In Iceland, Geely Holding Group will invest $45.5 million in Iceland’s Carbon Recycling International Inc. in an effort to further speed up its methanol technology, allowing it to introduce methanol as a transportation fuel for cars in China and Europe. Greely owns Volvo Cars.
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In Colorado, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a fast, simple process for making platinum “nano-raspberries”—microscopic clusters of nanoscale particles of the precious metal. The berry-like shape is significant because it has a high surface area, which is helpful in the design of catalysts. Even better news for industrial […]
In Ecuador, Southern Chemical Corporation may invest more than $40 million to build between six and eight 5,000 ton methanol storage tanks at its LPG terminal in Monteverde-Chorrillo on the expectation that the government will add methanol blending to its existing ethanol blending. The company also believes the terminal could act as a regional hub […]
In Michigan, with support from the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at Kettering University, is attempting to speed up the process of making biodiesel – a renewable fuel that is made using predominantly soybean oil in the United States, but can be made from animal fats and other […]
In Germany, VERBIO successfully commissioned another major production site for the production of biomethane at Schwedt/Oder. The new plant uses a new internally generated technology to manufacture biomethane from 100 percent straw. The development of this innovative technology at the Schwedt/Oder location is supported by the European Union’s NER 300 subsidy project, providing funding of up to […]
Elsewhere in the Digest today, we highlight the food waste crisis. Here we highlight an interesting solution to the problem of organic waste. In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher […]
In North Carolina, Maverick Synfuels has introduced the first small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be co-located at the methane source. The trademarked Maverick Oasis system allows producers to monetize biogas and natural gas (including associated or flare gas, and stranded gas reserves), as an alternative to producing electricity or venting destructive greenhouse gases […]
In North Carolina, Kelley Green Biofuels presented an innovative approach to biodiesel production and methanol recovery at the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference this month in Pittsboro. With the technology, the company’s biodiesel exits the reactor containing 4-6% methanol by volume, at which point the fuel is sent through a flash drum which recovers up to […]
In Argentina, ABATEC SA introduces the BD4-MG system, to manufacture Methanol from raw Glycerol, an innovative way for adding value to the glycerol produced in the biodiesel plants. The SAVOIA BD4-MG system is a simple and safe process to treat 1000 L/day (250 gal/d) of glycerol, for getting around 35% of dry methanol, 25% FFA […]
In Kazakhstan, Malaysian-company Markmore Sdn Bhd has signed an MOU with Mangystau province to build a $700 million methanol plant in Kuryk. The facility will use the large gas reserves in the Rakushechnoye Field already owned by the company via a local subsidiary. The plant’s completion is expected by 2017.