Advanced Biofuels

March 19, 2018

Senators ask Trump to dismiss RFS waiver cap, request meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThe 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Better solvents improve production of biofuels, bioproducts

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have found a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The findings could help improve biofuel production. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Governors ask Trump to reject proposals that would weaken the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, a group of five Midwestern governors send a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically those recently proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bioinnovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha—an excellent raw material for bioplastics. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biofuel groups advocate for tax credit extensions at hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on post tax reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. Several representatives of the biofuels industry offered testimony at the event. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Engineers develop tools to scale up of bio-oil production

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team at Iowa State University will study, model and develop design tools for autothermal pyrolysis, a new way to break down corn stalks, wood chips and other biomass to produce a liquid bio-oil. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

NREL, NRCan partner on alternative fueling station locator tool

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the lab-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

British Columbia city converts organic waste into biofuel

BY City of Surry Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened March 9 in the Port Kells industrial area. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Letter urges reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Secretary Perdue administers oath of office to Bill Northey

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Bill Northey March 7 at the Annual Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner. Northey previously served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than 11 years. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

NMSU collaborates on project to develop guayule, guar feedstocks

BY New Mexico State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeveloping sustainable energy sources is a national quest of scientists in both the private industry and public university sector. Among these endeavors is the recently started Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Digestive ability of ancient insects may aid biofuel development

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of York has announced a study of the unusual digestive system of firebrats, an ancient group of insects, is providing new insights into future biofuel production. The insects are able to efficiently digest cellulose. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Opinion: Long Road for Biofuels Industry

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis year is setting up to be a long year for the biofuels industry. First on the agenda is the fate of the biofuels tax extenders, including the biodiesel blenders, renewable diesel credit, second-generation and alternative fuels credits, which all READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Opinion: Tax Act May Spur More Investment in RNG, Biogas Projects

BY Doug Lamb and Durham McCormick Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Renewable Fuel Standard is the primary federal policy that drives development of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. Since the advent of the RFS’s modern cellulosic biofuel provisions in 2014, new investment in RNG projects has grown steadily. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics advance algae biofuels program

BY ExxonMobil Found In:Advanced FuelsExxonMobil 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. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels approved

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn 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. READ MORE

March 03, 2018

In Depth: A Straighter, Shorter Pathway

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsConfidence builds in overcoming the hurdles slowing corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

TUI welcomes the first 737 MAX on biobased jet fuel

BY TUI Group Found In:Advanced FuelsTUI 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. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Researchers triple the number of grains in sorghum

BY Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists 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. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

In Depth: Organic Waste to Watts in Wine Country

BY Jim McMahon Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsPlanned for full operation in mid-2018, San Luis Obispo County’s new state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion facility will convert source-separated organic waste into biogas and high-grade compost. READ MORE

March 01, 2018

Trump hosts industry meeting on RFS, no deal reached

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn 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). READ MORE

March 01, 2018

EPA approves new fuel pathway for REG Geismar

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn 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). READ MORE

March 01, 2018

IATA sets goal for flights using sustainable fuels

BY International Air Transport Association Found In:Advanced FuelsOn 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. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Brazil: Landfill gas-based fuels eligible for RenovaBio program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn 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. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Protein studies inform biofuels research

BY University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced FuelsResearch 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. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

No deal reached at White House RFS meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsNo deal on Renewable Fuel Standard reform was reached during a Feb. 27 meeting at the White House. President Trump has requested to meet with representatives of the biofuel and oil industries on March 1 to continue the conversation. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Senate confirms Northey for USDA post

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 27, nearly six months after he was first nominated, the U.S. Senate confirmed Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service at USDA. READ MORE