Tag: thermochemical

NREL recycles biorefinery waste streams to create high-value chemical products

NREL recycles biorefinery waste streams to create high-value chemical products

November 15, 2020 |

In Colorado, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), developed a method to isolate organic compounds, specifically the monomers which are precursors to everyday materials like plastics, out of biorefinery aqueous waste. The NREL team addressed the thermochemical conversion strategy of catalytic fast […]

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The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Technology Horizons

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Technology Horizons

April 30, 2017 |

The Digest had a well-receive webinar on thermochemical technology horizons, featuring former DOE Biomass Program manager and in-demand industry consultant Paul Bryan on hand to detail the very latest in a wide array of non-biological approaches to making renewable fuels, including pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction and more. The slides from that session can be seen below.

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The DOE’s shifting worldview for biofuels deployment, now through 2030

The DOE’s shifting worldview for biofuels deployment, now through 2030

December 28, 2014 |

Feedstock costs and challenges come under the microscope as the DOE reports new data on algae-based feedstocks and terrestrial crops too. Can algae-based biofuels reach full commercial scale by 2030? The Digest investigates. Twice this year, the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has issued a revision of its ongoing Multi-Year Program Plan, once this summer […]

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The Micro Posse: Bacteria seeking fermentable sugars in bio-oil

The Micro Posse: Bacteria seeking fermentable sugars in bio-oil

June 24, 2011 |

In Iowa, Iowa State’s Hybrid Processing Laboratory is working on using both biochemical and thermochemical processes to find new and better pathways for biochemicals and biofuels. Noting that fermentation normally occurs well below the boiling point of water, while thermochemical processes are usually hundreds of degrees hotter, Professor Robert C. Brown states, “In fact, these […]

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