Tag: cellulosic

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

November 13, 2017 |

Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard — the coverage of the announce in few cases focused on the changes in DowDuPont’s strategy in its drive to — immediately — create […]

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Who’s got the hot sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to lignocellulosic sugars and their producers

Who’s got the hot sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to lignocellulosic sugars and their producers

November 13, 2016 |

Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities. The result is this compendium of suppliers who are willing and able to produce and sell cellulosic sugar and/or lignin for […]

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Researchers uncover “unknown mechanism” for degrading cellulose; potential impact on cellulosic biofuels

Researchers uncover “unknown mechanism” for degrading cellulose; potential impact on cellulosic biofuels

July 10, 2016 |

In Washington, researchers found that C. thermocellum uses a previously unknown mechanism to degrade cellulose, in addition to other known degradation mechanisms. This discovery helps explain C. thermocellum’s superior ability to digest biomass and demonstrates the highly diverse strategies evolved in nature for biomass conversion. Researchers are using the study’s findings to develop optimal systems […]

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What’s up with cellulosic fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide

What’s up with cellulosic fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide

March 23, 2016 |

This week, we conducted a webinar on the state of cellulosic fuels as part of our 2016 March Madness series. You can experience the recorded version of the webinar here. Meanwhile, here is the primary slide deck, including slides from major technologies and slides on usage and production.

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Displacing petroleum and fossil fuels with sustainable bio-based feedstock: time to get smarter

Displacing petroleum and fossil fuels with sustainable bio-based feedstock: time to get smarter

October 4, 2015 |

By Michele Rubino, Special to The Digest Displacing the use of petroleum and other fossil fuels embedded in everyday products with bio-based, renewable resources is – and has been for a long time – a necessity for human societies. It is also the goal of an entire industry. A recent toxic combination of low oil […]

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Ending the pretreatment crisis? The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to MBI’s AFEX cellulosic pretreatment technology

Ending the pretreatment crisis? The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to MBI’s AFEX cellulosic pretreatment technology

September 19, 2015 |

For every ton of corn, wheat, and rice harvested today, an equal amount of biomass is left behind on the fields. Within this biomass — of which nearly 2 billion tons are produced each year around the world — nature locks away huge stores of inaccessible sugars. But it requires pre-treatment, which has proven to […]

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus says first commercial cellulosic fuels plant will be open in summer 2016

Alliance BioEnergy Plus says first commercial cellulosic fuels plant will be open in summer 2016

August 16, 2015 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has completed its FEL 1, the first of four engineering stages that are required to complete construction of the first commercial CTS plant to be located in central Georgia and expected to break ground this fall.  The CTS technology is able to produce Sugars, Various Fine Chemicals, Plastics, Carbon Fibers […]

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Residue or Residon’t: Untapped fuel yields from the US corn production system

Residue or Residon’t: Untapped fuel yields from the US corn production system

April 7, 2015 |

Why not use the materials we don’t need, to produce the fuels we do need? The Digest looks at the hard data. Wherever you look, there are concerns about energy production — cost, infrastructure, environment, emissions, and water impact, just to name a few. No matter what energy system you develop, it seems like someone will […]

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Total investigating different technology pathways for cellulosic aviation fuel

Total investigating different technology pathways for cellulosic aviation fuel

November 26, 2014 |

In the UK, even though commercial applications could be a ways off yet, Total is experimenting with methods to produce sugar from cellulosic materials to eventually produce aviation fuels. The company’s raw material supply senior manager told the International Sugar Organization’s conference that as the oil and gas industry is accustomed to decades of development, […]

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Breaking the cycle of “agricultural landfill”: can cellulosic ethanol offer a path to more no-till farming?

Breaking the cycle of “agricultural landfill”: can cellulosic ethanol offer a path to more no-till farming?

October 16, 2014 |

Could diverting agricultural residues for cellulosic ethanol solve the problem of tilling agricultural residues into the topsoil — and help provide a path towards pristine soils not seen since the days of prairie sod? DuPont says, amidst the focus on renewable fuels, cellulosic ethanol’s potential contribution to sustainable agriculture can get overlooked. “The secret to […]

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