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Re: Biofuels thread

Sat May 07, 2016 2:39 pm

RegGuheert wrote:EU Scraps Biofuel Targets:
EU laws requiring member states to use “at least 10%” renewable energy in transport will be scrapped after 2020, the European Commission confirmed, hoping to set aside a protracted controversy surrounding the environmental damage caused by biofuels.

Glad to see a pushback against food/feed-crop biofuels. On a more sustainable note, via GCC:
DOE to award up to $90M for integrated biorefinery projects
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/05 ... oeibr.html

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. (DE-FOA-0001232) . . . .

The FOA will include three topic areas:

    Pilot scale production of biofuels from high impact cellulosic, algal, or biogas feedstocks. Minimum feedstock throughput must be 1 dry metric ton (DMT) per day or equivalent throughput of algal biomass or biogas. Bioproducts and biopower are only allowed as co-products from the facility.

    Demonstration scale production of Biofuels from high impact cellulosic, algal, or biogas feedstocks. Minimum feedstock throughput must be 50 DMT per day or equivalent of algal biomass or biogas. Bioproducts and biopower are only allowed as co-products from the facility.

    Production of either biopower or biofuels from biosolids and other allowable Wet Waste Feedstock streams. Bioproducts are also allowed as co-products from the facility. Minimum feedstock throughput must be 1 DMT per day.

No plant based material that is generally intended for use as food or animal feed may be employed as a feedstock. The determining factor will be the typical use of the material in commerce. . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Wed May 11, 2016 12:45 pm

Via GCC:
Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization releases final report on 6-year project
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/05 ... bcomm.html

. . . CAB-Comm was established in 2010 through a competitive award from the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to conduct research to enable commercial viability of algae-based biofuels. (Earlier post.) CAB-Comm focused on three key aspects of algal biofuels production: development of genetic tools, crop protection, and nutrient utilization and recycling.

One of the most significant of CAB-Comm’s achievements was developing a full suite of genetic tools for cyanobacteria, green algae, and diatoms. CAB-Comm has since made these tools publicly available through the Life Technologies catalog, where more than 150 algae products are now listed and available for world-wide distribution. . . .

In addition to accomplishments in basic research, CAB-Comm engaged the commercial sector to develop and demonstrate the production of high-value, sustainable fossil fuel replacement products. . . .

A quick skim indicates heavy on basic research, basically nothing at the commercialization stage (but have fun with the surfboard made of algae-based polyurethane :lol: ).
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Re: Biofuels thread

Thu May 12, 2016 3:24 pm

Via GCC:
Air Canada and Biojet Supply Chain Initiative choose Montréal-Trudeau Airport for aviation biofuel project
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/05 ... anada.html

Air Canada announced that Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) will be held at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. It is a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 liters of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system.

Previous Air Canada biofuel flights used biojet that was segregated from regular jet fuel and loaded separately into an aircraft via tanker truck. By contrast, CBSCI’s objective is to start developing a more efficient operational framework that will introduce biojet into a multi-user, co-mingled airport fuel supply system. . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Tue May 24, 2016 4:27 pm

Via GCC:
IH2 technology licensed to India-based SunLight Fuels; liquid hydrocarbon fuels from bagasse
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/05 ... 4-ih2.html

Sunlight Fuels Private Limited (Sunlight Fuels), headquartered in New Delhi, India, has entered into a second-stage Front End Loading (FEL-2) license agreement for IH2 (Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion) technology with a Singapore-based affiliate of CRI Catalyst Company LP (CRI), a global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group. IH2 technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process which produces fungible hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural, forest and sorted municipal residues. (Earlier post.)

The Sunlight Fuels agreement is the first IH2 FEL-2 license granted in India for a commercial-scale plant. The plant will be designed with the potential to convert 500 tonnes/day of dry bagasse into approximately 150 tonnes/day of liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuel. Bagasse is the fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks of sugarcane. Because only the inedible residue is used in the IH2 process, there is no direct competition between food and fuel. The plant is being engineered to sit adjacent to an operating sugar mill, with only the residual bagasse entering the new IH2 process facility. . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Thu May 26, 2016 4:40 pm

Via GCC:
Renewable diesel: 90 percent lower carbon emissions than regular diesel, Neste claims
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/110 ... ste-claims

The lifecycle carbon emissions of renewable diesel fuel are significantly lower than those of conventional diesel, says a new study from a company that sells the renewable version.
Consider the source applies.

Neste's diesel fuel can be used in both cars and heavy-duty trucks. Today, it sells the renewable diesel in parts of Northern California. The company recently analyzed the overall carbon footprint of its fuels and others.
It looked at the "well-to-wheels" carbon emissions, including those related to its manufacturing process.

Neste found that the overall carbon-dioxide emissions for its renewable diesel averaged 10 grams per kilometer, compared to 100g per km for conventional diesel. . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Sat May 28, 2016 11:12 am

Via GCC:
USDA awarding $8.8M to 108 companies to support the production of advanced biofuel
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/05 ... -usda.html

. . . Payments are made to biofuels producers based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstocks include crop residue, food and yard waste, vegetable oil, and animal fat. . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:53 pm

Via GCC:
Harvard “bionic leaf 2.0” exceeds efficiency of photosynthesis in nature; hydrogen and liquid fuels
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/06 ... rvard.html

Via GCC:
RIT and Synergy Biogas partner on algae for wastewater cleanup and biofuel production
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/06 ... 3-rit.html
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Re: Biofuels thread

Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:43 pm

Via GCC:
Global companies form below50 to scale up low-carbon sustainable fuels; Audi in from automotive sector
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/06 ... low50.html

Global companies are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) in a new global initiative called below50, to promote the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions, and to scale-up their development and use.

A key outcome of the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi), below50 is intended to grow a global corporate market for sustainable low-carbon transport fuels (LCTFs). Any company which produces, uses and/or invests in fuels that are at least 50% less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50.

Companies must publicly commit to the campaign, show evidence that supports their claim, and disclose their progress towards achieving this goal. . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:13 pm

Follow-on from earlier post, via GCC:
EPIC Fuels supports Alaska Airlines and Gevo commercial aviation flights with alcohol-to-jet fuel
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/06 ... -epic.html

EPIC Fuels, a fuel supplier to the general and commercial aviation industries, provided expertise in fuel blending as well as technical and logistical support to Alaska and Gevo, Inc., a next generation biofuels company, to enable the first commercial flights using a blend of petroleum based fuel and Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). . . .

After blending traditional jet fuel with Gevo’s patented ATJ, the 20% fuel mix was tested at an ASTM-approved laboratory. EPIC also worked with Swissport Refueling at Sea-Tac to ensure all requirements were met for both ASTM testing and on airport operations for this fuel.

The results met the required specifications for ASTM 1655 jet fuel and were cleared for use on two Boeing 737s in Alaska’s fleet. The two flights were Alaska Airlines flight 2 from Seattle (SEA) to Washington DC (IAD) and flight 388 from Seattle to San Francisco (SFO), both on 7 June . . . .
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Re: Biofuels thread

Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:39 pm

Via GCC:
New report suggests bioenergy crops are not a risk to food production
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2016/06 ... nergy.html

In a new report, researchers have challenged the belief that growing crops for bioenergy will cut food production, a concern they say is stalling new schemes. The report also identifies five ways that countries as diverse as the United States and Brazil can achieve their targets to increase energy security, foster rural economic development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Experts contributed from ten institutions across Africa, Europe and America, including the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Bank and Imperial College London in the UK. . . .

I'll have to find time to read the report, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 12366/full

as the knowledge I've acquired to date indicates the opposite.
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