Global Refining & Fuels

Fuels & Processing
Fuels & Processing

Scientists Find Less-Intensive Way to Make Ethanol

If there ever was a suitable disclaimer for the novel technology Matthew Kanan and his research team at Stanford University (Calif.) came up with for making liquid hydrocarbons from carbon monoxide (CO), it would likely read as follows: “No food crops were harmed during the making of this ethanol.”

Transportation & Logistics

EV Battery Range Could Quadruple With ‘Nanomaterial’

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) announced April 15 that they’ve developed a novel “nanomaterial” for proposed lithium-sulfur batteries that could quadruple the range of electric vehicles (EVs) that to date have employed relatively short-range lithium-ion batteries.

Public Policy
Margins & Economics
Public Policy
Electric Power

Japan Chooses Coal over Renewable Energy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has approved a new energy plan that advances coal and nuclear as cheap, stable and efficient energy sources—undermining environmentalist hopes that he would transition the post-Fukushima nation to renewables.

Transportation & Logistics

Albany Could Be Next Crude Oil Trading Hub

The Port of Albany-Resselaer along the Hudson River in New York has become such a major transit hub for incoming crude oil trains from the Bakken fields of North Dakota, that NYMEX officials are considering the site as a potential oil-futures trading post.

Fuels & Processing

‘Diamond Green Diesel’ Wins CARB Nod

The staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on April 14 recommended approval of a new greenhouse-gas (GHG) calculation for used cooking oil feedstock for the 10,000 barrel-per-day Valero/Darling International “Diamond Green Diesel” (DGD) joint-venture plant in Louisiana.

Fuels & Processing