Advanced Biofuels

April 16, 2014

IPCC: Bioenergy to play significant role in carbon mitigation

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioenergy plays a big role in the multiple mitigation scenarios examined in the AR5 report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and is expected to play a role in the future. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

EC adopts new guidelines on renewable energy, biofuel support

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission recently announced it has adopted new rules on public support for renewable energy projects, including a move to market-based support. A U.K.-based trade association called the guidelines a "huge leap into the unknown." READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Washington DNR to hold mobile pyrolysis demo

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration featuring three vendors on May 8 that will include conversion of wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

NASA to test alternative fuels with German, Canadian partners

BY NASA Found In:Advanced FuelsNASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

Scale-model aircraft takes flight with fuel from the sea concept

BY U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsNavy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Researchers find potential to grow biofuel feedstock on PV farms

BY Ker Than, Stanford University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGrowing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Ceres announces fiscal and business updates

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsCeres Inc. released its second quarter financial results and an update on its efforts in Brazil during a webcast on April 10. The company said it has increased its planting of sorghum in Brazil, where it is pursuing ethanol and biomass power markets. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Senate asks for industry input on RFS during biofuel hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on advanced biofuels. The event featured testimony from representatives of DuPont, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Airlines for America. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Court hears oral arguments in challenge to 2013 RFS standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS). The petitioners are asking the court to vacate the EPA's rulemaking. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

CRIBE announces investment in Ensyn Technologies' Ontario plant

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing an investment of up to $1.5 million to leverage a total project value of up to $4 million to enhance Ensyn Technologies Inc.'s Renfrew, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Poplars designed for deconstruction: A major boon to biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

McCarthy addresses RFS, biogenic emissions during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA's policies with regard to the renewable fuel standard and biogenic carbon emissions were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

GeoSynFuels purchases, retrofits idle demonstration plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit the plant to use its proprietary 5CS Technology. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Lawrence Livermore discovery could improve biofuel production

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResistance is not futile when it comes to a new method to more efficiently convert biomass to biofuels. New research suggests that a type of that a type of bacterial resistance may provide more efficient production of biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

First functional 'designer' chromosome in yeast is synthesized

BY NYU Langone Medical Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of scientists has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for rocket fuel

BY Georgia Institute of Technology Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Purdue researchers launch innovative bioenergy company

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University researchers are launching a company, Spero Energy Inc., focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

MARAD releases results of renewable diesel testing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan using a 67/33 blend of renewable diesel. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

Senate Finance Committee to markup tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to markup a tax extenders bill on April 3. The legislation, titled the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, includes extensions of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

KiOR announces $25 million funding agreement with Kholsa trust

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 1, KiOR Inc filed an 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announcing it has entered into a senior secured promissory note and warrant purchase agreement with Vinod Khosla's KFT Trust. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Researcher wins grant for hybrid conversion biofuel process

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Opinion: A Biomass Farm Bill

BY Margaret McCormick Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Algae Biomass Organization's Margaret McCormick discusses implications the new Farm Bill has on algae and other biomass technologies. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Cool Planet closes on $100 million series D financing

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced FuelsColorado-based Cool Planet Energy Systems finished its fourth financing round, meeting the $100 million objective. The lead investors during the round were North Bridge Venture Partners and Concord Energy. READ MORE

March 28, 2014

Fiberight begins construction of waste processing facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsWaste-to-energy firm Fiberight LLC is beginning construction of its waste processing facility in Marion, Iowa. "We are now building," said Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of the company, noting that workers are scheduled to be onsite April 7. READ MORE