Wood chip heating fuel quality standard approved in the US

A new quality standard for wood chip heating fuel is now available. The American National Standards Institute recently approved AD17225-4 Wood Chip Heating Fuel Quality Standard, which is a revised version of the international standard ISO 17225-4.
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Finalists announced for the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the second round of finalists for the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge have officially been chosen. Finalists will showcase their wood stove technology on the National Mall in November.
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Trump hosts industry meeting on RFS, no deal reached

On March 1, President Trump met with a variety of stakeholders from the biofuels and refining industries to continue the discussion on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs).
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Drax increases pellet capacity, plans fourth unit conversion

On Feb. 27, Drax Group plc released 2017 financial results, reporting improved earnings from biomass generation and Opus Energy. During an investor presentation, the company provided insight into its future bioenergy plans.
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EIA: 640,000 tons of densified biomass fuel produced in November

On Feb. 28, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced U.S. manufacturers of densified biomass fuel reported producing 640,000 million tons of product in November, and selling 670,000 tons.
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EPA approves new fuel pathway for REG Geismar

On Feb. 23, the U.S. EPA approved a fuel pathway for the Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas (LGP).
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Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels approved

On March 1, the European Commission approved an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced methane, for use in the transportation sector. The scheme has an indicative budget of €4.7 billion.
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Researchers triple the number of grains in sorghum

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have figured out how a simple genetic modification can boost the sorghum's yield. By lowering the level of a key hormone, the change allows the crop to generate more flowers and more seeds.
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TUI welcomes the first 737 MAX on biobased jet fuel

TUI Group recently announced it welcomed the first ever 737 MAX delivery flight on biobased jet fuel. The flight from the Boeing in Seattle to Stockholm was performed using a 30 percent blend of biofuel.
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L'Oréal USA to purchase RNG from Kentucky facility

L'Oréal USA has announced it is adding to its diversified energy portfolio with RNG purchased from a new processing facility in Kentucky at the Big Run Landfill. Construction of the RNG processing plant is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
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ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics advance algae biofuels program

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. recently announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025.
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Enviva: Chesapeake terminal impacted by Feb. 27 fire

Enviva Partners LP reports that a fire commenced at its deep-water marine terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia, late on Feb. 27. The fire was quickly controlled. Enviva said the fire may impact the timing and number of shipments in the first quarter.
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Brazil: Landfill gas-based fuels eligible for RenovaBio program

On Feb. 21, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy published a notice announcing that landfill gas-based fuels will be eligible to comply with the requirements of RenovaBio, the country’s new national biofuels policy that was established in December.
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IATA sets goal for flights using sustainable fuels

On the tenth anniversary of the first biofuel flight, the International Air transport Association has set a goal for 1 billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025.
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Protein studies inform biofuels research

Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is paving the way for the optimization of biofuel production processes by providing insights into reaction pathways and developing methods for predicting their properties.
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