Tag: pyrolysis

The Dandelion Model: Two-step biofuels technologies and the emergence of super-refineries

The Dandelion Model: Two-step biofuels technologies and the emergence of super-refineries

October 24, 2012 |

Can local communities pyrolize their wastes and residues, to make renewable fuels and chemicals at biobased super-refineries? Two-step processes could be the ticket to the future, according to an Iowa State team. Imagine, for a moment, a biorefinery as large as an oil refinery – competing on equivalent scales, gaining comparable economic and tax incentives […]

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[LL] Cool Planet Rocks the Bells

[LL] Cool Planet Rocks the Bells

March 5, 2012 |

Our 3-part series, “Shake It Up, Baby”, turns to the mysterious world of Cool Planet Biofuels. What are Google, BP, Conoco, and GE investing? Is 3,000 gallons per acre of renewable gasoline possible? In the past few weeks, news has begun to circulate around the industry – and expanded by Twitter and other social media […]

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Return of the Pyromaniax

Return of the Pyromaniax

January 26, 2012 |

Those researchers developing pyrolysis as a solution to the world’s fossil fuels woes – they are just irrepressible. Now, one team from UMass-Amherst has come up with a “platform discovery” that can make catalytic fast pyrolysis “economically competitive with crude oil production”.   You just can’t turn your back for very long, around the Pyromaniax […]

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The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011

The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011

December 14, 2011 |

All throughout the year, your questions have been drifting in to the Digest’s in-box. Job-hunting, capital-raising, data gathering, policy-predicting, technology-snooping, bona-fides-checking. Which are the biggest ones yet unanswered? Your calls and emails are always the highlight of our days. Most questions can be answered johnny-on-the-spot. Some are still out there and well worth arguing over. […]

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Green Fuel Nordic launches Finnish fast pyrolysis venture

Green Fuel Nordic launches Finnish fast pyrolysis venture

October 9, 2011 |

In Finland, Green Fuel Nordic Oy initiated an investment roadmap for production of second generation bio-oil from sustainable, forest-based feedstocks using fast pyrolysis technology. Also, Timo Saarelainen joined as CEO, from  CEO of Honeywell Finland and Global Business Leader for the Power Industry.

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Drop in, drop out: NABC tosses two projects off the R&D island

Drop in, drop out: NABC tosses two projects off the R&D island

August 15, 2011 |

Survivor, biofuels style? NABC trims its project roster to two (or maybe three), as it nixes two projects and puts two on the “maybe” watch. Here’s what happened, why, and what’s next. In Washington, the DOE  today recognized the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium’s (NABC) initial selection of two “drop-in” biofuels technology pathways that will advance […]

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University of Calgary advances pyrolysis project

University of Calgary advances pyrolysis project

July 1, 2011 |

In Canada, Dr. Nader Mahinpey, with the University of Calgary is working with pyrolysis to turn the non-edible parts of plants into biofuel.  The resulting oil than needs to be upgraded before it can be used as transportation fuel, so Dr. Mahinpey and his team are working on developing the upgrading processes and to turn […]

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DOE to award $12M in new funding for pyrolysis, gasification-based advanced biofuels

DOE to award $12M in new funding for pyrolysis, gasification-based advanced biofuels

[ 0 ] March 31, 2011 |

In Washington, the DOE announced that it will be accepting applications for $12 million in funding for laboratory or small pilot-scale projects that support the development of refinery feedstocks, or drop-in renewable gasoline, diesel, or jet fuels. The funding opportunity will provide up to $12 million over the next three to four years to support […]

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Google invests in CoolPlanetBioFuels, joins $2M Series B round

Google invests in CoolPlanetBioFuels, joins $2M Series B round

[ 0 ] March 18, 2011 |

In California, CoolPlanetBioFuels announced that Google Ventures has joined its $20 million Series B funding round.Google’s investment was undisclosed, though we note that previous reports focused on an $8 million Series B round, suggesting that Google Ventures invested as much as $12 million into the venture. CoolPlanet, based in Camarillo, California, is developing a mobile, […]

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Burn rate? Envergent selected for Crane pyrolysis project at US currency print plant

Burn rate? Envergent selected for Crane pyrolysis project at US currency print plant

[ 1 ] March 4, 2011 |

In Illinois, Envergent Technologies, a Honeywell company announced that its its technology will be used by Crane & Co. to convert biomass feedstock into a renewable oil to heat and power the Crane Mass. facility where it produces paper used for U.S. currency. Now, that’s what we call overheating the money supply. Envergent’s RTP technology […]

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