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Oman Cooking Oil-to-Biofuel Plant Near Completion (Int'l.)
WAKUD,Green Fuels Ltd,
Date: 2021-03-22
WAKUD International is reporting its used cooking oil-to-biofuel plant at Khazaen Economic City in Oman is near completion and expected to begin operation in June. 2021. The facility is the first of its kind in Oman.

The project is a joint venture in partnership with London, UK-based biodiesel equipment supplier Green Fuels Ltd.

WAKUD International is a joint venture between Carbon Management Services LLC, Green Fuels, and Maher Al Habsi aiming to build a biofuel ecosystem in the Middle East starting with Oman, according to the company website. (Source: WAKUD International, Website PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: WAKUD International, Maher Al Habsi, CEO, info@wakud.com, www.wakud.com; Green Fuels Ltd, + 44 (0) 333 011, 8522www.greenfuels.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuels Ltd,  ,  WAKUD,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


Jet Zero Council Commits £15Mn to Waste-to-Aviation Fuels (Funding)
Jet Zero Council
Date: 2021-03-17
The UK Jet Zero Council is touting its "Green Fuels, Green Skies" competition to support UK companies as they pioneer new technologies to convert household rubbish, waste wood and excess electricity into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The £15 million competition is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to "build back better, support green job and accelerate the path to net zero."

The government's Future flight Challenge has committed £125 million funding over 4 years. This has been matched by £175 million from industry to develop "green aviation." .

Download Green Fuel, Green Skies competition details HERE. (Source: Jet Zero Council, Mar., 2021) Contact: Jet Zero Council, JetZeroCouncilSecretariat@dft.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/groups/jet-zero-council

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Zero Council,  Green Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


Priority Power Snares Satori Energy Solutions (M&A, Ind. Report)
Priority Power Management, Satori Energy Solutions
Date: 2021-02-01
Texas-based Priority Power Management, LLC, an independent energy management services and consulting firm, is reporting acquisition of Chicago-headquartered Satori Energy Solutions, LLC.

Satori provides expertise and service to more than 55,000 industrial, municipal, and residential clients in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. The company's capabilities span the spectrum of Energy Structuring and Market Intelligence Operations, including: energy procurement, market price monitoring, contract administration, review, and negotiation, transaction due diligence, demand-side curtailment program evaluation, energy and invoice auditing, capacity PLC notification, budgeting and forecasting, and utility account and service setup.

Satori also has experience and expertise in energy transition, from sustainable energy and energy resiliency solutions, including community solar aggregation and behind-the-meter installations, to purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and carbon offsets, LEED certification, and ENERGY STAR® Certification and energy benchmarking.

Priority Power is the #1 Independent Energy Solutions Provider focused on Energy Infrastructure, Energy Transition Program Management, Market Intelligence Operations, and Energy Structuring. Priority serves over 1,600 clients, totaling $2.4/BN in energy spend across 37 states. Priority is backed by Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in decarbonization investments in the industrial and manufacturing, chemicals and materials, energy efficiency and green fuels, and the food and agriculture sectors. (Source: Priority Power Management, LLC, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Ara Partners, (917) 439-3507, www.arapartners.com; Priority Power Management, LLC, John J. Bick, Managing Principal, (972) 314-9040, JBick@PriorityPower.net , www.prioritypower.net; Satori Energy Solutions, 312-850-2300, www.satorienergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Alfa Laval Joins Zero Carbon Shipping Organization (Int'l.)
International Maritime Organization,Alfa Laval
Date: 2021-01-29
Lund, Sweden-headquartered fluids handling specialist Alfa Laval reports it has joined the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping advisory board.

The collaboration will focus on accelerating the development of low- and zero-carbon technologies and fuels through joint projects and activities such as the recently announced "SOFC4Maritime" green fuels program.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is targeting a 50 pct reduction of vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions amd overall decarbonization od the martime shipping industry by by 2050. (Source: Alfa Laval, PR, VPO, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center, Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO, info@zerocarbonshipping.com, www.zerocarbonshipping.com; Alfa Laval, +46 46 36 65 10, www.alfalaval.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Marine Biofuel,  Alfa Laval,  


IHI Touts Amonia-Natural Gas Green Fuel Blend (Int'l. Report)
NEDO, IHI Corporation
Date: 2021-01-06
Tokyo-headquartered IHI Corporation, f.k.a. Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.,reports it has developed technology for the co-firing of natural gas and ammonia for thermal power generation. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burnt and could potentially slash CO2 emissions by more than half.

According to Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which commissioned IHI to develop the technology, the development marks the first time a 60 pct ammonia fuel has been used in a large power-generating facility.

As previously reported, the Japanese government is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 and considers ammonia as a fuel to help achieve that goal. (Source: IHI, NHK World News, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: IHI, +81-3-6204-7800, www.ihi.co.jp/en; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  CO2 Emissions,  Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


India Advancing 20 pct Ethanol-Petrol Blend Rate (Int'l. Report)
India Ethanol Blend
Date: 2020-12-21
In New Delhi, the Indian central government has proposed to advance the deadline for blending 20 pct ethanol in petrol from the previously announced 2030 to as early as 2023 to allow India's sugar mills to convert excess sugarcane or sugar for producing higher quantity of ethanol required for blending with petrol.

The government previously targeted 10 pct ethanol blending by 2022 and 20 per cent by 2030.

As part of reworked plan on bio fuels, the ministry of road transport and highways has already published a draft notification for introducing the adoption of E20 fuel, ie, blend of 20 pct ethanol with petrol, and has sought comments from the public. Apart from facilitating adoption of green fuel, E20 blending would also cut down India's crude oil import costs and boost the ethanol economy. (Source: IANS, PR, Punjab Times, 21 Dec., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News India,  B20,  Ethanol Blend,  


Green Fuels, Aris Bioenergy Ink Indian Biodiesel MoU (Int'l. Report)
Green Fuels, Aris Bioenergy
Date: 2020-11-09
In the UK, Green Fuels Ltd. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai, India-based Aris Bioenergy committing the two companies to a biodiesel refining joint venture in India.

Under the agreement, the two firms have formed a company to process used cooking oil into biodiesel using a Green Fuels FuelMatic GSX20 biorefinery to be located in an industrial zone between Mumbai and Pune.

The joint venture is currently in the tendering process to supply the offtake from this and future plants to India's three state-operated oil marketing companies. (Source: Green Fuels Contact: Green Fuels , James Hygate, CEO, +44 333 011 8522, www.greenfuels.co.uk; Aris Bioenergy, +91 7304745554, frontoffice@arisbioenergy.com, www.arisbioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuels,  Aris Bioenergy,  Biodiesel,  


UK's Green Fuels Recognized for COVID Related Work (Int'l.)
Green Fuel
Date: 2020-10-02
In the UK, Green Fuels Ltd reports receipt of €86,000 ($100,000) in grant funding to support and amplify the impact of its work as a global producer of sustainable transport fuels and its work in addressing the immediate and long term challenges resulting from used cooking oil and other organic wastes collection for biofuel production on the global pandemic.

"Green Fuels has been pioneering the technology and chemistry of sustainable fuels since 2003. Waste-derived biodiesel is one of the most carbon-efficient fuels available, and Green Fuels equipment has displaced an estimated 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions (CO2 equivalents) to date. The company was founded from a desire to transition from the use of fossil fuels into net zero carbon fuels -- a mission that is embedded into everything we do," according to the company website. (Source: Green Fuels Ltd., PR Website, Sept., 2020) Contact: Green Fuels , James Hygate, CEO, +44 333 011 8522, www.greenfuels.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel news,  Biodiesel news,  


Velocys Joining BIO, RTFA Trade Groups (Ind. Report)
Velocys
Date: 2020-09-11
UK-based renewable fuels specialist Velocys Plc reports it will join the new Renewable Transport Fuel Association (RTFA) and the Washington, DC-headquartered Biotechnology Innovation Organisation's (BIO) Industrial and Environmental Section Governing Board.

The UK-based RTFA is primarily comprised of greener transportation fuel producers and suppliers and supports rapid action to decarbonise transport through the uptake of low carbon fuels.

BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organisations globally. (Source: Velocys, Sept., 2020) Contact: Velocys Plc, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, [endlink]www.velocys.com[endlink]; BIO,
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Velocys,  BIO,  Biofuel,  Velocys,  BIO,  Biofuel,  Praj Industries news,  Alternative Fuel news,  CNG news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


Clariant Catalysts Power Ineratec's Green Fuel Tech (Int'l.)
Ineratec,Clariant
Date: 2020-07-10
Munich-headquartered Clariant reports it is partnering with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) spin-out Ineratec to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

Clariant will provide catalysis expertise to support Ineratec's gas-to-liquids process that combines hydrogen generated from renewable power, with CO2 to form CO2-neutral synthetic hydrocarbons and fuels. The technology relies on Clariant's catalysts to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals, fuels, and additives -- Clariant's HyProGen® R-70 produces renewable syngas via reverse water-gas-shift -- an essential step in the conversion of 'green hydrogen' and CO2 to 'green fuels' and Clariant's signature methanol catalyst, MegaMax® to generate renewable methanol which can be used as fuel additive, solvent, or as raw material for 'green chemical'. For the production of renewable synthetic natural gas (SNG), the catalyst METH® 134 supports the efficient hydrogenation of CO2 to methane, according to CLariant. (Source: Clariant News, Website, 8 July, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Stefanie Nehlsen, Global Trade Media Relations, +41 61 469 63 63, www.clariant.com; Ineratec, +49 721 864 84460, www.ineratec.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Syngas,  Sustainable Fuel,  


NASA, USask Tout Newly Developed Green Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
NASA,University of Saskatchewan
Date: 2020-04-27
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the developement and testing of a new technology which turns waste into "green" fuel for possible use on the International Space Station and in long term space missions.

Developed in a recent collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the high-quality fuel gas mixture is made from crop and forestry residues, food waste, cattle manure, petroleum, and petrochemical waste.

Consisting of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane, the syngas can be used as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, green diesel and other applications. (Source: NASA, Gasworld, 24 April, 2020) Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda,Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  NASA,  Green Fuel,  University of Saskatchewan,  Ajay Dalai,  


Univ. Sask. Advances Waste-to-Green Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
University of Saskatchewan
Date: 2020-04-22
On the Canadian prairies, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are reporting the production of a high-quality syngasa fuel gas mixture, using crop and forestry residues, food waste such as cooking oil, municipal solid waste, cattle manure, petroleum and petrochemical waste, and even scrap tires using a process called supercritical water gasification.

Unlike traditional methods that cause the emission of harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, the CO2 produced in the USask process helps plants produce oxygen, potentially making it a carbon neutral technology. While the researchers expect to see their improved water-based technology to be commercialized in three to five years, this method is not widespread yet due to high maintenance costs -- the salt in food waste corrodes the production tanks, according to the release.

The research is funded by the federal agency NSERC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Saskatchewan government’s Agriculture Development Fund, Mitacs, and a few companies in the agriculture and energy sector. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Star Phoenix ,20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda, Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  Green Fuel,  


Biomass-Acetone, Light Creates Green Jet Fuel Additive (Ind Report)
Loa Alamos National Lab
Date: 2020-01-27
Take biomass-derived acetone -- common nail polish remover -- use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons and you have a domestically generated product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel to fly while providing environmental benefits.

There are many challenges in using acetone for fuels applications, the paper notes. Its volatility precludes its direct use as a fuel, and it requires chemical upgrading to be suitable for introduction into the fuel supply, as acetone has a nasty habit of dissolving engine parts and O-rings. So by upgrading the initial product to a cyclobutane, a potentially safer and more energy-dense fuel is created, while reducing the hydrogen input required for upgrading a bio-derived feedstock.

"Reducing high-pressure hydrogen treatment in synthesizing renewable fuels is important, because most hydrogen is derived from using steam to reform natural gas, which generates carbon dioxide," according to the release.

The LANL research was funded through the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) through ChemCatBio: Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium. (Source: Los Alamos National Laboratory, PR, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Los Alamos National Laboratory, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News LANL,  Los Alamos National Lab,  Green Fuel,  Green Jet Fuel,  


On the Way to Green Fuels? Israelis Grow CO2 Consuming Bacteria (Int'l Report, R&D)
Weizmann Institute of Science
Date: 2019-12-02
In Israel, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed bacteria that survives solely on carbon dioxide (CO2) from their surroundings, instead of their regular food. The findings point to the possible future development of carbon-neutral alternative fuels.

The study , which was reported in the scientific journal Cell identified crucial genes for the process of carbon fixation, through which plants take carbon from CO2 to turn it into biomass. The research team added and rewired the needed genes to the bacteria. They also inserted a gene that allowed the bacteria to get energy from a readily available substance called formate, which can be produced directly from electricity and air.

The bacteria were gradually weaned off the sugar they were used to consuming and developed a taste for CO2. The researchers believe that the bacteria's new diet could ultimately be healthy for the planet.

biotech companies use corn syrup for cell cultures to produce commodity chemicals. Such cells could be induced to live on a diet of CO2 and electricity and spare the large amounts of corn syrup they live on today.

According to the study, bacteria could be further adapted to use renewable electricity, rather than taking their energy from a substance such as formate, and then store energy for later use. Such bio-fuel would be carbon-neutral, a crucial green development in the battle against climate change. (Source: Weizmann Institute of Science,The Jewish Press, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: Weizmann Institute of Science, Professor Ron Milo, +972-8-934-9106 www.weizmann.ac.il

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Biofuel,  


Indonesia Aims to Expand Palm Oil Fuel Production (Int'l Report)
Indonesian National Energy Committee
Date: 2019-11-08
Speaking at the 15th Indonesian Palm Oil Conference recently held in Bali,the Indonesian National Energy Committee Secretary General Djoko Siswanto reported Indonesia is testing palm oil green fuel production at refineries in Dumai and Plaju, and looks to put bio-fuel, including aviation fuel products, on the market by 2022 or 2023.

According to the statement, only 12 pct of the country's refineries produce bio-fuel and the industry is seeking domestic and foreign investors to build more refineries and expand production especially in regions close to oil palm plantations in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Separately, Indonesia's 30 pct biodiesel - petroleum blend policy will come into force in Jan. 2020, and will increase domestic palm oil consumption by roughly 3 million tpy. (Source: Indonesian National Energy Committee , VNA, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Indonesian National Energy Committee , +622 152921, www.den.go.id/index.php

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Palm Oil,  Green Fuel,  Indonesia Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


American Green Fuels Cutting Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
American GreenFuels,Kolmar
Date: 2019-08-28
In New Haven, Conn., waste restaurant cooking oil-to- biodiesel producer American Green Fuels/Kolmar, fka American Green Leaf, reports it is reducing projected production at its New Haven plant for Q4 2019. The company noted uneconomical feedstock prices and continued policy uncertainty from both Congress and the EPA were factors in its production slowdown. (Source: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, New Haven Independent, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, Kevin Luddy, CFO, Mikulas Gasparik, VP Operations, (203) 873-2149, www.americangreenfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American GreenFuels,  Kolmar,  Biodiesel,  


Wind Turbine Maker Goldwind Joins Chinese Hydrogen Plan (Int'l.)
Goldwind
Date: 2019-07-22
In Beijing, Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind reports it has become one of the first partners in a wind-to-hydrogen project in the city of Baicheng, Jilin province, northeast China.

The project plans to eventually deploy 20 GW of wind turbines producing green fuel for a clean transportation system. The Baicheng project -- which also plans to include 15 GW of solar PV -- is the largest yet announced in China to explicitly integrate renewable generation and hydrogen infrastructure within a "hydrogen valley" producing more than one million tonnes of the fuel annually by 2035. (Source: Goldwind, PR,reve, 20 July, 2019) Contact: Goldwind, www.goldwindglobal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind,  Wind,  Hydrogen ,  


NASA, SpaceX Report Green Propellant Infusion Mission (Ind. Report)
NASA,SpaceX
Date: 2019-06-12
NASA is reporting development of a cost-effective, non-toxic fuel that will be used in a future Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) launch of Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon Heavy spacecraft.

The safe to handle green fuel, which features a mixture of hydroxyl ammonium nitrate and an oxidizer, was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in California. The new fuel also delivers almost 50 pct better performance than hydrazine, allowing a spacecraft to travel for a longer period of time even with minimal fuel onboard.

According to Sacramento-headquartered Aeorojet Rocketdyne, the company that developed the propulsion system for the GPIM, the company will focus on building similar systems that can cater the new green fuel. (Source: NASA, International Business Times, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Aeorojet Rocketdyne, Fred Wilson, www.rocket.com; NASA, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov; SpaceX, www.spacex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aeorojet Rocketdyne,  NASA,  


SODRA Earmarks €1.9Mn for Sustainable Transport Solutions (Int'l)
Sodra,Silva Green Fuel
Date: 2019-03-27
Further to our April 11, 2018 coverage, Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer cooperative SODRA reports it has earmarked €1.9 million to cover additional costs related to the development of fossil-free transport fuel solutions and to reach its 2016 fossil-free transportation targets by 2030.

SODRA previously committed to investing in liquid biofuel production through its joint ventures SunPine and Norway's Silva Green Fuel, as well as by producing its own biomethanol. SunPine was first in the world to extract biodiesel from crude tall oil. (Source: SODRA, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sodra, Henrik Brodin, Project Mgr., +46 (0) 70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com; SunPine, +46 911 23 28 00, www.sunpine.se/en; Silva Green Fuel, + 47 24 06 70 00, www.silvagreenfuel.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silva Green Fuel,  SunPine,  Clean Transportation Fuel,  Sodra,  Biofuel,  


European Commission Bans Palm Oil Biofuel Subsidies (Int'l Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2019-03-15
This week in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) concluded that the cultivation of palm oil, primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia, results in excessive deforestation and accordingly should not be eligible for subsidies or count toward EU renewable transport targets for national governments. Such a ban on counting toward the target -- a 32 pct share of renewable energy by 2030 -- will likely occasion the phase-out the use of of palm oil-based fuel's in Europe.

The EC concluded that 45 percent of the expansion of palm oil production since 2008 led to destruction of forests, wetlands or peatlands and resultant greenhouse gas releases.

The EC has added a number of exemptions which mean some palm oil could still be promoted as a green fuel, under certain conditions including allowing additional palm oil production coming from yield increases or produced on unused land to still qualify as green.

Although once seen as the main tool by which the EU could decarbonize road transport, and given generous subsidies under the 28-member trading bloc's Renewable Energy Directive over a decade ago, many environmentalists are reportedly pushing the EU to ban crop-based biofuels and move instead to incentivizing second-generation, cellulosic biofuels. (Source: EU, European Biodiesel Board, Successful Farning, Forbes, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  European Biodiesel Board,  


Etihad Flies First Flight Using UAE-made Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
Etihad Airways
Date: 2019-01-18
Following up on our November 3rd, 2017 coverage, Abu Dhabi, UEA-based Etihad Airways reports it has flown the world's first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable biofuel derived from plants grown in saltwater.

The biofuel was produced in the UAE by the not-for-profit Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology. The biofuel fuel was derived from oil in Salicornia plants grown on the two-hectare Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) farm -- a desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater -- in Masdar City. (Source: Etihad Airways, Trade Arabia News, 17 Jan., 2019)Contact: Etihad Aviation Group, Corporate Affairs, +971 50 818 9596, www.theetihadaviationgroup.com, www.etihad.com; Masdar Institute of Science and Technology Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Etihad Airways,  Green Fuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


AU, UA Partner on Bio-based Fuel Additive Project (R&D Report)
Auburn Universit
Date: 2018-10-22
Researchers at Auburn University (AU) and the University of Alabama (UA) are working on a bio-based additive to make diesel fuel burn cleaner as part of a $2 million U.S. DOE funded project. The Auburn project is part of about $10 million in funding from the DOE for the co-optimization of engines and fuels.

The AU project focuses on a process to efficiently produce a bio-based fuel additive called "butyl acetate" -- a naturally occurring organic compound in various fruit but that can also be produced in a lab. The traditional petrochemical-based production is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly, according to Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn's College of Agriculture.

Auburn researchers have developed a process using a genetically engineered strain of the bacteria Clostridium that has resulted the highest butyl acetate production ever reported in a microbial host. A patent has been filed from this work.

The additive can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Blends with different amounts of butyl acetate will be studied by the engineering researchers at UA.(Source: Auburn University, Tuscaloosa News, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: Auburn University, Prof. Ajay K. Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering, www.eng.ua.edu/people/aagrawal

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US DOE,  Clean Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Fuel,  


American Green Fuels/Kolmar Expands Production (Ind. Report)
American Green Fuels, American Green Leaf
Date: 2018-10-19
In New Haven, Conn., waste restaurant cooking oil-to- biodiesel producer American Green Fuels/Kolmar, fka American Green Leaf, reports it has increased biodiesel production over the past year from 20 million gpy to 36 million gpy with the aid of a $20 million infusion of private investment for upgrades and new equipment.

When it opened in 2013, American Green Leaf received start-up support from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The operation was acquired in 2015 by Bridgeport-based Kolmar, a commodities trading firm and an original American Green Leaf partner. (Source: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, New Haven Independent, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: American Green Fuels/Kolmar, Kevin Luddy, CFO, Mikulas Gasparik, VP Operations, (203) 873-2149, www.americangreenfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Green Fuels,  Biodiesel,  American Green Leaf,  


Ottawa Launches Green Jet Fuel Innovation Competition (Ind. Report)
Biofuel
Date: 2018-08-20
The Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi has launched the Canadian Federal (Liberal) government's initiative to support and encourage Canadian innovation in the field of low-carbon aviation biofuels.

Under the 18-month competition, innovators can win $2 million apiece for four teams that develop the most innovative solutions to produce economical and environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. An additional $5 million grand prize is on the line, as well as a Cross-Canada Flight Competition where the first to fuel a Canadian commercial flight using a minimum 10 pct blend of Canadian-made biojet fuel will win $1 million.

The Canadian aviation industry has targeted a 50 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Global News, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, 613-992-1013, Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca , amarjeetsohi.ca, https://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister/honourable-amarjeet-sohi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Green Fuel,  


Spark Power Jumps on Bullfrog Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, Buufrog Power
Date: 2018-07-05
Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp. (CGAC), a special purpose acquisition corporation, reports Toronto-based independent electrical power services and solutions company Spark Power Corp has acquired Toronto-headquartered green energy provider Bullfrog Power. Spark Power, its subsidiaries, and Bullfrog will continue to operate under their respective brand names and Bullfrog's management team.

Bullfrog has put more than three million MWh of green electricity on the grid, injected more than six million GJ of green natural gas on the pipeline and put more than 700,000 litres of green fuel onto the Canadian fuel system. Bullfrog has also supported 140 or more community-based green energy projects Canada wide and has displaced more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the environment.

Spark Power serves more than 4,500 industrial, commercial, institutional, renewable and agricultural customers, as well as utility markets including municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals across North America. (Source: Canaccord Genuity Acquisition Corp, PR, CNW, 4 July, 2018) Contact: Spark Power, Andrew Clark, co-CEO, www.sparkpower.ca; Bullfrog Power, Ron Seftel, CEO, Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com; www.bullfrogpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


Velocys' Miss. Biorefinery Seeks Partners, Investors (Ind. Report)
Velocys
Date: 2018-05-25
The UK-based landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it is seeking one or more strategic investors for a woody biomass-to-fuel biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi, the final investment decision (FID) for which is now expected in the second half of 2019.

The company's £759,000 ($1 million) revenue in 2017 came mainly from the lease of catalyst to and engineering support for Envia Energy's plant in Oklahoma City, which uses the Velocys Fischer-Tropsch (FT) system, and revenues from feasibility studies, predominantly for a UK waste-to-jet fuel project, accordinb to the company. (Source: Velocys, Renewables Now, Others, 24 May, 2018) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840-- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuel,  Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  

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