Advanced Biofuels

November 19, 2015

API announces first nanocellulose patent

BY American Process Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Process Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for its BioPlus nanocellulose technology. The patent covers an AVAP process for producing a nanocellulose material and downstream applications. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

In Depth: A Transformative Project: Total’s La Mède Conversion

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Advanced FuelsSupermajor oil company Total S.A. will convert its 150,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery in La Mède, France, to produce renewable diesel—a first in France and just the second project of its kind in the world. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

DOE biomass advisory committee schedules November meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for Nov. 18-19. The event will be held in Emeryville, California. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

Pacific Ag announces completion of record wheat straw harvest

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag recently completed its largest harvest of wheat straw on record. Working closely with more than 200 growers across seven states, the company harvested more than 100,000 acres of wheat straw for use in end-markets. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

SD, VA projects receive USDA value-added grant funding

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFive bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. The grants were announced last week. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

UNH, Yale researchers develop economic, green catalytic process

BY University of New Haven Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the University of New Haven and Yale University have discovered a high-quality catalytic process for converting biomass model compounds, which can be used to convert biomass into value-added chemicals, such as biofuels. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

EPA sets 2016 cellulosic waiver credit prices at $1.33

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing its cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price calculation for next year. The agency has set the CWC price for 2016 at $1.33. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

Joule, Red Rock Biofuels plan merger

BY Red Rock Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 12, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a leading developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel biorefineries, announced their intent to merge. READ MORE

November 12, 2015

Renewable diesel production, planned projects on the rise

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration Found In:Advanced FuelsA new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. READ MORE

November 10, 2015

Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Praj

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo announced it has entered into a license and a joint development agreement with Praj to enable the licensing of Gevo’s isobutanol technology to processors of non-corn based sugars, including the majority of Praj’s global ethanol plant owners. READ MORE

November 09, 2015

Sweetwater Energy gets $26 million loan for biochemical plant

BY Sweetwater Energy Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsSweetwater Energy Inc., a Rochester, New York-based renewable biochemical producer, announced today that it has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct a biochemical production facility. READ MORE

November 09, 2015

Neste, Boeing work toward biojet ASTM standard, market acceptance

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsRenewable diesel producer Neste announced in November that it is working with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to promote and accelerate commercialization of biojet fuel. READ MORE

November 05, 2015

Gevo, ValvTect partner to bring renewable isobutanol to marinas

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. announced that following the recent completion of successful compatibility tests, it will collaborate with ValvTect, a leading supplier of marine fuel additives, to bring renewable isobutanol fuel blends to ValvTect branded marinas. READ MORE

November 04, 2015

Genera partners to develop aerial analysis tool for biomass crops

BY Genera Energy, PrecisionHawk Found In:Advanced FuelsGenera Energy and PrecisionHawk, a terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company, have partnered to develop new analysis algorithms specific to improving the efficiency and quality of sustainable biomass crop production and distribution. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Saipol invests in additional biodiesel production, biomass boiler

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsDuring a press conference in late October at its Sète site in the South of France, Avril Group subsidiary Saipol announced two major industrial investments in the French biodiesel sector totaling 28.5 million euros. READ MORE

November 02, 2015

National survey results: large majority of voters support RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board Found In:Advanced FuelsA recent national survey shows that biodiesel is an increasingly popular alternative fuel and that support for a renewable fuel standard (RFS) is on the rise. READ MORE

November 02, 2015

Neutrons help decipher enzyme function for cellulosic conversion

BY Technical University of Munich Found In:Advanced FuelsUsually, harvesting energy and raw materials from plants requires many process steps and aggressive chemicals. To make these processes more efficient and resource saving, researchers are looking for suitable enzymes. READ MORE

October 30, 2015

DuPont opens commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

BY DuPont Found In:Advanced FuelsDuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. READ MORE

October 30, 2015

Agreeing to Disagree...Or Not.

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRenewable fuel makers of all kinds need to band together, instead of bash each other, to get where we need to go. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Vertimass completes scale-up technology validation with DOE

BY Vertimass LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsVertimass LLC recently announced the completion of the technology validation that verifies the initial process design and preliminary cost information for a new award of $2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Opinion: Great Green Fleet Adrift

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced FuelsThe enormity of the military’s fuel usage is still very much on the industry’s radar, but the exuberance of 2012-‘13 has largely been replaced with the more measured tone. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

21 states receive grants under biofuels infrastructure program

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Advanced FuelsUSDA is distributing $100 million in the Biofuels Infrastructure Program to add nearly 5,000 E85 and E15 pumps in 21 states. Matching commitments from state and private entities bring the total investment to $210 million. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Alliance Bioenergy improves CTS conversion rates in October

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, continues to see success in optimizing the commercial reactor of its licensed and patented CTS (cellulose to sugar) Mechanocatalytic process. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

Stora Enso division US headquarters move to Raceland, Louisiana

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsFinnish papermaker Stora Enso announced it is making the demonstration and market development plant it is building in Raceland, Louisiana, the Stora Enso Biomaterials divisions’ U.S. headquarters. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

UPM to field test wood-based diesel fuel in urban bus traffic

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM is to start field tests in October of its novel wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses together with Helsinki Region Transport and the VTT Technical Research Centre. The field tests are also supported by St1, Volvo and Transdev Finland. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

European Biomass Association releases annual bioenergy report

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) recently released its annual statistical report, providing an outlook on European bioenergy for 2015, with a comprehensive overview of the latest market trends in bioheat, bioelectricty and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

Novozymes net profit up 11 percent in first nine months of 2015

BY Anne Bailey Found In:Advanced FuelsNovozymes net profit grew by 11 percent in the first three quarters of 2015, according to a company report. Free cash flow before acquisitions was 2.022 billion Danish krone ($2.9 billion), Novozymes said. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

Opinion: Focusing on 3 Prominent Efforts

BY Bernard Sheff Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council is in its fifth year of existence. The council has grown and expanded over the these years, making inroads in supportive public policies and biogas and digestate market development. READ MORE

October 24, 2015

Opinion: Building Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Portfolios

BY Rajdeep Golecha Found In:Advanced FuelsThe amount of risk in supply variation a biorefinery is willing to accept will depend on its fundamental business strategy, and the amount of premium they are willing to pay to reduce risks associated with biomass supply variation READ MORE

October 23, 2015

Switchgrass research projects awarded grant money

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsResearchers have received grants from the U.S. DOE and National Science Foundation to study switchgrass. READ MORE