Tag: New Mexico

Tucumcari Bio-Energy seeks to revamp mothballed ethanol plant into methane

Tucumcari Bio-Energy seeks to revamp mothballed ethanol plant into methane

October 3, 2018 |

In New Mexico, Tucumcari Bio-Energy is looking to convert its former ethanol plant in the town of Tucumcari to methane production following a successful feasibility study done with Sandia Labs. The project would use the ethanol plant’s six 55,000-gallon fermentation tanks to produce methane gas following an 18-month conversion. The company to have financing and […]

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New Mexico natural history museum launches online game to grow algae for biodiesel

New Mexico natural history museum launches online game to grow algae for biodiesel

August 6, 2018 |

In New Mexico, the state’s Museum of Natural History and Science has launched an online exhibition called Bio-AI that allows users to grow an algae crop—or fail and lose the crop—using an online game “Growing Green Goop” as a way to increase awareness about algae R&D in the state. As the game’s intro says, “There […]

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Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

July 18, 2018 |

In New Mexico, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell […]

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Sandia researchers demo bioengineered bacteria to reduce cellulosic biomaterial production costs

Sandia researchers demo bioengineered bacteria to reduce cellulosic biomaterial production costs

May 17, 2018 |

In New Mexico, Sandia Lab asks, what does jet fuel have in common with pantyhose and plastic soda bottles? They’re all products currently derived from petroleum. Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce all three from renewable plant sources. Piecing together […]

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Los Alamos researchers map 3D structure of protein that could boost cellulosic biofuel yields

Los Alamos researchers map 3D structure of protein that could boost cellulosic biofuel yields

May 23, 2017 |

In New Mexico, using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels. The research focused on a class of copper-dependent enzymes called […]

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Sandia labs leads work on detecting when algae ponds are about to crash

Sandia labs leads work on detecting when algae ponds are about to crash

March 8, 2017 |

In New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash. These experiments are part of the new, $6 million Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project, whose goal is […]

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Applied Research Associates close to making CHCJ-5 price competitive with JP-5

Applied Research Associates close to making CHCJ-5 price competitive with JP-5

November 24, 2016 |

In New Mexico, Applied Research Associates has been working with the Navy to develop and trial renewable jet fuel that can fly without blending into fossil fuel-based JP-5. The test flight of a EA-18 Growler in September on 100% CHCJ-5 performed just as with JP-5, with 80% fewer greenhouse gas emissions. ARA says it believes […]

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Natural Chem buys Abengoa’s Portales ethanol plant for biodiesel blending center

Natural Chem buys Abengoa’s Portales ethanol plant for biodiesel blending center

November 15, 2016 |

In New Mexico, Natural Chem has completed the purchase of Abengoa’s mothballed ethanol plant in Portales that the company plans to launch its regional Eco-Fuels initiative from. In line with the state’s B5 mandate, rather than ethanol production the facility will be used as a biodiesel blending depot including E5 and E20 blends. Natural Chem […]

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Sandia Labs releases Asia-Pacific study on water vulnerability around energy production including biofuels

Sandia Labs releases Asia-Pacific study on water vulnerability around energy production including biofuels

September 19, 2016 |

In New Mexico, A wide-ranging analysis of water vulnerability across the Pacific — including the U.S., China, Russia and Japan — has identified hundreds of locations where energy production depends upon scarce water supplies. The Sandia National Laboratories study, “Mapping Water Consumption for Energy Production Around the Pacific Rim,” was published in Environmental Research Letters. […]

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New Mexican scientist to revamp defunct ethanol plant into biorefinery

New Mexican scientist to revamp defunct ethanol plant into biorefinery

July 4, 2016 |

In New Mexico, a scientist has purchased the defunct ethanol plant in Tucumcari with the intention of creating a biorefinery that will integrate waste-to-energy from agricultural and municipal waste resources, biofuel production, dairy farming, feedlots and greenhouse farming. The project will ramp up by revamping the corn processing facilities for animal feed and converting the […]

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