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  • Heat Death: Joule Unlimited collapses as oil prices flag, time passes, pressure mounts

    07/20/2017 7:24:34 AM PDT · by ptsal · 32 replies
    Biofuel Digest ^ | JULY 18, 2017 | Jim Lane
    [snip]confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last year,” former CEO Brian Baynes told The Digest, “but those new investor prospects walked away, particularly post election. ....Baynes was responding to reports that the technology and the Hobbs, New Mexico pilot facility would be auctioned shortly.The news from Joule closes out an extraordinary period of silence for a company that we once described as The Sultans of Stealth for their secretive approach to development.
  • Joule Unlimited On Track To Beat All Known Biofuel Processes

    03/02/2011 2:44:33 PM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 73 replies
    BioFuel Daily ^ | 2/25/2011 | Staff Writers
    Joule Unlimited has invented a genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company says it can manipulate the organism to produce the renewable fuels on demand at unprecedented rates, and can do it in facilities large and small at costs comparable to the cheapest fossil fuels. Joule's process directly yields hydrocarbons that are fungible with existing diesel infrastructure, unlike the biodiesel product that is produced from algal oil. Highlights include: Based on empirical measurements, Joule can directly produce 15,000 gallons of diesel per acre annually,...
  • Joule Awarded Patents for High-Volume Ethanol Production from Sunlight and CO2

    08/02/2011 10:35:56 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 44 replies
    Joule Unlimited Website ^ | 7/26/11 | Staff
    Cambridge, Mass. – July 26, 2011 – Joule Unlimited Technologies today announced the issuance of its first two U.S. patents covering its fundamental method for producing ethanol at volumes and efficiencies far surpassing biomass-dependent processes. The patents relate to methods for increasing the ethanol production capability of a photosynthetic microorganism. Unlike competing technologies that utilize microorganisms to produce ethanol by fermenting sugars from cellulose or other biomass materials, Joule's platform microorganism is engineered to produce and secrete ethanol in a continuous process, converting more than 90% of the CO2 it consumes directly to end product, with no reliance on biomass...
  • Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

    09/30/2015 12:29:54 PM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    If the Senate is going to lift the nation’s longstanding ban on oil exports, Sen. Pat Toomey wants to make sure a federal biofuels mandate vanishes at the same time. The Republican from Pennsylvania is advancing a plan — cosponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — that would lift the requirement to blend traditional ethanol-based renewable fuels into U.S. gasoline. Toomey is set to offer the measure as an amendment to legislation that would authorize widespread oil exports when it is considered by the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. The biofuel change is sought by some refiners — including a...
  • GOP senator calls for more corn cronyism mandated by the EPA

    07/25/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | 24 July 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    It’s the same party with 2 wings. The Washington Crony Party. If one can fleece the taxpayer it will be done, Republican, Democrat, whatever, so long as money is funneled to the narrow interests which fund your campaigns. The Republican Party, though it has a free market wing which is young and growing is still dominated by the older big government crony Republicans. How long that generation can hold on, and how much damage they will create to the economy is anyone’s guess. (From The Surge) "Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just can’t help himself. He is intent on using the...
  • Joule says “will go commercial in 2017″: solar fuels on the way

    07/17/2015 6:38:31 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 24 replies
    biofuelsdigest.com ^ | Jim Lane | March 23, 2015
    Joule says “will go commercial in 2017″: solar fuels on the way March 23, 2015 | Jim Lane     “Staged industrialization process” beginning; exotic yields from an exotic organism that uses CO2, water and nutrients and secretes ethanol or diesel. Former Total, Alcatel CEO Serge Tchuruk is now at the helm as the Joule team updates The Digest on the progress in New Mexico. For fans of the “solar renewable fuels” company Joule, there’s significant news from Bedford: the company has announced that it will undertake a “staged industrialization process”, to culminate in a 1000-acre production plant starting construction...
  • Producing jet fuel compounds from fungus

    05/06/2015 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-05-2015 | Provided by Washington State University
    Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels. Led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-cities, the researchers published their work in the April edition of Fungal Biology. The fungus produced the most...
  • Chinese loan to rescue BlueFire, Irvine-based biofuel plant

    11/11/2014 1:27:34 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct 24, 2014 | MARGOT ROOSEVELT
    Arnold Klann had spent two decades on his planet-friendly enterprise: making transportation fuel from plant waste. But two years ago, the CEO and President of Irvine-based BlueFire Renewables recalled, “We were thinking of shutting down the business.” Grants from the U.S. Department of Energy had dried up, as private banks, tightening credit in the wake of the financial crisis, refused to match government funds. Now, it seems, China is coming to the rescue. BlueFire announced Thursday that The Export-Import Bank of China has issued a letter of intent to provide a $270 million loan to build BlueFire’s first commercial plant,...
  • KiOR files for bankruptcy, but not Mississippi unit

    11/10/2014 8:11:07 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 10, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Kior, Inc., the Houston-area biofuels maker that hoped to tap new technology to produce clean energy, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. The company listed $58.3 million in assets along with $261.3 million debts in its filing in the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, where the company is incorporated. The company was at one-time considered a leader in the development of what’s known as cellulosic fuel — gasoline and diesel that is made from inedible plant material like woodchips and grass clippings. Though other biofuels are made from plants — ethanol, for example, is made from corn or sugarcane — cellulosic fuels...
  • Don’t Burn Food for Fuel – As Seen on National Geographic

    09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and...
  • Boeing launches plan to turn tobacco into jet fuel

    08/07/2014 8:54:18 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Business Aug. 08, 2014 - 06:18AM JST
    U.S. aerospace giant Boeing says it is working with South African Airways and a Dutch biofuel company to make jet fuel from tobacco seeds. The Dutch firm, SkyNRG, is boosting its production in South Africa of a hybrid, nicotine-free, tobacco crop called Solaris with “biofuel production expected… in the next few years,” the three companies said in a statement. “Initially, oil from the plant’s seeds will be converted into jet fuel. In coming years, Boeing expects emerging technologies to increase South Africa’s aviation biofuel production from the rest of the plant,” added the firms. Aviation biofuel, made from renewable resources...
  • US senator expects 2014 RFS volumes to go up, following meeting with Obama adviser

    07/25/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Platts.com ^ | 7-24-14 | Washington (Platts)
    Following a meeting with President Barack Obama's top energy adviser, Minnesota Senator Al Franken on Thursday said he believes the Environmental Protection Agency will raise its biofuels blending targets when it finalizes the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. "We are hoping for and we definitely believe we're going to get higher numbers than in the preliminary rule, and we hope they're significantly higher," Franken said on a conference call with reporters. Franken and eight other Democratic senators met with Obama adviser John Podesta to discuss the biodiesel mandate within the 2014 RFS, though Franken said ethanol issues came up, as well....
  • EU to set limit on food-based biofuels

    06/17/2014 8:17:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 14 June 2014
    EU ministers have agreed to 7% cap on the use of food-based biofuels in transport fuel. The agreement comes after a long-standing controversy, with biofuels being criticized for adding to environmental problems. The so-called "first generation" biofuels are made from crops such as maize, beetroot, or rapeseed. They were initially backed by the EU as a way to tackle climate change and reduce EU dependence on imported oil and gas. However, research has since shown that biofuels do more environmental harm than good. Making fuel out of crops has been criticized for displacing other crops and forcing the clearing of...
  • [2012] Growth of ethanol fuel stalls in Brazil

    02/22/2014 12:57:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Nature ^ | November 27, 2012 | Claudio Angelo
    Domestic consumption of liquid ethanol this year has been 26% lower than for the same period in 2008. Forty-one of the country’s roughly 400 sugar-cane ethanol plants have closed over that time. The price of pure ethanol at the pump is so high that in most states it is cheaper to fill up flexible-fuel cars with petrol blends that contain about 20% ethanol... It began with the 2008 economic crisis, which staunched new investments in the sector just as it was expanding rapidly, and deep in debt. Rather than developing new plantations, the industry fell back on harvesting cane from...
  • Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel

    02/19/2014 2:00:54 PM PST · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    forbes ^ | 1/31/2014 @ 11:58PM | Matthew de Paula,
    Hydrogen and natural gas are among the alternative fuels starting to get more attention as car companies work to reduce emissions. But Audi is exploring yet another option that you may not have heard much about yet: e-fuels.
  • From Algae to Oil In Just One Hour

    12/25/2013 3:51:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 124 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 23, 2012 | Walter Russell Mead & Staff
    Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are pioneering a process that produces oil from algae in just one hour. Wet algae goes in, heat and pressure is applied, and crude oil comes out. From the PNNL itself: “It’s a bit like using a pressure cooker, only the pressures and temperatures we use are much higher,” said [Douglas Elliott, the laboratory fellow who led the PNNL team's research]. “In a sense, we are duplicating the process in the Earth that converted algae into oil over the course of millions of years. We’re just doing it much, much faster.” The...
  • Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

    12/20/2013 9:24:42 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 71 replies
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ^ | 12/17/2013 | Tom Rickey
    Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.(snip) In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor. Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae. With additional conventional refining, the crude algae oil is converted into aviation fuel, gasoline or diesel...
  • Obama campaign manager Jim Messina joins company awarded millions in federal cash

    09/25/2013 11:00:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Lachlan Markay — Wash. Free Beacon
    A former top White House official and the head of President Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts. LanzaTech announced Wednesday that Jim Messina, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reelection campaign manager, and the head of his retooled campaign apparatus Organizing for Action was appointed to the company’s board of directors. “Jim’s proven ability to merge technology, messaging, and communications in support of ideas that transcend ‘business as usual’ will help us continue our mission of reshaping how our world...
  • EU Biofuels Boondoggle Raising Global Food Prices

    09/10/2013 8:50:54 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 9, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Getting rid of biofuel programs would cut Europe’s food costs in half by 2020, and lower global food prices by 15 percent. That’s according to a new report, commissioned by the EU’s own Joint Research Center (JRC), released ahead of a critical European Parliament vote on Wednesday to cap biofuels’ contributions to the EU’s 2020 green targets. Current EU targets have more than half of the continent’s vegetable oils going towards biodiesel production in 2020. The new paper points out that global food prices are “strongly driven” by their end use. As Euractiv puts it, “[w]hen more soy and palm oil...
  • Vegetable oil prices rest on EU biofuel vote

    09/09/2013 8:30:20 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 23 replies
    Food Navigator ^ | 09/09/13 | Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn
    The more vegetable oil used for biofuel production, the less there is for food use. The report lays out forecast consequences for three proposed EU restrictions on the use of crop-based fuels.