Tag: New Mexico

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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Los Alamos researchers develop new nanotech for biofuel cell design

Los Alamos researchers develop new nanotech for biofuel cell design

September 28, 2015 |

In New Mexico, in research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Los Alamos researchers and external collaborators synthesized and characterized a new DNA-templated gold nanocluster (AuNC) that could resolve a critical methodological barrier for efficient biofuel cell design. “Enzymatic fuel cells and nanomaterials show great promise—and as they can operate under environmentally […]

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Eldorado Biofuels cheers new rule that opens up market for wastewater

Eldorado Biofuels cheers new rule that opens up market for wastewater

April 14, 2015 |

In New Mexico, Eldorado Biofuels could get a boost from a new rule set to be imposed by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission that will allow companies to reuse water from drilling operations, leading to potentially 100% recycled water use instead of relying on limited fresh water resources. Eldorado Biofuels says it can offer […]

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Natural Chem reportedly looking at $105M invest in New Mexico Eco-Fuels Complex; Abengoa says “not reached any agreement.”

Natural Chem reportedly looking at $105M invest in New Mexico Eco-Fuels Complex; Abengoa says “not reached any agreement.”

December 8, 2014 |

In New Mexico, reports surfaced that Houston-based Natural Chem is looking to invest $105 million in buying out Abengoa’s mothballed ethanol plant in Portales. However, Abengoa told The Digest, “Abengoa has not reached any agreement with Natural Chem Group for the purchase of this plant.” The company is seeking to produce LNG and CNG, sourcing its […]

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New Mexico’s corrections department gets inmates to produce biodiesel

New Mexico’s corrections department gets inmates to produce biodiesel

February 11, 2014 |

In New Mexico, the state’s Dept. of Corrections has started a new recycling program that includes the inmates producing biodiesel that is then later sold to other state agencies. The program also produces fertilizer from food waste using worms and repurposing old wood pallets into children’s toys.

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USDA highlights Sapphire as loan guarantee super star

USDA highlights Sapphire as loan guarantee super star

October 22, 2013 |

In New Mexico, the USDA is using Sapphire as an example of the good that can come from loan guarantees, like the $181 million that were announced on Monday. The company paid back its $54.5 million guarantee within a year, created 600 jobs during construction and 30 full-time jobs during operation. The facility is producing […]

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Sapphire, University of Virginia study show promising results for algae industry

Sapphire, University of Virginia study show promising results for algae industry

September 23, 2013 |

In Virginia, algae biofuels tested as very close to petroleum in energy efficient-production, according to a University of Virginia study. The study, performed at Sapphire’s demonstration plant in New Mexico, demonstrated that carbon emissions of algae biofuels come in at 50-70% lower than that of petroleum. The study evaluated EROI, Energy Return on Investment, or […]

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NMSU gets $5 million DOE grant for algae research

NMSU gets $5 million DOE grant for algae research

August 13, 2013 |

In New Mexico, New Mexico State University has received a $5 million grant from the DOE to boost its algae-based drop-in fuel technologies, including boosting yields and improving oil content. NMSU is collaborating with Los Alamos, Argonne and Pacific Northwest national laboratories, Washington State and Michigan State universities and four companies on the project.

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