Tag: DOE

DOE announces four algae projects to receive up to $8.8 million in funding

DOE announces four algae projects to receive up to $8.8 million in funding

September 13, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. DOE announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The funding for […]

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DOE researchers find drought-hit biomass produces toxic compounds rather than fuels

DOE researchers find drought-hit biomass produces toxic compounds rather than fuels

September 12, 2017 |

In the Midwest, Department of Energy researchers examined the effect of weather on biofuel production by comparing switchgrass and corn stover harvested after a year of major drought and after 2 years of normal precipitation. They found that the plants produced more sugar, but the sugar changed during pretreatment and produced toxic compounds rather than […]

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Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuels

Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuels

August 29, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate solvent liquefaction as viable path to stable intermediates for subsequent upgrading to fuel blendstocks. This is based on a technology originally developed in large part via Catchlight Energy and we profiled its revival at Iowa State right here, in “Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets […]

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DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office validates Vertimass technology as intermediate

DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office validates Vertimass technology as intermediate

August 22, 2017 |

In California, Vertimass LLC announced completion of intermediate technology validation from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO), which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. Vertimass believes this BETO verification paves the way for Vertimass to move to the demonstration […]

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DOE’s biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet in LA next week

DOE’s biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet in LA next week

August 9, 2017 |

In California, the Department of Energy’s Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will meet in Los Angeles August 15-16 to discuss an update on USDA Biomass R&D activities, an update on DOE Biomass R&D activities and will include presentations on biomass interface with fossil fuels. Topics include gasification, refineries, CO2 utilization, and current activities by the State […]

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DOE awards $8 million to three projects aimed at reducing costs for algae biomaterials

DOE awards $8 million to three projects aimed at reducing costs for algae biomaterials

July 12, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures. They will also deliver biology-focused breakthroughs while enabling […]

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Advanced fuel designed for advanced engines: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Co-Optima Initiative

Advanced fuel designed for advanced engines: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Co-Optima Initiative

July 9, 2017 |

What’s the CoOptima initiative? Out of the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the initiative aims to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable biofuels and high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. This project’s ambitious, first-of-its-kind approach simultaneously tackles fuel and engine innovation to co-optimize performance of both elements and provide dramatic and rapid cuts in […]

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DOE-funded researchers say cellulosic biofuels could be environmental sustainable

DOE-funded researchers say cellulosic biofuels could be environmental sustainable

July 4, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) say cellulosic biofuels could provide an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs, but with a few important caveats. Drawing from ten years of empirical research, GLBRC colleagues from MSU, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the University of Maryland identify several […]

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6 Degrees of Innovation: From the Playboy Mansion to a hot renewables tech in 6 steps

6 Degrees of Innovation: From the Playboy Mansion to a hot renewables tech in 6 steps

July 3, 2017 |

The sixth season of the reality show Kendra on Top commenced on the WE Network this past week, a spin-off from the Playboy Playmate reality show Girls Next Door, which ran from 2005 to 2010. With Girls Next Door, I never quite figured out if the show’s title referred to the guest house at the Playboy […]

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From sun to pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel

From sun to pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel

June 20, 2017 |

Arizona State’s Wim Vermaas gave this illuminating overview of Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Decoupled Cyanobacteria at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.

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