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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

Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."

U.S. Navy Flight Tests 100% Jet Biofuel

Engineering360 (IEEE), Oct. 4, 2016, by John Simpson.

"A U.S. Navy EA-18G "Green Growler" has completed flight testing a 100% advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This is the first time the Navy has looked at a process that can produce a fuel with all the properties and chemistry of petroleum-based jet fuel without having to blend with JP-5, says Rick Kamin, energy and fuels lead for the Naval Air Systems Command."

Researchers Make Breakthrough In Biobased Materials

Washington State University News, Sept. 28, 2016, by Tina Hilding.

"Washington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications."

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel

National Biodiesel Board, Sept. 14, 2016, by Jessica Robinson.

"Wally Tyner, a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, presented his research team’s latest findings today regarding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of producing biodiesel from soybeans.  Those findings confirm that soybean oil offers very good carbon reduction when used to displace fossil fuel. Tyner is supported by the James and Louis Ackerman endowment."

Biodiesel a Fuel Option for Army Workboats

Engineering360 (IEEE), Aug. 31, 2016, by John Simpson.

"A three-year study to evaluate the feasibility of using biodiesel fuel in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) floating plant operations has concluded that the use of such fuels does not negatively affect engine performance and can reduce production of selected environmentally sensitive emissions."

PNNL Picked to Develop Better, Cheaper Electric Car Battery

Tri-City Herald, July 25, 2016, by Annette Cary.

"A more affordable electric car might be in your future, thanks to research Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland has been picked to lead. The White House announced recently that the Department of Energy lab in Richland will guide a $50 million effort over the next five years to come up with an improved electric car battery — one that is small, light and powerful."

Farm to Fleets: Manure Helps Chicago Startup Build Natural Gas Network

Chicago Tribune, Mar. 2016, by Ally Marotti.

"Chicago startup AmpCNG launched at a farm in northwest Indiana that converted cow manure to renewable natural gas. Nearly five years later, that manure from Fair Oaks Farm is still a core part of the West Loop-based startup’s business. But its reach has grown. It now owns and operates 19 compressed natural gas, or CNG, stations in eight states, fueling the increasing number of vehicles that operate on the resource."

Feedstock Tradeoffs [Biofuels]

Biofuels Journal, 1st Quarter 2016, by Jerry Perkins. -- jump to page 60.

"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.

"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.

"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."
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