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Category: Biofuels

Biofuels


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."

Wood Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [Wood Pellets]

Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/19958/title/wood-alternatives-to-fossil-fuels.aspx

"Could scraps from sawmills and furniture manufacturers become an affordable, eco-friendly heating option for your facility? Wood chips and pellets – a compressed form of wood-based waste that resembles rabbit feed – are growing in popularity as a green replacement for conventional heating fuels."

Hurst Boiler Commissions New Poultry Litter-Fueled Biomass Boiler

Biomass Magazine, Jan. 25, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/12825/hurst-boiler-commissions-new-poultry-litter-fueled-biomass-boiler

"Hurst Boiler, an international manufacturer of a complete line of gas, oil, coal and hybrid biomass fuel fired steam and hot water boilers since 1967, announces the commissioning of its third poultry litter- fueled boiler."

California MSW Organics Digester Prepares To Launch

BioCycle, Oct. 2015, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2015/10/21/california-msw-organics-digester-prepares-to-launch/

"Construction is nearing completion, and all the equipment is installed at CR&R Inc.'s high solids anaerobic digester (AD) facility in Perris, California. “We are approaching a dry run with the digester to test out the various system components, and then will fine-tune the process controls,” notes Paul Relis, CR&R Senior Vice-President. “We will likely start processing feedstocks in the digesters in the first quarter of 2016.”"

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."

CPI to Produce Biogas from Seaweed Using Anaerobic Digestion

Biomass Magazine, Aug. 13, 2015.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/12298/cpi-to-produce-biogas-from-seaweed-using-anaerobic-digestion

"The Centre for Process Innovation has announced that it is leading a £2.78 million ($4.34 million) U.K.-based collaboration to help strengthen the U.K.’s position as a world leader in industrial biotechnology. The three year project—'SeaGas’—is working on producing biomethane from seaweed through anaerobic digestion (AD)."

Biogas-To-Energy Helps A New York Facility Toward Self-Sufficiency

Treatment Plant Operator, July 2015, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2015/07/biogas_to_energy_helps
_a_new_york_facility_toward_self_sufficiency


"Ithaca’s clean-water plant has boosted biogas production and energy generation in a project that will yield $9 million in guaranteed savings over a 20-year contract. The Ithaca (New York) Area Wastewater Treatment Facility now generates nearly half its electricity on site, and the plant team hopes a new biogas system can eventually meet most if not all power needs."

Process Could Enable On-Farm Biofuel, Animal Feed Production

Ethanol Producer Magazine, Feb. 2015, by Biomed Central.
http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/11885/process-could-enable-on-farm-biofuel-animal-feed-production

"The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from one crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes. The research, published in the open access Journal Biotechnology for Biofuels, demonstrates the practical potential of an alternative to fossil fuels that does not compete with food resources."

The original article is "On-farm solid state simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of whole crop forage rice in wrapped round bale for ethanol production" in Biotechnology for Biofuels, January 30, 2015.

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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