Recent News

EPA Improves Petition Process to Establish RFS Compliant Fuels, Mar 2014


25 March 2014--The EPA has released a Program Announcement, titled “Improving the Petition Process for the New Renewable Fuel Pathways.” To establish compliance with the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which requires certain greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction thresholds for renewable fuel pathways, the EPA completes life cycle GHG analyses that assess fuels’ performance with respect to those thresholds. Life cycle GHG assessments for potential inclusion of a particular fuel pathway in the RFS are requested through a petition process. The Program Announcement (linked here) details the improvements, such as increased speed and efficiency, that the revised petition process expects to achieve. A summary table of the results of fuel pathways that have already been through the petition process is provided on the EPA website.

CAAFI R&D Team 3rd SOAP-Jet webinar featured presentation about Virent’s novel stage-wise process for hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of biomass


24 March 2014--The CAAFI R&D Team held its third Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum – Jet (SOAP-Jet) webinar on Friday, March 21 at 1 pm Eastern time. The event was well attended by over 60 people.

The webinar series is intended to provide a forum for information sharing and member participation in cutting edge R&D topics relating to alternative jet fuels. The first four webinars are focused on recipients of the US DOE’s Carbon, Hydrogen, and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways) grants. The March 21 SOAP-Jet webinar began with an Introduction from Virent’s Dr. Randy Cortright and was followed by briefings from Idaho National Laboratory’s Kevin Kenney on feedstock production and aggregation, Virent’s Brice Dally on the conversion technology, and Shell’s Dr. Cynthia Ginestra on fuel quality and testing. After the presentation, webinar attendees engaged in active Q&A with the 4 presenters.

To access the slide deck from this past Friday’s SOAP-Jet webinar, follow:
Link to 3rd SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series.
The presentations from the previous SOAP-Jet webinars are also provided at the following locations:
Link to 2nd SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series
Link to 1st SOAP-Jet webinar in CHASE grant series

The final webinar of the CHASE grant series will be held on May 30, 2014, with a presentation from Abhijeet Borole of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. To learn more about the SOAP-Jet series or share your ideas for future SOAP-Jet webinars, contact Kristin Lewis (Kristin.lewis@dot.gov).

Aviation Afternoon, April 23 at upcoming ABLC2014 Conference in D.C.


20 March 2014--CAAFI is collaborating with Biofuels Digest on a dedicated aviation-related session at the upcoming Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference (ABLC2014) in Washington, D.C., April 21-23. The aviation-focused afternoon—The World Aviation & Military Biofuels Summit—will take place on April 23. The sessions will cover key aviation biofuel initiatives, and information about the most recently developed fuel conversion pathways and commercialization. To learn more about the agenda and registration, visit the ABLC2014 website.

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Four Upcoming Alternative Fuel Workshops


11 March 2014--Over the next couple months, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) of the U.S. Department of Energy is offering four alternative fuel workshops—Demonstration and Deployment Strategy Workshop (Mar. 12-13), Algal Biofuels Spring Strategy Workshop (Mar. 26-27), Biomass Indirect Liquefaction Workshop (Mar. 20-21), Bio-Oil Co-Processing: Expanding the Refinery Supply System Workshop (Apr. 3). More information about the workshops and the registration details are provided on BETO’s Meetings page.

Alternative Jet Fuel Webinar on March 21


6 March 2014--The details about the upcoming March 21 SOAP-Jet Webinar are now available! In the hour-long webinar, Virent’s Randy Cortright and Brice Dally will share a presentation entitled “Fractional Multistage Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass and Catalytic Conversion into Hydrocarbons”. Webinar attendees will learn about Virent’s novel stage-wise hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of biomass process—a research effort supported by the DOE CHASE program. Find more information and registration instructions here.

Ceramatec team presents on bio-oil upgrading at second CAAFI R&D Team SOAP-Jet webinar


14 November 2013 - The CAAFI R&D Team held the second of its Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum – Jet (SOAP-Jet) series on Friday, November 8 at 1 pm Eastern time. Participants attended via webinar and telephone.

The webinar series is intended to provide a forum for information sharing and member participation in cutting edge R&D topics relating to alternative jet fuels. The first four webinars are focused on recipients of the US DOE’s Carbon, Hydrogen, and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways) grants.

On November 8, Dr. S. Elangovan and Joseph Hartvigsen presented on the Ceramatec team’s “Electrochemical deoxygenation process for bio-oil upgrading” project, which investigates deoxygenation without hydrogen addition, and other Ceramatec projects relating to advanced alternative fuels.

The series continues with the following presentations:
March 21, 2014 – David Hitchcock, Virent
May 30, 2014, - Abhijeet Borole, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The R&D Team looks forward to the rest of the series and thanks the Ceramatec team for their excellent presentation.

For more information or to suggest webinar topics/speakers, contact Kristin Lewis (Kristin.lewis@dot.gov).

For the presentation from the November 8 webinar, click here.