Advanced Biofuels

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

SGB announces breakthrough with hybrid jatropha, closes financing

BY SGB Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSGB Inc. has announced success in its program to create hybrid jatropha which has both high yield and rapid time to maturity. In conjunction with these results, the company has closed an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

KiOR board member criticizes management in resignation letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDocuments recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may help shed some light on the events that resulted in KiOR Inc.'s recent operational and financial challenges. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

SwRI adds custom-designed circulating fluidized bed system

BY Southwest Research Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSouthwest Research Institute has announced the addition of a custom-designed circulating fluidized bed to convert heavy crude oils or biological feedstock into valuable, refined fuel samples that clients can assess for quality and profitability. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic RINs were generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation for July, reporting that nearly 1.27 billion RINs were generated during the month. Cellulosic RINs were among those generated in July. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

NASA: ACCESS II confirms jet biofuel burns cleaner

BY NASA Found In:Advanced FuelsFlying high above the California desert, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

Going to extremes for enzymes

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the search for enzymes that can break lignocellulose down into biofuel sugars under the extreme conditions of a refinery, a University of California Berkeley researcher has prospected for extremophilic microbes and engineered his own cellulases. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

USDA awards loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded a $105 million loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels LLC to support the development of an 11 MMgy facility to convert municipal solid waste into jet fuel. The $266 million project is planned for development near Reno, Nevada. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

EPA approves Oberon DME as first biogas-based fuel under the RFS

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsLess than a year after submitting a fuel pathway petition to the U.S. EPA, Oberon Fuels Inc.'s biogas-based dimethyl ether (DME) fuel has been approved for inclusion under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Scientists create renewable propane using bacteria

BY Imperial College London Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E.coli to generate renewable propane. The development is a step towards commercial production of a source of fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

EIU to reap research opportunities through land use partnership

BY Eastern Illinois University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFor some students at Eastern Illinois University, the traditional, enclosed classroom will soon be replaced with acres of wind-blown native grasses. Local landowners have agreed to allow Eastern to use nearly 120 acres of their property for research. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Bioenergy research continues march toward energy independence

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn September, October and November the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems will take to the road to show off research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Poet-DSM Project Liberty marks an energy milestone

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsAfter a decade of hard work, one of the world's largest ethanol producers is making cellulosic fuel a reality. Under a cloudless sky on a cool, September morning, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels celebrated the grand opening of Project Liberty. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Poet-DSM's Project Liberty goes from fantasy to reality

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsThe grand opening of Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC's Project Liberty is the start of what Jeff Broin, founder of Poet and executive chairman, believes will be a complete transformation of the energy supply. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Stora Enso to build demonstration plant in Louisiana

BY Stora Enso Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing its recent acquisition of the U.S.-based biotechnology company Virdia, Stora Enso is investing EUR 32 million ($43 million) in a demonstration and market development plant to be built at Raceland, Louisiana. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

DOE 'Knowledgebase' links biologists, computer scientists

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBrookhaven National Laboratory has announced the launch of the U.S. Department of Energy's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, a new computational platform to help the biological community analyze, store, and share data. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

In Depth: Algae’s New Standard-Bearer

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced FuelsMatt Carr discusses his first 100 days as the Algae Biomass Organization executive director, experiences on the Hill, and introducing carbon capture and utilization to policymakers. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

Opinion: A Long, Tough Year for Advanced Biofuels

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsWe can’t afford another year like this one in 2015. Win, lose or draw, the advanced and cellulosic industries need the federal government to reaffirm its support for this sector. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

In Depth: Pepped to Fuel Prep

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsMunicipal solid waste that undergoes Enerkem’s thermochemical gasification process at its Edmonton, Alberta, plant has made a long and complicated journey before it is converted into liquid fuel. READ MORE

September 01, 2014

Opinion: Hard to Handle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIf someone were to design an energy input with the sole aim of creating the most difficult material handling challenge imaginable, they would likely end up with something that looks very much like biomass. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, which includes forecasts for global biofuel and renewable energy growth. For the first time, the report also includes an investment outlook. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

DOE seeks input on landscape design for feedstock production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is asking for input on landscape design approaches that sustainably integrate cellulosic feedstock production into existing agricultural and forestry systems. Comments are due Sept. 2. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have discovered that water in the process to convert biomass to bio-oil helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research wins NSF grant

BY University of Louisville Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA grant from the National Science Foundation will allow University of Louisville's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research to expand. The $20 million award is being made for the "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future" project. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

John Deere, Hillco introduce single pass round bale system

BY John Deere Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHillco Technologies Inc., working in developmental partnership with John Deere, has developed the Hillco Single Pass Round Bale System, a revolutionary new system for harvesting corn and baling corn stover in one simple step. READ MORE

August 28, 2014

Algae Systems announces demonstration project

BY Algae Systems LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsAlgae Systems LLC completed demonstration of a new biofuel production approach in early-August jointly with Japan's IHI Corp. The process is based on the conversion of algae and wastewater to energy and clean water. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Nomination deadline for export advisory committee extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration has amended a recent announcement that it is accepting nominations for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee. The deadline is now set for Aug. 29. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

U.S., Chile navies agree to continue partnership on biofuels

BY U.S. Navy Found In:Advanced FuelsChilean Undersecretary of Defense Marcos Robledo and United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus agreed Aug. 22 to continue, through their respective navies, discussions on research, development and use of advanced drop-in alternative fuels. READ MORE

August 26, 2014

Genera Energy provides insight in choosing a biomass solution

BY Genera Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy recently released a new infographic featuring a visual overview of biomass feedstock and guidelines for choosing the best solution for every biomass project. The four-page infographic highlights key supply chain elements. READ MORE