Advanced Biofuels

April 05, 2016

Prairie cordgrass offers potential for growth in poor soils

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMarginal land is an attractive option for biofuel feedstock production. The soil on this land is often salty, but University of Illinois researchers have found several varieties of perennial grasses that can withstand high salt concentrations. READ MORE

April 04, 2016

DOE BETO updates Multi-Year Program Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and coordinate its activities. READ MORE

April 04, 2016

GRFA congratulates national leadership on transport emissions

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Global Renewable Fuels Alliance has sent letters to congratulate national leaders of 13 countries that highlighted biofuels as part of their intended nationally determined contribution plans at COP21 in Paris. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Researchers breakdown biomass without chemical pretreatment

BY University of Manchester Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the University of Manchester and East China University of Science and Technology have overcome the challenge of breaking down raw biomass without the need for chemical pretreatment, producing a record amount of hydrocarbon fuels. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Gevo Q4 results highlight isobutanol upgrades, ASTM approval

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. released 2015 financial results, highlighting restarted production of isobutanol in Luverne, Minnesota, ASTM revision approval to support isobutanol based ATJ aviation biofuels and agreements to construct isobutanol plants in Argentina. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Deinove releases financial results, reports reduced net loss

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove has reported a loss of EUR 6.34 million ($7.23 million) for 2015, compared to a loss of EUR 6.46 million the previous year. The company also noted it achieved key milestones in its Deinol and Deinochem programs last year. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

DOE releases first annual energy employment report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has released its first annual energy employment analysis. The report focuses on how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting energy sector employment. It includes data related to biofuel and bioenergy jobs. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Giant step forward for new biofuels industry in Queensland

BY Queensland government Found In:Advanced FuelsA $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone, a giant step towards securing a large-scale biofuels industry in Queensland. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

Researchers study how to utilize willow biomass more efficiently

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced FuelsVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University investigated how willow biomass can be utilized more efficiently. When processed correctly, willow is eminently suitable as a source of sugar in the production of ethanol. READ MORE

March 30, 2016

GRFA offers support for policies to reduce transport emissions

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Advanced FuelsBliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently sent letters to the national leaders of 47 countries that committed to combating climate change as contributors to the historic agreement at COP21. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Iowa bill to establish renewable chemical PTC sent to governor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa is one step closer to establishing a production tax credit (PTC) for renewable chemicals. Legislation to establish a PTC program has passed both houses of the state legislature and currently awaits the signature of Gov. Terry Branstad. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Comet Biorefining, farmer cooperative collaborate on feedstock

BY Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer's cooperative, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

In Depth: Assessing Advantage in Randolph County

BY D. F. Wallis Found In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced FuelsGeorgia’s Randolph County has much to offer a pellet mill or renewable fuel plant developer. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Report: Midwest clean energy jobs continue to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report recently released by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs has determined nearly 569,000 people currently work in clean energy throughout the Midwest, with that number expected to grow by more than 4 percent over the next year. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel meets approved ASTM standard

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that an ASTM committee and subcommittee have passed a concurrent ballot approving the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene derived from renewable isobutanol. READ MORE

March 26, 2016

Opinion: Future Remains Bright for Biogas Energy

BY Amanda Bilek Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiogas projects across the U.S. produced 26 million gallons of biogas-based transportation fuel in 2013. The amount of biogas-based fuel doubled in 2014, and in 2015, over 126 million gallons of biogas fuel credits were produced. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

Iowa bill would create renewable chemical production tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in Iowa aims to create a five-year, 5-cent-per-pound, renewable chemical production tax credit program. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has spoken out in support of the measure, noting it would help drive innovation. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

UT center continues quest for low-cost, high-quality bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists with the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon are continuing efforts to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels and biobased products that can be useful for society and to advance rural economies. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

Opinion: Leveling the Playing Field For US Advanced Biofuel Producers

BY Anne Steckel Found In:Advanced FuelsLast year saw record markets for advanced biofuels in the U.S., but foreign biodiesel imports have had a major impact on domestic market conditions. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

Senators advocate for robust 2017 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 23, a group of 19 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking the agency to set high renewable volume obligations (RVOs) in its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

2016 FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThe 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

In Depth: Importing to Meet California Demand

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsIncreased reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels required by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard are driving up carbon credit prices, demand for advanced biofuels and imports. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

EPA: 14.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.18 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 14.42 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

California Energy Commission invests $3 million in biogas project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Energy Commission approved $4.3 million in grants for projects to increase the efficiency of natural gas technology. Amongst the projects, $3 million will go toward a biogas-to-fuel project in the city of Petaluma. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

AST increases scale of Wisconsin research facility

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin. The company increased the processing capacity of its facility from 100 kilograms to 2 tons of cellulosic biomass per day. READ MORE

March 21, 2016

Wärtsilä to deliver biogas plant to provide fuel for buses

BY Wärtsilä Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsWartsila has been awarded the order to supply a biogas liquefaction plant that will produce fuel for public transport vehicles, mainly in Norway. The supply contract was signed in December, and is with Purac Puregas AB, based in Kalmar, Sweden. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

NREL updates survey of advanced biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuel producers. The report includes data on 29 ethanol projects and 32 renewable hydrocarbon projects. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

Big Month for Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the bioenergy industry, it's going to be a busy and interesting several weeks. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

CFTC, EPA enter MOU to share RFS data, collaborate on RIN market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 17, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. EPA entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows the agencies to share renewable fuel standard (RFS) data and analysis. READ MORE