Advanced Biofuels

June 22, 2016

Conventional, advanced biofuel leaders gather in Milwaukee

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsThe National Biodiesel Board's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel participated in a panel with other biofuel industry leaders at the 32nd Annual International FEW and colocated National Advanced Biofuels Conference in Milwaukee June 21. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

BIO: RFS rule continues to chill advanced biofuel investment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has released an analysis that finds the U.S. EPA’s new methodology for setting annual renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes is continuing to chill investment in advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 22, 2016

Opinion: US EPA Back on Track

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe recent renewable volume obligation rule proposed by the U.S. EPA is a good step forward for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

Proposed bill expands tax credit to biogas-based RNG

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA bill recently introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee on Space, Science and Technology would add more biogas applications to the list of technologies that qualify for the federal Section 45 investment tax credit. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

Military spending bill includes anti-biofuel provision

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5293, titled “Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017” by a vote of 282 to 138. The bill includes a provision exempting the military from biofuels use. READ MORE

June 21, 2016

In Depth: The Future of Freight

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe primary mode of biomass transport—diesel power—continues to get cleaner and more efficient. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

EPA: 1.62 billion RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May, reporting nearly 1.62 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first five months of the year to 6.76 billion. READ MORE

June 20, 2016

Research examines obstacles to making biofuel from perennials

BY University of Arkansas Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Arkansas chemistry professor has received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation to investigate a roadblock in the harvesting of biomass from perennial plants for the purpose of creating a source of renewable energy. READ MORE

June 17, 2016

DOE seeks input in support of developing a billion-ton bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding the ability to eventually supply up to a billion dry tons of biomass feedstock annually for a variety of end uses. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Valero petitions EPA to redefine RFS obligated party

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 13, Valero Energy Corp. issued a petition to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking the agency to redefine obligated party under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). In February, Valero made a similar request. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Pacific Ag acquires Calagri

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has acquired Calagri. The transaction further solidifies Pacific Ag's ability to ensure cost-competitive, year-round supply and more streamlined harvesting and delivery of forages and other crop residues to customers. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

Gevo signs agreement to supply isobutanol for gasoline blending

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has entered into an agreement with Musket Corp. to supply isobutanol for blending with gasoline. Initial target markets are expected to include the marine and off-road markets in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. READ MORE

June 16, 2016

CE&P awards Technip engineering services agreement

BY California Ethanol & Power LLC Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Ethanol & Power LLC has awarded a engineering services agreement to Technip for its proposed biorefinery project in Imperial Valley, California. The facility will produce ethanol, electricity and biogas. READ MORE

June 15, 2016

Deinove completes key milestone in its Deinochem program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has validated the second key milestone of the Deinochem program, dedicated to the production of biosourced isoprenoids, funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). READ MORE

June 14, 2016

Amyris biojet fuels Airbus A350-900 for Cathay Pacific

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has announced that on May 29 Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program of flights from Toulouse, France, to Hong Kong using Amyris renewable jet fuel. The initial 12-hour flight was the longest flight using a renewable jet fuel to date. READ MORE

June 14, 2016

White Dog Labs wins DOE grant

BY White Dog Labs Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhite Dog Labs recently emerged from stealth by announcing a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company's innovative fermentation technology platform promises to increase output of practically any biochemical by 50-100 percent. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

GRFA commits to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Advanced FuelsGRFA called on parties to the climate agreement reached at COP21 to take immediate action to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Ontario finalizes cap and trade program, releases action plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThree weeks after Ontario finalized its cap and trade program, which takes effect July 1, the provincial government released the full version of its new Climate Change Action Plan. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

REA reports UK energy growth threatened by recent policy changes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently published its annual statistical REView 2016 report on the U.K renewable energy industry, reporting that despite record employment levels in 2015 recent policy changes threaten renewable energy growth. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

National Advanced Biofuel Conference Heads to Milwaukee

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo kicks off a week from Monday, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison researchers study how a certain group of bacteria called Streptomyces may improve biofuel production. The study identifies important enzymes produced when Streptomyces flex particular genes. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemists settle debate on how methane is made biologically

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChemists study two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas. The winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Biofuel supporters call for strong RFS during Fuels America event

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 9, Fuels America held a press conference at the site of U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. During the event, biofuel advocates voiced their support for the RFS program. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Global companies unite in below50 to scale up sustainable fuels

BY World Business Council for Sustainable Development Found In:Advanced FuelsBusinesses are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All through a new global initiative called below50 to promote sustainable fuels. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Sorghum Checkoff announces $500,000 investment

BY Sorghum Checkoff Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Sorghum Checkoff recently announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program field day at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

EPA announces call-in information for June 9 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for the June 9 hearing on its recently proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. The hearing will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Alaska Airlines to fly on Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has announced the first two commercial flights using its renewable alcohol-to jet-fuel took place June 7, originating in Seattle and flying to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, respectively. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

Wild sorghum shows potential for biofuel production

BY PLOS ONE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia has the potential to yield over 10,000 liters of ethanol per hectare per year. READ MORE