Biofuel
Feb. 16, 2018 - Unlike automobiles and other light transport vehicles, airplanes face technical, safety and infrastructure challenges for being powered by electricity derived from renewable sources such as wind and power, hydrogen or fuel cell technology and will need a more energy-dense renewable fuel (i.e. bio-jet fuel). Electric aircraft are, currently, very small and are powered by batteries or photovoltaic solar panels. However, the weight and duration of power are obstacles. Electric hybrid planes will likely be utilized before full electric airplanes. Decarbonizing the aviation sector via switching to more energy-dense biofuel could, however, play an important role in reducing atmospheric CO2 concentration across the country while transitioning to a future energy system.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Cincinnati-based plant sciences company Agragen, LLC, predicts that the recent surge in oil prices will soon permit biofuels derived camelina oil to be on parity with petroleum-derived fuels in costs.
Jan. 10, 2018 - Aries Clean Energy LLC, designer of the world’s largest downdraft gasification plant, today announced that it has issued approximately $21.4 million of new equity led by existing investors and received additional capital commitments from Spring Lane Capital of $25 million for equity in future gasification projects. Proceeds from the offering will be used to fund project development, retire debt and other general corporate purposes. Spring Lane Capital is a private equity firm focused on project finance investments for smaller-scale solutions in the energy, water, food and waste industries.
Jan. 3, 2018 - Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
Dec. 21, 2017 - Scientists have developed a bioprocess that enables conversion of acid whey, a dairy by-product, without the use of additional chemicals. Professor Lars Angenent from the Center of Applied Geosciences at the University of Tübingen in Germany and international colleagues used microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. The new bio-oil can be used in animal feed or, after further refinement, as a fuel for airplanes. The results of the study were published in Joule, a new premier journal from CellPress.
Dec. 15, 2017 - Steeper Energy, a Danish-Canadian clean-fuel company, is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $76.8-million industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway leading to a future commercial scale project.
Dec. 6, 2017 - The mass manufacture of biofuels could hold the key to greener, more environmentally sound energy, transportation and product options. Scientists have previously engineered metabolic pathways of microbes, making them tiny biofuel factories. Now, new research from an engineer at Washington University in St. Louis further refines the process, stitching together the best bits of several different bacteria to synthesize a new biofuel product that matches current engines better than previously produced biofuels.
Nov. 28, 2017 - UPS has announced an agreement with Big Ox Energy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Environmental Energy Capital LLC) to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) per year. This is the largest investment in RNG to date for the company, and the agreement runs through 2024. Use of RNG yields up to a 90 per cent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional diesel.
Nov. 20, 2017 - Farmers in Australia will soon be growing a Canadian oilseed used to make bio jet fuel thanks to a new “farm to flight” deal between Quebec-based Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., and Qantas Airlines.
Nov. 16, 2017 - After 10 years of research, U.S.-based Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) delivered solid results this fall. As in solid biofuels. By the ton.
Nov. 13, 2017 - The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is partnering with industry to develop a new technology that will enable long-haul trucks to use low-carbon fuel.
Nov. 10, 2017 - Ohio engineered fuel and waste-to-energy company Vexor Technology announced today its board of directors has appointed Mario Romero as Chief Executive Officer. Steve Berry will continue with Vexor as a board member, shareholder and in a senior leadership role focusing his efforts on business development and achieving our strategic mission of growth through additional Vexor Engineered Fuel facilities, as well as, developing additional outlets for the engineered fuel produced from our existing facilities.
Nov. 7, 2017 - Enerkem Inc. has received approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).
Oct. 16, 2017 - Qantas has announced its Los Angeles based aircraft will be powered by biofuel from 2020, reducing the airline’s carbon emissions on its services operating between the U.S. and Australia.
Oct. 4, 2017 - Quebec-based pyrolysis plant Xylo-Carbone is receiving $1.5 million in funding from the Quebec Government to build a charcoal production plant that will produce bio-coal products.
Sept. 22, 2017 - Two new studies show that generating energy from ethanol industry byproducts can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy.  Reports from the studies are available at http://trestleenergy.com/economic-analysis.
Sept. 22, 2017 - Canada’s forestry and agriculture offer an abundant source of biomass supporting our nation to become a global leader in the burgeoning bioeconomy. This biomass can be transformed into a myriad of useful products such as biomaterials, biochemicals, biofuels, renewable natural gas, and bioenergy that can provide alternatives to the traditional petrochemical products.
Sept. 18, 2017 - FutureMetrics has a new white paper on how a low-tech renewable solid fuel is an important component of the pathway to a more decarbonized future.
Sept. 15, 2017 - Enerkem has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, the company announced today.
Sept. 12, 2017 - Plant-derived sustainable fuel sources could contribute to near-term U.S. energy security and independence. However, weather conditions could greatly affect crop yields, according to a new study.
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