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New Colorado Biofuels Research Center Launched

Business and government leaders announced the formation of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2). The purpose of the joint venture is to develop new biofuels and biorefining techniques and assist in a streamlined transfer of these advances to the public.

Partners in the venture include the new Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory (formed in February), Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, Shell and startup biofuels and bioenergy businesses such as Blue Sun Biodiesel, Green Fuel Technologies, Range Fuels, Solix Biofuels, PureVision Technology, Copernican Energy and Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises.

Collaboratory partners include the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Companies participate in C2B2 as a sponsor by paying a membership fee. These fees will fund shared research, and sponsors will have the opportunity to participate in the discoveries and patents generated by the shared research, with the goal of commercializing the new technologies as soon as possible. Sponsors may also enter into individual agreements to fund proprietary research through C2B2.

In October 2006, Chevron Technology Ventures and NREL formed a strategic research alliance to collaborate on projects to develop the next generation of process technologies that will convert cellulosic biomass, such as forestry and agricultural wastes, into biofuels such as ethanol and renewable diesel. (Earlier post.)

NREL’s participation in the C2B2 project is through Midwest Research Institute (MRI), which manages NREL for the US Department of Energy.

In addition to transportation fuels, biorefining promises to create new sources of agricultural fertilizers, synthetic fibers for clothing and other uses, plastics and commercial chemicals.



Even if this does not lead anywhere, the fact that people are willing to work together to solve the problem is encouraging.

Cheryl Ho

We see great potential for DME as a clean alternative fuel . The present diesel oil is a major source of air pollution from diesel engine of trucks and busses in large city like Tokyo. The potential market of diesel oil substitute is larger than LPG. DME is one of ideal fuel for diesel engine. DME vehicles were demonstratively manufactured in Japan, China and Korea and their driving test already started. Practical durability fleet test of a DME truck is under going in Japan.

We are pleased to organise a conference on China taking the lead in the DME market in production from coal and Japan and Korea activities.

If you would like to know more on COAL to Syngas to DME developments, join us at upcoming North Asia DME / Methanol conference in Beijing, 27-28 June 2007, St Regis Hotel. The conference covers key areas which include:

DME productivity can be much higher especially if
country energy policies makes an effort comparable to
that invested in increasing supply.
National Development Reform Commission NDRC
Ministry of Energy for Mongolia

Production of DME/ Methanol through biomass
gasification could potentially be commercialized
Shandong University completed Pilot plant in Jinan and
will be sharing their experience.

Advances in conversion technologies are readily
available and offer exciting potential of DME as a
chemical feedstock
By: Kogas, Lurgi and Haldor Topsoe

Available project finance supports the investments
that DME/ Methanol can play a large energy supply role
By: International Finance Corporation

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