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DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
Date: 2020-07-10
In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

"In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted,, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Syngas,  

DTU IDs CO2 Capturing Enzymes (Int'l. R&D, New Tech & Prod.)
Technical University of Denmark,
Date: 2020-06-08
Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU Bioengineering report they have identified a number of enzymes that can capture CO2 and transform it into sustainable chemicals with the use of electricity from the wind turbines. The specific enzymes can effectively convert carbon dioxide into formic acid and then into methanol.

The DTU Bioengineering scientists contend that Denmark can become a market leader if there is a high production of the particular enzymes.

According to the researchers, 200 tonnes of the enzyme can capture one million tpd of CO2. A new technology needs to be developed to produce enzymes on a large scale, the DTU release notes. (Source: DTU Bioengineering , CPH Post, 6 June, 2020) Contact: DTU Bioengineering, (+45) 4525 2600 ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  

Renewables Infrastructure Snares French Wind Farm for €30Mn (M&A)
Renewables Infrastructure,Envision Energy
Date: 2019-04-01
In the UK, Isle of Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd is reporting the €30 million acquisition of the 40-MW Tille et Venelle wind farm which is under construction in Burgundy, France. The purchase includes construction costs and net of project level debt financing.

The wind farm, which expected to come online in Q1, 2020, will incorporate 16, Chinese built Envision Energy EN-131 turbines with a capacity of 2.5 megawatts each. (Source: Renewables Infrastructure Group Ltd., Morningstar, 29 Mar., 2019) Contact: Renewable Infrastructure Group,; Envision Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure,  Wind,  Envision Energy,  Envision Wind Turbine ,  

Experimental Ducted Turbine Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Ducted Turbines International
Date: 2019-03-11
In the Empire State, Potsdam-based Ducted Turbines International (DTI) is reporting plans to produce the first commercially-viable "ducted" wind turbine.

DTI's wind turbine has a 3-meter-diameter rotor, comprising an aluminum hub and three CFRP composite blades, with a surrounding 3.7-meter-diameter GFRP duct -- shroud -- that increases airflow through the turbine blades. The duct was manufactu Empire Fiberglass Products Inc., and Vistex Composites fabricated the CFRP blades with partial grant funding from the National Science Foundation .

When Small Wind Certification Council certified and fully commercialized, the DTI turbine is expected to sell for around $24,000, with two units generating sufficient to power the a average home. (Source: Ducted Turbines International, Composites Manufacturing, 8 Mar., 2019) Contact: Ducted Turbines International, Paul Pavone, Business Dev.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  

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