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Boeing, COMAC Set to Produce "Gutter Oil" Biofuel (Ind. Report)
China Bioenergy Industry Technology Innovation Alliance,Boeing
Date: 2014-08-18
Following on the 2012 establishment of an Aviation Energy Conservation and Emission Reduction Technology Center to explore the conversion of waste cooking oil -- "gutter oil" -- into jet fuel, Boeing and its Chinese partner, Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC), are now building a production line to process gutter oil into aviation fuel at the rate of one half ton per day. Production is slated to get underway in September.

In 2011, China launched the first trial flight of a passenger plane powered by a mix of biofuel and traditional aviation fuel. In addition to China, Boeing has also partnered with the US, Europe, Japan and Australia, to develop sustainable aviation biofuels. (Source: China Bioenergy Industry Technology Innovation Alliance, Boeing, ESCN, Aug. 15, 2014) Contact: China Bioenergy Industry Technology Innovation Alliance, www.cibeexpochina.com; Commercial Aircraft Corp of China, www.english.comac.cc; Boeing, www.boeing.com

Tags Boeing news,  Aviation Biofuel news,  


Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan Update -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2014-01-03
On December 31, the Keystone State's DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo forwarded the final version of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan Update to Gov. Corbett and members of the Senate and House Environmental Resources and Energy Committees. The final version of the Plan Update, which has been reviewed by DEP's Climate Change Advisory Committee, is a combination of recommendations made by Committee members and DEP. There was no overall vote by the Committee to endorse the Plan.

The Plan notes there have been significant changes to Pennsylvania's greenhouse gas emissions since the base year of 2000 used in the Plan resulting in the estimate that overall climate changing emissions from the Commonwealth will be lower in 2020 than in the base year. The reduction in the use of coal for power generation and the switch to natural gas alone will result in emissions savings of about 12 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide. The Plan concludes that "Pennsylvania CO2 emissions have fallen dramatically, in large part because Pennsylvania is generating more electricity with natural gas instead of coal. However, other factors, including improved energy efficiency standards from consumer products and automobiles have contributed to the decline in carbon emissions."

Access the full report HERE. (Source: Pennsylvania DEP, NorthCentral Pa.com, 2 Jan., 2013)

Tags Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


DOE Energy Storage Database Surpasses 420 Projects (Ind. Report)
International Energy Storage Database
Date: 2013-11-01
The U.S. DOE's International Energy Storage Database has surpassed 420 documented energy storage projects from 34 countries with a combined 123 GW of installed capacity. The first-of-its-kind database provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy storage projects and relevant state and federal policies. It is funded through DOE's Sandia National Laboratories, and has been operating since January 2012.

More than 50 energy storage technologies are represented worldwide, including multiple battery technologies, compressed air energy storage, flywheels, gravel energy storage, hydrogen energy storage, pumped hydroelectric, superconducting magnetic energy storage, and thermal energy storage. The policy section of the database shows 18 federal and state policies addressing grid connected energy storage, from rules and regulations to tariffs and other financial incentives.

California currently has 4.5GW of installed energy storage, which leads all states in the U.S. The Golden State also leads the US in total installed advanced energy storage projects, with 44 projects. The next closest state is New York, with 13.

Anybody can create an account and add projects, and each project goes through a vetting process where database staff contact the project owner to verify data accuracy. (Source: U.S. DOE,Transmission & Distribution World, 28 Oct., 2013) Contact: U.S. DOE International Energy Storage Database, www.energystorageexchange.org

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LANL Reports New Approach to Hydrocarbon Fuels (Ind. Report)
LANL
Date: 2013-05-24
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) -- one of the Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO) research partners -- has published Hydrodeoxygenation of Bioderived Furans into Alkanes, a report on a new approach to creating hydrocarbon fuels.

The report discusses LANL's research and testing on a new compound carbon molecule created through a new process in which glucose -- or cellulose-based molecules are merged with alternative molecules derived from biomass. The compound molecule -- also known as a linear alkane -- is then converted into hydrocarbons that are similar to those found in gasoline and diesel. The similarity is comparable enough that, once refined, the process could be used to produce drop-in fuel replacements.

The new approach uses less energy and has a higher conversion rate than preexisting technologies. A higher conversion rate creates purer products, which could potentially lower the cost of processing and refining. The method can also be applied to a variety of molecules derived from biomass. LANL plans to continue its investigation of this new process and will place particular emphasis on improving the re-usability of catalysts and scale-up methods (Source: LANL, US DOE, 15 May, 2013) Contact: LANL, (505) 667-5061, www.lanl.gov

Tags Biomass news,  LANL news,  Biofuel news,  


EEX Waives €5,000 Annual Fee for Carbon Trading in 2013 (Int'l)
European Energy Exchange
Date: 2012-11-14
The Leipzig-based European Energy Exchange AG (EEX) is waiving its annual €5,000 fee for buyers who register before Dec. 31 to participate in its EU carbon permit market in 2013.. The EEX has also introduced a new rebate schedule for trading in spot and future carbon permits in its secondary market. The exchange will now charge €0.60 per metric ton in exchange and clearing fees for spot monthly trading volume of less than 1,000 lots (1 million tonnes) and as little as €0.40 a ton for monthly spot trade in excess of 5 million tons. Fees for derivatives contracts will range from €0.10 per tonne for trades in excess of 15 million tonnes a month to €0.28 a ton for less than 3 million tonnes a month, the exchange said. (Source: EEX, 14 Nov., 2012) Contact: European Energy Exchange

More Energy Overviews European Energy Exchange news,  CERs news,  Carbon Trading news,  


EEX, ICE Opt for Early Phase 3 EAU Auctions (Int'l, Ind. Report)
EEX,ICE
Date: 2012-10-01
On Friday, the German European Energy Exchange (EEX) and the London-based ICE Futures Europe released details on the timings of early auctions of Phase Three European Union carbon permits (EAUs) on behalf of their respective governments. The scheme's third trading period starts next year and lasts until 2020. During that time, power generators operating under the ETS will no longer receive the bulk of their EAUs for free and most will be auctioned.

In 2011, the EU Commission decided that around 120 million EUAs for the third phase would be auctioned early to help power companies hedge forward power sales. Market participants have been awaiting the timing of the early sales because the market is already over-supplied with over 1 billion permits putting pressure on prices and dropping them to below €6 euros in April.

EEX will auction a total of 23.5 million EUAs for the third trading phase over the rest of this year on behalf of the German government. The auctions begin on October 12. Sales of 2.4 million EUAs will be held on its spot market every Friday The last auction of the year will take place on December 14 and will sell around 1.93 million EUAs.

ICE Futures Europe will hold two auctions on behalf of the British government on November 21 and December 5. The volumes to be sold were not disclosed. The UK can auction a total of 12 million Phase 3 EUAs before the end of the year. ICE will also hold two auctions of aviation EUAs on November 26 and December 10. No volumes were disclosed. (Source: EEX, ICE, Chicago Tribune, 28 Sept., 2012) Contact: European Energy Exchange AG, Katrin Berken, +49 341 2156-202, katrin.berken@eex.com, www.eex.com; ICE Futures Europe, David Peniket, President, (770) 857-4700, www.theice.com

Tags Carbon Markets news,  EEX news,  ICE Futures news,  


Kansas Geological Survey Investigating CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery (Ind. Report)
University of Kansas,Berexco,Kasas Geological Survey
Date: 2012-09-14
Following on our July 10 coverage, to many western Kansans, sites like the Berexco rig site 25 miles northwest of Liberal, Kan. aren't unusual. Thanks to a research partnership between gas and oil developer Berexco, the DOE and the Kansas Geological Survey, it could be one of the first sites used for carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration in the state.

The drilling of the 7,500-foot well in Cutter field began Aug. 1. The research group, lead by KGS geologists Lynn Watney and Jason Rush, is attempting to investigate the use of CO2 in enhanced drilling practices and the storage of CO2 in underground saline reservoirs. "Regardless of where the CO2 comes from, our perspective is to get ready for the large-scale use of CO2 for the oil fields as well as examining the saline aquifers for storage," Watney said. "this would be very useful should we have caps on emissions from sources like power plants and ethanol plants that could be taken from the atmosphere and stored."

University of Kansas graduate student Christa Jackson mixes the test samples with reservoir core fluids and submits them to temperatures near 50 degrees Celsius and pressures between 2,000 and 2,500 psi.to determine which minerals dissolve and what minerals precipitate." Jackson's work is to make sure that CO2 doesn't breach the field.

The DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory provided nearly $21.5 million for the project. Additional funding is from a cost-share agreement among the KGS and its partners in the energy industry. The research is intended to to see if the deep Arbuckle formation in Kansas is a safe place to dispose of CO2." (Source: University of Kansas, 12 Sept., 2012) Contact: Kansas Geological Survey, Lynn Watney, (785) 864-2184 , lwatney@kgs.ku.edu, www.kgs.ku.edu; Breexco, www.berexco.com

Tags Enhanced Oil Recovery news,  CCS news,  Kansas Geological Survey news,  


EEX to Sell EU CERs (Int'l., Ind. Report)
European Energy Exchange AG
Date: 2012-09-11
The Leipzig, Germany-headquartered European Energy Exchange AG (EEX) was appointed yesterday to sell CERs on behalf of the EU and, according to Barclay's Plc., may struggle to win futures volume from ICE Futures Europe. The EEX plans to sell at least 250 million metric tons of CERs valid for the third phase of the EU ETS on behalf of 24 of the 27 EU member states from the end of October, according to a statement on the EU's website. The CERs are valued at €2 billion ($2.6 billion), based on yesterday's ICE closing prices.

Beginning next year, the EU plans to sell about half of its allowances, after having given about 97 percent for free through this year. The eight-year trading period starting in 2013 is known as Phase 3. To limit price shocks as the bloc phases out free allowances, the EU agreed to auction a total of 120 million Phase 3 CERs and 30 million aviation allowances for airlines this year, before the next period begins.

ICE, which lost the tender to EEX, reportedly handled 5.4 billion tons of EU allowances last year, about 84 percent of the market. The EEX handled 81 million tons of futures and 25.6 million tons of spot contracts, according to a Jan. 12 statement.

Germany, Poland and the U.K. opted out of the joint sales that will be handled by EEX and will offer their portion of supply independently. The U.K. has selected ICE Futures Europe to carry out its auctions, while Germany will sell its permits through EEX from early next month. Poland has not yet selected a venue. (Source: EEX, Bloomberg, 10 Sept., 2012) Contact: European Energy Exchange AG, Katrin Berken, +49 341 2156-202, katrin.berken@eex.com, www.eex.com

Tags European Energy Exchange AG news,  CERs news,  


Syntroleum Defends Intellectual Property Rights (Ind. Report)
Synroleum,Neste Oil
Date: 2012-06-04
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Syntroleum Corporation (Nasdaq:SYNM) reported on May 29, 2012,that it was being sued by Neste Oil for alleged patent infringement regarding U.S. Patent No. 8,187,344. The '344 patent is related to and shares the same inventors as a prior Neste patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,279,018), and both are directed to a fuel composition for diesel engines.

Following reexamination proceedings at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, all claims of the '018 patent were rejected. In particular, on March 22, 2012, the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences affirmed the Examiner's rejection of the '018 patent's claims, finding that "the evidence of record as a whole supports the Examiner's conclusion that the fuel composition as claimed would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art..." The '344 patent similarly adds nothing new to the field of fuel compositions used for diesel engines. Syntroleum has not infringed any of Neste's alleged patent rights and Syntroleum intends to defend against the complaint's allegations, and is confident that its position will be vindicated. (Source: Synroleum, 31 May, 2012) Contact: Syntroleum Corporation, Amanda Burns, (918) 764-3480, www.syntroleum.com; Markku Patajoki, Manager, Biotechnology, Neste Oil, +358 0 10 458 4450, markku.patajoki@nesteoil.com, www.nesteoil.com.

Tags Syntroleum news,  Neste Oil news,  


GEVO's Key Patent Claims Upheld by USTPO (Reg, & Leg.)
GEVO,Butamax
Date: 2012-05-07
Further to the ongoing GEVO / Butamax dispute, next generation biofuels company Gevo, Inc. has commented on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) decision to deny a Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC request to reexamine key claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,017,376 (376 Patent), Methods of Increasing Dihydroxy Acid Dehydratase Activity to Improve Production of Fuels, Chemicals and Amino Acids or AFT patent.

"We are extremely pleased with the USPTO's decision to uphold key claims of our 376 Patent,” said Brett Lund, Gevo's EVP and General Counsel. "The USPTO only adopted a fraction of Butamax's proposed rejections and simultaneously upheld the validity of claims we believe Butamax is infringing. Despite Butamax's statements to the contrary, this decision is a significant win for Gevo, and bolsters our pending infringement case against Butamax. The USPTOs decision means that Butamax is now prohibited from asserting that Gevo's upheld claims are invalid during litigation. As evidenced by Butamax's own publications, we are confident that they are infringing our 376 Patent and we look forward to proving that in court, Lund reiterated.

The 376 Patent covers a necessary modification for improving the activity of an enzymatic step in Gevo's isobutanol pathway. While Butamax has publicly chastised Gevo's lawsuit as "frivolous," Gevo believes Butamax chose to challenge the 376 Patent because it is a modification strictly required for achieving commercially relevant production of isobutanol in yeast.

Butamax also filed a request for reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 8,101,808 (808 Patent) covering Gevo's foundational separation technology that provides enhanced fermentation performance and low-cost, energy-efficient isobutanol recovery or GIFT R technology. Source: GEVO, 3 April, 2012) Contact: Gevo Inc., Jack Hunter, EVP, Corp. Development, (720) 267-8629, jhunter@gevo.com , www.gevo.com; Butamax, Paul Beckwith, CEO, (302) 695-3216, www.butamax.com

Tags GEVO news,  BUTAMAX news,  


Gevo Stock Falls as Butamax Dispute Rages On (Ind. Report (Ind. Report)
Gevo,Butamax
Date: 2012-05-04
Total SA and Lanxess AG backed Englewood, Colorado-based biotechnology company Gevo Inc. stock tumbled 11 percent in six months after arch rival Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reexamine a disputed patent.

Butamax, a joint venture of BP Plc (BP/) and DuPont Co.,claims Gevo's patent may be invalid because it is based on "well known technology" at the time of filing. The two companies have been sparring since January 2011 over patent rights for systems that convert corn and non-food crops into isobutanol for blending with gasoline or refined into specialty chemicals or jet fuel. The Patent Office granted an earlier Butamax request last on March 23 to reexamine another Gevo patent, according to the statement. The Patent Office is also reviewing two Butamax patents, at Gevo's request. Patent reexaminations take about three years on average. (Source: Gevo, Butamax Bloomberg, 3 April, 2012) Contact: Gevo Inc., Jack Hunter, EVP, Corp. Development, (720) 267-8629, jhunter@gevo.com , www.gevo.com; Butamax, Paul Beckwith, CEO, (302) 695-3216, www.butamax.com

Tags Gevo news,  Butamax news,  Isobutanol news,  

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