In Iran, chemical engineers have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up. Producing biodiesel from vegetable oils is not completely renewable, as the standard transesterification process requires the use of methanol, which is usually produced from petrochemical sources. The researchers, Hamed Bateni […]
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Methanol is gaining momentum as a low-carbon fuels target, as Enerkem starts producing in Edmonton. Why methanol, why now? Here, we look at the technology and market rationale for this rising trend. As we reported earlier this week, Enerkem has initiated methanol production at its Edmonton waste-to-fuels facility, and has raised an additional $115M in financing. […]
In Canada, Enerkem announced it has raised C$152.6 million and has initiated the production of biomethanol from non-recyclable household garbage at the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. The financing is comprised of a recently accessed C$29 million debt facility from Integrated Asset Management Corp.’s (IAM) Private Debt Group as well as C$50 […]
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.
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 […]