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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Biofuels

Biofuels


Taming the Power-Hungry Beast [Motors in Ethanol Operations]

Ethanol Producer Magazine, Mar. 2017, by Ron Kotrba.
http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/14210/

"Updated regulations, motor industry advances promise efficiency improvements in the full range of electrical motors used in ethanol operations."

Ultrasonic Flow Meters Improve Biogas Measurements

Pumps & Systems, Feb. 2017, by Dick Laan and Rick Lowrie.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/instrumentationcontrols/february-2017-ultrasonic-flow-meters-improve-biogas-measurements

"As interest in biogas grows, industry is paying more attention to measuring biogas flow, which has long been a challenge in process measuring technology. While high water and carbon dioxide (CO2) content makes biogas a demanding medium and a difficult measuring task, a new generation of ultrasonic flow meters is helping to make biogas measurements stable and manageable. One type uses the time transit differential method to guarantee flow measurement with a high degree of long-term stability regardless of the gas composition."

What You Need to Know About Renewable Diesel

Government Fleet, Mar. 2017, by Shelley Ernst.
http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/biofuels/article/story/2016/03/what-you-need-to-know-about-renewable-diesel.aspx

"What is renewable diesel? The short answer is it’s a fuel that is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but is 100% renewable and sustainable. In other words, it’s the latest, greenest diesel on the market. But to really understand it, it’s helpful to back up and understand the difference between it and its predecessors, petroleum diesel and biodiesel."

How City Trucks in Manteca, California Could Run On Food Waste

Treatment Plant Operator, Dec. 2016, by David Steinkraus.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/12/how_city_trucks_in_manteca
_california_could_run_on_food_waste


"A California city gears up for a biogas production project that will convert food waste from schools and businesses into clean gas for vehicles."

Residential SSO To High Solids Anaerobic Digestion

BioCycle, Oct. 2016, by Craig Coker.
https://www.biocycle.net/2016/10/24/26704/

"Source separated organics, including kitchen and garden waste, are processed in a dry AD plant. Resulting biomethane is injected into an adjacent natural gas pipeline, in Zurich, Switzerland."

Tax Credit Tips For Biogas Projects

BioCycle, Nov. 2016, by Kathy Parker.
https://www.biocycle.net/2016/11/10/tax-credit-tips-biogas-projects/

"To tap into available federal tax credits, biogas projects in development should examine steps they might need to take before December 31, 2016."

PNNL Researchers Convert Sewage Into Biofuel

Biomass Magazine, Nov. 7, 2016.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13895/pnnl-researchers-convert-sewage-into-biofuel

"It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, mimics the geological conditions the Earth uses to create crude oil, using high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years."

Breakthrough Advancements in Biofuels Research?

Engineering360 (IEEE), Oct. 4, 2016, by Brad Buecker.
http://insights.globalspec.com/article/3326/breakthrough-advancements-in-biofuels-research

"After a look at some biomass basics, this article examines an example of research at ISU Iowa State University] regarding biofuels/biochemicals production methods."

U.S. Navy Flight Tests 100% Jet Biofuel

Engineering360 (IEEE), Oct. 4, 2016, by John Simpson.
http://insights.globalspec.com/article/3334/u-s-navy-flight-tests-100-jet-biofuel

"A U.S. Navy EA-18G "Green Growler" has completed flight testing a 100% advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This is the first time the Navy has looked at a process that can produce a fuel with all the properties and chemistry of petroleum-based jet fuel without having to blend with JP-5, says Rick Kamin, energy and fuels lead for the Naval Air Systems Command."

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel

National Biodiesel Board, Sept. 14, 2016, by Jessica Robinson.
http://nbb.org/news/nbb-press-releases/press-release-display/2016/09/14/new-data-reaffirms-carbon-benefits-of-biodiesel

"Wally Tyner, a professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, presented his research team’s latest findings today regarding the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of producing biodiesel from soybeans.  Those findings confirm that soybean oil offers very good carbon reduction when used to displace fossil fuel. Tyner is supported by the James and Louis Ackerman endowment."
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