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April 15, 2008
Although theoretically promising 80% more energy than is required to grow and convert to cellulosic ethanol, switchgrass has proven to be a difficult fuel source to break down cost effectively. With $1 million from the U.S. Depts. of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE), a team led by Professor Alan Weimer of the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Switchgrass-to-syngas_3813.html
April 4, 2008
Foster Wheeler Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda; www.fwc.com) announced that its South African subsidiary Foster Wheeler South Africa (Pty) Limited, part of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, has been selected by Sasol Technology (Pty) Ltd to perform a pre-feasibility study for a proposed new coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility, known as Project Mafutha in South...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Foster-Wheeler-studies-CTL-feasibility-for-Sasol_3768.html
March 15, 2008
Synfuels International, Inc. (Dallas, Tex.; edlinks.che.com/7370-561) plans to commercialize its patented gas-to-liquids (GTL) process in Kuwait through a newly formed partnership with Kuwait’s Aref Energy Holding (edlinks.che.com/7370-562). In contrast with Fischer-Tropsch technology, the process produces a high-octane gasoline blend, rather than waxy paraffins for diesel fuel. Within two years, the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Methane-to-gasoline-process-nears-commercialization_3735.html
March 15, 2008
SulphCo, Inc. (Houston, Tex.; edlinks.che.com/7370-580) has signed an agreement with Pt. Isis Megah (Isis; an Indonesian oil-and-gas services company), which grants Isis an exclusive...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Sonocracking_3748.html
February 15, 2008
Last month, Benefuel, Inc. (Mt. Prospect, Ill.; edlinks.che.com/7369-533) established an exclusive global agreement with Süd-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIL; New Delhi) whereby SCIL will manufacture proprietary solid-acid catalysts for Benefuel’s biodiesel production facilities around the world. The patent-pending catalysts — developed by Benefuel in collaboration with the National Chemical...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Commercial-production-and-debut-of-a-new-solid-acid-catalyst-for-making-biodiesel_3684.html
February 15, 2008
Valencent Products, Inc. (El Paso, Tex.; edlinks.che.com/7369-544) and Global Green Solutions, Inc. (Vancouver, B.C., Canada; edlinks.che.com/7369-545) are in the final stages of commercializing their patented Vertigro process, which includes the growing and harvesting of algae, and extraction of oil from...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Algae-based-biodiesel_3692.html
February 15, 2008
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM; Decatur, Ill.; edlinks.che.com/7369-547), Bayer CropScience AG (BCS; Leverkusen, Germany; edlinks.che.com/7369-548) and Daimler AG (Stuttgart, Germany) have...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-A-push-for-Jatropha_3693.html
December 15, 2007
Japan Oil, Gas, & Metals National Corp. (JOGMEC; Kawasaki; edlinks.che.com/6902-534) and six private companies have established a research consortium to build a confirmation test-plant for a new Japanese gas-to-liquids (JGTL) process. Construction on the 500-bbl/d facility, located at Niigata, Japan, is expected to be onstream by 2009 and tests completed the following year. The $260-million investment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-A-New-GTL-Process-Takes-a-Step-Closer-to-Commercialization_3576.html
December 15, 2007
The amount of crude oil remaining in depleted oil fields has been estimated to be about 50 – 80% of the total estimated oil reserves. In the past, CO2 has been injected into such wells for enhanced-oil recovery — a technique that displaces the oil and stores the greenhouse gas. Now, a completely different approach to monetizing the carbon is being considered by Inpex Holdings Inc. (Tokyo...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-A-Way-to-Convert-Depleted-Oil-Wells-into-Natural-Gas-Wells_3578.html
December 15, 2007
In Malaysia, the raw material for biodiesel production has been palm oil. However, making biodiesel can conflict with the oil’s use as food, and growing palm oil (even for food) has caused the destruction of tropical forests in Borneo, Sumatra and other regions. A team from the Dept. of Chem. Eng. at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas, (Perak, Malaysia...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Fuel-from-Rubber-Seeds_3584.html
December 15, 2007
Megtec Systems (Glen Waverly, Victoria, Australia; edlinks.che.com/6902-542) has announced the first power plant fueled by methane emissions from coal-mine ventilation air. Traditionally, CH4 released during coal excavation requires...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Chementator-Coal-Mine-Vent-Air_3585.html
November 7, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has announced that The Cooper Union, took top honors at the national Chem-E-Car competition in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday. The team’s car, “Cooper Shooter”, was powered by baking soda and vinegar and defeated 28 other shoebox-size cars. The Chem-E-Car competition was created in 1999 as a fun and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/ChE-Students-Compete-on-Alternatively-Fueled-Cars_3466.html
October 1, 2007
Genencor, the enzymes division of Danisco A/S (Copenhagen; edlinks.che.com/6900-544) and DONG Energy (Fredericia, both Denmark) are collaborating to...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Bioethanol_3372.html
October 1, 2007
  Silverado Green Fuel, Inc. (Vancouver BC, Canada; edlinks.che.com/6900-533) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Development Authority (Jackson) to build a demonstration plant in Choctaw County to produce a clean-burning “green” liquid fuel from the state’s plentiful lignite reserves. Scheduled for startup in 2009, the plant will convert 30,000 ton/yr...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Scaleup-is-planned-for-a-process-that-yields-a-fuel-oil-substitute-from-low-rank-coals_3373.html
October 1, 2007
DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; edlinks.che.com/6900-531) has acquired hydrotreating technology for desulfurizing motor fuels and hydrocracking intermediate refinery streams from Process Dynamics, Inc. (Fayetteville, Ark.). The IsoTherming Hydroprocessing Technology differs from other hydrotreating processes in that hydrogen is dissolved in the liquid feed before the liquid enters the reactor, so the reactors...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/This-hydrotreating-process-saves-hydrogen-catalyst-and-energy_3378.html
October 1, 2007
Rotec Design Ltd. (Brisbane, Queens-land, Australia; edlinks.che.com/ 6900-539), has filed a provisional patent application for an “Improved low heat rejection, high efficiency engine.” The engine is an improvement on the company’s Rotec EnviroDiesel Design (REDD), claimed to be the world’s first at-source diesel retrofit solution that simultaneously reduces particulate matter (PM)...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/This-new-diesel-engine-boosts-fuel-efficiency-slashes-PM-and-NOx-emissions_3379.html
October 1, 2007
The Spanish subsidiary of the Global Power Group of Foster Wheeler, Ltd. (Hamilton, Bermuda; edlinks.che.com/6900-545) has signed an...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Oxycombustion_3382.html
August 1, 2007
Computer models that simulate the operation of jet engines with alternative fuels will be developed by Reaction Design (San Diego, Calif.; edlinks.che.com/6898-532) under a two-year contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA; Glenn Research Center). The...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Combustion-models-for-alternative-fuels_3297.html
July 1, 2007
A dehydration process — which uses about half the energy required by thermal methods for drying brown coal or sludge — is being developed by the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (Tokyo, Japan; edlinks.che.com/6897-532). The process uses liquefied dimethyl ether (DME) as the dehydrating agent, taking advantage of the ether’s properties: namely, DME has a low boiling...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Liquified-DME-cuts-energy-costs-for-dehydrating-solids_3283.html
July 1, 2007
Techno Bank Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; edlinks.che.com/6897-537) has developed a new supply, storage, and transport system for safely handling a high capacity of hydrogen in fuel-cell applications. The system — a cassette containing nano-sized powder of magnesium hydride (MgH₂) — is said to be safer than alternatives, such as insulated cylinders of liquid H₂ at 700 bar. Other methods being...
http://www.chemengonline.com/processing_and_handling/thermal_and_energy_mgmt/fuels/Putting-MgH2-in-your-fuel-tank_3288.html
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