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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels


Feedstock Tradeoffs [Biofuels]

Biofuels Journal, 1st Quarter 2016, by Jerry Perkins. -- jump to page 60.
http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=4d63415d-a95c-43f0-937d-3d7fe7e4fc52

"Researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and their collaborators have found that second-generation biofuel feedstocks such as Miscanthus and switchgrass can reduce the green-house gas emissions of transportation fuels without displacing food-producing crops."

DOE Opens Funding Opportunity for Algae Technologies

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 21, 2016, by Erin Voegele.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12818/doe-opens-funding-opportunity-for-algae-technologies

"The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications for up to $15 million in funding to develop algae technologies. The funding opportunity aims to support the development of technologies likely to produce at least 3,700 gallons of algae biofuel intermediate (or equivalent dry weight basis) per acre per year on an annualized basis."

NW Energy Coalition Issue Paper Weighs Benefits and Opportunities for Vehicle Electrification

NW Energy Coalition, Jan. 25, 2016.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/nw-energy-coalition-issue-paper-weighs-benefits-and-opportunities-for-vehicle-electrification/

"Transportation is one of the most polluting, energy-inefficient sectors of our economy, and the Pacific Northwest is uniquely positioned to leverage its clean electricity resources to change that. State and local policy should foster a greater role for the region’s electric utilities in electrifying transportation, not only for passenger vehicles but also for buses, short-haul vans and trucks, and non-road industrial equipment such as forklifts and shore power."

Alternative Fuels Forge Ahead

Fuel, Sep. 2015, by Bryan Sims.
http://www.greenbiologics.com/pdfs/gblinthenews33.pdf

"Development of alternative fuels continue to adapt and evolve despite the headwinds of a low-oil price environment."

Bio-FT Jet Fuels Primed to Take Flight by 2017

Fuel, Sep. 2015, by Chris Cothran. (Scroll or Jump to page 60.)
http://dm.hartfuel.com/t/145393-fuel-magazine

"Major airlines are purchasing biojet fuel from biorefineries to reduce their carbon footprint and cut fuel costs."

Profit in Plug and Play [Waste-to-Energy]

Biomass Magazine, April 20, 2015, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/11819/profit-in-plug-and-play

"A cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable."

Unconventional Diesel: New Technologies are Emerging, but Cheap Oil May Slow Projects

Fuel Magazine, Mar. 2015, by Jack Peckham. (Scroll to page 28 or click on article title from Table of Contents.)
http://dm.hartfuel.com/t/145393-fuel-magazine

"While "unconventional" oil-and-gas production schemes have dominated energy sector news headlines in recent years, "unconventional" diesel fuel schemes also are starting to emerge -- and some of them eventually could likewise prove to be game changers."

NREL's CelA Catalyzes Plant Cell Walls Faster

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Newsroom, Jan. 12, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=15445

"Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that could change the economics of biofuel conversion by converting biomass to sugars up to 14 times faster and much cheaper than competing catalysts in enzyme cocktails today."

The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline

Bloomberg Business Week, Dec. 2014.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-12-17/toyota-embraces-fuel-cell-cars-for-post-gasoline-future

"Just as the Prius has established itself as the first true mass-market hybrid, Toyota hopes the Mirai will one day become the first mass-market hydrogen car. On sale in Japan on Dec. 15, it will be available in the U.S. and Europe in late 2015 and has a driving range of 300 miles, much farther than most plug-in electrics can go. It also runs on the most abundant element in the universe and emits only heat and water—and none of the gases that lead to smog or contribute to global warming."

Oil Price Slump Taking a Toll on U.S. Alternative Fuels

Reuters, Jan. 9, 2015, by Nichola Groom.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/09/us-oil-biodiesel-idUSKBN0KI0F020150109

"With gas pump prices lingering near their lowest levels in five years, greener, cleaner alternative fuels are taking a hit. Makers of biodiesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats, are slashing prices and margins in a bid to stay competitive with the price of diesel fuel, which is down more than 20 percent from a year ago."
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