. Boom is the first commercial airplane manufacturer to commit to a carbon neutral test programme. The

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

The New Carbon Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Carbon Utilization and Management

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Electrification and batteries can’t remove the need for carbon,and a more sustainable economy is not a low-carbon economy as much as it will be a renewable carbon based economy, according to Ian Rowe, Technology Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Check out

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Military Researching Ways to Suck Carbon From Air to Make Fuel

by Bobby Magill (Bloomberg)  Military could use carbon captured from the air and sea water to make fuel; Pentagon involvement could speed up commercialization of technology  — Technology that would suck carbon dioxide from the air and ocean water could be more quickly scaled up to address climate change now that

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon X Prize: Transforming CO₂ into Valuable Products

(Carbon X Prize)  The $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that will convert CO₂ emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable products like building materials, alternative fuels and other items that we use every day. The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

January 6, 2020 Read Full Article

9 Hot New CO2 Applications

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics/Biofuels Digest)  … Food and beverage applications often account for 70% of all tonnage consumed in the merchant sector. There are also demands of a captive and sequestration nature, which in my view, are generally categorized outside of the merchant markets, such as large EOR (enhanced

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Nothing Is Made out of Thin Air…until Now. Air Protein Introduces World’s First Air-Based Food

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Air Protein created the first air-based meat created from elements found in the air we breathe. The new air-based meat substance can be used to make burgers, chicken, turkey or virtually any meat product you want it to be, or even use it to make

November 30, 2019 Read Full Article

The Long Haul to Getting Aviation Biofuel off the Ground

by Angeli Mehta (Ethical Corporation) With the IPCC warning against growing crops for fuel, Angeli Mehta reports on how LanzaTech, SkyNRG and Velocys are trying to get the next generation of aviation biofuels to scale The first flight using a blend of kerosene and biofuel took place back in 2008. Eleven

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA releases Report on the Bioeconomy:  The USDA released its Report on the Bioeconomy Imiplementation Framework. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework will serve as a guiding document for the BR&D Board member agencies to increase government accountability and efficiency, maximize interagency coordination on bioeconomy research and other

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

‘Artificial Leaf’ Successfully Produces Clean Gas

(University of Cambridge)  A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’ that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Splitting the Molecule to Power the World: Hydrogen Digest’s Guide to Renewable Hydrogen Sources, Production and Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As the International Renewable Energy Agency observed of the next decades, “transport and industry will still require combustible fuels for many purposes,” and those “needs could be met with hydrogen, which itself can be produced using renewable power.” The opportunity is threefold, IRENA predicts:  Industry

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Fate of Green Hydrogen Depends on Ever Cheaper Renewables – for Now

by Max Hall (PV Magazine)  Analyst WoodMac has spelled out the urgent need to decarbonize the global hydrogen production industry. While the fuel can offer a sustainable grid balancing act for intermittent renewables, in its current fossil-fuel driven form it is pumping out more than 800 megatons of carbon into

October 23, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Carbontech Companies Making Products from Thin Air

by Jim Giles (Green Biz Group)  … Each of these examples has developed a process that uses carbon dioxide to create valuable products — turning waste into revenue, the essence of circularity. In different ways, these circular technologies also lessen our overuse of fossil fuels and agricultural land. What’s more,

October 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Hyundai Promotes Green Mobility in Switzerland, Unveils H2 Xcient Truck

(Hyundai/NGV Journal)  … For the production of hydrogen and its delivery to the refueling stations, Hydrospider was founded at the beginning of 2019, in which H2E, Linde and Alpiq participated. The production of hydrogen at the hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, which has been in operation for over 100 years,

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

These Nano-Bugs Eat CO2 and Make Eco-Friendly Fuel

by Trent Knoss (University of Colorado Boulder)  CU Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. By using light-activated quantum dots to fire particular

July 3, 2019 Read Full Article

European Research Project Claims Breakthrough in Production of Renewable Jet Fuels from Sunlight

(GreenAir Online)  A project funded by the EU and Switzerland claims to have made a breakthrough in producing renewable jet kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2. The SUN-to-LIQUID project follows on from an earlier project, SOLAR-JET, that developed the technology to achieve the first-ever production of solar jet fuel in a

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Rewriting the Equation for Fossil Fuel Emissions

by Kyle Saukas (Leaders in Energy) … On May 29th, Leaders in Energy (LE) members met to discuss how to better utilize the abundant fossil fuel resources we already have in order to move towards a cleaner future at the Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Fossil Energy: Searching for the Next Better Event.

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Methanol Institute Releases New Report on Renewable Methanol

(Methanol Institute)  Compared to conventional fuels, renewable methanol cuts carbon dioxide emissions by up to 95%, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, and completely eliminates sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions. The report, prepared for MI by ATA Insights, features case studies on renewable methanol production by Carbon Recycling International

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Converting CO2 to Carbon at Mild Conditions

by Paul Grad (Chemical Engineering)  …  (C)onverting CO2 into a solid offers an attractive alternative method for safely and permanently removing CO2 from the atmosphere.  To date, CO2 has only been converted into a solid at extremely high temperatures, making it industrially unviable. The team created a liquid metal electrocatalyst that contains metallic elemental cerium nanoparticles, which facilitate

May 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Experts Secure £200,000 from the Department for Transport for Research into Greener Travel

(Loughborough University)  Loughborough University has been awarded £200,000 for two projects which aim to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly.  Dr Jin Xuan, a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Processes, Dr Tanja Radu, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, and Dr Jonathan Wagner, a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, successfully bid for the grant which

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Solar Fuel Turns to Plants for Inspiration

(European Commission)  An ‘artificial leaf’ being developed by EU-funded researchers to produce fuel from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, could tackle soaring global energy demands, the growing impact of climate change, and dwindling supplies of fossil fuels.  —  Developing new sources of clean, renewable energy that can compete against fossil fuels is

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2019 – A Look at Carbon Negative and Carbon Capture Technologies, Advancements, and Possibilities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to over 193 countries and more than a billion people every year. … The top 5 CO2 producing countries in the

April 23, 2019 Read Full Article

The Next Chapter for Algae: The Farm Bill of 2018 Recognizes Algae as a Crop for the First Time. Will We Be Bold Enough to Treat It Like One?

by Rebecca White (iWi (Qualitas Health, Inc.)/Biofuels Digest)  This Wednesday marks a major milestone in the history of the American algae industry: the first meeting in which the Biomass R&D Board Technical Advisory Committee officials will discuss algae as an agricultural crop. Up until now, the vast majority of governmental funding and support

March 27, 2019 Read Full Article

ReactWell Licenses ORNL Catalyst for Energy Conversion Applications

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  ReactWell, LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production. ReactWell will bring ORNL’s electrochemical process, which converts carbon dioxide directly into ethanol, into

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Senators Intro “USE IT” (“Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies”) Act

(Politico’s Morning Energy)   Senate EPW Chairman John Barrasso and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse reintroduced their bipartisan carbon capture legislation Thursday. The bill , dubbed the “Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies Act,” would support carbon dioxide utilization and direct air capture research, as well as support collaboration of carbon capture, utilization, and

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Generation Plant under Construction

(Enagás/NGV Journal)  The President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, presented the agreements that the Government of the Balearic Islands has reached with Enagás, ACCIONA and CEMEX to promote several industrial projects in the Lloseta area of Mallorca. The agreements involve

January 14, 2019 Read Full Article

California Hydrogen Fuel Cell Summit

by Cory Shumaker (California Hydrogen Business Council/ACT News)  The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) hosted its 6thannual California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit in Sacramento December 11-12. The Summit brought members of the industry together with government agencies to discuss the progress made in California and beyond in the continually developing hydrogen landscape.

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Alt-Shift: As Alternatives to Alternatives, RNG and Fuel Cell Tech Markets Come Clearer, Closer

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, on the final day of California’s 2018 legislative session, a bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas that would pave the way for a state renewable natural gas procurement program was approved by the Legislature, passing 29-10 in its reconciliation in the Senate.

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Greener Days Ahead for Carbon Fuels

by Theresa Duque (Berkeley Lab)  Researchers discover copper has potential as a catalyst for turning carbon dioxide into sustainable chemicals and fuels without any wasteful byproducts, creating a green alternative to present-day chemical manufacturing  —  For decades, scientists have searched for effective ways to remove excess carbon dioxide emissions from the air,

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Capturing: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Carbon Engineering

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Carbon Engineering is commercializing two clean energy technologies that can rapidly accelerate our shift to a net-zero world by removing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and converting it to fuel. Geoffrey Holmes,Business Development lead from Carbon Engineering gave this illuminating overview of their Direct Air Capture

December 20, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Airline Industry Is Cleaning up Its Climate Act

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  At a steel mill outside Beijing, reactors attached to the building capture emissions from the factory. Those waste gases can then be turned into fuel. LanzaTech, a biotech startup that designed a way to turn those emissions into ethanol, recently blended that ethanol into jet fuel that powered

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

2018 State of the Industry: ABLC Global Kickoff Presentation and Remarks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the industry right now?What are the 25 Key trends, how the industry is organizing, what’s up, what’s hot, what’s down, and what 6 Future Technologies should we keep a sharp eye on?  Let’s take a look.  … It has an array of players —

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Climeworks Launches Latest DAC Plant in Italy

by Rob Cockerill (GasWorld) Switzerland-based Climeworks has just launched another of its second-generation Direct Air Capture plants (DAC-3) in Troia, Apulia in Italy. Climeworks has been developing the technology since 2009 and commissioned its first industrial-scale CO2 capture unit in late 2014 dubbed the ‘CO2 Collector’, which captures 50 tonnes of

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Alternative Proteins on Everyone’s Lips

(nova-Institut GmbH)  The winners of the first “Future Protein Award”: an insect bar, Proteins made from CO2 and Hemp protein – a guide to the future for modern consumers  —  During the new conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, nova-Institute presented the first Future Protein Award on 2 October

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Harvesting Solar Fuels through a Bacterium’s Unusual Appetite for Gold

by Theresa Duque (University of California Berkeley)  A bacterium named Moorella thermoacetica won’t work for free. But UC Berkeley researchers have figured out it has an appetite for gold. And in exchange for this special treat, the bacterium has revealed a more efficient path to producing solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis. M.

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell-backed Startup Creates Fuel from Carbon Dioxide and Fake Sunlight

by Cole Latimer (Sydney Morning Herald)   startup company backed by energy giant Shell has developed a method to turn carbon dioxide into fuel by adding fake sunlight. US company Dimensional Energy has developed an “artificial photosynthesis” process with a photoreactor that converts carbon dioxide, using sunlight and water, into synthetic fuels and

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the Department

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

The Silent Fuel: Methanol for Power, Fuels and Chemistry in a Low-Carbon Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Switzerland comes word of a technology for methanol synthesis plants which capture CO2 from the environment to create renewable methanol fuel. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s appropriately named Silent-Power. The company produces both industrial and modular plants and is working to bring

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough in Queensland Could Fire up Massive New Export Market

by Lexy Hamilton-Smith  (ABC News)  Two cars powered by hydrogen derived from ammonia will be tested in Brisbane today thanks to a Queensland breakthrough that CSIRO researchers say could turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower. … For the past decade, researchers have worked on producing ultra-high purity hydrogen using a

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

New Approach Derives Hydrogen from Algae

by Elizabeth Montalbano (Design News)  Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have discovered a novel way to develop biofuel from green algae.  —  …One of the most promising alternatives has been molecular hydrogen, which provides carbon-free power in one of the cleanest ways possible. Now, researchers at the University of Turku

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Carbon is Key to a Sustainable and Future-Oriented Chemical Industry

(nova-Institute)  The equivalent to decarbonisation in the energy sector is a transition to carbon from renewable sources in the chemical and plastics industries. The nova-Institute published a position paper on the future of chemistry.  The chemical industry may only develop into a sustainable sector once it bids farewell to fossil

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport. The plan was prepared by a working group, co chaired by industrial experts from ETIP Bioenergy, over 9 months. It details the European

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field, sugar-based straws and more, ready for you now at The Digest online.  #1 Sheep-free wool nabs PETA prize  … #2

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

From Water to Hydrogen Biofuel – ASU Uses Light-Driven Energy Extraction

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Arizona, Arizona State University researcher Kevin Redding is working on biological, light-driven energy extraction. Redding, a biochemist who leads the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis at ASU, is producing hydrogen biofuel from water instead of from natural gas which is a fossil fuel. Redding said,

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Can Climate Change Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline?

by David Fridley and Richard Heinberg  (Renewable Energy World)  The headline of this article was composed simply by rephrasing the title of a popular recent piece in The Atlantic — “Climate Change Can Be Stopped by Turning Air into Gasoline” — as a question. That article, reporting on research by Harvard professor David Keith

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Michael Tamor

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our current electrical power capacity will be required to be able to charge all battery electrical vehicles. Also the recycling of

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial assumptions, energy prices, and the specific choice of inputs and outputs,” was the subject of

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Secretary Perry Announces Up to $78 Million for Bioenergy Research Funding Opportunities LOI due May 30, 2018

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. “The Department of Energy is focused on some of the most exciting research opportunities as

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s Biofuels Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water company within 5 years. The company is expanding its new technology pipeline, with 16 patents granted, and 79 patents at

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

BETO Publishes Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report, Announces Rewiring Initiative

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Rewiring the Carbon Economy: Engineered Carbon Reduction Listening Day Summary Report is now online! Read this new workshop summary for an overview of advanced strategies to use carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from the atmosphere or waste streams as a

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 41)  The fourth IEA Bioenergy Task 41 workshop on Bio-CC(U)S was organized in Brussels 16 January 2018. The topic of the workshop was Market and regulatory issues related to Bio-CCUS. The workshop was a full day event divided into four consecutive sessions: Background and introduction: The session focused on

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

ArcelorMittal Gets Nod from World Economic Forum for Integrating Circular Economy Principles into Its Business Model

(ArcelorMittal)  The world’s most prestigious award programme for the circular economy, The Circulars, has highly commended ArcelorMittal for demonstrating leadership and innovation by applying circular economy principles to its business models. … Partnering with technical and industry leaders to develop and scale up ground-breaking carbon capture and utilisation technology, resulting in

December 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions

by Marcius Extavour (XPRIZE/Biofuels Digest)  … Hydrocarbon drop-in fuels are among the leading products targeted by the CO2 conversion community, be it diesel, methanol, butanol, or others. New approaches to the science and technology of CO2-to-fuels may alter the energetics, the economics, and the business case to the point where bio-based CO2

October 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene  —  Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

A Smart, Faster Path to Zero Lifecycle Emission: Advances from the EU in Direct Carbon Capture from Air

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  The most scalable solution is liquid fuels that use water, captured CO2 and renewable electricity. … Thinkers have been coming around to the realization that this might be the most sustainable path, notwithstanding the joys of electric vehicles. This article by B. Zhao from Energy

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Tiny Element, Big Impact: Hydrogen Power, Amplified

(Energy Today/Carnegie Mellon University)  How do you efficiently isolate hydrogen, unlocking its full potential as a primary, mainstream source of energy?  —  The universe consists of a number of elements, the most abundant of which is hydrogen – making up 75% of the matter in the universe. Rarely does it

July 31, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s been the cellulosic wave, then waste — and alongside there has been steady progress in what are known as the electrofuels. These are fuels made directly from CO2, water and either sunlight or electricity. Generally if a microorganism is involved, there’s sunlight in the

July 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Stanford Discovery Could Lead to Sustainable Source of the Fuel Additive Ethanol

by Mark Schwartz (Stanford News)  Most of the fuel additive ethanol used in the U.S. is made from corn. But new research reveals that copper can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol without using corn or other plants. … A recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new,

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

From Sun to Pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arizona State’s Wim Vermaas gave this illuminating overview of Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Decoupled Cyanobacteria at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.   READ MORE

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Algae from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae Biofuels Using Atmospheric CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Michael Huessmann and John Benemann gave this illuminating overview of Microalgae Biofuels Production on CO2 from Air at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Soletair Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and has reached an end-to-end small demonstration scale. The new power-to-liquid plant was initially launched at the

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and has reached an end-to-end small demonstration scale. … The new power-to-liquid

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $15.8 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $15.8 million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles.  Selected projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under

June 9, 2017 Read Full Article

From Waste CO2 to Everyday Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquid Light Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that Avantium has acquired Liquid Light’s assets and will take the technology forward. Liquid Light developed electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant carbon dioxide.  The company’s technoloigy propelled it to a #1 ranking in the Hot 40

January 13, 2017 Read Full Article

The AirCarbon Methane-to-Plastics Technology: The Digest’s 20-16 Multi-Slide Guide to Newlight Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Newlight, founded in 2003, is harnessing methane-based carbon emissions as a resource to replace oil and reduce the cost of plastics production–fundamentally changing both the economics and environmental impact of the plastics industry. The AirCarbon production process begins with concentrated methane-based carbon emissions that would

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Will the Artificial Leaf Sprout to Combat Climate Change?

by Katherine Bourzac (Chemical & Engineering News)  Technology to produce fuels from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide faces scientific and economic challenges — READ MORE and MORE (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)   Excerpt from Environmental and Energy Study Institute:  Scientists are pushing the limits of artificial photosynthesis to try and

November 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (November 18, 2016), the Energy Department (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles. Selected projects

November 21, 2016 Read Full Article

CO2 Capture for Use: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Antecy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Capturing and concentrate (ambient) CO2 at low prices for direct use and production of fuels and chemicals, using solar or wind energy. That’s Antecy. With the help of an organic, non-amine sorbent, ANTECY turns the negative of CO2 (greenhouse effects, environmental costs) into a positive, whereby

November 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets. #15 Vertimass  and Byogy #14 Croda #13 Hummingbird #12 Alliance BioEnergy #11 GeoSynFuels #10 BioProcess Algae #9 xF

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Burning “Liquid Sunlight” Instead of Fossil Fuels Is Getting Closer to Reality

by David Roberts (Vox)  … However, some uses of energy are not easy to electrify in the short term, maybe even in the long term. They rely on energy-dense liquid fuels. So if we’re ever going to get to net zero emissions, we badly need zero-carbon liquid fuelsthat can substitute directly for

June 8, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Liquid Fuel from the Sun: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Joule Unlimited

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its transformative Helioculture platform directly and continuously converts sunlight and waste CO2 to infrastructure-ready diesel, ethanol

May 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Business Strategies for Transitioning the Bioeconomy to a Landscape with Long-Term Profitability

by Mahmood Ebadian (Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group/Biomass Supply Chain Consulting Ltd./Biofuels Digest)  …With specialization occurring in feedstock engineering, these new business entities will be well-positioned to produce multiple products including both intermediate and final bio-products. In other words, they will be multi-product firms that exploit the economics of scope

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

New University of Texas Arlington Technology Removes CO2 from Atmosphere to Make Fuel

by Vittorio Hernandez  (International Business Times) A one-step conversion process that turns carbon dioxide and water into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels makes change of current fuel distribution system in vehicles unnecessary. The inexpensive and simple new sustainable fuels technology has the potential to limit global warming. The process, developed by researchers

March 2, 2016 Read Full Article

IKEA Joins Advanced Bioeconomy via Newlight Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, IKEA and Newlight Technologies have entered into a supply, collaboration, and technology license agreement that will supply IKEA with Newlight’s AirCarbon and enable IKEA to produce AirCarbon thermoplastic under a technology license. Under the agreement, IKEA will purchase 50% of the material from

March 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its transformative Helioculture platform directly and continuously converts sunlight and waste CO2 to infrastructure-ready diesel, ethanol

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize its CO2-to-fuel technology. —  When it comes to ethanol production volumes per acre of land, Joule’s Helioculture technology leaves all other processes in the dust. “We can do several factors

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like BioYule in Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Patiently, assuredly, one cluster at a time, Canada has amassed a potent armory of renewable fuel and biobased technologies, people and clusters of activity.  Where’s it going? The Digest looks at a whole slew of workshops north of the border and south of the North

December 8, 2015 Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions. … Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 10% of fuels must be low

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a black hole, and higher than the Himalayas. Here’s the why and what’s being done about

October 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial use in E10 and E15 gasoline blends. “We are approaching commercialization with a technology that is first of its kind,

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Introducing the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

by Paul Bunje (NRG COSIA)  More than a decade ago, a group of researchers published a landmark study showing the correlation between human development and energy consumption. The conclusion? Industrialized countries and those that have been growing quickly in recent decades have all benefitted from affordable, reliable energy—primarily in the

September 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Making Money from CO2

by Jeremy Plester (The Guardian)  Imagine if waste carbon dioxide in the air could be turned into useful products such as fuels, building materials or even baking powder. At a stroke it would help get rid of a greenhouse gas, slow down climate change and make money from a major pollutant.

September 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Algenol to Distribute Ethanol through Protec Fuel

(Algenol/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Offering ethanol made from algae for the first time commercially, Algenol Biotech LLC and Protec Fuel Management LLC have entered into an agreement to market and distribute ethanol from Algenol’s Fort Myers, Florida., commercial demonstration module. The two will also offer Algenol’s future 18 million gallons per year

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Become an Informed Consumer and Investor in a Truly Sustainable Renewable Transportation Future

by Joanne Ivancic* (Alberta Council of Technologies/Advanced Biofuels USA)  Myths and misunderstandings about biofuels abound.  You’ve heard them–food vs. fuel, land use change, energy return on energy invested, decreased mileage, harmful to engines, and more. Nevertheless, although fossil feedstock is finite, before we run out, extraction will become more dangerous,

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Tailpipe to Tank

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Stuart Licht has designed the ultimate recycling machine. The solar reactor that he and colleagues built in his lab at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., takes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere—a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion—and uses the energy in sunlight to turn

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Conjuring Chemical Cornucopias out of Thin Air

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Liquid fuels aren’t the only things made from oil. Chemical companies start with oil to make thousands of different products, including plastics and pharmaceuticals. Most of these other commodities are worth more than fuels. So researchers and companies are also working to use renewable energy

September 14, 2015 Read Full Article

A Hoover for Atmospheric CO2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why not reduce atmospheric CO2 by capturing it? Why pay $500-$1000 per ton to reduce CO2 via electric cars, if you could pay 80% less via a direct capture of greenhouse gases. Can it succeed? How, when, and how much? The Digest investigates. In western

September 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Could Diesel Made from Air Help Tackle Climate Change?

by Padraig Belton (BBC) … German company Sunfire produced its first batches of so-called e-diesel in April. Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, put a few litres in her car, to celebrate. And the Canadian company Carbon Engineering has just built a pilot plant to suck one to two

September 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Calysta and Its Happy Meal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s not just fish meal, it’s happy meal — for investors, we hear. As Calysta pivots towards methane-to-protein and supersizes its business plan, we visit with CEO Alan Shaw to find out who’s lovin’ it. …  For now, Alan (Shaw)’s gone over to methane; that’s

September 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Dimethyl Ether as a New Diesel Alternative Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is launching DME (dimethyl ether) in North America as a clean-burning, alternative to diesel. Using various, domestic feedstocks such as food and green waste and natural gas, Oberon has developed a modular, small-scale process that cost-effectively converts a variety of methane DME is

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies. Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the concept for this rankings — generally because of a focus on chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

The Three Microb-eteers: Methanogens, Methanotrophs, Acetogens and Knallgas Bacteria

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Which microbes achieve a better, faster, cheaper transformation of the world around us?  …  Down there in the mud, too small to be seen with the naked eye, are some of your new best friends. Some of the most colorful and transformative little varmints that,

July 31, 2015 Read Full Article

One Billion Pounds of Carbon-Negative Plastic, Made from Greenhouse Gas and Pure Air

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Newlight Technologies has signed a 20-year take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International for 1 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA. Critical to the deal? Newlight’s catalyst aims to transform the economics of PHA-based plastics, solving low yields and high cost issues that have kept

July 14, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Evil No More?

by Kelly Taylor  (Chronicle Herald) …  Still, ethanol does have some advantages, including lower net greenhouse gas emissions due to its recycling of carbon-dioxide emitted by today’s plants (or factories), as opposed to oil, which is releasing the CO2 of plants and animals that grew millions of years ago. … So,

May 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Innovations Presented at Department of Energy BETO Project Peer Review

by Osaretin Omorodion* (Advanced Biofuels USA) During late March 2015, the US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) offered what amounted to a seminar for the public consisting of a series of presentations from industry professionals and researchers from various bioenergy projects. The presenters came to the Washington,

May 19, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Joule, Audi Confirm Revolutionary Sunflow Fuel Meets US, EU Specs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, news arrives from Joule that the company’s CO2-recycled  ethanol meets US and European fuel specifications. No one is dying of surprise that they would do so, but  getting Joule fuels registered for commercial sale is an important step towards commercialization of the technology,

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

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