Advanced Biofuels

March 23, 2018

Inslee signs bill to promote RNG in state of Washington

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 22, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that is designed to increase the development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) within the state. The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas is among the groups that supported the legislation. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Researchers improve method to convert food waste into biofuels

BY Sharon Gaudin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFunded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels using a process that features catalysts and hydrothermal liquefaction. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

BY Union of Concerned Scientists Found In:Advanced FuelsCalifornia can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new report. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, including approximately 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Agrisoma completes $12 million investment round

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce biojet fuel for the aviation industry, announced March 12 it has completed a CAD $12 million investment round. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

BY World Energy LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsThe purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Enerkem produces a new high-octane biofuel

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsEnerkem Inc. recently announced that it has produced a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The fuel has a research octane number (RON) of up to 112. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

Audi, Global Energies partnership reaches key milestone

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal Bioenergies and German carmaker Audi have announced that a key milestone was reached in their multi-year agreement. Renewable gasoline components made from Global Bioenergies' renewable isobutene were produced and shipped to Audi. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Senators ask Trump to dismiss RFS waiver cap, request meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThe 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Better solvents improve production of biofuels, bioproducts

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have found a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The findings could help improve biofuel production. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Governors ask Trump to reject proposals that would weaken the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, a group of five Midwestern governors send a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically those recently proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bioinnovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha—an excellent raw material for bioplastics. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biofuel groups advocate for tax credit extensions at hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on post tax reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. Several representatives of the biofuels industry offered testimony at the event. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Engineers develop tools to scale up of bio-oil production

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team at Iowa State University will study, model and develop design tools for autothermal pyrolysis, a new way to break down corn stalks, wood chips and other biomass to produce a liquid bio-oil. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

NREL, NRCan partner on alternative fueling station locator tool

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the lab-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

British Columbia city converts organic waste into biofuel

BY City of Surry Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened March 9 in the Port Kells industrial area. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

Bill aims to dismantle RFS, limit biofuel blending

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 8, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced companion bills that aim to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard and sunset blending obligations for conventional, advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Letter urges reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Secretary Perdue administers oath of office to Bill Northey

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Bill Northey March 7 at the Annual Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner. Northey previously served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than 11 years. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

NMSU collaborates on project to develop guayule, guar feedstocks

BY New Mexico State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeveloping sustainable energy sources is a national quest of scientists in both the private industry and public university sector. Among these endeavors is the recently started Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Digestive ability of ancient insects may aid biofuel development

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of York has announced a study of the unusual digestive system of firebrats, an ancient group of insects, is providing new insights into future biofuel production. The insects are able to efficiently digest cellulose. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Opinion: Long Road for Biofuels Industry

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis year is setting up to be a long year for the biofuels industry. First on the agenda is the fate of the biofuels tax extenders, including the biodiesel blenders, renewable diesel credit, second-generation and alternative fuels credits, which all READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Opinion: Tax Act May Spur More Investment in RNG, Biogas Projects

BY Doug Lamb and Durham McCormick Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Renewable Fuel Standard is the primary federal policy that drives development of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. Since the advent of the RFS’s modern cellulosic biofuel provisions in 2014, new investment in RNG projects has grown steadily. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics advance algae biofuels program

BY ExxonMobil Found In:Advanced FuelsExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. recently announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels approved

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 1, the European Commission approved an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced methane, for use in the transportation sector. The scheme has an indicative budget of €4.7 billion. READ MORE

March 03, 2018

In Depth: A Straighter, Shorter Pathway

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsConfidence builds in overcoming the hurdles slowing corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol approvals. READ MORE

March 02, 2018

TUI welcomes the first 737 MAX on biobased jet fuel

BY TUI Group Found In:Advanced FuelsTUI Group recently announced it welcomed the first ever 737 MAX delivery flight on biobased jet fuel. The flight from the Boeing in Seattle to Stockholm was performed using a 30 percent blend of biofuel. READ MORE