Advanced Biofuels

July 15, 2015

Event to focus on biobased product, chemical, fuel coproduction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology’s Office (BETO) has announced plans to hold a workshop focused on the challenges associated with the coproduction of biomass-derived chemicals, products and biofuels. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. The $4 million project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and industrial partners. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Deinove reaches third milestone of the Deinol program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has reached the third and penultimate milestone of its Deinol project supported by Bpifrance. Achievement of this milestone triggers grant funding of up to EUR 1.2 million ($1.31 million). READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Ceres discusses plan to realign its focus during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for its fiscal third quarter, reporting the company is continuing to realign its focus towards food and forage opportunities and biotechnology traits, rather than bioenergy markets. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

EU Agricultural Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Agricultural and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

USDA schedules July 16 forum, webinar on loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) has scheduled a July 16 forum to introduce the new Biorefinery, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

US DOE sinks $18 million into algae technology development

BY U.S. DOE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE announced July 9 that six projects will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

USDA accepting applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees to eligible biorefining projects. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Vecoplan to build feedstock processing system for Fulcrum

BY Vecoplan LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsVecoplan LLC announced that it has executed a fixed-price contract with Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. to design, engineer, install and commission a state-of-the-art municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock processing system for Fulcrum's Sierra BioFuels Plant. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

ORNL: Unlocking lignin for sustainable biofuel

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing high-performance computing, a group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided insight into how the tightly wound network of molecules that make up the cell wall of plants for easier biofuel processing. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Finding an off switch in wood formation

BY NC State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe same process plants use to respond to environmental stress acts as an on/off switch for a key enzyme in wood formation, NC State researchers have found. The discovery improves scientists' understanding of how lignin is formed and can be altered. READ MORE

July 08, 2015

Perennial biofuel crops' water consumption similar to corn

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsConverting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater. READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Biofuels industry, farmers advocate against Loudermilk amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA group of two dozen biofuel trade groups and companies recently issued a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to reject an proposals that amend, repeal, or defund the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Bacterial boost makes biofuel production more efficient

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic for the organisms that convert cellulosic biomass into bioproducts. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

Amyris announces update on SMA Industria Quimica joint venture

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has announced an update and clarification with respect to media reports regarding its inactive manufacturing joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho, SMA Industria Quimica S.A, or SMA., noting its Brotas facility is exceeding targets. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

G3P to develop waste-to-diesel plant in Florida

BY BioPower Operations Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsBioPower Operations Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won an award to build a $175 million renewable energy facility that will convert waste into ultra-low sulfur synthetic green No. 2 diesel. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EU approves funding for circular bioeconomy projects

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, has approved the funding of 10 projects totaling EUR 120 million ($132.66 million). READ MORE

June 30, 2015

DOE announces intent to fund innovative bioenergy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targeting innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Clean fuel standards face political attacks in Washington, Oregon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsClean fuel standards under development in Oregon and Washington have been under attack by their respective state legislatures in recent weeks. While the threat against the Oregon program has passed, the Washington program could still be eliminated. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

United Airlines purchases stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy

BY United Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsUnited Airlines has announced a $30 million equity investment in U.S.-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Amyris, Total proceed with jet fuel JV, restructuring plans

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activites USA for restructuring its fuels joint venture to open the way for proceeding with commercialization of its jet fuel technology. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Unlocking fermentation secrets opens the door to new biofuels

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reserachers have uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing insights for biofuel development. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Amyris: Volkswagen renewable diesel evaluation program complete

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has announced the successful completion of a diesel demonstration program with Volkswagen of America Inc. that was designed to test the commercial readiness of Amyris renewable diesel and its ability to enhance VW's diesel technology. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

USDA publishes rule for revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known as the Biorefinery Assistance READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

RFS supporters testify at EPA hearing, participate in rally

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 25, the U.S. EPA held a hearing to address its proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuels standard (RFS) in Kansas City, Kansas. More than 250 people were scheduled to testify at the event. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE