Tag: California

Study shows biodiesel in urban transport reduces particulate emissions

Study shows biodiesel in urban transport reduces particulate emissions

October 28, 2014 |

In California, Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC) has released its latest peer-reviewed study based on laboratory and field experiments. Among other test results, Combustion Chemistry of Biodiesel for Use in Urban Transport Buses: Experiment and Modeling found that using biodiesel could effectively reduce the mass of particulate matter released in both hot and cold idle […]

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CEC announces up to $3 million in grants for early stage biofuels technology

CEC announces up to $3 million in grants for early stage biofuels technology

October 28, 2014 |

In California, the state’s energy commission has announced up to $3 million in funding under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) for early and pre-commercial stage biofuel technologies. Diesel substitutes, gasoline substitutes and methane substitutes are allowed under the call. Pre-proposals are due Dec. 17.  

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JBEI identifies microbial genes to boost biogasonline production

JBEI identifies microbial genes to boost biogasonline production

October 28, 2014 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, a chemist who directs the host engineering program for JBEI’s Fuels Synthesis Division, led a study in which […]

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California Air Resources Board releases presentation for LCFS Compliance Curve and Cost Containment provisions meeting

California Air Resources Board releases presentation for LCFS Compliance Curve and Cost Containment provisions meeting

October 27, 2014 |

In California, the California Air Resources Board has released its presentation for today’s meeting on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Compliance Curve and Cost Containment provisions. The presentation has three versions of the compliance curve but all hold true to the 10% reduction by 2020.  This is significant in that the compliance curve was frozen […]

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BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

October 23, 2014 |

In California, BlueFire Renewable announced that it has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its bio-energy project in Fulton, Mississippi. China EXIM’s interest in providing substantial financing to BlueFire is unprecedented and significant for the U.S. renewable […]

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VIASPACE takes Giant King Grass to the Philippines

VIASPACE takes Giant King Grass to the Philippines

October 15, 2014 |

In California, VIASPACE announced that Giant King Grass was shipped to and planted by its partner, Sagay Central, Inc., in Negros Occidental, Philippines. Sagay Central is a sugar milling and sugar growing company in the center of the Philippines sugar industry. It crushes 4,000 metric tons of sugar cane every day and produces 150,000 tons […]

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Simple Fuels buying Yokayo Biofuels to boost Sierra-region service

Simple Fuels buying Yokayo Biofuels to boost Sierra-region service

October 14, 2014 |

In California, Simple Fuels is in the process of buying Ukiah-based Yokayo Biofuels. The takeover will ensure continued production of used cooking oil-based biodiesel in the Sierras region with fuel prices remaining the same at $4.70 per gallon. The company will also pick up Yokayo’s former oil collection route. Plans are being developed to have […]

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NASA study shows aviation biofuels reduce GHG emissions at least 50%

NASA study shows aviation biofuels reduce GHG emissions at least 50%

October 14, 2014 |

In California, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. This follow-up set of Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions flight tests, known as ACCESS […]

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BlueFire Renewables taps China Three Gorges for EPC of Fulton plant

BlueFire Renewables taps China Three Gorges for EPC of Fulton plant

October 8, 2014 |

In California, BlueFire Renewables has finalized and signed a new Master Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for its planned cellulosic ethanol facility in Fulton, MS. The contract is with the China International Water and Electric, subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), one of the world’s largest companies and China’s largest renewable energy company. […]

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Baker Commodities buys controlling interest in New Leaf Biofuel

Baker Commodities buys controlling interest in New Leaf Biofuel

October 8, 2014 |

In California, Baker Commodities has acquired a controlling interest in San Diego-based New Leaf Biofuel. The purchase of New Leaf allows Baker to expand into other markets that vertically integrate with its rendering operations, and brings added value for the fats and oils it produces. Baker’s vision is to be able to take its recycling […]

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