Advanced Biofuels

July 03, 2014

New video highlights the importance of biofuels to the military

BY Union of Concerned Scientists Found In:Advanced FuelsOur nation's continued oil use is posing a dangerous threat to our nation's armed forces and security, but engineers and national security experts are working together to make oil savings solutions a reality, according to a new video. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

EPA finalizes RFS rules establishing new pathways, QAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 2, the U.S. EPA published two final rules pertaining to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. The first establishes new fuel pathways, while the second finalizes the voluntary quality assurance plan for the RFS. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Joule announces EPA clearance for modified cyanobacteria

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoule Unlimited Inc. has announced that the U.S. EPA favorably reviewed its microbial commercial activity notice (MCAN) for Joule's first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

EPA publishes methane reduction proposal for new landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 30, the EPA published proposed rule to update its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills. A separate advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks public input on whether to update emissions guidelines for existing landfills. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

Biofuel industry criticizes CBO's RFS report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Congressional Budget Office has published a report on the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that is focused on compliance issues in 2014 and beyond. The biofuels industry has spoken out to criticize the study. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Supreme Court declines petition to review California's LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's September 2013 ruling on California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. That ruling found that the LCFS program is constitutional. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Water-cleanup catalysts tackle biomass upgrading

BY Rice University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice University researchers have found palladium-gold nanocatalysts can convert glycerol, a waste byproduct of biodiesel production, into high-value chemicals. The research team is led by chemical engineer Michael Wong. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Proterro receives patent for photobioreactor

BY Proterro Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 8,728,783 to Proterro Inc., protecting the company's proprietary photobioreactor, a novel element in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process. READ MORE

June 28, 2014

In Depth: Mobilizing Pyrolysis

BY Kolby Hoagland Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsAdding mobility to pyrolysis systems could improve project economics. READ MORE

June 28, 2014

Opinion: Pathway to Nowhere

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuel pathway delays are a significant problem for the industry. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

DOE funds bioenergy projects at 4 universities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $100 million to Energy Frontier Research Centers with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs needed to build the new energy economy. Several of EFRC awards will benefit bioenergy research. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

JBEI GT collection: A new resource for advanced biofuels research

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Dairy farm to produce pipeline-quality biogas

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGeorge DeRuyter & Sons dairy has partnered with Promus Energy LLC to convert its current anaerobic digestion system into Promus's integrated digester-based system to produce pipeline-quality renewable natural gas and other coproducts. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

$15 million available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program

BY Anna AustinFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

N.Y. bill would incentivize cellulosic fuels, biomass pellets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsOn June 19, the New York Assembly voted to pass a bill that aims to amend the state's tax law to provide tax credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol, densified biofuel and renewable fuel oil. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Celtic Renewables partners on pilot-scale biobutanol project

BY Celtic Renewables Found In:Advanced FuelsCeltic Renewables, a U.K.-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe's foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage testing of its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel that can power current vehicles. READ MORE

June 26, 2014

Model may help growers mitigate costly droughts

BY University of Florida Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida-created model may help growers plant at optimal times and avoid crop-destroying drought, which can cost millions of dollars in a given year, according to one of the tool's creators. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Opinion: Buy Local, It’s Cheaper

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass was the earliest source of light and heat, warming and illuminating small bands of ancient humans. Today, it continues to excel as an energy source in smaller applications. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

USDA REAP sinks $3.4 billion into rural economies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThough the USDA Rural Energy for America Program has been hugely successful since it was first implemented in the 2002 Farm Bill, numerous changes have been implemented over the years in order to maximize program value. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Neste oil announces off-take agreement with U.S. algae producer

BY Neste Oil Found In:Advanced FuelsNeste Oil and Renewable Algal Energy have signed a contingent commercial algae oil off-take agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as a feedstock for producing NEXBTL renewable diesel. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Stora Enso acquires U.S.-based biotechnology company

BY Stora Enso Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsStora Enso has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Virdia, a developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is about $33 million. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

May RIN data shows increased biofuel production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May. While overall RIN generation reached nearly 1.48 billion for month, up from nearly 1.45 billion in April, no cellulosic RINs were generated in May. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

Spero Energy wins DOE grant for its lignin catalysis technology

BY Purdue Research Park Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Genera, partners collaborate for advancement of advanced biofuels

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has partnered with academic and industrial institutions with the goal of demonstrating the production of advanced biofuels from sustainable sources of lignocellulosic biomass. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Revised ASTM aviation fuel standard paves the way for biojet

BY ASTM International Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel has now been included in ASTM International standard D7566, Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Byogy Renewables invests in AusAgave Australia

BY Byogy Renewables Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsByogy Renewables Inc. has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia as part of the upstream integration of multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

Honeywell jet fuel powers World Cup flights

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsGOL Airlines, the official airline of the Brazil soccer team, is fueling up with Honeywell Green Jet Fuel to carry the team to Brazilian cities hosting 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. The fuel is blended up to 50 percent with petroleum-based jet fuel. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ABO announces Matthew Carr as new executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has announced Matthew Carr as its executive director. Carr most recently served as managing director of the industrial and environmental section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. READ MORE