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April 1, 2007
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; and FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; have begun construction on an advanced hydrogen-energy demonstration station. The station...
March 1, 2007
A more efficient process for producing synthesis gas (syngas; hydrogen and carbon monoxide) from natural gas has been developed by JGC Corp. (Yokohama, Japan; in cooperation with Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (Osaka, Japan), as part of a national project supported by the Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp. (Kawasaki). The A-ATG process (for advanced auto-thermal gasification) makes...
March 1, 2007
  Last month, Diversa Corp. (San Diego, Calif.; and Celunol Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; signed a definitive merger agreement to create what is claimed as a new leader in the emerging cellulose-based ethanol industry. The combined company will be the first to posess integrated end-to-end...
March 1, 2007
  Last month, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; Beijing; and Syntroleum Corp. (Tulsa, Okla.; signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint...
February 1, 2007
Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; has relaunched a methanation process, called TREMP, which makes synthetic natural gas (SNG) from synthesis gas (syngas) mixtures derived from coal gasification. The process was developed and extensively tested during the 1970s, when energy costs were expected to increase to previously unseen levels. When this did not happen, interest in...
February 1, 2007
Scheduled for startup in the second half of this year, the Long Lake integrated bitumen and upgrading project (near Fort McMurry, Alberta) now under construction by OPTI Canada, Inc. ( and Nexen, Inc. (both Calgary, Alberta) is the first gasification project that that combines heavy-oil recovery and upgrading. The project applies the Shell Gasification Process (SGP), which converts...
February 1, 2007
Toyo Engineering Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; and BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany; are...
February 1, 2007
Mascoma Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; has received a $14.8-million award from the New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets and the New York State Energy Research and Development...
February 1, 2007
Siemens Power Generation (Erlangen, Germany; has received a €-30-million contract from Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co., Ltd. (China) to supply two entrained-flow gasifiers — each with a thermal capacity of 500 MW — and further...
February 1, 2007
U.S. Sustainable Energy Corp. (Natchez, Miss.; has developed a new biofuel, SoyMazia 128, that is claimed to be the first 100% renewable and environmentally friendly replacement for diesel fuel with none of the negative traits associated with traditional biodiesel. The fuel has a heating value similar to that of petroleum-based diesel (128,000 Btu/gal), is noncorrosive, and is...
February 1, 2007
    Following the dramatic upswing in the global energy prices in the past few years, interest in coal gasification as an "indirect" means of converting coal to power, transportation fuels and chemicals has been gaining new impetus. Environmental considerations, government legislations and increasing concerns over the security of global energy supply are also important drivers in the...
January 1, 2007
A process that can enrich highly contaminated natural gas has been developed at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands;, with support from the Royal Shell/Dutch Group. The device shows promise as a way to utilize the large quantities of natural gas that is currently unusable because of high concentrations of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Existing technology, such...
January 1, 2007
Up to now, light-cycle oil (LCO) produced from desulfurized vacuum-gas oil has been used as a base for heavy oil or for blending with straight gas oil (SGO). But a decreasing demand for heavy oil, combined with LCO’s drawbacks as a blending material (such as low cetane number), is drying up these outlets for LCO. Furthermore, existing technology for hydrotreating LCO is energy intensive and consumes...
January 1, 2007
Exelus Inc. (Livingston, N.J.; has demonstrated the performance of its ExSact solid-acid alkylation process, having achieved over 1,000 hours of pilot-plant operation on an untreated MTBE raffinate feedstock. The pilot-plant testing was performed to prove the robustness of the ExSact catalyst to common feedstock poisons, such as oxygenates, diolefins and nitriles, to furnish the...
January 1, 2007
Subsidiaries of Shell Oil Co. (Houston, Tex.; and Codexis, Inc. (Redwood City, Calif....
December 1, 2006
A medium-temperature pyrolysis process that coproduces coal-tar oil and an upgraded coal-char fuel from low-rank coals is being developed by Convert Coal, Inc. (CCI, Mission Viejo, Calif.; The SynCrude-Syncoal (SC2) process was described by CCI president Ebbe Skov at the recent Symposium on Western Fuels in Denver, Colorado. The process is applicable to most low-sulfur, low-rank...
December 1, 2006
Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (China) has contracted Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; to engineer and supply a methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) plant. The unit will be part of a pilot-scale complex being constructed at Jincheng, Shanxi Provence — about 600 km southwest of Beijing — that includes a fluidized-bed...
December 1, 2006
Although there has been big surge in biodiesel production recently, such fuels are not without problems of their own, such as low mileage, poor performance at lower temperatures, and adverse effects on engine components. Also, the production process for making biodiesel — the methyl esterification of fatty acids derived from vegetable oils (such as palm and rapeseed)...
December 1, 2006
Mascoma Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; has raised $30 million in its second round of Venture funding — led by General Catalyst Partners (Cambridge, Mass.) — to further develop a new way to make bioethanol from cellulose. Mascoma aims...
November 1, 2006
Last month, Thai Oleochemicals Company Ltd. (TOL; Bangkok, Thailand) and Thai Fatty Alcohols Company Ltd. signed a contract with Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; for the construction of an integrated plant for making 200,000 m.t./yr of methyl ester, 100,000 m.t./yr fatty alcohols and 30,000 m.t./yr of glycerine from palm oil. The methyl ester plant is slated to start up next October...
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