Advanced Biofuels

July 22, 2015

Xebec begins operations at Chinese landfill gas upgrading project

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. recently announced that it has commenced operation of its first commercial landfill gas to compressed natural gas (CNG) upgrading system in Anshan, North Eastern China. The resulting fuel will power natural gas taxis. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Opinion: The Real Bioeconomy Builders

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization's Matt Carr discusses the relationships between policy, investment and the success of the industry. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Tax extenders package benefiting biofuels passes Senate committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Senate Finance Committee has passed a tax extenders package that includes two-year extensions of tax credits for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel. The next step for the legislation is consideration by the full U.S. Senate. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

EIA proposes to expand biofuel data collection activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn July, the U.S. Department of Energy published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on proposed revisions to certain information collection forms, including several focused on biofuel. Comments are due Sept. 8. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Red Rock Biofuels to provide biobased jet fuel to FedEx Express

BY Red Rock Biofuels LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsRed Rock Biofuels LLC has announced that it will produce approximately 3 million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. The agreement runs through 2024, with first delivery expected in 2017. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

In Depth: State-of-the-Art Algae PBRs

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsPhotobioreactor manufacturers detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Senate Finance Committee to address tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is scheduled to address a tax extenders bill on July 21. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently announced he has secured the inclusion of tax incentives for cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel in the legislation. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Advanced Ethanol Council changes name, expands membership

BY Advanced Biofuels Business Council Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Advanced Ethanol Council is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. The new group, called the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, also announced new corporate and board members. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

EPA opens comment period on cottonseed oil analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is inviting public comment on its preliminary analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (cottonseed oil) feedstock for use in biofuel production. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DOE seeks nominations for biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Aug. 14. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DuPont, New Tianlong Industry sign deal for cellulosic technology

BY DuPont Found In:Advanced FuelsDuPont and Jilin Province New Tianlong Industry Co. Ltd. have announced a licensing agreement to begin the development of China's largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant, located in Siping City, Jilin Province, China. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

EPA begins publishing annual data on RIN sales, RIN holdings

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated by renewable fuel standard (RFS) party type for the first time. The EPA said the data will increase transparency in the RIN market. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

EPA honors Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards winners

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is recognizing green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Event to focus on biobased product, chemical, fuel coproduction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology’s Office (BETO) has announced plans to hold a workshop focused on the challenges associated with the coproduction of biomass-derived chemicals, products and biofuels. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. The $4 million project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and industrial partners. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Deinove reaches third milestone of the Deinol program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has reached the third and penultimate milestone of its Deinol project supported by Bpifrance. Achievement of this milestone triggers grant funding of up to EUR 1.2 million ($1.31 million). READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Ceres discusses plan to realign its focus during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for its fiscal third quarter, reporting the company is continuing to realign its focus towards food and forage opportunities and biotechnology traits, rather than bioenergy markets. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

EU Agricultural Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Agricultural and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

USDA schedules July 16 forum, webinar on loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) has scheduled a July 16 forum to introduce the new Biorefinery, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

US DOE sinks $18 million into algae technology development

BY U.S. DOE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE announced July 9 that six projects will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

USDA accepting applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees to eligible biorefining projects. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Vecoplan to build feedstock processing system for Fulcrum

BY Vecoplan LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsVecoplan LLC announced that it has executed a fixed-price contract with Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. to design, engineer, install and commission a state-of-the-art municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock processing system for Fulcrum's Sierra BioFuels Plant. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

ORNL: Unlocking lignin for sustainable biofuel

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing high-performance computing, a group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided insight into how the tightly wound network of molecules that make up the cell wall of plants for easier biofuel processing. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Finding an off switch in wood formation

BY NC State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found. The discovery improves scientists' understanding of how lignin is formed and can be altered. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsConverting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Biofuels industry, farmers advocate against Loudermilk amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA group of two dozen biofuel trade groups and companies recently issued a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to reject an proposals that amend, repeal, or defund the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Bacterial boost makes biofuel production more efficient

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic for the organisms that convert cellulosic biomass into bioproducts. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

Amyris announces update on SMA Industria Quimica joint venture

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has announced an update and clarification with respect to media reports regarding its inactive manufacturing joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho, SMA Industria Quimica S.A, or SMA., noting its Brotas facility is exceeding targets. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE