Tag: Massachusetts

World Energy shutters biodiesel plants in three states following hardship waiver decision

World Energy shutters biodiesel plants in three states following hardship waiver decision

August 19, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, World Energy, one of the largest and longest-serving low-carbon fuel suppliers in North America, announced that due to the August 9, 2019 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant 31 small refinery waivers from the nation’s renewable fuel standard to oil companies, the company will immediately cease production and furlough employees […]

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NewEnergyBlue acquires exclusive rights for Inbicon 2G ethanol technology in the Americas

NewEnergyBlue acquires exclusive rights for Inbicon 2G ethanol technology in the Americas

August 12, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, NewEnergyBlue acquired exclusive rights to Inbicon bio-conversion technology throughout the Americas and will first employ it to turn North Dakota wheat straw into a high-value, carbon-neutral automotive fuel. The technology license was purchased from Ørsted, a Danish green-energy company. Ørsted developed the technology over 15 years at a cost exceeding $200 million, proving […]

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KnipBio reaches major development milestone in fermentation research

KnipBio reaches major development milestone in fermentation research

June 24, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, KnipBio, Inc. announced a major development in its fermentation research that enables the company to produce its single cell protein aquafeed ingredient, KnipBio Meal (KBM), from condensed distillers’ solubles (CDS). This promises a dramatic reduction in cost and further demonstrates the versatility of KnipBio’s biotech platform and fermentation technology. KnipBio began the development […]

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Research teams develops HTL method to produce biofuel from wet waste

Research teams develops HTL method to produce biofuel from wet waste

May 29, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, a team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and China Agricultural University in Beijing has developed a new, sustainable way of converting wet biological waste into diesel-compatible fuel, using heat and water. The process, called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), converts wet, solid biowaste – such as animal manure from […]

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WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

WPI researchers develop novel process to produce isobutanol cheaper

April 18, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, taking a step closer to a “green” replacement for fossil fuels, a research team that includes a chemical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a novel process using an unusual solvent and an exotic microorganism that may make it possible to manufacture isobutanol and other biofuels more economically. In a paper […]

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MIT researchers develop flex-fuel hybrid trucks

MIT researchers develop flex-fuel hybrid trucks

April 10, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, heavy-duty trucks, such as the 18-wheelers that transport many of the world’s goods from farm or factory to market, are virtually all powered by diesel engines. They account for a significant portion of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, but little has been done so far to curb their climate-change-inducing exhaust. Now, researchers at MIT […]

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Massachusetts awards nearly $2.9 million in grants for renewable heating fuels

Massachusetts awards nearly $2.9 million in grants for renewable heating fuels

February 26, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, the Commonwealth has awarded five grants totaling $2,889,285 to Massachusetts businesses to fund infrastructure projects to increase the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels. The grants, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), are part of the Renewable Thermal Infrastructure Grant Program, an initiative focused on expanding the availability of renewable […]

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Enerkem looking at Massachusetts to possibly site new WTE plant

Enerkem looking at Massachusetts to possibly site new WTE plant

January 7, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, Enerkem is said to be looking at the state’s southern coast as a potential site for a waste-to-ethanol project using material from the local waste disposal company ABC Disposal’s new recycling center near Rochester. Enerkem told a local newspaper that new facilities would have two production lines rather than the single one its […]

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Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

Harvard researchers develop yeast bio-hybrid system

December 12, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at Harvard University have expanded the concept of “biological-inorganic hybrid systems” to baker’s yeast that in combination with light-harvesting semiconductors is able to produce shikimic acid, an important precursor of the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, several other medicines, nutraceuticals, and fine chemicals. When kept in the dark, the yeast cells produced ethanol and […]

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North Dakota straw to fuel California cars with NewEnergyBlue’s groundbreaking

North Dakota straw to fuel California cars with NewEnergyBlue’s groundbreaking

September 25, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, NewEnergyBlue is about six months away from breaking ground on a renewable fuel refinery that is forecast to turn 280,000 tons of North Dakota wheat straw into 16-million gallons a year of some of the lowest carbon auto fuel selling in California. The refinery is expected to produce not only cellulosic ethanol capable […]

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