Breakthrough Energy Ventures Launches $1B Green Fund

Joanna Schroeder

A new green venture fund has been created by Breakthrough Energy Coalition (BEC) called Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV). The $1 billion investor-led fund will finance emerging energy technologies with the goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero. The announcement was made earlier this month during the climate talks. “It is extremely exciting for us to launch this fund …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

Carbon Intensity Surpasses #Biofuel Volumes as Key Metric

Joanna Schroeder

Lux Research is reporting that new policies are being put forward based on technology-agnostic carbon intensity metrics rather than focusing on mandating volumes of specific biofuels. The move to low carbon fuels is being led, says Lux Research, by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the near-term winners will be renewable diesel and conventional electricity followed by renewable electricity. …

biofuels, biogas, Carbon Dioxide, Low Carbon Fuel Standard

WEO-2016 Finds Renewables, Natural Gas Future Winners

Joanna Schroeder

According to the 2016 World Energy Outlook (WEO-2016), the winners to reach energy demand growth through 2040 will be renewables and natural gas. The annual report is published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and finds that the era of fossil fuels is long from over. Natural gas will continue to expand and coal and oil usage will decrease. This …

bioenergy, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

UNIST Discovers Waste Gas to Biofuel Catalyst

Joanna Schroeder

A research team led by Professor Jae Sung Lee of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST has discovered a new way to make biofuels directly from carbon dioxide. The team has produced road ready diesel through a direct CO2 conversion to liquid transportation fuels by reacting with renewable hydrogen generated through solar water splitting. The research was published in the …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Research, Waste-to-Energy

MSU Awarded $6M Biofuel, Carbon Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Montana State University (MSU) has received a $6 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems. MSU will be working alongside the University of Wyoming and the University of South Dakota to address the sustainability profiles of biofuels and carbon capture technologies that would be introduced in …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Research, water

Nano-Spike Catalysts Convert CO2 Into Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

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