Advanced Biofuels

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Scientists find how a bacterium reduces CO2 in biofuel production

BY Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University Found In:Advanced FuelsA paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels while decreasing CO2 released as byproduct. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Anellotech announces breakthrough in extending catalyst lifetime

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Survey: Voters against shifting RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA recent survey has determined the majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and Americans. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Switchgrass may be option for farmers who have lost topsoil

BY University of Missouri Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Fuels America letter urges Trump’s continued support for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 15, members of Fuels America sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump congratulating him on the election and noting they look forward to working with his administration to implement the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Global Bioenergies discusses demo plant, future strategy

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies has announced it is now entering the final phase of demonstrating its technology for converting renewable carbon into hydrocarbons, with the first production of green isobutene recently observed. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

EPA amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and improving the quality and consistency of data collected. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

ADM announces project to provide renewable natural gas

BY Archer Daniels Midland Co. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsArcher Daniels Midland Co. has announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren Illinois into the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

UPM Biofuels joins Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM has become member of RSB, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. RSB is a global standard and certification scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. UPM produces renewable diesel, known as UPM BioVerno. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EPA seeks comments on flex fuel provisions of REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 2, the U.S. EPA issued a notice of data availability (NODA) that will make additional data available for comment on the ethanol flex fuel (EFF) provisions of its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Lux Research finds paradigm shift in low-carbon fuels

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced FuelsTraditionally, policies to promote greener transportation fuels have focused on mandating volumes of specific biofuels that must be used. However, a new generation of policies is based on technology-agnostic carbon intensity metrics. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Researchers collaborate with AST to develop lignin-based products

BY American Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, to continue efforts on the development of new lignin-based products. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Trump nominates Pruitt to lead the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. His nomination is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 07, 2016

Leaf Resources, Novozymes launch biomass-to-sugars collaboration

BY Leaf Resources Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Resources recently announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

EPA holds hearing on REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 6, the U.S. EPA held a hearing on its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule in Chicago. Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association were among the organizations that testified at the event. READ MORE

December 06, 2016

Senate committee hearing focuses on GAO’s RFS reports

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the U.S. EPA’s management of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and two Government Accountability Office reports released on Nov. 28. READ MORE

December 05, 2016

EPA sets cellulosic waiver credit price for 2017 at $2.00

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA recently published a notice to its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2017 at $2.00. The CWC price for 2016 was set in at $1.33 in November 2015. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

A Few Good Plugs

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsToday is the last day to submit an abstract for the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

December 02, 2016

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

BY Washington State University Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

EU publishes clean energy policy package for heating, cooling

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThis week, the European Commission released a package of policy proposals aimed at boosting the EU’s competitiveness as the world transitions to a clean energy mix. AEBIOM and REA express support and concern over certain aspects of the legislation. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Opinion: Out With the Old, In With the New

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe best argument our industry has going for it in the context of a Trump administration is its ability to produce jobs, and for the next four years, we’d be wise to build our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on that premise. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

BY Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24. The strategy will be submitted as a government report to the Parliament, where discussion on it started Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

GAO RFS reports paint incomplete picture of advanced biofuels

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding the U.S. renewable fuels sector. READ MORE