Trends in Renewable Energy (2017) VOL 3, NO 2 released

TRE (2017) VOL 3, NO 2 is published at

Now we are calling for papers for 2018 volume 4.

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Hydroprocessing catalysts and processes: The challenges for bio-fuels production

Publication date: May 2018

Hydroprocessing Catalysts and Processes ISBN: 978-1-78634-483-0

Hydroprocessing Catalysts and Processes

The Challenges for Biofuels Production

Edited by: Bo Zhang , Duncan Seddon

The demand for hydroprocessing catalysts has shown an increasing trend, because of their applications in refining of petroleum and biofuels, in order to comply with strict environmental regulations controlling emissions from transportation vehicles.

Transport fuel is dominated by fossil fuels with carbon emission intensive production methods. If we are to move away from these sources, the alternative is to produce liquid fuels from agricultural stocks — crops, crop waste, forestry waste or algae. Converting these feedstocks into high quality fuels is a considerable challenge.

By describing the current status in processing agricultural feedstock into high quality liquid transport fuels, the authors set out the means to develop better chemistry and catalysis for the necessary conversion processes. This book offers an intriguing insight into the mechanisms and protocols involved in new hydroprocessing catalysts and processes, and covers the methods for upgrading these liquids to modern transport vehicles suitable for operation in modern gasoline and diesel engines.

It provides an introduction to the mechanism of hydroprocessing reactions, application of different metals in hydroprocessing, the effect of catalyst supports, applications in refining new feedstock, renewable fuels standards, the management of spent hydroprocessing catalysts, and hydrogen production.

Hydroprocessing Catalysts and Processes will prove useful for both researchers in academe and industry concerned with future fuels development and treatment to produce current and future liquid transport fuels.


  • Preface
  • Hydroprocessing and the Chemistry
  • Stabilization of Bio-Oil to Enable Its Hydrotreating to Produce Bio-Fuels
  • Hydroprocessing Catalysts: Inexpensive Ni Based Non-Sulfided Catalysts
  • Catalytic Upgrading of Pinewood Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Over Carbon-Encapsulated Bimetallic Co-Mo Carbides and Sulfides Catalysts
  • Hydroprocessing Catalysts for Algal Biofuels
  • Effects of Catalyst Support on Hydroprocessing
  • Commercial Hydroprocessing Processes for Bio-Feedstock
  • Renewable Fuels and Fuel Regulations and Standards
  • Spent Hydroprocessing Catalysts Management
  • Hydrogen Production

Readership: Graduate students in catalysis, refinery feedstock operations and planners, fuel technologists.


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TRE: SPECIAL ISSUE ON SMART GRID (2) 2017 is released today.

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Post-show Report of PV Guangzhou 2017

As the most international PV show in China, this August the 9th Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition (PV Guangzhou 2017) once again gave a solid push to worldwide PV trade!

Fact Sheet



Oversea Buyers

Show Floor


(up by 30%)

35,000+ person-times


(up by 60%)

30,000 sq.m

Regional Analysis of Oversea Buyers

South Asia


Southeast Asia

Middle East

Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao

North America

South America














Main Exhibits

PV modules (26%), Inverters (24%), solar applications (17%), storage batteries (11%), raw materials (9%), PV brackets (6%), manufacturing equipment (5%), Other (2%), etc.

Partial Feature ExhibitorsINVT,SAJ,Longi, Goodwe,Topray Solar,CSG Holding,Auto-One,SRNE,SunicSolar,Sofar Solar,5Star,Growatt,SAKO,King Feels,Almaden,etc.



Hundreds of Cooperation Took Place on a Daily Basis!

According to post-show feedback from exhibitors, 88% were very satisfied with the show result!

It is especially worth mentioning that at the show, our company reached an agreement with Cheng Xin Shang Hui and Luxen Solar to jointly explore a brand new development model for PV poverty alleviation projects. ——MOSO

Our most popular product and service were PV module and distributed power station construction. In 3 days, we received over 100 clients and signed over 60 business memos. —— Dejiu Solar

As China’s leading household inverter supplier, we won the universal praise from on-site buyers with a rich product variety and successful project case presentation. After thorough inquiries about our products, many buyers placed orders on-site or expressed their desire for cooperation in the near future.——Growatt

Global Professional Visitors Graced the Exhibition with Their Presence

The drastic 60% increase of oversea buyers was a major breakthrough for this year. Most Chinese PV suppliers rely heavily on export trade. This annual significant increase of quality oversea buyers is one of the key incentives for so many exhibitors to come back or newly join us every year.

In the main made up of contractors and exporters/importers, most oversea buyers were here for inverters, PV modules, and solar applications. By corss-checking our exhibitor composition, you can see that PV Guangzhou has attracted the right target buyer group for the exhibitors.


What’s more, with the concurrently held Asia-Pacific Water Heating Exhibition 2017 (AWHE 2017) and Asia (Guangzhou) Battey Sourcing Fair 2017 (GBF Asia 2017), PV Guangzhou 2017 shared a large crowd of mutual buyers who were looking for solar water heaters and batteries.

Belt and Road Forum for PV Development

To help insiders grasp every potential business, the Belt and Road Forum for PV Development was held concurrently with PV Guangzhou 2017, headlined by over 20 high-achieving new energy specialists. The forum focused on the reading of national solar policy, innovation of distributed PV system, project investment,  the latest technical development, etc.

The climax of the forum would be the panel discussion on possible challenges and business opportunities brought by Belt & Road Initiative. Due to the quality input from the panelists and the high pertinence of discuss, this session was the most well attended throughout the whole forum. All in all, the forum was greatly appreciated by the engaged audience and a lot of them voiced their wish for the forum to be extended into a longer event next year for they had had such a fruitful day this year.

China’s Best “Top Runner” PV Projects Award 

Distributed PV has gained a prominent standing in China’s PV policy in recent years. In responding to this market trend, China’s Best “Top Runner” PV Projects Award was established to recognize the excellence of 18 distributed PV generation station projects in China.

Based on the vote of an expert panel and thousands of online insiders, the result of the award was unveiled at the reception dinner of PV Guangzhou 2017 along with an on-site display of award-wining projects for worldwide insiders to study and learn from. Many attendees had deemed this occasion as an excellent chance to network with worldwide industry leaders as well as for their companies to strengthen presence in this business.

All 18 award winners are as follows:




ProVista Care






Tian Yao


Youmin Energy




Tian Ma Solar


Infinity New Energy

See You in 2018!

Right after the success of PV Guangzhou 2017, the organizing committee is now about to kick-start yet another intense 12-month preparation for PV Guangzhou 2018 which is going to take place the same date and same venue as this year! If you don’t want to miss this yearly PV grand event, then please register as our visitors or exhibitors now!

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Dear researchers,

Due to the rapid development of renewable energy technologies because of environmental concerns, the electric power grid is experiencing a significant change. The electrical power structure is no longer a vertically integrated structure due to the large grid parity of renewables and as a result, smart grid is the key to enhance the penetration of renewable energy into electric power systems. However, due to the intermittent probabilistic nature of renewable energy sources, design and management of power are a great challenge to both power and computing industry. Furthermore, it has been anticipated that future energy structure will be “two-way streets”, allowing every energy user to be not only a customer, but an energy provider as well. So, a smart grid structure is the need in the present scenario. This transition from classical power structure inevitably demands significant research for many rapidly rising issues.

This Special Issue focuses on smart grid that can accommodate renewable energy into electric utility systems. The Special Issue is interested but not limited to the following issues relevant to increased renewable energy penetration:

1) Prediction of sustainable energy resources.

2) Stability and control of sustainable energy in supporting grid frequency and voltage.

3) Steady-state and transient assessment of system, etc.

4) Extent to which dispatchable generation reserves required and under what circumstances.

5) Effect on reliability be compromised with increased sustainable energy penetration.

6) Cost considerations with renewable’s variability

7) Effect on system operating strategies with sustainable energy generation

8) Effect on various measuring devices for effective monitoring and evaluation of electric power system operation, etc.

Dr. Neeraj Gupta
(Ph.D. IIT Roorkee, India), MIEEE
Faculty EED
NIT Hamirpur, H.P., India

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A new design of microbial fuel cell using carbon felt electrodes

Scientists at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh) recently reported a new design of microbial fuel cell using carbon felt electrodes and mixed cultures (DOI: 10.17737/tre.2017.3.2.0039). Authors emphasized that microbial fuel cell is a promising technology that can convert biodegradable materials, like organic materials present in wastewater, into clean and renewable electricity, and its performance relies on the materials and the reactor configuration, and the microorganisms that required to produce the current.

According to their experiments, the mixed culture showed greater potentiality to produce power densities than those using pure cultures, and a cheap and porous of carbon material- carbon felt performed well. Finally, they concluded that the new design with low cost electrodes and mixed cultures is a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable process, and provides a great potentiality for other applications like handy power supplies for remote sensors using native fuels.

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5 Everyday Products Made from Biomass

A article by US DOE

plane fuel bioenergy

1. Fuel

Each time you fill up at the gas station, you are likely pumping biofuels into your tank. More than 97% of gasoline in the United States contains some ethanol, a renewable, domestically produced fuel made from different plant materials. Ethanol is typically blended with gasoline to increase octane and cut down on air pollution. It also plays a role in reducing our dependence on imported oil, extending the supply of U.S. gasoline, and stimulating the economy. In 2016 alone, the production of more than 15 billion gallons of ethanol put more than $22.5 billion into the pockets of Americans and supported nearly 340,000 U.S. jobs. Additionally, cellulosic ethanol is becoming available. In 2016, 3.8 million gallons were sold.

The aviation industry is also taking biofuels to new heights. Most major airlines are now blending renewable fuels into many routine commercial flights. Government and industry initiatives likeFarm to Fly 2.0 aim to increase the U.S. supply of these drop-in biofuels that could help reduce costs for airlines.

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2. Cosmetics and Perfumes

Biobased feedstocks can be used to produce a range of personal care products, such as skin cream, shampoo, mascara, and more. For example, the acetone in your nail polish remover can be produced by fermenting plant sugars, while the palmitic acid that gives your hair that glossy shine after you condition is one of the most common saturated fatty acids found in microorganisms and plants. Public demand has renewed industry interest in biobased cosmetics, and innovations in biotechnology are making these products cheaper and more efficient to manufacture. The personal care ingredients market size is projected to reach $17.3 billion by 2022, with biobased resources likely to take up a significant segment of the industry.

food additives bioenergy photos

3. Food Additives and Nutritional Supplements

Algae are big-time oil producers capable of generating up to 5,000 gallons of oil per acre. The oil collected from algae can be converted into renewable fuels or used in a variety of applications. For example, a number of nutritional supplement brands are extracting omega-3 fatty acids, typically found in fish oils, directly from algae. In addition, some food flavors can also trace their source back to biomass. Lignin, an organic substance that gives plants their strong structural support, can be converted into renewable chemicals for the flavor industry. Spero Energy developed a process that sustainably breaks down woody biomass and converts lignin into chemicals that can be used to flavor smoky-tasting foods like barbecue chips.

detergents bioenergy photo

4. Detergents and Cleaning Products

The power of detergents and cleaners lies in their ability to remove unwanted material from a soiled surface. They owe this unique characteristic to two classes of chemicals—surfactants and solvents—both of which can be produced from biomass. These biobased chemicals are found in laundry detergents, spray cleaners, and other cleaning products. For example, Procter & Gamble and DuPont announced plans to use cellulosic ethanol as a solvent in one of their laundry detergents, Tide Coldwater Clean.

DuPont has received funding from BETO to work with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to research its conversion technology. This led to DuPont constructing the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The ethanol for Tide Coldwater Clean is sourced from this facility, which works with 500 local growers to establish a high-quality, cost-effective, and sustainable supply of corn stover (corn cobs, leaves, and stalks) to repurpose more than 7,000 tons of agricultural waste.

plastics bioenergy photo

5. Plastics and Other Materials

Biobased plastics can provide the same variety and reliability of traditional plastics but are manufactured from renewable, plant-based material. Many companies are already starting to integrate these new materials into their product lines. For example, BETO funded Virent Inc’s BioForming™ technology to convert plant material into a synthetic substance that can be used to produce clothing fibers and containers for liquids. Now, Coca-Cola, is using this technology to offer consumers its 100% renewable and recyclable PlantBottle™.

Biobased plastics may even help cut down on waste. Many companies, such as Mango Materials, are working to develop biodegradable/compostable biobased plastics that will break down more quickly and decay into natural materials.

Biobased chemicals, products, and fuels represent an opportunity to produce renewable and sustainable U.S.-manufactured products. They offer the same performance as their traditional counterparts, and thanks to advances in scientific innovation, they are being produced more cost effectively and efficiently—helping to promote a more prosperous future.

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Wind power is the nation’s number one source of renewable generation capacity.

A post regarding

How Do Wind Turbines Survive Severe Storms?

Wind power recently surpassed 82,000 megawatts of total installed capacity, making it the nation’s number one source of renewable generation capacity.

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Guangzhou International Solar Photovoltaic Exhibition August 16th-18th, 2017 (PV Guangzhou 2017 )

PV Guangzhou 2017
PV Guangzhou 2017 will be held in China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex from August 16 to 18, 2016. Preparing 350 exhibitors with 20,000sq.m, there will exhibit photovoltaic cells, PV project and system, photovoltaic power, photovoltaic production equipment and material. With support of 300 international media and 30 CCTV-based mass media, PV GUANGZHOU is dedicated to creating the most influential Solar Photovoltaic trading platform in Asia.

Exhibition Contents:
Photovoltaic production equipment:
Silicon rod silicon block silicon ingot production equipment:
a full set of production lines, ingot furnace, crucible, growth furnace and other related equipment

Silicon wafer production equipment:
a full set of production lines, cutting equipment, cleaning equipment, testing equipment, and other related equipment

Battery production equipment:
a full set of production lines, etching equipment, cleaning equipment, diffusion furnace and covered equipment / deposition furnace, screen printing press, other furnace equipment, test instrument and separator, battery plate other related equipment

Solar panels/modules production equipment:
a full set of production lines, test equipment, glass cleaning equipment, tie lines / welding equipment, laminated machine

Film version of the battery production equipment:
amorphous silicon cells, the copper indium gallium selenium battery CIS / CIGS, CdTe cadmium telluride film battery, battery DSSC Dye-sensitized

Production technology and research equipment
Photovoltaic cells:
photovoltaic cell manufacturers, solar modules’ manufacturer, solar modules’ installation company.

Related PV components:
batteries, chargers, controllers, converters, recorder, inverter, monitor, support systems, tracking systems, solar cables

PV raw material:
silicon material, silicon ingots / silicon block, silicon, glass packaging, packaging film and other raw materials

PV project and system:
photovoltaic systems integration, solar air-conditioning systems, rural photovoltaic power generation system, solar tesing and control system, solar heating systems project, solar and photovoltaic project management and process control software, as well as its program system.

Solar products: 
solar street lamp, lawn lamp, yard lamp, beacon lights, agricultural insecticide lamps, chargers, lights, traffic warning lights and other solar information display screen.

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