Advanced Biofuels

April 21, 2015

EPA: 7.8 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.8 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

2015 IBCE commences with updates from association leaders

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off on the morning of April 21, with conversations amongst industry association leadership. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Study: Nitrogen use efficiency trait increases sugarcane biomass

BY Arcadia Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArcadia Biosciences Inc. has announced that a study conducted by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute shows improvements in plant growth parameters and biomass in sugarcane lines incorporating Arcadia's nitrogen use efficiency trait. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

In Depth: Profit in Plug and Play

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Bill aims to alter RVO process, definition for cellulosic biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and alter the statutory definition of cellulosic biofuels to exclude biogas. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability April 22

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to host a webinar on biofuel sustainability on April 22, titled "Biofuels for the Environment and Communities." READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsTo curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy). READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

BY University of Manchester Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale

BY NexSteppe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Leaf Resources announces cellulosic sugar patent application

BY Leaf Resources Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Resources Ltd. has launched its new Hybritech platform for the pulp and paper industry following the lodgment of a patent application for the process last month. The Hybritech platform utilizes Leaf Resources' Glycell process. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane

BY The University of Manchester Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Manchester have made a breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane.This study provides new insight to the development of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Discovery of plant switch could boost crop, biofuel production

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis, the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

European Parliament committee votes to approve biofuel agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted 51-12 to endorse a deal struck by legislators earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Cascades invests in biorefinery project at Cabano plant

BY Cascades Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCascades Inc. has announced an investment in a new technology at its Norampac - Cabano facility. This innovative new process is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Portland treatment plant to produce renewable natural gas

BY City of Portland Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Portland City Council has approved a contract for final design of a facility at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant to convert biogas into compressed natural gas vehicle fuel. Biogas is a byproduct of solids treatment. READ MORE

April 13, 2015

Wood biorefinery equipment on the auction block April 14

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEquipment from a project to produce cellulosic ethanol at a pulp and paper mill is available for purchase in an online auction. Included in the auction is equipment from late model lab assets and a 2009-2012 biomass biorefinery pilot plant. READ MORE

April 12, 2015

Opinion: Playing A Global Game

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses how the global nature of the biomass industry allows it to flourish despite policy fluctuation and uncertainty. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Ceres reports favorable sorghum growth in Brazil in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 9, Ceres Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2015, reporting growing conditions in Brazil have been generally favorable for its sweet-sorghum collaboration with Raizen across most multi-hybrid field evaluation sites. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

SBP accepts SCS Global Services as applicant certification body

BY SCS Global Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsSCS Global Services, a leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, announced that it has been accepted as an applicant certification body for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Deal forged on Minnesota bioeconomy legislation

BY Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests recently reached agreement on legislation in Minnesota that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

I Say Climate Change, You Say Climate Cycle

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiologue discusses an op-ed regarding climate change partisanship by N.D. meteorologist John Wheeler. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil

BY Gov. Terry E. Branstad's Office Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

In Depth: Empowering Exporters

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsResources made available by the International Trade Administration equip companies with the tools, financing and knowhow required to increase renewable exports. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Landfill Methane Outreach Program updates data, announces awards

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLast month, U.S. EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program released updated data, and recognized LMOP partners for landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE) achievements. As of March, 645 unique projects were reported, and 440 candidate landfills were identified. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Virginia Tech researchers convert corn stover to hydrogen

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of Virginia Tech researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Algenol to participate in business development mission to China

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgenol is joining U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a business development mission to China. GE, Southern Co., Honeywell, Praxair, Alcoa, and Lockheed Martin also traveling with the group. READ MORE

April 06, 2015

Rice University: Algae from wastewater solves 2 problems

BY Rice University Found In:Advanced FuelsRice University scientists have found they can easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae using municipal wastewater, while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorous from the wastewater. READ MORE