Advanced Biofuels

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

RIT, Synergy Biogas partner in algae biogas project

BY Rochester Institute of Technology Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. A three-month pilot program is growing microalgae on digested biomass. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Crash Course on Contributions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, I have been contacted a lot about how to get articles published in Biomass Magazine, so today I’m going to give a quick crash course on submitting contributions. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Ontario slates $100 million toward renewable natural gas

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province. The Canadian Gas Association has also outlined new targets for country’s natural gas sector. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

OSU researching bacteria to begin biofuel production process

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Advanced FuelsThe popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that process on its head. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

CRFA changes name to Renewable Industries Canada

BY Renewable Industries Canada Found In:Advanced FuelsCanadian Renewable Fuels Association has relaunched under the name Renewable Industries Canada. The change from the reinforces the 32 year-old non-profit association's mission to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Gevo to review strategic alternatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has commenced a review of strategic alternatives and engaged Cowen & Co. LLC as a financial advisor to assist in the review. The announcements was made approximately two weeks after the company released its first quarter financial results. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

New EU standard to boost greater use of renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsThe European Committee for Standardization recently approved a new standard for paraffinic diesel fuel made from synthesis or hydrotreatment. EN 15940 will make it easier for vehicle manufacturers to authorize up to 100 percent renewable diesel use. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

EPA posts supporting documents for RFS rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn May 31, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements in the Federal Register and posted dozens of supporting documents under the rule’s docket folder on Regulations.gov. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Trestle, Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol, coal power

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsTrestle Energy LLC and Larksen LLC have announced a collaboration to commercialize a new fuel pathway management platform to enable ethanol producers to reduce their fuel carbon intensity and facilitate the use of biomass pellets at power plants. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

DOE: 2016 BioenergizeME infographic challenge winners crowned

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe winner of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge was announced in May. The winning infographic entitled “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fueling the Future,” was developed by students from Smithtown High School East in St. James, New York. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal, registrations due May 31

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri, on its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuels standard (RFS). Parties wishing to testify at the hearing must contact the EPA by May 31. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

California biofuel industry calls on state to allocate funding

BY BIODICO Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia’s biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane industries are calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Opinion: The Tip of the Industry’s Spear

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHeavy logging equipment is the epitome of the tip of the spear when it comes to biomass harvesting, the area of focus of the June issue of Biomass Magazine. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

Former NBB CEO Joe Jobe launches new business consulting firm

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsFor a generation, Joe Jobe, the former CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, has fostered the U.S. biodiesel industry from its fledgling infancy to bountiful maturation. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

USDA announces application periods for BCAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency has announced incentives will resume this month through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the USDA, $3 million is available for BCAP during fiscal year 2016. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

DOE BETO hosts workshop on algal biology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a two-day workshop, titled “Sharpening Our Tools: Algal Biology Toolbox Workshop,” gathering lead experts in the field of algal biology from May 24–25. READ MORE

May 24, 2016

Advanced Flow Systems, Greenlane Biogas sign agreement

BY Advanced Flow Systems Inc. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced Flow Systems Inc., a subsidiary of AdvanTec Global Innovations Inc., recently added Greenlane Biogas Ltd. to its existing portfolio of contract manufacturing clients by signing a two-year contract manufacturing agreement. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

EPA: Nearly 17 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for April, reporting more than 1.511 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the net total for the first four months of the year to nearly 5.88 billion RINs. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

USDA announces $21 million in bioenergy funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced the availability of $21 million in funding through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as education and training. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

Study: Chance finding could transform plant production

BY University of Guelph Found In:Advanced FuelsAn almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland. The researchers doubled the plant’s growth and increased seed production by 400 percent. READ MORE

May 23, 2016

In Depth: Rallying for a Rebound Year

BY Anna Simet, photos by Lenn Long PhotographyFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLow oil, dipping power prices and a warm winter have presented the biomass industry with a challenging year. READ MORE

May 21, 2016

In Depth: Foraging for Efficiency

BY Anna Simet Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsNew Holland is plowing the path to commercial use of woody biomass crops for bioenergy. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

Solving the biomass puzzle

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture. READ MORE

May 19, 2016

DOE: Report documents achievements from 6 years of algal research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its six years of operation. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

California RNG bill could open door to pipeline injection

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA proposed bill in California may serve to greatly benefit the state’s renewable natural gas (RNG) industry. It would modify current siloxane requirements and essentially break down the barrier for RNG producers to access the natural gas pipeline. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

EPA releases proposed rule to set 2017 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 18, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

May 18, 2016

Opinion: Food + Fuel: The New Biomass Equation

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new analysis published in Carbon Balance and Management finds use of algae as feed for animals as potentially having a big role to play in limiting global carbon emissions, while providing the world with a major new source of sustainable proteins. READ MORE