Advanced Biofuels

June 28, 2016

DOE announces SBIR, TCF grant recipients

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $16 million for 54 projects to help commercialize promising technologies and $23 million for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations. Biomass projects were among those to receive funding. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the completion of ANSI/ASABE S629, a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

PNNL, Australian university form research pact

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their bioenergy research, promote education, and develop industry around and viable bioenergy solutions. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ARENA supports development of Australian biorefinery

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Advanced FuelsAustralia’s first biorefinery capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material could become a reality in Queensland with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

NRDC releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa

BY Poet LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsPoet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Opinion: 2022: A Cliff for Clean Fuels and the RFS?

BY David Cox Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe year 2022 looms large over alternative and clean fuel industries participating in the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). But not for the reason one might initially think. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

House hearing focuses on RFS implementation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE

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