DOE awards $1.94M for R&D to accelerate advanced biofuel blendstocks

July 2, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks, and can deliver exceptional efficiency with low emissions. The seven projects will leverage National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.

DOE awarded funding to the following projects:

  • CFR Engines, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, will work with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to develop a fuel reactivity metric and test method for advanced compression ignition combustion engines.
  • ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, of Annandale, New Jersey, will work with ANL to develop a life-cycle analysis modeling framework to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions produced by refinery coprocessing of renewable fuels.
  • General Motors, of Detroit, Michigan, will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to determine fuel property effects on abnormal combustion for biofuel-petroleum fuel blends.
  • LanzaTech, of Skokie, Illinois, will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to demonstrate the production of a gasoline-boiling-range fuel with advanced fuel properties.
  • Shell of Houston, Texas, will work with NREL to apply metabolic engineering and process optimization to the biological production of the high-performance blendstock isopropanol.
  • Sylvatex, of Sunnyvale, California, will work with ANL to evaluate the injector performance of Sylvatex’s alternative diesel fuel and optimize its formulation.
  • Visolis, of Hayward, California, will work with PNNL to convert Visolis’ bioderived intermediate into a high-energy-density blendstock for use in gasoline engines.

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