Advanced Biofuels

February 17, 2017

Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. He has served as attorney general of Oklahoma since November 2010. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant

BY D3MAX Found In:Advanced FuelsStanley, Wisconsin-based ACE Ethanol will host a pilot-scale plant from D3MAX as part of the planned commercialization of the technology. Installation will be complete by mid-March. Start-up and testing will progress over the next two months. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

Illinois senator introduces legislation to boost in-state biotech

BY The Office of Senator Chapin Rose Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIllinois Senate Bill 1656 provides incentives to Illinois businesses to produce and sell new renewable products made from biomass and other renewable sources. READ MORE

February 14, 2017

HCS Holdings signs 5-year isooctane offtake LOI with Gevo

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe LOI contemplates a two-phase offtake agreement. In Phase 1, HCS will purchase isooctane produced at Gevo's demo plant in Texas. In Phase 2, HCS will purchase 300,000 to 400,000 gallons a year from Gevo's planned large-scale hydrocarbons plant. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Alberta awards $60 million to 31 bioenergy companies

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThrough its Bioenergy Producer Program, the government of Alberta has awarded $60 million to 31 different companies that have built or are in the process of constructing in-province bioenergy projects READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Sioux City WWTP to upgrade biogas to renewable fuel

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEarlier this year in Iowa, Sioux City Council members unanimously approved a project that will allow the city to capture, clean and compress gas at its wastewater treatment plant, then sell it as renewable natural gas for vehicle fueling. READ MORE

February 10, 2017

Comment periods on 2 EPA RFS proposals to close in mid-February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe comment periods on two U.S. EPA proposals that impact the renewable fuel standard (RFS) close later this month, including the proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule and the EPA's proposed denial of point of obligation petitions. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Neste evaluates investing in US renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste Corp. is evaluating investment in new production capacity in Singapore and the U.S. The news comes after its most profitable year yet in renewables and speculation on how the new U.S. administration will view subsidized imported product. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Velocys: Envia’s GTL plant producing Fischer-Tropsch product

BY Velocys plc Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at Envia Energy's gas-to-liquids plant in Oklahoma City. These products are fractionated on site to produce premium wax, diesel and naphtha. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Ontario seeks comments on proposed RFS for gasoline

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has proposed establishing a renewable fuel standard (RFS) for gasoline that aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline by 5 percent by 2020. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Air Force opens funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Research Lab recently opened a grant funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel production. One $55 million award is expected to be made under funding opportunity. Applications are due May 25. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Montclair State University professor receives PECASE award

BY Montclair State University Found In:Advanced FuelsPankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, has been recognized for his biofuel research. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

Ameresco, city of Phoenix break ground on RNG project

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAmeresco and the city of Phoenix broke ground Feb. 2 on a biogas energy project at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. The event was open to the public and featured a variety of speakers, including city leaders and Ameresco representatives. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

Syracuse University researchers find a better way to farm algae

BY Matt Wheeler, Syracuse University Found In:Advanced FuelsSyracuse University researchers have developed a new medium to culture and harvest microalgae. The medium, Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic or TAPP, can transition from solution to a gel through relatively small variations in temperature. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Sensenbrenner introduces bills that aim to reform the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 31, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS). One focuses on mid-level ethanol blends, while the other focuses on cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Nova Scotia Innovation Hub: Study shows potential for biorefinery

BY Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsA new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable sources of fiber. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and power marine vessels. READ MORE

February 01, 2017

SoCalGas, CR&R Environmental to construct RNG pipeline

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. and CR&R Environmental recently broke ground on construction of an 8-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time. READ MORE

February 01, 2017

ATR, Sweden’s BRA perform first ATR biofuel flight

BY ATR Found In:Advanced FuelsAn ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA (former Braathens Regional) took off from Stockholm-Bromma Feb. 1 to Umeå fueled at 45 percent with fossil-free used cooking oil, marking the first biofuel-powered flight of an ATR aircraft. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

BY Dovetail Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHeating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Opinion: Going Vertical

BY Tim PortzFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe biogas sector has built itself a wide base. Now, it’s time for the industry to build upon these successes, share them broadly with the investment community, find and win new industry champions, and go vertical. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Opinion: RNG Poised for Growth in New Administration

BY Marcus Gillette Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRNG companies have disclosed that more than 25 new projects are set to come online by the end of 2017, and already another 15 planned RNG transportation projects slated to come online by 2020 READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Neste rebrands its renewable diesel in North America

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsNeste announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel a recent customer seminar and appreciation event. Neste replaces its "Neste Renewable Diesel" and earlier brand name "NEXBTL" with "Neste MY Renewable Diesel" brand name. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield

BY Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. READ MORE

January 29, 2017

Opinion: Annual Review of Canadian Biogas Industry

BY The Canadian Biogas Association Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe past year has been a time of considerable progress for the biogas industry. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

In Depth: Biogas Advances in the US

BY Anna Simet and Katie Fletcher Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsProducing a range of end products from a seemingly endless list of resources, methane-based energy project development is picking up in the country. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

Velocys announces alliances with Morimatsu, TRI

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn January, Velocys plc, a developer of smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants, announced strategic alliances with Morimatsu (Jiangsu) Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. and ThermoChem Recovery International Inc. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

MIT researchers tap the hidden value of farm waste

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a reactor that uses torrefaction technology to densify biomass, making it transportable and increasing its shelf life. The technology aims to benefit smallholder farms. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

Report considers the impact of dedicated energy crop production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsIn early January, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report, titled “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” that examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using switchgrass. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

EIA releases 2017 energy outlook with projections to 2050

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Energy Information Agency released its Annual Energy Outlook for 2017, providing modeled projections that indicate with strong domestic production and relatively flat demand, the U.S. becomes a net energy exporter in the projection period. READ MORE