Nano-Spike Catalysts Convert CO2 Into Ethanol

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab have developed a way to convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol. The team is researching an electrochemical process that uses tiny spike of carbon and copper to convert CO2 into ethanol. Their discovery involves nanofabrication and catalysis science. “We discovered somewhat by accident that this material worked,” said ORNL’s Adam …

Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol, Research

How Low Can #Ethanol’s Carbon Intensity Go?

Joanna Schroeder

The California Legislature recently re-passed its climate law ensuring that the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) will move forward. In this scenario, the fuels with the lowest carbon intensity scores are the highest rewarded and as such, the biofuel industry must continue to lower its carbon intensity. “Carbon Intensity: Field-to-Wheel How Low Can You Go?” was one of the …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, Audio, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Ethanol, Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Biofuels & Carbon Study Continues to be Debunked

Joanna Schroeder

Responses to the recent study by John DeCicco on biofuels and carbon continue with many coming from researchers including Dr. Steffen Mueller, principal economist with the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In a published retort, he wrote that the study, “…fails to establish a correlation between existing biofuels policies and net carbon uptake and it …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Ethanol

High Octane, Low Carb #Biofuels Better for Fuel Economy

Joanna Schroeder

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, is leading an effort to ensure that high octane, low carbon fuels are part of EPA’s midterm evaluation of the progress of federal fuel economy standards. Daschle was the author of the reformulated and oxygenated fuel provisions of the Clean Air Act, and also the lead sponsor of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), …

Alternative Vehicles, automotive, biofuels, Car Makers, Carbon Dioxide, EPA, Ethanol, Legislation

The Climate Trust

Joanna Schroeder

As the new year has kicked off, The Climate Trust has released its prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in 2016. The trends range from climate change playing a larger role in federal decision making to increased carbon market linkage and momentum in conservation finance. “The Trust pays close attention to market signals throughout the year, identifying …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Environment

#COP21 Attendees Travel Carbon Free

Joanna Schroeder

There is an incredible amount of news this week coming from Paris during COP21. Much of the focus this week is getting commitments from 143 countries to significantly reduce their carbon emissions, and many key attendees are practicing what they are preaching – traveling carbon free to and from the events. This week a network of carbon-free trains arrived in …

Alternative energy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Renewable Energy

Study Raises Doubts About Dev of New Fossil Fuels

Joanna Schroeder

A new study is raising doubts about future development of new fossil fuel resources. Published in Global Environmental Change and authored by Richard Heede and Naomi Oreskes, the report looks closely at the potential of global warming emissions that could be unleashed from carbon reserves held by the globe’s largest fossil fuel producers. Some key findings of the study include: …

bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Oil, Research

Joule, Red Rock Biofuels to Merge

John Davis

CO2 liquid fuels pioneer Joule will merge with biofuel refinery maker Red Rock Biofuels. This news release from Joule says the merger will help them create an industry-leading carbon-neutral fuel production platform. In association with this merger, after a year of important service at a critical transition phase for the company, Joule also announced that President and CEO, industry veteran …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide

28 COP21 Countries Using Biofuels for CO2 Reduction

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), 28 countries attending the climate talks in Paris in December have submitted carbon reduction strategies that use biofuels to help meet goals. Not included in this number? The U.S. despite its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFA report found that America’s action plan did not acknowledge the important roles …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Ethanol, Ethanol News, RFA, RFS