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July 31, 2017

EPA offers listen-only call-in number for Aug. 1 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA is offering a listen-only call-in number for its Aug. 1 hearing the proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

Verdezyne breaks ground on biobased DDDA plant

BY Verdezyne Inc. Verdezyne Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 30 for its VerdePalm plant, the company's first commercial-scale renewable chemicals manufacturing facility. The plant, located in Malaysia, is designed to produce biobased long-chain diacids. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EnviTec partners with Bauer to enter CNG market

BY Erin VoegeleEnviTec Biogas has announced it is partnering with Germany-based Bauer Kompressoren GmbH to add compressed natural gas to (CNG) its portfolio. READ MORE

July 28, 2017

Report shows more demand for wood fiber leads to forest growth

BY Forest2Market A new Forest2Market report shows that growth in demand for forest products (i.e., lumber, paper, packaging and wood pellets) has led to greater forest productivity and a significant increase in forest inventory available for storing carbon. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Preliminary agenda announced for biofuels financial conference

BY BBI International This week, the preliminary agenda for the 13th annual Biofuels Financial Conference & Expo was announced. The event is being produced by Christianson PLLP, on Sept. 27-28, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Utah biogas project to use DMT Clear Gas Solutions technology

BY DMT Clear Gas Solutions DMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced it is providing biogas upgrading technology to an anaerobic digestion project in Utah that will produce enough power from food waste to power 15,000 homes. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Changes Coming to PFI Standards Program

BY Chris Wiberg Some upcoming changes are coming to the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Self-Reflection and Realities

BY Tim PortzProducers who have embraced safety and are aggressively pursuing best practices in dust management are finding that, in addition to increased employee safety and retention, these measures are introducing new efficiencies into plants and increasing pr READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EBRD loan helps Ukrainian poultry producer install biomass boiler

BY European Bank for Reconstruction and Development The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is providing a $5 million loan to the Ukrainian poultry producer Dniprovska Agri Group for the construction of a biomass boiler that will improve its operational and environment performance. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

BY University of Massachusetts at Amherst Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues have discovered that Basidiomycota brown rot fungi uses a non-enzymatic, chelator-mediated biocatalysis method to digest and recycle wood. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

In Depth: Mitigating Pellet Silo Fires

BY Ron KotrbaSilo fires cost time, money and sometimes even lives. Minimizing the risk of, and damage from, fires should be mission-critical for responsible pellet producers. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Technology could transform microalgae into biobased chemicals

BY Purdue University Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into biobased chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Praj-Gevo development agreement to enter commercialization phase

BY Gevo Inc. and Praj Ltd. Praj Industries Ltd. and Gevo Inc. have announced that Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology will be available for licensing to processors of sugarcane juice and molasses. The two companies entered development and licensing agreements in 2015. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Sea-Tac moves a step closer to funding aviation biofuels

BY Rocky Mountain Institute Carbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuels. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Study on photoprotection may benefit biofuel feedstock yield

BY Anne Trafton , MIT Researchers from MIT and the University of Verona have discovered how the key protein in the photoprotection process allows moss and green algae to protect themselves from too much sun. The findings could benefit biofuel feedstock development. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

In Depth: Powering Up New Feedstock Demand

BY Tim PortzOn-site biomass power production is the latest chapter in a decades-long story of the Linkletter family adding value to Maine’s robust wood fiber resource. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

Sumitomo buys stake in Canadian wood pellet producer

BY Anna SimetWordwide general trading company Sumitomo Corp. has acquired a 48 percent stake in Canadian wood pellet producer Pacific BioEnergy Corp. The company said that is is seeking to establish a steady wood pellet supply for the long-term. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

DOE: Membrane technology will improve biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory set out to determine what could increase production speeds and improve the quality of biofuels and bioproducts. What they discovered is a new class of porous membranes. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

In Depth: Safety in Numbers

BY Anna SimetA collaborative campaign to overhaul safety protocol at Canadian wood pellet plants is evoking positive ripple effects across the industry. READ MORE

July 23, 2017

Opinion: Sustainable Biomass Partnership: Fact, not Fallacy

BY Carsten Huljus The Sustainable Biomass Partnership is a credible and robust certification system enabling users of woody biomass for energy production to demonstrate compliance with regulatory and sustainability requirements. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

Russian pellet production, exports expected to grow

BY Erin VoegeleThe Russian Federation recently filed its annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network, reporting wood pellet production and exports are expected to increase by 10 percent this year. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

UCSC awarded $250,000 grant from U.S. Forest Service

BY Scott Rappaport, University of California, Santa Cruz The U.S. Forest Service awarded a $250,000 grant to the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure at UC Santa Cruz. The center will use the grant to study the economic feasibility of developing an innovative forest industry cluster near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Drax discusses future plans during investor presentation

BY Anna SimetReducing the cost of wood pellet production, finishing two capacity expansions and overhauling a recently acquired plant are just a few of the many focuses Drax CEO Dorothy Thompson discussed during the company’s recent investor presentation. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegelePresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Enviva releases updated Track & Trace data

BY Enviva Enviva has released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. The data measures and demonstrates the company's sustainability practices. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislature passes bills extending cap-and-trade, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleOn July 17, the California legislature voted in favor of a package of bills that extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for 10 years, through 2030, and codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard into law. READ MORE