Weekly News Roundup

I’m back from a week-long vacation and have to catch up with lots of emails and news. I’ll try to post another news roundup later this week as these (below) are kind of late.



LS9 scientific breakthrough

LS9 scientists announced the discovery of novel genes that, when expressed in E.coli, produce alkanes, the primary hydrocarbon components of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The one step sugar- to-diesel process does not require elevated temperatures, high pressures, toxic inorganic catalysts, hydrogen or complex unit operations

Arkema on waste heat-based AC

Arkema, Power Partners, Inc. and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) teamed up on a $2.54 million research program to improve the efficiency and test new refrigerants in a type of air conditioning unit that runs on waste heat or heat from solar thermal collectors. The goal is to utilize PNNL’s advanced materials and develop adsorption chillers that are smaller, more efficient and affordable enough to be used more frequently in commercial buildings.

Siemens in carbon capture project

Siemens Energy will design, install, and operate a pilot plant for treating a slipstream (1 MW equivalent) at the Tampa Electric Big Bend Station to demonstrate POSTCAP technology for post-combustion CO2 gas capture. Siemens’ POSTCAP technology will utilize an environment-friendly amino acid salt formulation as a solvent for CO2 absorption.



Pyrolysis oil-based biofuel patent


New Generation Biofuels Holdings has filed for a patent application for their new pyrolysis oil based biofuels. Pyrolysis oil can be made from a wide range of biological and other energy containing products that would normally be waste materials. Applications include commercial and industrial heating, co-firing in power generation applications, and other processes where diesel and distillate fuels are used.



Dow in low-cost biodiesel


Dow Argentina and ALS Bioenergy partnered in the development of a low-cost technology for building biodiesel manufacturing plants in the South Region of Argentina. The technology consists of a new production process that combines Dow Technology and ALS Bioenergy developments making it possible to manufacture biodiesel without water or acid. Another advantage is that the plant can be powered with any kind of fat with no acid limit, obtaining a 99,5% conversion.



And in ICIS News (requires subscription):


The American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) warned Congress that the proposed “Toxic Chemicals Safety Act” could shut down the nation’s process industries, undermine downstream manufacturing and export production and jobs abroad.

Germany’s chemical producers and chemical union IG BCE sharply criticised a government plan to reduce breaks on energy taxes for the country’s manufacturers, including energy-intensive sectors such a chemicals.

Japan’s JGC and INPEX and BASF will together carry out demonstration tests of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and recovery technology for natural gas.



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