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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


Researchers Make Breakthrough In Biobased Materials

Washington State University News, Sept. 28, 2016, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2016/09/28/researchers-make-breakthrough-biobased-materials/

"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."

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

Chicago Tribune, Mar. 2016, by Ally Marotti.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/originals/ct-ampcng-opens-more-filling-stations-20160317-story.html

"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.
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."
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