New paper on jet fuel and lubricants production published in PNAS

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)

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)

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New paper on EV battery second life applications

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.

New papers on fuel production via natural and artificial photosynthesis

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.