Advanced Biofuels

July 11, 2019

Attis Industries joins the Advanced Biofuels Association

BY Attis Industries Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAttis Industries Inc. announced July 10 it has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association. The company owns a corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, and plans to produce second-generation biofuels in the future. READ MORE

July 10, 2019

IRENA: Bioenergy employed 3.18 million people globally in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIRENA recently released the sixth edition of it Renewable Energy and Jobs report, announcing the renewable energy sector employed at least 11 million people last year, directly and indirectly. Bioenergy employed approximately 3.18 million people. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Anellotech successfully demos biomass pretreatment technology

BY Anellotech Found In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsAnellotech’s MinFree technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton per day scale. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

Total begins operations at biorefinery in France

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsTotal announced July 3 it has started up production at its La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France. The company has been working since to 2015 to convert the former oil refinery into a new energies complex. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

BIO: Batchelor named vice president

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization announced July 2 that Stephanie Batchelor has been named BIO’s vice president for its industrial & environmental (I&E) section. Batchelor has worked for BIO in the I&E section since July 2008. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

EPA proposes 2020 RVOs, 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has proposed to require 20.04 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply next year, up from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019, according to a rulemaking released by the agency July 5. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

Researchers synthesize acetaminophen from lignin

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Wärtsilä forms Biogas Solutions unit

BY Wärtsilä Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsWärtsilä has announced the formation of Wärtsilä Biogas Solutions.The new division merges Wärtsilä Puregas Solutions with Wärtsilä’s biogas liquefaction team to better offer customers a one-stop-shot for advanced biofuel production. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Vertimass licenses technology to Alliance BioEnergy Plus

BY Vertimass Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). READ MORE

July 03, 2019

LLNL: Turning the switch on biofuels

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLLNL scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote IIL tolerance, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Senators aim to limit USDA influence over SRE decisions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSeveral U.S. senators representing oil producing and refining states are trying to limit Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s influence over the U.S. EPA’s process of evaluating small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Enerkem honors memory of Vincent Chornet

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe management of Enerkem has announced Vincent Chornet, cofounder and executive chairman of the company, died at the age of 45 following a prolonged illness. Chornet is credited with making Enerkem a leader in biofuels and renewable chemicals. READ MORE

June 28, 2019

EPA: More than 31.11 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting that nearly 1.57 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 31.11 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Senators urge EPA to block attempts to roll back use of SREs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA group of nine republican senators representing U.S. oil-producing and refining states are urging U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to block attempts to roll back the agency’s’ use of small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the RFS. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Bright Biomethane opens North America office

BY Bright Biomethane Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBright Biomethane opened its first North American office in response to growing business and increasing demand for renewable natural gas (RNG) solutions in North America. The company is currently working on five RNG projects in the Northeast. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D 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 announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

Greenlane secures new CDN $3.4 million biogas upgrading contract

BY Greenlane Renewables Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGreenlane Biogas North America Ltd. has secured a new CDN $3.4 million-dollar biogas upgrading contract. Greenlane will provide its water-wash technology solution for a municipal wastewater treatment facility in the Vancouver metro region. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

US Gain expands investment in dairy industry

BY U.S. Gain Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. Gain is honored to see the the 12 dairy farms it has partnered with profit from renewable natural gas (RNG) production. The company is an integrated RNG supplier that is pairing investment in RNG production with its network of fueling stations. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

EPA opens Section 610 review of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register June 24 announcing it has opened a review of the Renewable Fuel Standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. A public comment period is open through Aug. 22. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

EPA updates SRE data, 38 SRE applications now pending for 2018

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAnother small refinery exemption (SRE) application for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s 2018 compliance year has been declared ineligible or withdrawn, according to updated SRE data posted to the U.S. EPA website on June 24. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

NBB: SREs are harming demand for biodiesel, renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler June 21 highlighting the economic damage that Renewable Fuel Standard small refinery exemptions (SREs) are causing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

Amp Americas sells ampCNG unit, develops 2 dairy RNG projects

BY Amp Americas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAmp Americas has sold 20 ampCNG fueling stations to American Natural Gas for $41 million. Amp Americas will continue to own and operate its Indiana biogas operations and plans to break ground on two additional dairy RNG projects this year. READ MORE

June 24, 2019

HC2 Holdings’ American Natural Gas acquires ampCNG

BY HC2 Holdings Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsHC2 Holdings Inc. announced June 17 that its energy portfolio company American Natural Gas has acquired ampCNG, a natural gas fuel provider, for $41 million. ANG aims to provide 100 percent RNG by 2020. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Boeing invests in Brazil’s sustainable aviation fuel industry

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing has announced a $1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize benefits to local communities engaged in feedstock development for SAFs. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

CalBio, dairy farmers partner with Chevron on dairy RNG projects

BY California Bioenergy LLC Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsChevron U.S.A. Inc. and California Bioenergy LLC announced June 18 a joint investment in a holding company with California dairy farmers to produce and market dairy biomethane as a vehicle fuel in the state. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

SkyNRG, UL sign deal on sustainable aviation fuel

BY SkyNRG Found In:Advanced FuelsSkyNRG and the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in mid-June to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) manufacturing in Ireland. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass

BY University of North Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. READ MORE