Advanced Biofuels

August 17, 2017

Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels

BY Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently, in days instead of weeks, and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

RNG Coalition welcomes federal affairs manager

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Sanjay Srikantiah as its new federal affairs manager in Washington, D.C. He will further strengthen the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). READ MORE

August 15, 2017

A new chloroplast role for making biofuels

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced FuelsMichigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable using algae. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Neste reports record quarterly renewable diesel sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste has released financial results for the second quarter of 2017, reporting record-high sales volumes of renewable fuels. The company sold 674,000 tons of renewable diesel during the three-month period. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

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 Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

REG: Geismar plant continues to run above nameplate capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has releases second quarter financial results, providing an update on operations at the company’s renewable diesel plant and briefly discussing the strategic review of its Life Sciences division. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

Corbion announces ‘stalking horse’ bid to buy TerraVia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCorbion has entered into a “stalking horse” stock and asset purchase agreement with TerraVia Holding Inc., a company previously known as Solazyme Inc., following an announcement by TerraVia that it had filed for a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Gevo discusses Luverne operations, Praj agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery exclusively produced ethanol during the period. The facility is expected to transition to isobutanol production following a future expansion. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Lignin can make building materials less toxic

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA collaborative study led by a Michigan State University researcher proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Researcher turns dirty tinfoil into biofuel catalyst

BY Queen's University Belfast Found In:Advanced FuelsA researcher at Queen's University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminum foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biofuel stakeholders speak out at hearing on 2018 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA held a hearing Aug. 1 on its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the biofuels industry criticized the agency's proposed cuts to the cellulosic RVO. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

EnviTec partners with Bauer to enter CNG market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnviTec Biogas has announced it is partnering with Germany-based Bauer Kompressoren GmbH to add compressed natural gas to (CNG) its portfolio. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Preliminary agenda announced for biofuels financial conference

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThis week, the preliminary agenda for the 13th annual Biofuels Financial Conference & Expo was announced. The event is being produced by Christianson PLLP, on Sept. 27-28, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

BY University of Massachusetts at Amherst Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues have discovered that Basidiomycota brown rot fungi uses a non-enzymatic, chelator-mediated biocatalysis method to digest and recycle wood. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Technology could transform microalgae into biobased chemicals

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into biobased chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Praj-Gevo development agreement to enter commercialization phase

BY Gevo Inc. and Praj Ltd. Found In:Advanced FuelsPraj Industries Ltd. and Gevo Inc. have announced that Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol technology will be available for licensing to processors of sugarcane juice and molasses. The two companies entered development and licensing agreements in 2015. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Sea-Tac moves a step closer to funding aviation biofuels

BY Rocky Mountain Institute Found In:Advanced FuelsCarbon reduction leaders Carbon War Room and SkyNRG join with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuels. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Study on photoprotection may benefit biofuel feedstock yield

BY Anne Trafton , MIT Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from MIT and the University of Verona have discovered how the key protein in the photoprotection process allows moss and green algae to protect themselves from too much sun. The findings could benefit biofuel feedstock development. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

DOE: Membrane technology will improve biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory set out to determine what could increase production speeds and improve the quality of biofuels and bioproducts. What they discovered is a new class of porous membranes. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislature passes bills extending cap-and-trade, LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 17, the California legislature voted in favor of a package of bills that extend the state’s cap-and-trade program for 10 years, through 2030, and codify the Low Carbon Fuel Standard into law. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE