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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: Biofuels


Alternative Fuels Forge Ahead

Fuel, Sep. 2015, by Bryan Sims.

"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.)

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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."

EIA is Proposing a New Survey Form—the EIA-63C, Densified Biomass Fuel Report

Energy Information Administration, Dec. 31, 2014.

"Form EIA-63C will gather information on pellet fuel and other densified biomass fuel production, sales, and inventory levels by operators of U.S. pellet fuel manufacturing facilities. The data collected will be used to estimate densified biomass fuel consumption in the United States, as well as production, sales, and inventory at state, regional, and national levels. Comments are due by 03/02/2015."

Cheese Factory: Biogas Heats Production

ASHRAE Journal, Aug. 2014, by Gheorghe Mihalache. [Select Download or Save]

A 2014 ASHRAE Technology Award Case Study: 1st Place, Industrial Facilities or Processing Existing.

"The Fromagerie des Basques family cheese factory in Trois Pistoles, Quebec, Canada, transforms about 800,000 gallons (3 million L) of milk into cheese each year.... In 2011, a project was developed that included building a mechanical room, constructing a treatment plant to turn whey and white water into biogas to produce heat for cheese production, and modifying the high-temperature, short-time pasteurizer to use rejected heat to preheat milk. The projects reduced the amount of heating oil used by 64%, even with the addition of several buildings increasing the total square footage by 8,100 ft2 (753 m2)."  

Symphony of the Microgrid at an Urban University

BioCycle, July 2014, by Marsha W. Johnston.

"The University of California San Diego’s microgrid produces 92 percent of its annual electricity load and 95 percent of its heating and cooling load. A fuel cell powered by directed biogas is a cornerstone of the operation."

USDA, DOE and EPA Release Biogas Opportunities Roadmap

Biomass Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Erin Voegele.

"The USDA has published its Biogas Opportunities Roadmap, a document that builds on progress made to date to identify voluntary actions that can be taken to reduce methane emissions through the use of biogas systems. It outlines strategies to overcome barriers limiting further expansion and development of a robust biogas industry in the U.S. The USDA also noted that the roadmap supports the U.S. dairy industry’s 2008 goal to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020."
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