I’m thrilled to share a new paper published in PNAS today entitled “Novel pathways for fuels and lubricants from biomass optimized using life-cycle greenhouse gas assessment”. The paper combines novel experimental results for a variety of pathways converting C5 and C6 sugars to jet fuels and lubricants with life-cycle assessment and optimization to explore how different biorefinery configurations can affect the net GHG emissions. Madhesan Balakrishnan is the lead author.
Selected media coverage:
LBNL: “Leaving on a Biofueled Jet Plane”
BBC: “Researchers Find Sweet Source for Aviation Biofuel”
C&E News: “From Sugarcane to Jet Fuel”
Daily Cal: “UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Alternative Jet Fuel Made from Sugarcane Biomass”
Green Car Congress: “EBI ketone condensation process for drop-in jet fuel or lubricant base oil from biomass; up to 80% lifecycle GHG savings”
EBI researchers Corinne Scown and Amit Gokhale at the EBB on UC Berkeley campus – research in producing biofuel for jet airplanes. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)
Our battery end-of-life group has just published a new paper in the Journal of Power Sources on the energy and greenhouse gas implications of using post-consumer electric vehicle batteries for grid-connected stationary energy storage. Roger Sathre is the lead author. Co-authors include Olga Kavvada and Thomas Hendrickson. The paper can be accessed here.
My colleagues and I have published a new paper on the logistics, economics, and environmental tradeoffs of scale-up strategies for automotive Li-ion battery recycling in California. Hendrickson et al (2015) is available in the most recent issue of Environmental Research Letters.
I’m excited to share a couple of new papers, one in Environmental Science & Technology and one in Energy & Environmental Science. The ES&T paper, entitled “The role of lignin in reducing life-cycle carbon emissions, water use, and cost for US cellulosic biofuels” has just been posted in it’s pre-publication “just accepted” format. The other, entitled “Life-cycle net energy assessment of large-scale hydrogen production via photoelectrochemical water splitting” is led by Roger Sathre and was published by EES last month.
My colleagues and I have published a new paper in Environmental Science & Technology entitled “Achieving deep cuts in the carbon intensity of automobile transportation by 2050: Complementary roles for electricity and biofuels”. The manuscript can be downloaded here.
The findings of our paper in Environmental Research Letters, entitled “Lifecycle greenhouse gas implications of US national scenarios for cellulosic ethanol production” are featured in an article by environmentalresearchweb.
My PhD advisor, Arpad Horvath, and I are included in a video made by the Luce Foundation featuring the Engineering and Business for Sustainability certificate program at UC Berkeley.