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Matching For More: The Defour Group’s Dean Drake’s Plan Involves Match Blending Mid-Level Blends

by Melissa Anderson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Defour Group’s Dean Drake, a former GM public policy analyst, says liquid fuels have a shared future with electric vehicles if ethanol blending methods, engine technology and policy can align. His plan involves match blending mid-level blends. … Drake, however, says we should

September 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk Signs the Global Maritime Forum’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization ahead of COP26

(Stena Bulk) Erik Hånell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk, comments on Stena Bulk becoming a signatory of the Global Maritime Forum’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization ahead of COP26:  “Today, Stena Bulk has joined other industry leaders in a worldwide call to action for shipping decarbonisation ahead of COP26. During

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Toyota Boss Says Carbon Is the Enemy, Not the Internal Combustion Engine

by Ronan Glon (AutoBlog) He argues banning the engine is not the solution  — Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is one of the most vocal opponents of banning the internal combustion engine. He renewed his call to reconsider the measures announced by various governments around the world and warned that bans could indirectly

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Benefits of High-Efficiency, Flexible-Fuel Engines for Heavy-Duty Trucking

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Tech Xplore)  … Daniel Cohn, a research scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative, and Leslie Bromberg, a principal research scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, have been working on a high-efficiency, gasoline-ethanol engine that is cleaner and more cost-effective than existing diesel engine technologies.

September 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Invention Seeks to Greatly Expand Use of Ethanol

by Tom J Bechman  (Farm Progress)  … The new E-Fuel concept is already powering irrigation pumps in California and elsewhere. … Thomas Quinn believes there is a much bigger future use for ethanol in the U.S. and around the world. He developed a startup company, E-Fuel, and has been working

September 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomethane-Run Tractor, One of the Stars at Italian Grape Harvest Festival

(CHN Industrial/NGV Journal) FPT Industrial was one of the stars at the Renaissance Grape Harvest Festival, held on September 10 & 11 in the splendid setting of the Fontanafredda estate (the historic winery founded by the first King of Italy in 1858) at Serralunga d’Alba (Cuneo, Italy). To add a special

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Nearly Half of U.S. Commercial Trucks Now Powered by Near-Zero Emissions Diesel Technology, Delivering Climate and Clean Air Benefits

(Diesel Technology Forum) …  “The use of biobased diesel fuels, that includes biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel, can greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions today, as is proven in California where biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel used in diesel vehicles reduced more than three times the greenhouse gas emissions as did electric

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Ecosystem for Aviation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Airbus ZEROe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s all about hydrogen propulsion with the ZEROe aircraft which Airbus aims to develop by 2035 as the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft. What is power-to-liquid or PtL for aviation and how will it be used in this aircraft? How will hydrogen hubs work at

September 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Trucking into the Future With 7 Innovations in Diesel Power

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Here are just seven examples of innovation around and inside the diesel engine that are happening today. If past accomplishments are any measure of future success, the diesel engine is poised to continue to deliver the goods and the benefits in the decades ahead. … Fuel Revolution:  Biobased

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Receives Approval in Principle from Classification Society for LCO2 Carrier Cargo Tank from France’s Bureau Veritas

(Mitsubishi)  ・ Project part of MHI Group’s effort to expand businesses for the CCUS value chain, utilizing the advanced gas handling technologies of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding. ・ With the acquisition of this AIP, MHI Group will focus on developing and offering the technologies needed to bring LCO2 carriers to the market. Mitsubishi

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Truck Used in Revolutionary B100 Pilot to be Showcased at 2021 Farm Progress Show

(National Biodiesel Board)  Truck Was Part of Cooperative Pilot Program That Could Pave the Way to Widespread B100 Use in Fleets —  One of the five trucks used in last year’s cooperative B100 pilot program will be on display at the 2021 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. The pilot, conducted by ADM,

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Tenneco Explores Synthetic Fuels for Climate-Neutral Mobility

Tenneco is putting its 100-plus years of powertrain expertise in improving vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions to work to explore synthetic fuels (e-fuels), a viable near-term solution to further maximize the efficiency and minimize the carbon footprint of internal combustion engines (ICE). Tenneco’s Powertrain business group is partnering with

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Grant Invests over €250K in R&D to Support Drive for Biofuel to Heat Irish Homes

(Laois News/Grant Engineering)  Grant Engineering, Ireland’s leading home heating appliance manufacturer, has invested over €250,000 in pioneering a major R&D breakthrough that could help reduce carbon emissions in rural and hard to heat homes throughout Ireland, including homes in Laois. The breakthrough will also help prevent Irish homeowners from incurring

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

ACE Unveils Never before Demonstrated Hybrid Flex Fuel Vehicle Project at Conference

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  With the push to net-zero vehicles over the next 10 to 30 years, and with “net zero” being understood as electric vehicles (EVs), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) unveiled a vehicle demonstration project at its conference last week to disrupt this narrative and timeline by

August 30, 2021 Read Full Article

The University Team Making Ships Carbon Neutral

(Bio Market Insights)  A team of researchers from Northwestern University, Illinois have developed a novel means of decarbonising the shipping industry, using CO2-capturing solid oxide fuel cells to make vessels carbon neutral – or even carbon negative. These fuel cells ‘burn’ traditional carbon-based fuels and generate their own CO2 onboard

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

On the Road Again (With Liquid Fuels)

by John Eichberger (Fuels Market News) If the global priority with regards to the transportation sector is to reduce carbon emissions, then putting all our eggs in one basket and waiting for electrification to transform the world is already a failed strategy. With nearly 1.5 billion vehicles in the world, and

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Fincantieri Eyes Biofuels to Power Future Warships

by Tom Kington  (Defense News) Of all the alternative fuels touted as future solutions for cleaner warships, one of Europe’s shipyards is betting on cow manure. “I see biofuels based on substances like agricultural biomass and food waste as the short-term alternative to fossil fuels for naval vessels,” said Massimo

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

UNL Study Finds Non-Flex Fuel Vehicles Can Adapt to E30 Gasoline without Performance Compromise; Fuel Efficiency Comparable to E15

(Green Car Congress) A team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has investigated the long-term adaptability and economic feasibility of non-flex-fuel vehicles—vehicles designed to use fuel blends containing 85% ethanol (E85) or less—to consume a 30% ethanol (E30) fuel blend. Their results indicated that although modest changes can be observed in the

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Enel, Fincantieri to Study Use of Green Hydrogen in Ports, Sea Transport

by Stephen Jewkes (Reuters)  Europe’s biggest utility Enel (ENEI.MI) has agreed to work with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri (FCT.MI) to find ways to use green hydrogen in ports and long-range sea transport. “The two companies intend to exploit their expertise and know-how in their respective sectors to identify possible sustainable and innovative solutions,” they said in

August 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Group Develops SOFC that Produces Electricity with Ethanol

(Green Science Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Green Science Alliance has been developing various types of electrode and solid electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). This time, Hideki Yoshioka and Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance have created SOFC which can produce electricity not with hydrogen, but with bio-ethanol. Environmental problem such as climate

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Rolls-Royce and Shell Sign Long-Term Agreement to Progress 100% SAF Use in Aero Engines

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online) Rolls-Royce and Shell have signed a long-term agreement to progress the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in aircraft engines and support the aviation industry’s decarbonisation efforts. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two companies will expand on existing areas of cooperation, including the

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol to Electrons: Beyond Transportation Fuel, Ethanol Could Contribute to Greener Electricity.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond transportation fuel, ethanol could contribute to greener electricity. From large-scale power generation to support the grid to small and decentralized applications that provide renewable energy for remote electric vehicle charging. Electrification may just be part of ethanol’s future—and not necessarily in competition

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Bio-Batteries

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  We are seeing a number of articles about bio-based batteries and biodegradable batteries.  Wondering if we should be covering this bio-based mobility development.  Here are some examples: The biodegradable battery (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)/Science Daily) High-capacity, Soft Batteries From Trees (Sustainable Skies)

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Can the Airline Industry Live without Fossil Fuels?

by Josh Owens (Oilprice.com)  … (T)he aviation industry accounts for only 2% of global emissions.  … Biofuels are fuels manufactured from organic materials, normally crops, wood, or waste. While they do produce carbon when burned, the theory is that the carbon was absorbed by the organic matter when it was growing,

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Offered Using Methanol in Power Generation for Electric Cars

(Ural Federal University/EurekAlert)  Technology is economical, safe, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient —  Professors at Ural Federal University (UrFU, Russia) Sergey Shcheklein and Aleksey Dubinin have developed a technology for generating energy for an electric car engine using methanol. An article describing the technology was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Cummins Tests Hydrogen Fueled Internal Combustion Engine

(HDT Trucking Info)  Following the proof-of-concept testing, the company plans to evaluate the hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine in a variety of on- and off-highway applications. —  Cummins began testing a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine.The proof-of-concept test is building on Cummins’ existing technology in gaseous-fuel applications and powertrain to create new

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Keysight’s Test Solutions Selected by Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells to Understand the Behavior and Characteristics of Biofuel Cells

(Keysight Technologies/Yahoo! Finance) Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells (BeFC), an innovator of bio enzymatic fuel cells, has selected and integrated multiple Keysight solutions to better

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Project to Run UK Locomotive on Biogas, Hydrogen Receives Gov’t Funding

(Bioenergy Insight)  UK rail freight provider Freightliner, working in partnership with a consortium of specialist suppliers, has secured government funding to develop a dual-fuel solution for the Class 66 locomotive. The technology, utilising biogas and hydrogen, is one of the 30 winners of the latest round of the First of

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

HYVIA: Renault’s New Path to Green Hydrogen-Powered Mobility

(Renault/NGV Journal)  Renault and Plug Power have revealed plans for its HYVIA project. ‘HY’ for hydrogen, ‘VIA’ for road, HYVIA builds on the expertise of Plug Power and a network of more than 100 refueling stations that dispense over 40 tons of hydrogen every day. HYVIA ecosystem includes electrolysis solutions, green hydrogen

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Volkswagen to Create Research Center for Biofuel Engines in Brazil

(Market Research Telecast)  The German group Volkswagen announced on Monday that Brazil will “host and lead” a Research and Development (R&D) center for engines that run on ethanol and other biofuels for emerging markets. The unit, which will have the support of the car company, although it will function independently from

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

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

Biofuel-Powered Engine Technology Could Postpone New F1 Engines

(Global Motorsports Media/Autoweek)  Environmental concerns have team bosses second-guessing 2025 plans. — New engine regulations in Formula 1 slated to kick in for 2025 could be postponed for a year. In Austria, top carmaker officials, including Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz and also the CEOs of Audi and Porsche, met to discuss the

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Science Alliance Has Developed SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) Which Can Produce Electricity with Bio-Ethanol

(Green Science Alliance/PR Newswire) Green Science Alliance has been developing various types of electrode and solid electrolyte for SOFC. This time, Dr. Hideki Yoshioka and Dr. Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance have created SOFC which can produce electricity not with hydrogen, but with bio-ethanol.   Electronic Microscope Observation of created SOFC Electrical Power Generation

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

How Viable Is Bio-Oil for Marine Transport?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for Marine Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Determining the technical feasibility of using biofuels, especially bio-oils, for marine engine use, understanding the efficacy of biofuels in marine transport, looking at the impact on fuel handling systems and impact of bio-oils blended with market heavy fuel oils (HFO), is what Oak Ridge National

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Researchers Examine Biofuels for Maritime Shipping

(U.S. Department of Energy/Biomass Magazine) A multi-laboratory team of scientists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying the feasibility of using energy-dense biofuels such as biocrude and bio-oil to meet new emissions regulations for cargo ships. Cargo vessels ferrying commodities around the world are powered by two-stroke engines that are

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Auto Alliance Underlines Importance of High Octane Low Carbon Fuels

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition) Commends Daschle HOLC Alliance Fight for National Higher Octane Gasoline Standard in SAFE-2 Rule —  The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) called a recent letter from automakers in support of high octane low carbon fuels further validation that ethanol has a key

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

MOL Starts Research and Development on Large-scale Liquefied CO2 Carrier – Part of NEDO Demonstration Project Entrusted by Japan CCS

(Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) -Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today (June 22, 2021) announced that the company will launch research and development (R&D) on adoption of a large-scale liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) carrier to complete the basic design under a project entrusted to Japan CCS Co., Ltd.

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Koenigsegg Is Experimenting with Volcano-Based Biofuel to Create Carbon-Neutral Hypercars

by Rachel Cormack (Robb Report)   … In an effort to create carbon-neutral cars, the mad scientists at the boutique Swedish marque have just started experimenting with a new type of biofuel that comes from semi-active volcanoes. … The marque is also looking at new renewable fuels to power its extreme combustion

June 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Denmark, Norway, and the United States to Lead Zero-Emission Shipping Mission

(U.S. Department of Energy) The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the United States, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, today announced that they will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation. The Mission aims to accelerate international public-private

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

3rd Gear: Toyota’s Hydrogen Party Trick

by Erik Shilling(Jalopnik) Toyota has a hydrogen-combustion racecar that sounds pretty good, and which it put through its paces last month. Automotive News was there for it. Toyota still apparently thinks hydrogen combustion is part of the future, which is a little dubious, but I appreciate the effort. [Toyota president Akio Toyoda’s] message

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Ingevity Receives Alternative Fuels Grant to Demonstrate Absorbed Natural Gas Platform

by Matthew Mercure (NGT News)  Ingevity Corp. has been awarded approximately $256,000 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as part of the 2020 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program.  The grant will be used to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of renewable natural gas (RNG) and Ingevity’s adsorbed natural

May 29, 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

More Research to Back the Bills: University of Nebraska Researchers Have Proven E30 Is Safe

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) University of Nebraska Researchers have proven E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles. The findings could bolster the push for state- and federal-level low-carbon fuel legislation.  —  Two researchers from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are eager to continue sharing their results

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

ABS Unveils Latest Trends and Projections for Future Fuels and Decarbonization

(American Bureau of Shipping) Low Carbon Shipping Outlook Suggests Industry Will Need to Do More to Meet GHG Targets —  ABS has published the latest trends and projections on carbon-reduction strategies for shipping as the industry looks to meet decarbonization ambitions. Setting the Course to Low Carbon Shipping examines new fuels,

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Bosch Sees a Place for Renewable Fuels, Challenging Proposed European Union Engine Ban

by Aria Alamalhodaei (TechCrunch) Bosch executives on Thursday criticized proposed EU regulations that would ban the internal combustion engine by 2025, saying that lawmakers “shy away” from discussing the consequences of such a ban on employment. Although the company reported it is creating jobs through its new businesses, particularly its

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engine Technologies and Alto Ingredients, Inc. Partner to Demonstrate Decarbonization of Diesel-Fueled Engines Using Ethanol Fuel

(ClearFlame Engine Technologies)  ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a growing startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology today announced a partnership with Alto Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTO), a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, to conduct pilot demonstrations of its proven solution for diesel engines using low-cost ethanol in

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Environmental Concerns Propel Research Into Marine Biofuels

(CaymanMamaNews/Globe Newswire/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  A global effort to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships has researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other Department of Energy facilities investigating the potential use of marine biofuels. “Biofuels turned out to be very good options because they

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Potential Impact at Scale: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Long lines and gas shortages on the East Coast due to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack is making the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optima work more important than ever. Check out this deep dive on what they do within Co-Optima to identify the value of performance

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Accelerating Biofuels Depolyment: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optima’s Bioblendstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With all the talk lately of gas prices and shortages due to the Texas freeze earlier this year, it’s good to see lots of research and innovation coming with better bioblendstocks for our vehicles. Check out this illuminating slide guide from the 2021 BETO Project

May 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Four Projects to Move Co-Optimized Biofuels and Combustion Engines Closer to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of four projects totaling $1 million to conduct cutting-edge applied research and development concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines. The projects will leverage a range of National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrous versus Anhydrous Ethanol in Gasoline

by Hans Keuken (Process Design Center)  Hydrous ethanol can be distilled up to 3.5 volume% water (limit = azeotrope); • Anhydrous ethanol is further dehydrated to contain less water typically < 1%; • Dehydration units require additional capital & operating cost (energy); • Brazilian prices in US$/ltr. can be found

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

The Co-Optima FY20 Year in Review Spotlights Recent Engine and Fuel Innovations.

(U.S. Department of Energy) A report released this week highlights the most significant breakthroughs of the last year in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, with details on findings that could translate into significant greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions reductions. The collaborative research undertaking has brought

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Converting Chevrolet Volt To Run On E85 Is Easy

by Mark Kane (Inside EVs) The first generation Chevrolet Volt engine runs on gasoline, but as it turns out it can run on ethanol blends up to E85, as well. The switch to E85 is simpler than one might think because GM left ready-to-go software installed and all you need to

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Bio-advantaged Fuel Blendstocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Co-optima focuses on improved efficiency, performance and reduced pollution from ground transportation. Anthe George from Sandia National Labs shared this illuminating slide guide on the latest data and research from the U.S. Department of Energy Co-Optima team that is addressing those goals by evaluating fuels,

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Shows Higher Ethanol Blends Reduce CO2 Emissions

by Lura Roti (SDPB Radio) Results from a recent University of Nebraska Study could dramatically increase demand for ethanol. This is optimistic news for South Dakota corn farmers, ethanol manufacturers and family farm advocates. Redefining Renewable Fuels was a year-long study conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska Department of Chemical

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Emissions, Mileage, New Data: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to EVs vs. ICE

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, a special look at new hard data on EVs vs IC engines — what the recent Wall Street Journal review missed! It was an exclusive to the DigestConnect last week but here’s your chance to see the full slides on emissions, fuels, octane, mileage,

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Cummins Leader Says Past Successes Can Inform Carbon-Neutral Future

(Cummins Inc./3BL Media)  When Cummins’ Chief Technical Officer thinks about the global power leader’s aspiration to be carbon neutral by 2050, he’s inspired by the industry’s past success fighting smog. “What gives me confidence that we’re actually going to be able to get there is looking in the rear-view mirror and

April 6, 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

Case Study of Proposal for 100% Biodiesel School Buses

by Ahmed Abdellah* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This video presentation compares the carbon footprint of school buses retrofitted with a system to enable use of 100% biodiesel with electric buses.  It uses a case study of a proposal for 100% biodiesel school buses for Howard County, Maryland, public schools using the

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Ethanol Producers Push Back on EVs

(Argus Media) Brazil’s ethanol industry is working with the automotive industry to develop hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell cars that run on the biofuel, bucking a global trend toward plug-in electric vehicles. “There’s a lot of talk about electric cars – they have good marketing,” says Andre Rocha, president of Goias state

March 23, 2021 Read Full Article

E30 Safe for Non-flex Fuel Vehicles & Cuts CO2 Emissions According to University of Nebraska Study

(South Dakota Farmers Union) If 10 percent of Nebraskans fueled up their non-flex fuel vehicles with 30 percent ethanol, CO2 emissions would decrease by 64,000 tons per year. This is according to results of a year-long University of Nebraska Study, Redefining Renewable Fuels, released February 2021. If these same Nebraskans fueled

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Will Green Hydrogen Fulfill High Hopes for Trucking and Shipping Emissions?

by Angeli Mehta (Reuters Events) While there’s debate over whether the technology stacks up against batteries for long-distance trucking, the case in maritime usage seems more clear-cut. Angeli Mehta reports “Everyone loves hydrogen,” observed Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IAE), recently during a recent conference called to discuss an

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Aviation Leaders Launch First in-Flight 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel Emissions Study on Commercial Passenger Jet

(Neste) A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. Airbus, German research centre DLR, Rolls-Royce and SAF producer Neste have teamed up to start the pioneering ‘Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels’ (ECLIF3)

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk Unveils InfinityMAX Concept Vessel Design, Challenging Conventional Thinking

(Stena Bulk)  Electric, modular hybrid bulk carrier designed to meet the world’s need for sustainable, zero carbon, efficient, and flexible seaborne transportation. —  Leading tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has today unveiled its concept InfinityMAX hybrid bulk carrier design, pushing the boundaries for zero carbon, multi-modal vessel design in shipping.  

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Research Shows E30 Is Safe for Long-Term Use in Non-FFVs

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on March 8 announced that ground-breaking research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services clearly demonstrates that E30 is safe for long-term use in non-flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). “The research partnership between the

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Honeywell’s Newest Turbogenerator Will Power Hybrid-Electric Aircraft, Run on Biofuel

(Honeywell/CISION) New system to combine flight-proven auxiliary power unit with high-efficiency generator  —  Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced it is developing a power source for hybrid-electric aircraft, planned for demonstration later this year. At 280 pounds, the Honeywell 1-Megawatt generator weighs about the same as a motor scooter but delivers enough energy to

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Drives Fleet Operations to Be Better, Cleaner, Now!

(National Biodiesel Board)  2021 NTEA Fleet Purchasing Outlook Reveals Strong Demand for Biodiesel Among Fleets — In a multitude of ways, the past year has drawn into sharp focus the important interrelationships between public health, the environment, and the economy.  Yet through all the challenges presented by a global pandemic, extreme

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

CFDC Calls Nebraska E30 Demonstration One More Step Towards Higher Blends

(Clean Fuels Development Coalition) The Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) today applauded the work of the State of Nebraska following the release of a report that found higher ethanol blends are safe, efficient, and cost effective when used in conventional vehicles. The yearlong demonstration involved 50 non-flex fuel vehicles (non-FFVs) from

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

SDFU Calls for Repeal & Replace of Fuel Economy Rule to Include Octane and Higher Ethanol Blends

by Rusty Halvorson (KFGO) Speaking at the National Farmers Union National Convention February 26, 2021, South Dakota Chapter President Doug Sombke said ethanol advocates need to prioritize support for a high octane standard in the new fuel economy rule that could triple demand for ethanol over the next decade. Sombke and NFU

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

High-Performance Electrocatalysts to Propel Development of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Chinese Academy of Science Headquarters/EurekAlert!) Researchers from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Nanjing Normal University recently reported a strategy for boosting the electrocatalytic performance of palladium (Pd) in ethanol oxidation reaction, the key anodic reaction of direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs), offering a

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Freight Railroads & Climate Change

(Association of American Railroads) … And AAR and its members have formed a dedicated working group to understand new lower-or-zero-carbon fuel technologies and other climate-related issues … Another potential fuel source is “blue hydrogen,” which is hydrogen made from natural gas in a way that captures, stores, or reuses associated

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Lighting the Path to Net Zero: NREL’s Strategy Drives Deep Transportation Decarbonization

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) From Passenger Cars to Commercial Trucks, Aircraft, Marine, Rail, and Mobility Systems, NREL’s Whole-System Approach Ensures a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Climate Future — The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article

A.P. Moller – Maersk Will Operate the World’s First Carbon Neutral Liner Vessel by 2023 – Seven Years ahead of Schedule

(Maersk) Fast-tracked by advances in technology and increasing customer demand for sustainable supply chains, A.P. Moller – Maersk accelerates the efforts to decarbonise marine operations with the launch of the world’s first carbon neutral liner vessel in 2023 – seven years ahead of the initial 2030-ambition. All future Maersk owned

February 18, 2021 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engine Technologies Selected as Finalist for 2021 SXSW Pitchâ

(ClearFlame Engine Technologies)  ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for the heavy-duty truck, off-highway and industrial markets, was selected as a finalist in the Smart Cities, Transportations & Logistics category for the 11th annual SXSW Pitch®. SXSW Pitch is the marquee event of

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Corn Growers Fund E15 Testing in California

by Larry Lee (Brownfield Ag News) More tests are underway to potentially expand E15 ethanol use in California.  Tom Gillis is on the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board and the National Corn Growers Ethanol Action Group. He says, “As we speak, there is a test going on in California, and it’s run

February 17, 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

Ethanol’s Carbon Impact In The Fuel Tank

(Urban Air Initiative) A new study is underway to determine whether corn based ethanol makes a larger contribution to the reduction of GHG emissions than it is currently receiving credit. The Urban Air Initiative commissioned a study with Transport Energy Strategies to look at the impact ethanol has on carbon reduction in the

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Opportunities for Marine Sector: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ORNL

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Mike Kass shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 as part of the marine and heavy duty biofuel opportunities panel. Dive into marine cargo vessel fuels, the advantages of using biofuels in the maritime sector, feedstock conversion routes, some biofuel

February 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Karma Wants to Build Hydrogen-Powered Cars that Produce Their Own Fuel

by Ronan Glon (AutoBlog/Yahoo!)Karma Automotive has focused on developing plug-in hybrid and electric cars since it was born from the ashes of Fisker in 2014. It’s still planning on releasing an electric sedan named GSe-6, but it announced that it’s in the early stages of designing a powertrain that will allow it to create a vehicle

February 4, 2021 Read Full Article

At National Meetings of Biodiesel Board and Diesel Specialists, Diesel Tech Forum Sounds Clarion Call for Diesel’s Future

(Diesel Technology Forum)  … As we envision a greater national focus on attacking climate change in the coming year, advanced diesel engines and biodiesel and renewable diesel must be included as key strategies. They are available, affordable, proven and deliver substantial near-term reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions across

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article
    Bioenergy Technologies Office 2021 Project Peer Review   —   March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021   —   ONLINE

Bioenergy Technologies Office 2021 Project Peer Review — March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021 — ONLINE

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2021 Project Peer Review on March 8-16, 2021 and March 22-26, 2021 that will be held virtually on Zoom. Approximately 300 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will be presented to the public and systematically reviewed by

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Boeing Planning to Debut 100% Biofuel Planes by 2030

by Sarah George (edie.net/Eurative)  Boeing has already completed one commercial flight using 100% biofuel in 2018 –Boeing Co has unveiled plans to deliver commercial aircraft capable of using 100% biofuel by 2030. Using existing technologies under current regulations, it can only use biofuel blends of up to 50%, EURACTIV’s media partner,

January 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Now Is the Time to Cut Carbon with Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) … Time is of the essence as OEMs and fleets across the country take a fresh look at the use of low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel to help reduce emissions in their new and legacy diesel vehicles and equipment and help to slow the progression of climate

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewed Focus on Climate Legislation Could Help Biofuels

by Sara Wyant (Ag Week) The biofuel industry argues that President-elect Joe Biden can also make progress on his climate goals by expanding biofuel usage mandates, embracing a low carbon fuel policy and increasing vehicle emissions standards. Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable,

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Weather Delays Launch of Biofuel Rocket Made by Maine Company

by Alice Keefe (WMTW)   … BluShift had planned to launch the rocket from the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, but the launch was scrubbed Friday afternoon. The rocket launch will likely be rescheduled to Tuesday or Wednesday. WMTW spoke with bluShift about its unique rocket on Thursday. “This

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Libertine Demonstrates Technology to Help Heavy-Duty Vehicles Go ‘Fossil Free’, Enables Improved Cold Start with Bioethanol

(Libertine) Libertine FPE (“Libertine”), the creator of Smart Engine technology for hybrid electric vehicles and distributed power generation, has demonstrated technology that could help leading truck manufacturers to fulfil pledges to make all heavy-duty vehicles fossil free by 2040. With Libertine’s technology, hybrid heavy-duty powertrains using a combination of renewable grid

January 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Where Do Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Fit into Our Future?

by Mike Roeth (Advanced Clean Tech News)  … Industrial use of hydrogen must increase for end-users like energy power plants, chemical industries, steelmakers, and others if hydrogen is to scale quickly, and realistically. And the scaling of hydrogen is not the only domino that needs to fall in place for

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL: Co-Optima Research Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Solutions for Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ballard & Deloitte

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we look to the future with a new year, Deloitte and Ballard are looking at fueling the future of mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells, which makes sense considering hydrogen is the single most abundant substance in the universe. Their white paper dives into

January 4, 2021 Read Full Article

ISRO Working on Green Fuels Like Hydrogen Peroxide for Rockets

(India Times Energy World)  ISRO Chairman said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking at green propulsion through hydrogen peroxide in its rocket that would take Indians into the space under its ‘Gaganyaan’ mission. The Indian space rockets are set to go green as ISRO is working to replace its

January 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Aircraft Fuel Cell Development Takes Flight after UL Lafayette Lands Grant

(University of Louisiana at Lafayette) An energy storage and power generation system being designed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could make flying the friendly skies less harmful to the environment. Solid oxide fuel cells are “a key component” within that system, said Dr. Xiao-Dong Zhou. Their inclusion in

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Asda Scales Gas Fleet Fast, with Huge Volvo FH LNG Order

by Martin Tomlinson (Volvo Trucks)  Asda is taking delivery of 202 Volvo FH LNG tractor units in the run-up to Christmas peak trading, in what is believed to be the single largest order ever placed in the UK for heavy trucks running on renewable fuels. The supermarket has ambitions to

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Aemetis Enters Electric Vehicle Market

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine) …  High-capacity electric vehicles (HCEV’s) from Nevo Motors are designed for heavy cargo and long range by using on-board range extender generators powered by renewable natural gas (RNG), with future electric truck models designed to use patented hydrogen and ethanol range extenders.  The goal is to achieve major

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

British Military Looking to Move Aircraft to Sustainable Fuel Sources

by Ed Adamczyk (UPI)  A plan to use sustainable sources for up to 50 percent of military aviation fuel was announced by British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace this week.  The British Ministry of Defense on Saturday said it would look to algae, alcohol, household waste, wood and biomass as potential sources of fuel for the

December 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels – The Marine Fuel of the Future Is Here

by Teemu Jutila (Auramarine/Biofuels Digest) The marine fuel market is developing and expanding at an unprecedented rate, set against the backdrop of IMO decarbonisation targets; 50% reduction in emissions from 2008 levels by 2050, and a minimum reduction in carbon intensity per transport work of 40% by 2030, compared with 2008

December 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Joint Letter on the Inclusion of Sustainable Renewable Fuels in the EU Mobility Legislation

(Advanced Biofuels Coalition)  … The signatories of this joint letter represent a crucial part of the automotive, fuel, energy industry and civil society in Europe, i.e. a combined force behind the transformation of EU mobility towards climate neutrality in a smart and sustainable way. The European Union has set itself

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Properties vs. Chemistry: Co-Optima Research Determines Predictor of Fuel Performance, Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Opinion: Reinventing Fuel-Based Power for a More Secure and Resilient Grid

by Toby Gill (Intelligent Power Generation/Green Car Congress) With battery storage able to provide a unique role in balancing a renewable electricity grid, Toby Gill, CEO of Intelligent Power Generation, asks could innovations in green hydrogen and biofuel technologies contribute to a more optimized and economical energy mix? The growth of

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

The Secret Ingredient for Super Speed? Ethanol

by John Herath (AgWeb) The headlines were head-turning: an American made supercar had punched through the 300 mph barrier on a seven-mile stretch of empty road outside of Las Vegas. While the 331 mph top speed reported by the SSC Tuatara is now in question, there is no disputing the secret sauce

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

New Jersey: Study Shows Biomethane Refuse Trucks Outdo EV Equivalents

(NGV America/NGV Journal)  NGVAmerica released another study at its Annual Industry Summit presenting a compelling case for why communities should continue to invest in new near-zero natural gas technology. Using New Jersey as a case study, NGVAmerica analyzed the costs and impact of transitioning that state’s entire 10,000 refuse truck fleet

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Landi Renzo USA Secures CARB Certification for the Heavy Duty 7.3L CNG/RNG Engine

(Landi Renzo/Business Wire)  The ecomobility revolution includes F-450/550, F-650/750, F-53/59 and E-450 — Landi Renzo, the American subsidiary of Landi Renzo Group, the global leader in eco-fuel advanced systems for the automotive industry received California Air Resources Board (CARB) Certification for the Heavy Duty Ford CNG/RNG 7.3L engine, which covers Class

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio Engine Technology Ltd Developing Rankine Cycle Engine to Use Renewable Fuel

(Bio Engine Technology)  The engineers at Bio Engine Technology Ltd are dedicated to a simple but effective solution. They are developing an engine, matched to a clean organic fuel, which will not add damaging gases or harmful particulates into the atmosphere. The engine is based on the effective Rankine Cycle. 

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines Call for White Papers – Directed Funding Opportunity for Collaboration with National Laboratories

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions. Co-Optima seeks proposals to leverage National Laboratory resources and overcome key technical challenges to advancing new liquid fuels

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Rolls-Royce to Test 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Next Generation Engine Demonstrator

(WebWire)  Ground tests with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to demonstrate Rolls-Royce engines can unlock SAF’s potential to reduce emissions  —  As part of its ongoing decarbonisation strategy, Rolls-Royce is to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel for the first time in engine ground tests on next-generation engine technology. The tests will

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Munich Airport Receives Award for Its Biomethane Bus Pilot Project

(Munich Airport/NGV Journal) The Association of the German Gas Industry has awarded this year’s Innovation Prize in the “Mobility & Transport” category to the pilot test of a passenger bus that is used at Munich Airport and runs on LNG. The “Gas Innovations for the Energy Turnaround” project was developed in

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Hybrid SOFC-Turbogenerator for Aircraft Newest DOE Awardee

(Maryland Energy Innovation Institute) In the latest round of funding, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18.5M as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program. The REEACH program objective is to develop a disruptive system to convert the chemical energy contained in

November 3, 2020 Read Full Article

All Along the Watchtower: Projects, R&D, Partnerships of the Month for October 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Partnership Watch: Lummus Technology, New Hope Technologies  In Texas, Lummus Technology and New Hope Technologies today announced that the companies have entered into a cooperation agreement for the marketing and further development of a leading plastic waste conversion technology based on thermal pyrolysis. The

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

New Volkswagen Golf TGI Designed to Run on Biomethane

(Bioenergy Insight)  The new Volkswagen Golf TGI is equipped with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine and three natural gas fuel tanks, which can utilise biomethane.  The tanks are integrated into the underbody and permit a range of approximately 400 kilometres in pure natural gas mode. The engine of the ‘quasi-monovalent’ drive

October 27, 2020 Read Full Article

UAI: Vehicle Emissions Testing Shows Ethanol Blends Are Cleaner

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine) The future of vehicle emission testing is at our fingertips, literally. The use of portable emissions measurements systems (PEMS) is growing in popularity because it’s an accurate and consistent way to test emissions for real world driving conditions and real world fuels. Before PEMS, the only

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engine Technologies Achieves Successful Test Results Using Decarbonized Fuels

(ClearFlame)  Company’s clean engine technology drives reductions in particulate, CO2 emissions without complex aftertreatment systems  —  ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a start-up dedicated to the development of clean engine technology for the heavy-duty truck, off-highway and industrial markets,  today announced that it has successfully matched the torque and power of a commercial

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Porsche Researches Synthetic Fuels

(Porsche)  Although synthetic fuels are considered a realistic alternative to make car traffic more climate-friendly, availability is poor. Porsche wants to change this. “With electricity alone, you can’t move forward fast enough,” says Michael Steiner, who is in charge of R&D at Porsche. In the future, Porsche wants to significantly

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Engines Due to the Use of FAME

(LifePR)   The project “Formation of deposits and prevention of deposits of biodiesel” carried out at the University of Rostock shows that the use of biodiesel in modern engine systems leads not only to the reduction of greenhouse gases, particles and hydrocarbon emissions but also to the prevention of internal diesel

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Launches Two Consortia to Advance Hydrogen Technology

by Michael Bates (NGT News) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (­M2FCT) and the H2NEW consortia to advance fuel cell truck and hydrogen production R&D.  The announcement builds upon DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office’s (EERE’s) intention to invest up to $100 million over

October 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ballard

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today’s top story is all about hydrogen and fuel cell technology, and how Ballard is working in this fast-growing market with the company’s focus on electrification of Heavy- and Medium-Duty Motive applications. Tony Guglielmin, Vice President and CFO of Ballard shared a 184 page slide guide

October 5, 2020 Read Full Article

A Plug-In Flex Fuel Hybrid for the Nation

by Timothy J. Rudnicki (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) What would it take to cut petroleum use by at least 85 percent in the near term? What vehicle powertrain can use two renewable sources of energy and on one fill provide a range greater than 450 miles? It’s the plug-in flex fuel hybrid vehicle. As

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

What Fuel Properties Enable Higher Thermal Efficiency in Spark-Ignited Engines?

by James P.Szybist, StephenBusch, Robert L.McCormick, Josh A.Pihl, Derek A.Splitter, Matthew A.Ratcliff, Christopher P.Kolodziej, John M.E.Storey, MelanieMoses-DeBusk, DavidVuilleumier, MagnusSjöberg, C. ScottSluder, TobyRockstroh, PaulMiles (Progress in Energy and Combustion Science/Science Direct)  The Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative from the US Department of Energy aims to co-develop fuels and engines

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

2019 Project Peer Review Report Published

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the 2019 Project Peer Review on March 4–7, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. During the event, 447 projects in BETO’s research portfolio were presented in 14 simultaneous review sessions and two poster sessions. Projects were systematically reviewed by

September 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Could Soon Take Flight

by Kathiann M. Kowalski (Energy News Network) The Midwest is ready for takeoff as a leader in cleaner aviation, thanks to researchers in Ohio and elsewhere and a cleantech startup in Illinois.  —  Just as Ohioans pioneered aircraft flight more than a century ago, researchers there and elsewhere in the Midwest are

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

This Hydrogen-Powered Supercar Can Drive 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank

by Peter Valdes-Dapena (CNN Business) Hyperion, a California-based company, has unveiled a hydrogen-powered supercar the company hopes will change the way people view hydrogen fuel cell technology. The Hyperion XP-1 will be able to drive for up to 1,000 miles on one tank of compressed hydrogen gas and its electric

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Hot Off the Press: New Co-Optima Publications

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative explores how simultaneous innovations in fuels and engines can boost fuel economy and vehicle performance while reducing emissions. Co-Optima researchers publish their latest scientific findings in journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, presentations, and fact sheets. Thirteen new

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Awards SoCalGas Funding to Advance Clean Automotive Transportation

by Michael Bates (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) says the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded over $7.1 million in funding to three projects advancing clean automotive transportation technologies supported by the utility.  SoCalGas’ Research, Development & Demonstration department will provide $730,000 in additional funding for the projects, which are led

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Follow the Rainbow! The Digest Interview: Dr. Chaudhari at Praj Industries on 2020 and What the Future Holds

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The recent launch of Praj’s Bio-Prism platform comprises of renewable chemicals and materials (RCM) solutions and promises sustainability while reimagining nature. We are witnessing strong interest from various stakeholders and some of the initial discussions have steadily progresses into serious conversations about potential

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

How a Broken Carburetor Sparked a Bright Future in Biofuels for a New Hampshire High Schooler

by Jackie Pohlman (Renewable Fuels Association) What began as one high school junior’s passion project has gone on to win science fair accolades and capture our attention here at RFA for its demonstration of ethanol’s versatility in engines of all sizes. John Horangic, a junior at Bishop Brady High School in

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

A New Research Tool to Help Ensure Accurate Ethanol Data

(Urban Air Initiative) A new tool is available for researchers to help ensure accurate and consistent results when conducting fuel and emission testing. Future Fuel Strategies recently published a Fuel Blending Guide for Ethanol: Identifying Sound Practices for Acquiring or Blending Fuels for Studies of Emissions Changes. The Urban Air Initiative (UAI)

August 26, 2020 Read Full Article

ClearFlame Engine Technologies Awarded $1.1 Million Department of Energy Phase II Grant

(ClearFlame)  Funding will support R&D for clean engine technology on heavy-duty engines  —  ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a start-up company dedicated to the development of clean engine technology, has been awarded a two-year, $1.1 million Phase II grant from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The

August 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Tomorrow Arriving Today: 5 Technology Platforms to Watch for the 2020s that Are Materially Advancing Now, Despite COVID-19

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … New research shows sustainability has moved from a fringe preference into a core imperative across American life. According to a new survey from clean manufacturing leader Genomatica, 56% of Americans want brands and government to prioritize sustainability even amid health and economic turmoil, and 85%of Americans

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Can Airplanes Go Green? Val Miftakhov Flew Europe’s Largest Commercial-Grade All-Electric Passenger Plane Last Month

by Ilana Marcus (Washington Post)  … Silicon Valley start-up called ZeroAvia, envisions a future of passenger planes that fly on hydrogen-powered electricity, not jet fuel. … Miftakhov’s Piper was powered by batteries, but his company is working on integrating a hydrogen fuel cell for aviation. … Think about the hydrogen

August 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Turbocharging South Dakota’s Economy while Making Americans Healthier

by Doug Sombke and Jim Seurer (South Dakota Farmers Union/Glacial Lakes Energy/Argus Leader) During President Trump’s Fourth of July visit to Mount Rushmore, our organizations sponsored an ad in the Rapid City Journal that urged the President to “tear down the wall” that his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unlawfully erected to

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Using E85 Fuel to Power Your Electric Car

by Dick Hagen (The Land)  … So where does E85 fit into this challenge? As the fuel for a small internal combustion engine perched somewhere in your electric car which can be cranked up periodically as you motor across America. Once employed, this small engine then recharges your car battery

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Getting Aggressive with Sustainability: Municipal Fleet Cuts Emissions by Running on 100% Biodiesel

(Renewable Energy Group)  The city snowplows in Ames, Iowa, have worked in all types of winter weather. Blizzards. Ice. Subzero temperatures. You name it, they’ve been out in it. In early 2020, they did something they’ve never done before: run on fully renewable fuel. Using a simple, affordable piece of technology,

July 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Hybrid Line-Haul Locomotive under Development

(OptiFuel)   OptiFuel Systems, a system integrator of Cummins and BAE Systems hybrid power products for decarbonizing the rail, marine, and microgrid power market, is in the process of finalizing a $2.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to demonstrate a pre-production near-zero emission renewable natural gas hybrid 4,300 hp

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Praj and ARAI in Alliance to Drive Green Fuel Technologies for Transportation

(Praj Industries)  Praj Industries (Praj) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) have entered into MoU to jointly drive application development of advanced biofuels that will find usage in industry and transportation. Biofuels developed for the mobility sector will have a positive impact on environment by way of reduced carbon

July 29, 2020 Read Full Article

The EU Kick-Starts a Hydrogen Revolution with Ambitions for Hydrogen-Powered Commercial Aircraft by 2035

(GreenAir Online)  A hydrogen-powered short-range commercial passenger aircraft could be flying within Europe by 2035, finds a major new study commissioned by the EU’s public-private Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings. The published report concludes hydrogen propulsion has the potential to significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact. However,

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Classic Cars May ‘Run Better’ and Suffer Less Damage with New E10 Fuel

by Luke Chillingsworth (Express)  Classic car owners may find that new E10 fuel changes set to be introduced next year actually helps cars to ‘run better’ instead of doing damage.  —  Classic car owners may find the new petrol makes cars “less likely” to do themselves less damage than current

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Doubling for Diesel: A Novel Engine Technology

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A novel engine technology could make it possible for ethanol to be used in compression-ignition engines, opening up a potential multi-billion-gallon market. With $3 million in financing secured, Clear Flame Engines is poised for commercialization.  —  It sounds almost too good to be true,

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Ways to Reduce Costs in Integrated Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Enabling Lower-Cost Biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) just released a new report that outlines five specific, yet broadly applicable, areas of focus to reduce costs in an integrated biorefinery. This analysis builds upon ongoing R&D strategies to lower the minimum fuel selling price of biofuels to approach $2

July 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Study: EVs 3 Times More Polluting than Gas Cars in Some States

by David Iaconangelo (E&E News)  The grid may still be too coal-heavy in some parts of the United States for electric vehicles to be a better option for local air quality than gas cars, according to an analysis published yesterday by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University.

July 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Seven Projects to Accelerate Adoption of Performance-Advantaged Biofuels

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today (July 2, 2020), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks, and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions.

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

John J. Mooney: An Appreciation of Performance Directed Engineering Greatness

by Robert Kozak* (Atlantic Biomass/Advanced Biofuels USA)  I was sad to see an obituary today for the great engineer John J. Mooney.  Who was John J. Mooney you ask? He was the co-inventor of both the 2-way and the 3-way motor vehicle catalytic converter. The “3-way cat,” as it is referred

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter on Behalf of the Urban Air Initiative (UAI)

(Urban Air Initiative)  On behalf of the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), we appreciate the opportunity to comment on the above Proposed Rulemaking (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0072). UAI is a not for profit technical organization with a particular focus on automotive emissions and fuel composition. We are disappointed that EPA fails

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE to Invest in Advancement of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D DEADLINE July 31, 2020

by Michael Bates (NGT News)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has revealed its intention to invest up to $100 million over five years in two new DOE National Laboratory-led consortia to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies research and development (R&D). This funding is subject to appropriations. “Hydrogen and fuel cell

June 30, 2020 Read Full Article

An Innovative Catalyst with Pt, Re and SnO2 Nanoparticles as Anode Material in Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Polish Academy of Sciences/EurekAlert!) Scientists working at the Department for Functional Nanomaterials at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences designed and synthesized a functional ternary Pt/Re/SnO2/C catalyst as an anode material in a direct ethanol fuel cell. It was possible by synthesizing platinum, rhenium and tin

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Embracing Alcohol-based Fuels as the Key to Decarbonizing Long-Haul Trucking

by Peter Sopher (Clean Energy Ventures/Biofuels Digest)   … BloombergNEF forecast shows that the 2040 market penetration of these EVs remains a relatively small proportion of the overall fleet, especially for heavy commercial vehicles. To meet our greenhouse gas mitigation goals and impending state and national emissions regulations, we need new solutions

June 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Co-Optima’s Big Impacts for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to U.S. Dept. of Energy Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you haven’t heard of Co-Optima, you should! This U.S. DOE initiative is tackling fuel and engine research and development to maximize vehicle fuel economy – key for biofuels! From mapping lower-cost pathways to reduce emissions while developing knowledge that can be used to leverage diverse

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Validating the Need to Test Real-World Fuels

by Steve VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Urban Air Initiative)  While much of the industry’s energy has been focused on issues like Reid vapor pressure relief, a new technical paper demonstrates the need to focus on aromatics, and the fact that ethanol can reduce the need for other carcinogenic octane enhancers. …

June 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The Standoff for E30

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy may be just a block or two apart on Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C., but they are miles apart on their long-term outlook for ethanol. Seemingly disparate objectives make E30s future less clear. The good: The

June 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Ortwin Costenoble on Future Biofuels Standards in the EU

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) On this episode of the Fueling the Future podcast, I spoke with Ortwin Costenoble, senior standarization consultant with the Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN) about the recent research project commissioned by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) entitled, “Engine tests with new types of biofuels and development of biofuel

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Fugitive Methane, Eating Elephants, and Brewing Quarantine Ethanol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … We left the discussion with a hint about the potential conversion of methane to methanol, which can serve as a powerful chemical building block or, in China most prominently, as a fuel. We’ll pick up from that point today. Wolf Ron Cascone Here’s some background on methane

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article
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