Advanced Biofuels

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Virginia releases new energy plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

ExxonMobil supports ISU biofuel research

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsA sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Biogas producers finding opportunity in advanced biofuel markets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 13-14, professionals in the biogas space reviewed the continued momentum and implications biogas producers are experiencing in advanced biofuel markets. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE

October 13, 2014

Policy issues plague advanced biofuel industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference being held in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 13-14, McAdams recapped the struggles the industry has faced throughout the year. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Research: Water not essential to enzyme performance

BY University of Bristol Found In:Advanced FuelsNew research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology, that enzymes need water to function. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

MIT: New approach to boosting biofuel production

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Found In:Advanced FuelsYeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

EPA unveils improved RFS pathway petition process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 08, 2014

BlueFire announces EPC contract for Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 8, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced it has signed a master engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its proposed 19 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

JBEI: MaxBin offers automated sorting through metagenomes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has developed MaxBin, an automated software program for binning (sorting) the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Low Carbon Fuels Coalition: Connector of industries and interests

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe most recent California legislative session concluded with policy developments spurring the launch of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The LCFC advocates for policies that facilitate the rapid deployment of low carbon fuels. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol project planned in Slovak Republic

BY Biochemtex Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsBiochemtex and Beta Renewables recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE for the construction of a second generation ethanol plant and the annexed energy block for the generation of power and steam. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Gevo's isobutanol included in new line of marine, off-road fuels

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and off-road fuels. The new biofuels will meet Gulf Racing Fuels' requirement for an oxygenated off-road fuel. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

ARPA-E opens funding opportunity for feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has opened a $30 million funding opportunity that aims to increase energy crop yield through automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to biofuel crop breeding. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

USDA awards loan guarantee to Cool Planet

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded a $91 million loan guarantee to Cool Planet Energy Systems to help finance the company's advanced biofuel facility, which is under development in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Bioenergy projects awarded state grants in Washington

BY Gov. Jay Inslee's office Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsGov. Jay Inslee recently visited the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia Community College where he announced a $20,000 grant to support efforts to transform woody biomass into fuel-grade heating oil and charcoal. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Velocys achieves commercialization milestones

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsIn the span of one week, Velocys plc won a patent case, announced that it has raised GBP 52 ($85 million) million through an oversubscribed equity placing, and was awarded a $70 million construction grant from Red Rock Biofuels. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Ensyn, Memorial Hospital commission RFO heating operations

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsA ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire, to celebrate the commissioning of a new heating system that utilizes Ensyn Corp.'s renewable liquid fuel, known as RFO. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Agrisoma closes $8 million Series A financing round

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. has announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Genscape suggests 75 million cellulosic RINs possible in 2014

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCellulosic ethanol production could contribute up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, while biogas could contribute another 67.5 million D3 RINs, suggests a new white paper from Genscape. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

Governors' Biofuels Coalition calls for amended RFS proposal

BY Governors’ Biofuels Coalition Found In:Advanced FuelsIllinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, have sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to amend the 2014 renewable fuels standard proposal. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for algae biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $25 million funding opportunity for algae biofuels. The initiative aims to reduce the cost of algae biofuel to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE