MAHLE establishes Global Bio-Mobility Center in Brazil; combustion engines with renewable biofuels

To support development and global roll out of environmentally friendly combustion engines with renewable biofuels, MAHLE has established a Global Bio-Mobility Center in Jundiaí, Brazil. Just recently, key members of the G20 including Brazil, the United States, India, and European countries like Italy have established a Global Biofuels Alliance to... Read more →


EPA, DOE announce $9.4M to spur development of advanced biofuels

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0003178) for up to $9.4 million for the development of advanced biofuels. This investment through a new agreement between EPA and DOE is funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and will support high-impact... Read more →


DOE to fund up to $18.8M for mixed algae and wet waste feedstocks R&D for biofuels and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) intend to issue funding (DE-FOA-0003276) to support research and development projects for converting algae and other wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon fuels, chemicals and agricultural products. The intended Mixed Algae Conversion Research... Read more →


Biologists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have demonstrated a new way to boost the oil content of plant leaves and seeds. As described in an open-access paper in the journal New Phytologist, the scientists identified and successfully altered key portions of a protein that protects... Read more →


Sumitomo investing in Lousiana Green Fuels project; shift to SAF

Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA), a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, has entered into a Joint Development Agreement for the Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) project with Strategic Biofuels (SBF), the developer behind LGF. SCOA will take an anchor position and lead the formation of a Japanese-based investment consortium aimed at funding... Read more →


DOE announces $29M to drive feedstock innovation for clean energy production

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced $29 million in funding to drive research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of low carbon intensity, purpose-grown energy crops critical to accelerating a clean energy economy. (DE-FOA-0003209) The Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will advance a... Read more →


Global Bioenergies announces new phase in collaboration with Shell to develop low-carbon road fuels

France-based industrial biotechnology company Global Bioenergies (earlier post) has signed a new development contract with Shell Global Solutions (Deutschland) GmbH (“Shell”) further to develop low- carbon road fuels. While the previous phases of the collaboration, starting at the end of 2022, were dedicated to exploring different potential options based on... Read more →


Researchers from the University of São Paulo and Universidad de Jaén in Brazil have shown that hydrogen can be produced from vine shoots—the main waste generated during vine pruning in viticulture, with up to 2 tons generated per hectare annually. Their work evaluates, for the first time, the possibility of... Read more →


Researchers with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have defined quantitatively the relative positioning and arrangement of the polymers in Populus wood and to create a computer model that details the findings. The research into solving this macromolecular puzzle, which appears in an open-access paper... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz partners with Simon to expand high-power charging network

Mercedes-Benz HPC North America LLC and Simon, a global provider of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, announced a strategic relationship that will result in expanding the Mercedes-Benz Charging Network to Simon locations. Key initiatives will include: Deployment of Mercedes-Benz branded EV fast chargers at no less than 55... Read more →


Goodyear and Visolis to collaborate on the production of isoprene by upcycling biobased materials

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Visolis, a sustainable technology company, will collaborate to produce isoprene through the upcycling of biobased materials. This collaboration is supported by a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded to Visolis earlier this year. Isoprene, an important precursor for some types of synthetic... Read more →


Honeywell and GranBio Technologies will combine Honeywell’s ethanol-to-jet (ETJ) technology (earlier post) with GranBio’s cellulosic ethanol AVAP technology to produce carbon-neutral sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from biomass residues at GranBio’s forthcoming US demonstration plant. GranBio’s patented AVAP process converts biomass, including forest and agricultural residues, to pure low-cost, low-carbon-intensity sugars,... Read more →


DOE awarding $16.7M to 5 projects to advance production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $16.7 million in funding to five projects to advance the production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Located in four states, these selected projects support the development of high-impact technologies that convert domestic biomass and... Read more →


ADM and Syngenta sign MoU on low-carbon next-generation oilseeds and improved varieties to meet growing demand for biofuels and other products

ADM and Syngenta Group, one of the world’s biggest agricultural technology companies, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in scaling research and commercialization of low carbon-intensity next-generation oilseeds and improved varieties to help meet skyrocketing demand for biofuels and other sustainably-sourced products. The MoU envisions a collaboration in... Read more →


Airbus has become a strategic partner with DG Fuels (DGF), an emerging producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). DGF’s fuel production system is based entirely on cellulosic waste products, such as wood waste from the logging industry, and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power. The partnership with... Read more →


DOE announces $18.6M to support production of low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) awarded $18.6 million in funding to eight university and industry projects to develop biomass feedstocks to produce affordable biofuels and bioproducts that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The selected projects support DOE’s investment in the development and production of biofuels... Read more →


A team from Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ (Leipzig, Germany) has shown the scale-up of the production of aviation drop-in fuel-like mixtures (mainly n-decane) that are obtained by Kolbe electrolysis of medium-chain carboxylic acids (n-hexanoic acid), which can be derived from biomass. A paper on their work appears in... Read more →


Marathon Petroleum implements Topsoe technology at Martinez Renewables facility in California

Marathon Petroleum Corporation selected Topsoe as the technology provider for renewable fuels production at the Martinez Renewable Fuels Facility in California. The facility, part of Marathon’s 50/50 joint venture with Neste, utilizes Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to convert bio-feedstock into renewable diesel. The continued partnership between Topsoe and Marathon builds upon... Read more →


Bentley has installed a 1,200-liter biofuel tank at its Crewe factory after successful performance trials of biogasoline—Sustain by Coryton—at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bentley ran its six-strong fleet at Goodwood using the fuel and successfully completed all 32 hill-climbs. The 750PS, W12-engined Batur fueled with the second-gen biofuel completed a... Read more →


SunGas Renewables to build $2B green methanol production facility in Louisiana

SunGas Renewables Inc. announced the formation of Beaver Lake Renewable Energy, LLC (BLRE), which will construct a new green methanol production facility in Central Louisiana. A wholly-owned subsidiary of SunGas Renewables, BLRE is expected to generate from the facility nearly 400,000 metric tons of green methanol per year for marine... Read more →


Uniper and Sasol ecoFT continue to develop SkyFuelH2 SAF

Uniper and Sasol ecoFT (a division of Sasol) will enter the next phase of the SkyFuelH2 project for production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Långsele, Sollefteå, Sweden. The plant is subject to a final investment decision in the future. Uniper and Sasol ecoFT have jointly applied for funding from... Read more →


BMW Group Plant Dingolfing will use heat produced from regional biomass and its own waste wood to meet about 50% of its process hot water requirements from 2025 onwards. The company has signed a supply contract to this effect for just under 100,000 MWh of thermal energy per year with... Read more →


Origin Materials, a carbon negative materials company (earlier post), has begun startup of Origin 1, the first commercial CMF plant, located in Sarnia, Ontario, in-line with prior guidance. The plant represents a significant scale-up of Origin’s technology platform for converting sustainable wood residues into versatile intermediate chemicals. The Origin platform... Read more →


S&P Global: increasing trade of low-carbon biofuel feedstocks heightens supply constraint concerns

Animal fats and used cooking oil are increasingly joining the likes of lithium, cobalt and copper as energy transitional materials where supply constraints are of growing concern, according to a new analysis of trade flows by S&P Global Commodity Insights Agribusiness Consulting group. The analysis, entitled Biofuel Feedstock Trade Flows:... Read more →


Dow and New Energy Blue announced a long-term supply agreement in North America in which New Energy Blue will create bio-based ethylene from renewable agricultural residues. Dow expects to purchase this bio-based ethylene, reducing carbon emissions from plastic production, and using it in recyclable applications across transportation, footwear, and packaging.... Read more →


DOE launches Clean Fuels & Products Shot

The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Clean Fuels & Products Shot, a new initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from carbon-based fuels and products significantly. This is the seventh DOE Energy Earthshot, which focuses on reducing carbon emissions from the fuel and chemical industry through... Read more →


Oleo-X launches merchant pretreatment facility for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel feedstocks

Oleo-X, a producer of premium renewable fuel feedstocks, launched its renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) feedstock merchant pretreatment facility. In addition to the facility launch, Oleo-X announced the appointment of longtime airline fuel executive Sergio Correa as Chief Executive Officer. Located in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Oleo-X’s facility has... Read more →


DOE announces $14M to optimize production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals

The Department of Energy announced $14 million in funding (DE-FOA-0002946) to support and to optimize the production of affordable biofuels and biochemicals while significantly reducing carbon emissions. The Topic Areas in the 2023 Conversion Research and Development (R&D) funding opportunity seek to address the following R&D needs: R&D on gasification... Read more →


The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $590 million to renew its four existing Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs). This funding will help support the Department’s research into the next generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy from domestic biomass resources. Each of the four centers, led by a National... Read more →


Strategic Biofuels has selected Johnson Matthey’s (JM’s) Fischer Tropsch (FT) CANS technology—co-developed with bp—for its Louisiana Green Fuels project (LGF) in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. Located on a 327-acre site at the Port of Columbia, the LGF plant plans to convert 1 million tons of forestry waste feedstock into cleaner-burning renewable... Read more →


DOE announces $25.5M to improve biofuels and bioproducts

The US Department of Energy announced $25.5 million in funding to enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources, such as agricultural residues and algae, to produce low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. The “Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops” funding opportunity (RACIPAC) (DE-FOA-0002910) will improve the production... Read more →


bp to invest up to $8B additional in transition growth engines by 2030, for cumulative $55-65B over 2023-2030

bp says that it will invest more in the energy transition and bp’s own transition, with up to $8 billion more slated for transition growth engines (TGEs) by 2030. These include higher-return bioenergy, and convenience & EV charging; and focusing hydrogen and renewables & power where bp can leverage integration.... Read more →


Solvay to produce silica from rice husk ash for tires in Europe, expansion plans in N America

Solvay is investing at its Livorno, Italy site to launch the company’s first unit of circular highly dispersible silica (HDS) made with bio-based sodium silicate derived from rice husk ash (RHA). Rice husk is an abundantly available agricultural waste. Combustion of rice husk produces RHA, which consists mainly of silica... Read more →


Topsoe and Steeper Energy, a developer of biomass conversion technologies, signed a global licensing agreement for a complete waste-to-fuel solution. The agreement combines Topsoe’s technologies in renewable fuels and hydrogen production as well as decades of experience in engineering with Steeper’s proprietary Hydrofaction technology and industry know-how. With the agreement,... Read more →


DOE to award $118M to 17 projects to accelerate domestic biofuel production

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award some $118 million in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels. Made from widely available domestic feedstocks and advanced refining technologies, energy-dense biofuels provide a pathway for low-carbon fuels that can lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the transportation... Read more →


University of Queensland researchers, working in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have found a way to convert sugarcane into isobutanol— a building block of aviation fuel and other products—more efficiently. An open-access paper on the work is published in Chemistry - a European Journal. Enzymatic cascade to... Read more →


Raven SR to supply sustainable aviation fuel to ANA and JAL

Raven SR signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to All Nippon Airways (ANA) and to Japan Airlines (JAL) for major global routes. Each MOU provides for an initial 50,000 tons of SAF supply in the first year, 2025, with annual incremental increases to 200,000 tons... Read more →


Raven SR, Chevron and Hyzon Motors collaborate to produce hydrogen from green waste in Northern California

Raven SR, a renewable fuels company; Chevron New Energies, a division of Chevron USA; and Hyzon Motors are collaborating to commercialize operations of a green waste-to-hydrogen production facility in Richmond intended to supply hydrogen fuel to transportation markets in Northern California. The facility will be owned by a newly formed... Read more →


Liquid intermediates from pyrolysis and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) can be co-processed in an oil refinery along with conventional crude oil. In an open-access paper in the journal Energy & Fuels, a team from VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, with colleagues from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Ghent University,... Read more →


DOE announces intent for funding to improve bioenergy feedstocks and optimize production of biofuels and biochemicals

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced its intent to issue two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in early 2023. These potential FOAs—“Reducing Agricultural Carbon Intensity and Protecting Algal Crops (RACIPAC)” and the “2023 Conversion R&D”—will enable the sustainable use of domestic biomass and waste resources to... Read more →


At its Dakar debut in January 2022, the Audi RS Q e-tron (earlier post) series hybrid set standards in efficiency and competitiveness of e-mobility in motorsport. In the next step, the three desert prototypes with electric drive and energy converter will run in the 2023 Dakar Rally with an innovative... Read more →


Rio Tinto validates BioIron process for low-carbon iron-making; biomass and microwave energy

Rio Tinto has shown the effectiveness of a low-carbon iron-making process using ores from its mines in Australia in a small-scale pilot plant in Germany, and is now planning the development of a larger-scale pilot plant to further assess its potential to help decarbonize the steel value chain. The process,... Read more →


Neste to acquire used cooking oil collection and aggregation business from Crimson Renewable Energy in the US

Neste, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials, will acquire the used cooking oil (UCO) collection and aggregation business and related assets in the United States from Crimson Renewable Energy Holdings, LLC. The transaction includes shares in SeQuential Environmental... Read more →


DG Fuels (DGF), a provider of cellulosic drop-in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), signed a multi-year SAF offtake agreement with Air France KLM for up to 60,408 metric tons (21 million gallons) per year from DGF’s initial plant to be located in Louisiana. The contract is expected to make Air France... Read more →


Rolls-Royce and Alder Fuels to test Alder Green Crude-derived SAF

Rolls-Royce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alder Fuels, a process technology and project development company in the low-carbon transportation fuels industry (earlier post), to test Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced based on Alder Fuels’ proprietary greencrude technology (AGC). The testing, which will include flight tests on a... Read more →


Raven SR and Emerging Fuels Technology to collaborate on syngas upgrading for SAF and renewable diesel

Raven SR, a renewable fuels company, and Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to integrate their respective technologies into an advanced system for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The resulting production platform will include Raven SR’s patented Steam/CO2 Reformer process (earlier post) and... Read more →


Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Washington State University have developed a a process by which lignin can be selectively converted to jet-range aromatics at unprecedented carbon yields, providing a path toward a 100% drop-in sustainable aviation... Read more →


Neste, Marathon finalize transaction to establish JV for production of renewable fuels in US

Neste Corporation and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Marathon) announced an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture to produce renewable diesel following a conversion project of Marathon’s refinery in Martinez, California (the Martinez Renewable Fuels project). (Earlier post.) All required closing conditions have been met, including the receipt of the necessary... Read more →


Aemetis, Inc., a renewable fuels company focused on negative carbon intensity products, announced that $7 billion of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) supply agreements have been signed with 10 airlines for a total of 916 million gallons of blended SAF. Previously, Aemetis announced a contract with a... Read more →


Alder Fuels and Enviva partner to scale and commercialize sustainable aviation fuel supply chains

Enviva, the leading producer of sustainably sourced woody biomass, and Alder Fuels, a clean tech developer and greencrude producer, signed a contract for the long-term, large-scale supply of woody biomass from Enviva, which sources low-value fiber, such as forest byproducts such as tree tops, limbs, and commercial thinnings, to commercialize... Read more →


NYK Line has invested in Japan-based Sustainable Energy Co. Ltd. which has developed its own integrated subcritical-water organic-waste power-generation system (ISOP) system, which decomposes organic substances using subcritical-water-treating technology and ultimately produces green energy products such as biofuels. By investing in Sustainable Energy, NYK will support the commercialization of this... Read more →