Tag: New Mexico

ASTM approves new SAF production pathway called Catalytic Hydrothermolysis Jet

ASTM approves new SAF production pathway called Catalytic Hydrothermolysis Jet

February 19, 2020 |

In New Mexico, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global LLC (CLG) are working toward a more sustainable future by developing novel solutions to meet the global need for sustainable aviation fuels.  The team is proud to announce that ASTM International has approved the new production pathway for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) called “Catalytic […]

Read More

Tucumcari Bio-Energy sets February start date for cellulosic biogas project construction

Tucumcari Bio-Energy sets February start date for cellulosic biogas project construction

December 31, 2019 |

In New Mexico, QC Sun Online is reporting that Tucumcari Bio-Energy said it will start construction in February on its $8.0 million project to convert a former ethanol plant into a cellulosic biogas producer. Tucumcari Bio-Energy President Robert Hockaday said that the project will create 40 jobs, will convert local cattle waste to methane and […]

Read More

Vampire strain of predatory algae pest can destroy healthy green algae ponds

Vampire strain of predatory algae pest can destroy healthy green algae ponds

July 24, 2019 |

In New Mexico, new DNA analysis by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry. With the evocative name Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, the predatory pest sucks out the contents of the algae cells (thus the vampire reference) and reduces a productive, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More