A research team led by Principal Researcher Young Kim from the Heat Pump Research Center of the Research Institute of Carbon-neutral Energy Machinery of the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) has successfully developed a highly efficient microchannel reactor which reduces the required catalyst amount to 30% for electrofuel... Read more →

Metafuels, European Energy plan eSAF facility in Denmark; methanol to SAF

Metafuels AG (earlier post), a Swiss aviation tech company, has signed an agreement with European Energy to set up a synthetic sustainable aviation fuel (eSAF) facility near Padborg in southern Denmark. The new facility is set to be constructed adjacent to a future Power-to-X facility from European Energy. The facility... Read more →

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has found an unconventional way to improve catalysts made of more than one material. The solution demonstrates a path to designing catalysts with greater activity, selectivity and stability. A catalyst normally uses a support to... Read more →

Achates showcases 2.5L opposed-piston engine at ACT Expo

At ACT Expo, Achates Power (API) is displaying one of three engine variants of what it calls the cleanest and most efficient combustion engine architecture to date. With the industry facing massive disruption due to stringent limits on both criteria and CO2 emissions, API’s demonstrations of its opposed-piston engines have... Read more →

Johnson Matthey and thyssenkrupp Uhde join forces to offer an integrated solution for blue ammonia technology

Johnson Matthey (JM) and thyssenkrupp Uhde, a leading provider for engineering, construction, and service of chemical plants, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer jointly a fully integrated low carbon (blue) ammonia solution, building on a nearly 25-year ammonia relationship between the companies. In the drive to reduce CO2... Read more →

Volvo expands its range of 100% biodiesel-powered trucks

A full range of new Volvo truck models can now be powered by 100% biodiesel (B100), offering another renewable fuel choice for customers looking to reduce CO2 emissions from transport immediately. Volvo Trucks has one of the industry’s broadest ranges of renewable fuel options, including biodiesel, HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oils)... Read more →

SunGas Renewables and C2X partner to scale up the production of green methanol and other renewable fuels

SunGas Renewables and C2X announced a strategic partnership and an investment by C2X in convertible preferred stock issued by SunGas. Together, SunGas and C2X aim to develop, own, and operate multiple green methanol production facilities in North America to increase the supply of sustainable fuels and advance global decarbonization of... Read more →

Signature Aviation, which operates the world’s largest network of business aviation terminals, is now providing only blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to all aircraft refueling at its terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Since April 1, Signature’s LAX terminal has become the second business aviation terminal worldwide,... Read more →

Fortescue, with support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), successfully completed propulsion and maneuverability trials of its Singapore-registered Fortescue Green Pioneer in the Port of Singapore. (Earlier post.) The trials were conducted using 6.4 m3 (4.4 tonnes) of liquid ammonia, in combination with diesel and Hydrogenated Vegetable... Read more →

SMA Mineral partners with Infinium to advance eFuels project in Norway

Infinium has reached an agreement with SMA Mineral (SMA) that will advance the development of Infinium’s eFuels project at the Mo Industripark in Mo i Rana, Norway. (Earlier post.) The Infinium facility will utilize the carbon dioxide that SMA will produce at its Zero Emission Quick Lime (ZEQL) manufacturing facility... Read more →

Researchers from the Joint BioEnergy Institute have used advanced computing tools to engineer the bacteria Pseudomonas putida (P. putida) for isoprenol production as a precursor for sustainable aviation fuel. An open-access paper on their work is published in the journal Metabolic Engineering. Isoprenol is a chemical involved in the production... Read more →

US West Coast refiners are using more hydrogen purchased from merchant suppliers than from their own production, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). From 2012 to 2022, hydrogen purchased by refiners in the region increased 29% to about 550 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). Over the same... Read more →

UMich team develops catalyst that could convert CO2 into renewable fuels such as methanol on large scale

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a catalyst material—cobalt phthalocyanine—that converts carbon dioxide into renewable fuels such as methanol. In a study published in the journal ACS Catalysis, U-M researchers report using cobalt phthalocyanine as a catalyst to convert carbon dioxide into methanol through multiple reaction steps. The... Read more →

bp has signed an eight-year offtake agreement with Circtec, a UK-based technology company that develops and operates innovative pyrolysis chemical process technology and that converts hard-to-recycle waste tires into HUPA—Circtec’s proprietary renewable drop-in marine fuel, and circular naphtha petrochemical feedstock. = Under the agreement bp is committed to purchasing up... Read more →

Researchers investigate ammonia-enriched biogas as alternative fuel in diesels

In a paper in the journal Fuel, a team from India reports on their investigation of he potential of ammonia as a secondary fuel in diesel engines. A single-cylinder diesel engine was utilized to assess engine performance and combustion characteristics using ammonia gaseous blends. Ammonia was combined with biogas to... Read more →

EPA approves 20% blend of renewable gasoline with conventional gasoline

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved registration for VertiGas20, a renewable gasoline product, to be sold as 20% blends in conventional gasoline to help mitigate transportation carbon emissions. VertiBlue Fuels, LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Blue Biofuels and Vertimass, will start producing this renewable gasoline as one... Read more →

Topsoe secures first sustainable aviation fuel project in China

Topsoe has signed an agreement with Guangxi Hongkun Biomass to provide Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology to produce SAF at Guangxi Hongkun Biomass’ plant in the Qinzhou Port Area Free Trade Pilot Zone of Guangxi, China. This agreement marks Topsoe’s first SAF project in China. The project expects to process 300,000 tons... Read more →

IRS releases guidance on SAF Credit; modified version of GREET

The US Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance on the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Credit established by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The Treasury Department worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Department of Energy... Read more →

FHWA announces $148M in grants to help reduce truck air pollution near ports

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced $148 million in grants to 11 states and Puerto Rico under the first round of a new $400-million program to improve air quality and reduce pollution for truck drivers, port workers and families that live in communities surrounding ports. The Reduction... Read more →

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the methanol-fueled auxiliary engines for five new container vessels for COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd and seven new container vessels for Orient Overseas Container Line. Each vessel will operate with three 8-cylinder and two 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 32M engines. This is the Chinese maritime sector’s largest... Read more →

US distillate consumption so far this year is lower than usual because of warm winter weather, reduced manufacturing activity, and continued substitution of biofuels in place of petroleum distillate on the US West Coast (PADD 5), according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). As reported in EIA’s Weekly Petroleum... Read more →

Verde Clean Fuels, a renewable energy company focused on the development of commercial production facilities to convert syngas derived from diverse feedstocks into gasoline, announced that a consortium led by TDA Research and including Verde, has been awarded funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to complete a conceptual... Read more →

EPA issues emergency fuel waiver for E-15 sales to address supply issues

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline—gasoline blended with 15% ethanol—to be sold during the summer driving season. EPA intends the waiver to provide relief at the pump from ongoing market supply issues created by the ongoing war in Ukraine and... Read more →

CF Industries and JERA explore development of greenfield low-carbon ammonia production capacity in the US

CF Industries Holdings, the world’s largest producer of ammonia, and JERA, Japan’s largest energy company, executed a joint development agreement (JDA) to explore the development of greenfield low-carbon ammonia production capacity at CF Industries’ Blue Point Complex in Louisiana. The JDA will guide JERA and CF Industries’ evaluation of a... Read more →

BASF, SABIC, and Linde inaugurate world’s first large-scale electrically heated steam cracking furnace

BASF, SABIC, and Linde have inaugurated the world’s first demonstration plant for large-scale electrically heated steam cracking furnaces. Following three years of development, engineering, and construction work, the regular operation of the demonstration plant is now ready to start at BASF’s Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. In March 2021, the... Read more →

Boeing has agreed to purchase 7.5 million gallons (over 22,700 tons) of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2024 to support its US Commercial Airplanes business operations in reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The volume of Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is part of Boeing’s total purchase of... Read more →

Topsoe to supply HydroFlex technology for Cepsa and Bio-Oils’ new plant in Spain; 500,000 tons of SAF and renewable diesel annually

Topsoe signed an agreement with Cepsa, a leading international company committed to sustainable mobility. According to the agreement, Topsoe will provide its HydroFlex technology for the production of SAF and renewable diesel at Cepsa’s and Bio-Oils’ new second-generation biofuels plant in Palos de la Frontera, Spain. The plant, which began... Read more →

Researchers in China have developed a strategy for the production of furoin and furil, high-value C10 fuel precursors, by upgrading biomass-based furfural. A paper on their work is published in the journal Fuel. Yuan et al. Furfural is known to be one of the promising lignocellulosic biomass-derived platform molecules. Given... Read more →

Propel Fuels, a leading low carbon fuel retailer, has opened the company’s first Flex Fuel E85 station in Washington State, partnering with the Road Warrior Travel Center to introduce a new low-cost, high-performance fuel choice to the Yakima Valley. Propel and Road Warrior celebrated the availability of Flex Fuel E85... Read more →

MOL Group has inaugurated a 10 MW capacity green hydrogen plant —the largest in Central and Eastern Europe—in Százhalombatta. The €22-million investment makes fuel production more sustainable: the plant will reduce the Danube Refinery’s carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 tonnes. The 10 megawatt electrolysis unit created by Plug Power produces... Read more →

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

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced the MACRO: Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0003274). The FOA will award up to $18.8 million to address research and development (R&D) challenges in converting algae, such... Read more →

Strategic Biofuels, a leading sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) project developer, announced a strategic investment commitment from Magnolia Sustainable Energy Partners (M-SEP), a newly formed Japanese-based investment consortium created by Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX). The investment from M-SEP will be used... Read more →

Southwest Airlines acquires SAFFiRE Renewables

Southwest Airlines has a{acquired} SAFFiRE Renewables as part of the investment portfolio of its wholly owned subsidiary Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures, LLC (SARV). SARV is dedicated to creating more opportunities for Southwest to obtain scalable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAFFiRE is part of a project supported by the Department of... Read more →

Sinopec and TotalEnergies partner to produce sustainable jet fuel at a SINOPEC refinery

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and TotalEnergies signed a heads of agreement (HoA) jointly to develop a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production unit at a SINOPEC refinery in China. The partnership aims to achieve an annual production capacity of 230,000 tons, with the new production line co-operated by both... Read more →

Tsinghua, BYD team explores combustion and emissions of gasoline/ammonia engine

A team from Tsinghua University, with colleagues from BYD research, investigated the impact of NH3 blending on combustion and emission characteristics of a stoichiometric spark-ignition gasoline engine, with a particular emphasis on nitrogen-based emissions. The experimental investigation was complemented by chemical kinetic calculations. A paper on their work is published... Read more →

Phillips 66 announces major milestone in production of renewable diesel

Phillips 66 announced a major milestone in its conversion of the San Francisco refinery into the Rodeo Renewable Energy Complex (earlier post), expanding commercial-scale production of renewable diesel. The Rodeo Renewed project has progressed, with the facility now processing only renewable feedstocks and producing approximately 30,000 barrels per day of... Read more →

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will build, integrate and test a small demonstration spacecraft as part of a $25.5-million Space Mobility and Logistics (SML) prototyping project funded by the US Space Force and led by prime contractor Astroscale US. The spacecraft, called the Astroscale Prototype Servicer for Refueling (APS-R), will refuel... Read more →

Recent analysis by Wood Mackenzie finds that, based on forecasted 2030 net cash margins, 121 out of 465 screened refineries are at some risk of closure. This represents a cumulative 20.2 million b/d of refining capacity, or 21.6% of global 2023 capacity. The future viability of refinery facilities will be... Read more →

Biofuel and Ag Groups call on EPA to issue E15 emergency waiver

Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, and National Sorghum Producers sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on Administrator Michael Regan to act swiftly on an emergency waiver for E15 sales. New and ongoing conflicts across the... Read more →

Researchers from Tohoku University have identified a promising alternative to the conventional means of synthesizing ammonia, one that is more environmentally friendly. Details of their research are published in an open-access paper in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. The Haber-Bosch synthesis, developed in the early 20th century to synthesize... Read more →

Fortescue, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), government agencies, research institutes, and industry partners, has successfully conducted the world’s first use of ammonia, in combination with diesel in the combustion process, as a marine fuel onboard the Singapore-flagged ammonia-powered vessel, the Fortescue Green Pioneer,... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions announced that its MAN 51/60DF engine has passed the milestone of 10 million operational hours. The dual-fuel engine has proved popular with 310 engines currently in service—an increase of almost 100 units since 2022. The 51/60DF engine, which can run on a wide variety of fuels including... Read more →

Sasol and Topsoe have launched their joint venture, Zaffra. (Earlier post.) With its headquarters based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Zaffra is focusing on the development and delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Zaffra combines the extensive experience of Sasol in asset development, plant construction, and robust operating and technology expertise... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2023 Billion-Ton Report (BT23), which shows that the US could sustainably triple its production of biomass to more than 1 billion tons per year. The report—the fourth in a series of assessments of potential biomass resources in the United States since 2005—finds... Read more →

EPA issues final rule on air toxics from gasoline distribution facilities

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final amendments to the Gasoline Distribution National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), including both major and area source categories. In addition, EPA issued final updates to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Bulk Gasoline Terminals. Gasoline distribution facilities include storage... Read more →

Volvo Group signs agreement with Westport for joint venture to reduce CO2 emissions from long haul transport

The Volvo Group has signed an agreement according to the previously announced Letter of Intent with Westport Fuel Systems Inc to establish a joint venture to accelerate the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications. (Earlier post.) The... Read more →

Ampaire acquires Magpie Aviation

Ampaire, a developer of hybrid electric aircraft systems, has acquired Magpie Aviation, a developer of innovative electric aviation technologies. The acquisition will broaden Ampaire’s IP and contract portfolio through Magpie’s multiple pending patents and government contracts. With the acquisition of Magpie, Ampaire continues to multiply applications for its hybrid electric... Read more →

Since early January 2024, US refinery utilization has decreased 11%, falling as low as 81% during the two weeks ending 9 February and 16 February, and briefly dropped below the five-year (2019–23) low. Although US retail average prices for gasoline and diesel are below 2023 prices for this time of... Read more →

CIP announces investments and agreements with LOTTE Chemical on clean ammonia projects

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), through its Energy Transition Fund, has signed a memorandum of understanding with LOTTE Chemical Corporation (LOTTE), Korea’s leading chemical company and one of the world’s largest producers of chemical products, to strengthen collaboration on clean ammonia projects. As part of the agreement, the two companies agree... Read more →