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By Robert Rapier on Aug 3, 2009 with no responses

Answering Reader Questions 2009: Part 2

In this installment, I continue to work my way through the list of questions recently submitted by readers. This post picks up where Part 1 left off, and covers coal-to-liquids, technology hype, green gasoline, refining improvements, allocation of money toward renewables, electricity consumption, the Automotive X Prize, Big Oil, cellulosic ethanol, and Exxon’s recent algae announcement. The Questions Benny wrote: Arlington researchers’ work could lead to $35-a-barrel oil. Any chance of making oil from lignite? At these prices? Or are they just some guys who want research money? Answer takchess wrote (and Doug also asked about): Thought this was interesting. If cost and technically feasible this would be cool. Rive Technology Working to Increase Oil Refining Efficiency 7-9% by 2011… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 21, 2009 with no responses

A New Approach to Biogasoline

My ideal microbe for biofuel production would consume garbage, excrete gasoline, and die if it escapes into the wild. Excretion of longer chain hydrocarbons like gasoline would enable a less energy-intensive separation, because the product would phase out of water. LS9 is exploring this sort of pathway via microbes, and Virent is trying to do the same thing catalytically. It is quite a challenging problem, but should be technically viable. And a company that can achieve an edge in this space could really dominate the biofuels arena. As I have said, it is difficult, but Holy Grail research. Today a new and quite novel approach was announced in the Journal of the American Chemical Society: Synthesis of Methyl Halides from… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 31, 2008 with no responses

LCA on Renewable Diesel

Thanks to a reader for this tip. Argonne National Laboratory has just published a Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) of biogasoline, biodiesel, green diesel, and petroleum diesel: Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Effects of Soybean-Derived Biodiesel and Renewable Fuels I have just skimmed the report so far, but noted a few items of interest. Table 2-1 shows “Current and Planned Renewable Diesel Facilities.” If I had time, I would convert to a table, but I don’t: Company Size (bpd) Location Online Date ConocoPhillips 1,000 Ireland 2006ConocoPhillips 12,000 United States To be determinedBritish Petroleum (BP) 1,900 Australia 2007Neste 3,400 Finland 2007Neste 3,400 Finland 2009Petrobras 4 × 4,000 Brazil 2007UOP/Eni 6,500 Italy 2009 In Table 3.3, they list the energy inputs into… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 26, 2008 with no responses

Biogasoline from Shell

I think the general consensus was that the recent claims of agricultural researcher J.C. Bell don’t appear to be too compelling. However, as I mentioned, the conversion of biomass into oil or gasoline should be technically achievable. And today, Bob Rohatensky sent me a link to a story that would appear to have a little more meat to it than Bell’s claims: Shell and Virent announce collaboration to develop biogasoline Shell and Virent Energy Systems, Inc., (Virent (TM)) of Madison, Wisconsin USA, today announced a joint research and development effort to convert plant sugars directly into gasoline and gasoline blend components, rather than ethanol. The collaboration could herald the availability of new biofuels that can be used at high blend… Continue»