Advanced Biofuels

July 13, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

California awards $69.9 million for dairy digester projects

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Cherokee Freight Lines switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

BY Neste Found In:Advanced FuelsCherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The company is reporting significant reductions in fuel and maintenance costs. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets

BY International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

NYC councilmembers ask mayor to adopt biomethane

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA dozen New York City councilmembers recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to explore the use of biomethane fuel, which could be used by both NYC surface transit and in city fleets. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

LanzaTech wins UK grant to support alcohol-to-jet project

BY LanzaTech Found In:Advanced FuelsLanzaTech and its partners are one-step closer to building an alcohol-to-jet facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the U.K. through a recent government grant awarded under the Transport Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Opinion: RFS Program Under Attack

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe ABFA, and other groups, including the Renewable Fuels Association, have filed suit contesting the recently granted small refinery exemptions under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

Skangas fuels the tanker Fure Vinga with liquefied biogas

BY Skangas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSkangas has supplied the Swedish shipping company Furetank with liquefied biogas (LBG). The Swedish LBG was delivered to Furetank’s M/T Fure Vinga from Skangas’ parent company Gasum’s biogas facility in Lidköping. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

CalRecycle funds anaerobic digestion projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Department of Recycling and Recovery has awarded more than $25 million to 10 projects to bolster organics recycling and rescue edible food for those in need. Three of the awards support anaerobic digestion projects. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

ITA seeks nominations for renewable energy advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsThe ITA has renewed its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and is soliciting nominations for membership. Renewable fuels, including liquid biofuels and biomass pellets, are among the goods addressed by the committee. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

DOE: Study identifies biocrude production potential

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from PNNL and NREL recently performed a detailed analysis of a variety of waste products and their potential for biofuel production on a site-specific basis across the conterminous United States. READ MORE

July 06, 2018

WSU researchers creating catalyst to improve biojet production

BY Maegan Murray, Washington State University Tri-Cities Found In:Advanced FuelsEfforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the USDA and NIFA. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

RNG produced by CR&R flows into SoCalGas pipelines

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental announced July 2 they are now injecting renewable natural gas produced at CR&R's anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California, into SoCalGas pipelines. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

New enzyme boost could hasten biofuel production

BY Imperial College London Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

Land O'Lakes, CalBio partner to advance ‘barn to biogas’

BY Land O’Lakes Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLand O’Lakes Inc. and California Bioenergy LLC have launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support the financing, installation and management of on-farm methane digesters to generate renewable compressed natural gas fuel in California. READ MORE

July 03, 2018

Saipem signs MOU with California Ethanol & Power

BY Saipem Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSaipem has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as well as an exclusive agreement with California Ethanol & Power LLC for the realization of a low carbon emission plant for the production of ethanol, electricity, biomethane and other products. READ MORE

July 02, 2018

EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 02, 2018

Biofuel industry criticizes EPA’s triennial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn June 29, the U.S. EPA released its second report to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

New catalyst upgrades carbon dioxide to fuels found by USTC

BY University of Science and Technology of China Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team has uncovered a catalysis strategy intermediates during CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction, which sheds new lights on upgrading CO2 to engine fuels, such as ethanol and n-propanol. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

Lawmakers ask EPA to approve RFS pathway for biomass power

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsA bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers is urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other forms of energy under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

NREL: Novel genetic method improves efficiency of enzyme

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Study: Biodiversity improves stability of algal biofuel systems

BY University of Michigan Found In:Advanced FuelsA diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

EPA ignores DOE recommendations on RFS hardship waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsMembers of the biofuels industry are speaking out to criticize the EPA following news that the agency consistently ignored recommendations from the Department of Energy to reject or limit waivers to oil refiners seeking exemptions from the RFS. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

Air Liquide inaugurates a biomethane production unit in France

BY Air Liquide Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide inaugurated a biomethane production unit and a multi-energy distribution station on June 22 in Cestas, France. The station distributes bio-natural gas for vehicles (bio-NGV) that is purified from biogas. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

EPA releases proposed 2019 RFS RVOs, fails to address waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe EPA has proposed to require 19.88 billion gallons of biofuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply in 2019, up from 19.29 billion gallons in 2018. The rule allows for 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol, but does not address hardship waivers. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

EPA: 22.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 22.23 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE