Advanced Biofuels

September 17, 2018

SoCalGas to offer RNG at its fueling stations

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Biojet blend fuels transatlantic flight

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. is partnering with United Airlines and World Energy on an international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil. The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight took place Sept.14. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

U of A biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY University of Arkansas Found In:Advanced FuelsA University of Arkansas biologist is using protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to make the process of turning organic material into biofuels more efficient and environmentally sound. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Virgin Australia leads trial using Gevo’s biojet in Brisbane

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 11, Virgin Australia announced the successful completion of a trial to deliver sustainable aviation fuel through Brisbane Airport’s general fuel supply system. Biojet used during the trail was supplied by Gevo Inc. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

DOE funds 6 projects for co-optimization of engines and fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award 42 projects a total of $80 million to support advanced vehicles technologies research, with $10.1 million funding six projects focused on the co-optimization of engines and fuels. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Neste, Alaska Airlines grow partnership to fly more sustainably

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsNeste and Alaska Airlines have signed a MOU that will allow the companies to more closely work together to design, create and implement solutions that lay the groundwork for the wider adoption of renewable fuels within the airline industry. READ MORE

September 11, 2018

Enerkem produces bio-DME

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsEnerkem Inc. announced Sept. 10 that it has successfully produced a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (bio-DME), a byproduct of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Bill aims to require reallocation of waived RFS volumes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsReps. David Young, R-Iowa, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., have introduced a bill that aims to reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the U.S. EPA to disclose refineries that received small refinery hardship waivers. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

UD engineers study microbes for biofuel production

BY Julie Stewart, University of Delaware Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis of the University of Delaware a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study the production of clostridium bacteria as platforms for biofuels. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

Pöyry awarded contract for Biozin plant in Norway

BY Pöyry Found In:Advanced FuelsBiozin Holding AS has awarded Pöyry with the owner's engineering services assignment for the pre-engineering phase for the planned biozin production plant in Norway. The new plant will convert biomass to liquid biocrude. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

EPA asked to process RIN applications for biomass, biogas power

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 6, 111 organizations, including the American Biogas Council and Biomass Power Association, sent a letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the immediate inclusion of renewable electricity in the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research

BY University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Midterm Elections, RVO Decisions, and Lame Duck Tax Relief

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith former U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt taking aim at the biofuels industry, what started out as a challenging year is now winding down on an ostensibly more moderate and manageable note. READ MORE

September 03, 2018

In Depth: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSustainable Resources Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations turn costly waste into revenue-generating income streams, is embarking on a new project that has the potential to be the biggest initiative in company history. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Republic Services highlights RNG efforts in sustainability report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRepublic Services Inc. released its 2017 Sustainability Report on Aug 29. Within the report, the company outlines progress it has made on several environmental goals, including those related to the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

August 30, 2018

RNG Energy, PES to develop RNG facility in Philadelphia

BY RNG Energy Solutions Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRNG Energy Solutions and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC have announced plans to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility named Point Breeze Renewable Energy. The facility will produce RNG for transportation use. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

USDA memo encourages EPA to account for small refinery waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA recent memo sent to the U.S. EPA by the USDA Office of the Chief Economist shows the USDA believes the EPA should account for the impact of small refinery hardship waivers in its annual Renewable Fuel Standard rulemaking. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

Researcher wins DOE grant to create value from biorefinery waste

BY the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRajesh Shende, an associate professor at SD Mines, has received a $2.16 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate ways to turn waste from biorefineries into valuable products. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Canadian competition aims to develop sustainable aviation fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNatural Resources Canada recently announced the Sky’s the Limit Challenge, which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The challenge consists of two competitions and aims to reduce GHG emissions. READ MORE

August 27, 2018

Aalto University, VTT sign bioeconomy agreement

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Aug. 23, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a concrete step towards a joint innovation ecosystem in the field of bioeconomy. READ MORE

August 24, 2018

Letter urges Trump to direct EPA to complete RFS electric pathway

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe owners of nearly 60 anaerobic digestion (AD) projects recently sent a letter to President Trump asking him to tell the U.S. EPA to prioritize the development of an electric pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Wärtsilä signs maintenance agreement for Hawaiian bioenergy plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsOn Aug 20, Wärtsilä announced it has signed a 10-year maintenance and operational advisory agreement for Hawaiian Electric’s Schofield Generating Station, a 50 MW facility located on the island of Oahu that is fueled by biodiesel. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

EPA: 26.35 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.71 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 26.35 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 23, 2018

Senators ask EPA to increase RVOs for advanced biofuel, biodiesel

BY Sen. Patty Murray's office Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Aug. 23, a bipartisan group of 39 senators sent a letter to the EPA urging the agency to increase volume obligations for biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel and appropriately account for small refinery hardship waivers in the 2019 RFS rule. READ MORE

August 21, 2018

Scientists identify enzyme that may accelerate biofuel production

BY Tokyo Institute of Technology Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

More than 290,000 comments filed on 2019 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass based diesel, closed Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 17, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting fiscal year 2019 applications for the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE