Advanced Biofuels

January 16, 2020

UPM: Five years at the forefront of biofuel development

BY UPM Found In:Advanced FuelsThe first biorefinery in the world to produce wood-based advanced biofuels started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland five years ago. The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery uses wood-based residual raw material, crude tall oil, to produce fuel. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Calgren Dairy Fuels, SoCalGas announce expansion of RNG project

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas Co. on Jan. 13 announced that four additional Central Valley dairies have started sending methane produced from cow manure to Calgren's biogas operation in Pixley, where it is processed into RNG. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

PCI Gases: DOCS can replace use of liquid oxygen in gasification

BY PCI Gases Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPCI Gases os offering the DOCS (deployable oxygen concentrator system) as an attractive and safe on-site alternative to using liquid oxygen (LOX) or other oxygen technologies in gasification processes. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

Inslee urges Washington legislature to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle on Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s small refinery exemption program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Government Accountability Office issued a letter to a dozen members of Congress on Jan. 10 announcing it will review matters relating to the approval of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 13, 2020

DVO announces commissioning of Indiana biogas project

BY DVO Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDVO Inc. has announced the commissioning of its newest Two-Stage Linear Vortex digester at Prairies Edge Dairy Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana. The new digester replaces the dairy’s outdated CSTR/complete-mix digester. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

UK funds 4 advanced biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Department for Transport recently announced funding to support four advanced biofuel projects, including those that aim to produce low carbon aviation fuel, fuel for heavy goods vehicles, and cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

Shell Aviation, World Energy collaborate on SAF

BY Shell Aviation Found In:Advanced FuelsShell Aviation and World Energy on Jan. 7 announced a collaboration to develop a scalable supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). As part of collaboration, the two companies have initiatied the supply of SAF to Lufthansa Group in San Francisco. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Opinion: The Wide Umbrella of Bioenergy

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe versatility and wide umbrella of biomass fuel and technologies are some of my favorite things about the industry. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

LCFS pathways for biogas-based hydrogen filed with CARB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Air Resources Board has opened comment periods on several Low Carbon Fuel Standard Tier 2 applications for biogas-fuels in recent weeks, including those for facilities that plan to produce biogas-based hydrogen and RNG. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

EPA sets 2020 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.80

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA posted a notice to its website Jan. 8 announcing the Renewable Fuel Standard cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2020 is $1.80. The price is slightly higher than the 2019 CWC price, which was set at $1.77 in December 2018. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Suncor challenges EPA ruling to deny its SREs applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOil refiner Suncor Energy U.S.A. Inc. has filed a petition for review with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s decision to rule its refinery complex located in Commerce City, Colorado, is ineligible to receive SREs under the RFS. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

Report shows how a Midwest clean fuels policy should be designed

BY Great Plains Institute Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report details the unique considerations needed to design a successful Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest. It recommends a technology-neutral, portfolio approach that will benefit producers, consumers, agricutlure and others. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

Valero, AFPM ask SCOTUS to consider RFS point of obligation issue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsValero Energy Corp. and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the U.S. EPA is required to consider petitions to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

EPA: 32.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.45 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 32.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

USDA issues final rule for Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service published a final rule for the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program on Dec. 27. The program provides quarterly payments to producers of eligible advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

Greenlane wins biogas upgrading contract for California project

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Renewables Inc. announced on Dec. 27 that its wholly owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has secured a new $8.3 million (US$6.3 million) biogas upgrading contract with a customer in California. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

USDA seeks applications for advanced biofuel payment program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service published a notice on Dec. 18 seeking applications from biofuel producers under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which provides quarterly payments to producers of qualified advanced biofuels. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

Trump signs spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Trump signed two legislative packages into law on Dec. 20, avoiding another government shutdown. The packages include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills and tax extenders legislation that will benefit biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

Study analyzes viability of fuels developed through ORNL process

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsA technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and scaled up by Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

EPA: 6 new SREs filed for compliance year 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Dec. 19, reporting that six new SRE petitions have been filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard for compliance year 2019, up from 10 petitions that had been filed as of Nov. 21. READ MORE

December 20, 2019

NREL, Co-Optima research yields possible bioblendstock for diesel

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsA novel oxygenate molecule that can be produced from biomass shows promise for use as a blend for diesel fuel, according to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory who are part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optima initiative. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

EPA finalizes 2020 RVOs, SRE rule; disappoints biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA final rule released by the EPA on Dec. 19 includes a slight boost in the 2020 RFS cellulosic biofuel RVO. The rule also maintains EPA’s much criticized proposed plan to account for future SREs—a move slammed by members of the biofuels industry. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

1,726 biofuel supporters call on Trump to fix SRE rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA group of 1,726 biofuel supporters from 41 states sent a letter to President Trump on Dec. 17 urging him to restore markets for American farmers and biofuel producers by ensuring EPA’s pending RFS rule fully accounts for biofuel demand lost to SREs. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

IAC, Agra Industries partner to provide hemp processing solutions

BY International Accessories Co. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIAC has partnered with Agra Industries to bring to market an enhanced line of equipment to handle the wet bucking, chopping of the harvested hemp, drying of the hemp, storage and shipping of the material in various stages for extraction. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

House passes spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 17 voted to pass two legislative packages that comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. The packages also include tax extenders legislation that extends several biofuel and bioenergy tax credits. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

Delta enters offtake agreement with Gevo for aviation biofuel

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsDelta has signed a long-term offtake agreement with Gevo Inc. under which the airline will purhcase 10 million gallons per year of advanced renewable fuels from Gevo. The sustainable aviaition fuel (SAF) is expected to be available between 2022-2023. READ MORE