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Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Advance Cost-Competitive Biofuels

By Renewable Jet Fuels July 15, 2014
July 15, 2014 The Energy Department today announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. The research and development projects, located in California and North Carolina, will focus on lowering production costs by maximizing the renewable carbon and hydrogen from biomass that can be converted to fuels and improving the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components. ...
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Cool Planet as it Breaks Ground on Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Plant

By Renewable Jet Fuels March 6, 2014
By: Jim Lane February 27, 2014 In Louisiana, Cool Planet Energy Systems broke ground on the company’s first commercial facility in Alexandria, Louisiana, dubbed Project Genesis. Permits have been received to begin earthwork and grading, with construction to immediately follow. The facility is designed to produce 10 million gallons per year of high-octane, renewable gasoline blendstocks, as well as biochar, all made from sustainable wood residues. The facility will be located at the Port of Alexandria, on the Red River Waterway in Central Louisiana. ...
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New, Simple Technique May Drive Down Biofuel Production Costs

By Renewable Jet Fuels January 20, 2014
Matt Shipman, Ezinne Achinivu Release Date: 01.07.14 Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production. Lignin, nature’s way of protecting plant cell walls, is difficult to break down or remove from plant materials called “biomass,” such as the non-edible parts of the corn plant. ...
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Revolutionary Technology Aids Thirsty Crops During Drought

By Renewable Jet Fuels January 20, 2014
January 16, 2014 Contact: Layne Cameron (Layne.Cameron@cabs.msu.edu), Alvin Smucker Plant (smucker@msu.edu) Kathy Walsh (walshka@msu.edu) While much of the nation’s crops withered under last year’s punishing drought, Michigan State University researchers dramatically increased corn and vegetable production on test farms using revolutionary new water-saving membranes. The subsurface water retention technology process was developed by Alvin Smucker, MSU professor of soil biophysics and MSU AgBioResearch scientist. ...
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