Advanced Biofuels

March 26, 2014

Exhibitors report positive outlook, serious interest at IBCE

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 1,100 attendees at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., March 24-26 came from 41 counties, 48 states and eight Canadian provinces to learn more about the growing biomass-to-energy sector. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

In Depth: Advancing Biofuels

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsMichael McAdams, Jason Quinn , Susan Hager and Graham Noyes work under the same advanced biofuel and chemical umbrella, but all have different motivators and visions for the future. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

February RIN data reveals continued cellulosic production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting that more than 1.21 billion RINs were generated during the month across all five fuel categories, including 7,072 D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Waste Management, Ventech, NRG and Velocys form joint venture

BY Waste Management Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWaste Management Inc., Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy Inc. and Velocys plc have formed a joint venture to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from biogas and natural gas using smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Biomass association leaders discuss triumphs, troubles

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of seven bioenergy trade associations participated in the International Biomass Conference & Expo's State of the Industry general session on March 25 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Ackerly, Abengoa recognized for contributions to biomass industry

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsJohn Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, was presented with the Excellence in Bioenergy award at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo, while Abengoa Bioenergy was recognized with the Groundbreaker of the Year award. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Biofuel trade organizations ask for tax incentive extensions

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 24, a group of biofuel trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

BP sustainability report highlights biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsBP has released its 2013 sustainability report, announcing it has fulfilled its 2005 commitment to invest $8 billion in alternative energy by 2015 two years early. The company has not made another public commitment for alternative energy spending. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

Deinove highlights recent progress in financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFrance-based Deinove has released its 2013 financial results, reporting progress with increased research and development efforts. The company highlighted efforts for its biofuel-focused Deinol program and its biochemical-focused Deinochem platform. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

E2 report highlights biofuel, bioenergy job creation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsEnvironmental Entrepreneurs (E2) has published a new report on clean energy jobs, reporting that bioenergy and biofuel projects created thousands of jobs last year. READ MORE

March 20, 2014

Ethanol industry files to take LCFS fight to the Supreme Court

BY Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Advanced FuelsFollowing the January decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deny rehearing en banc in the litigation regarding California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, two ethanol trade associations are taking the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. READ MORE

March 20, 2014

Dyadic reports revenue increase in 2013 financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released its 2013 financial results, reporting total revenue of $17.1 million, a 10 percent increase over 2012 revenue of $15.6 million. Net product related revenue increased by 25 percent, reaching $9.8 million. READ MORE

March 19, 2014

DNA analysis strategy aids in study of biofuel feedstocks

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from Michigan State University, U.S. DOE's Joint Genome Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort. The data was later applied to study biofuel feedstocks. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

EPA announces plan to improve RFS pathway petition process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing that it is taking action to improve the petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

USDA program offers loans to farmers for biomass storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

KiOR files annual report, idles Columbus facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 17, KiOR Inc. filed its 2013 annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reporting doubts about its ability to continue operations. The company also announced it has idled its Columbus, Miss., plant. READ MORE

March 17, 2014

N.D. farmers in 5 communities learn more about industrial beets

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFarmer and community meetings are underway this week in North Dakota laying the foundation for industrial beet production. Also known as energy beets, the varieties are bred for industrial sugars that can be converted to biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative seeks grant proposals

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

Opinion: Celebrating the Groundbreakers

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the challenges of building a biomass energy project, and the dedication and drive required to bring a project to success. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Rentech announces possible IPO, pellet progress and sale of PDU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsRentech Inc. has released 2013 financial results, reporting progress with the development of its Canadian pellet plants. The company has also announced an agreement to sell its alternative energy technology assets. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

CRIBE, GreenField partner to test demonstration technology

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that could provide pulp mills with new revenue streams and increased efficiency. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Publication identifies promising locations for algae projects

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new publication from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in partnership with Sapphire Energy, highlights a new process for rigorously identifying and evaluating sites for commercial algae production facilities. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon technology

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsVertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

In Depth: Dually Renewable

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa Biomass Energy’s 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan., also produces up to 22 MW of biomass power. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

CARB discusses LCFS, ILUC revisions in workshops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Air Resources Board held public workshops on proposed updates to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and revisions to the related issue of indirect land use change (ILUC) on March 11. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

Fortum, UPM, Valmet partner to produce advanced biofuels

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsFortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new, winning technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids. READ MORE