A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that the sharp growth in US renewable diesel production and capacity is causing significant, market-altering shifts both domestically and to foreign feedstock trade. Renewable diesel, like biodiesel, is produced from the same renewable feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal... Read more →

OMV Petrom invests ~€750M at Petrobrazi to become the first major producer of SAF and RD in Southeast Europe

OMV Petrom, the largest integrated energy producer in Southeast Europe, will invest approximately €750 million at Petrobrazi to transform the refinery into the first major producer of sustainable fuels in the region. The company has made the final investment decision to build a SAF/HVO facility along with two facilities for... Read more →

Zero, Airbus sign MoU to advance development of synthetic SAF

Zero, a company developing and manufacturing whole-blend synthetic, non-biological fuels—gasoline, diesel and jet fuel—using just carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from water—has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to advance the development of synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuel (eSAF) and enable commercial-scale adoption of the technology by... Read more →

The C919 aircraft completed maiden test flight with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Sinopec earlier this month. China’s homegrown large passenger aircraft, the C919 made a soft landing on the runway of Dongying Airport in Shandong Province, marking the first time for the domestic commercial aircraft to be fueled... Read more →

Glocal Green and Norwegian Hydrogen join forces for green hydrogen in conjunction with bio-methanol production

Glocal Green AS and Norwegian Hydrogen entered into a cooperation agreement for the development and establishment of hydrogen production in connection with Glocal Green’s planned bio-methanol plant. The hydrogen production will be organized into a separate jointly owned company. The bio-methanol will be produced from low-grade biological residual materials and... Read more →

Element Fuels completes site preparation and pre-construction for hydrogen-powered clean fuels refinery and combined-cycle power plant

Element Fuels Holdings, LLC, a company founded to develop and operate scalable, next-generation clean fuels production, has completed site preparation and pre-construction on a new hydrogen-powered refinery and combined-cycle power plant within the Port of Brownsville, Texas. The Element complex is designed to produce and recycle hydrogen using advanced technologies... Read more →

Polestar reduces supply chain emissions through integration of renewable fuels for ocean freight

Polestar is taking the next steps in reducing its supply chain emissions by integrating renewable fuels on its ocean freight routes, which account for around 75% of Polestar’s total transportation emissions. Polestar is now also operating its Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC) in Belgium on 100% renewable electricity. The VPC acts... Read more →

Results from the world’s first in-flight study of the impact of using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in both engines of a commercial aircraft show a reduction in soot particles and formation of contrail ice crystals compared to using conventional Jet A-1 fuel. The ECLIF3 study (earlier post), in which... Read more →

WinGD, Alfa Laval, ABS and K Shipbuilding join forces for ammonia-fueled tanker design

Swiss marine power company WinGD, Swedish marine technology leader Alfa Laval and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will work with Korean shipbuilder K Shipbuilding (KSB) on the development of an ammonia-fueled MR tanker design, under a memorandum of understanding signed in April. The design will feature a 6X52DF‑A engine... Read more →

Berkeley Lab team develops digital model for optimization of membrane-electode assemblies for CO2 conversion

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a digital model to accelerate the optimization of membrane-electrode assemblies to convert CO2 to fuel and other products. A paper on the work appears in the journal Nature Chemical Engineering. Carbon dioxide can be transformed into valuable feedstocks such as carbon monoxide and ethylene, which... Read more →

The two classification societies, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Lloyd’s Register (LR), have awarded a new ship design of an ammonia-fueled 3,500 TEU container vessel Approval in Principle (AiP). A cross-industry taskforce including A. P. Møller-Mærsk, MAN Energy Solutions, Deltamarin, Eltronic FuelTech, ABS, and LR, and led by... Read more →

Two-thirds of European green shipping fuel projects are at risk, a new Transport & Environment (T&E) study shows. T&E’s mapping of green hydrogen projects across Europe shows that nearly 4% of European shipping could run on green e-fuels by 2030. But fuel suppliers appear to be reluctant to commit financially... Read more →

Westport and Volvo Group announce closing of the joint venture

Volvo Group and Westport Fuel Systems announced the closing and launch of their previously announced joint venture transaction. (Earlier post.) The joint venture is committed to accelerating the commercialization and global adoption of Westport’s HPDI fuel system technology for long-haul and off-road applications. The joint venture will be led, on... Read more →

Proman Stena Bulk, the joint venture between tanker company Stena Bulk and methanol producer Proman, formally christened Stena Prosperous during a ceremony at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore. Stena Prosperous is the last of six vessels in Proman Stena Bulk’s joint venture fleet to be formally named, following... Read more →

The predominant method for industrial green diesel production involves hydrotreating technology using sulfided CoMo or NiMo catalysts. However, the maintenance of these catalysts requires continuous replenishment of the sulfur source during operation, leading to increased costs, equipment corrosion, and sulfur contamination. Hence, the quest for a non-sulfur catalytic system to... Read more →

Neste welcomes the unrestricted sales allowance of 100% renewable diesel in Germany

Neste welcomes the allowance of unrestricted sales of paraffinic diesel fuels according to the DIN EN 15940 fuel standard in Germany. The sales of unblended, 100% renewable diesel (also known as “HVO100”) has previously only been allowed in specific segments, such as in non-road vehicles and public transportation. The approval... Read more →

Idemitsu Kosan, ENEOS, Toyota Motor, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries commenced a study toward the introduction and spread of carbon-neutral fuels that contribute to the decarbonization of automobiles with the aim of realizing a carbon-neutral society. Seeking to introduce carbon-neutral fuels in Japan around 2030, the four companies fulfilling major roles... Read more →

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 →