Advanced Biofuels

October 20, 2016

ORNL researchers unravel the science behind biomass breakdown

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the chemical details behind the process to more easily deconstruct biomass in order to more easily produce biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Researchers develop instrumentation to study plant cell walls

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bioenergy. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Technique could lower cost of making bioplastics and biofuel

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Swedish research team involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute has developed an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way to detect the occurrence and purity of cellulose. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Monarca to produce jatropha oil for biojet production in Mexico

BY Monarca Found In:Advanced FuelsMonarca is combining low-cost seed oil production with an onsite refinery to produce biojet fuel for Mexico’s ASA aviation department. The project includes a 33,000 hectare Jatropha plantation to supply oil to the company's biorefinery. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Opinion: RNG in California: Leadership, Market Certainty

BY Marcus Gillette Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBy the conclusion of California’s 2015-‘16 legislative session at the end of August, amid a flurry of uncertainty and opposition, the state legislature passed SB 32, which extends the LCFS and cap-and-trade compliance programs beyond 2020 to 2030. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

NCBiotech awarded grant for sorghum initiative

BY North Carolina Biotechnology Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Shell files bid to purchase Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsShell Oil Co. has offered a stalking horse bid of more than $26 million to purchase Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC’s 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

DOE: New pilot plant co-processes biomass, petroleum

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory, together with W.R. Grace, and Zeton Inc., built a unique pilot-scale facility that can produce biomass-derived fuel intermediates with existing petroleum refinery infrastructure. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

Gevo produces cellulosic jet fuel that meets ASTM specification

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that it has completed production of cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights. Alaska Airlines is expected to fly the first commercial flight using fuel within the next few months. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

Deinove shelves Deinol program, refocuses efforts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFrance-based Deinove recently released financial results for the first half of 2016, announcing plans to shelve its advanced biofuel business and refocus its efforts on antibiotics and carotenoids in nutrition and cosmetics. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

BETO establishes Agile BioFoundry to streamline biomanufacturing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Agile BioFoundry, a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Biogenic CO2 coalition launches grassroots campaign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has launched a grassroots campaign to urge the U.S. EPA to remove its regulatory roadblock to the development of the emerging bioeconomy. The coalition has also sent letters to 2016 presidential candidates. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

NREL lowers biofuel cost

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in its pilot-scale Thermochemical Process Development Unit, allowing for catalytic upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapors. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

BIO analysis finds no link between blend wall, RIN price spike

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a white paper that analyzes U.S. EPA data, challenging the widely accepted assumption that the blend wall caused the 2013 spike in renewable identification number (RIN) prices. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

DOE BETO hosts biorefinery optimization workshop Oct. 5–6

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Oct 5-6 in Chicago. The event focused on integrated biorefineries working to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

Toyota develops DNA technology that benefits feedstock production

BY Toyota Motor Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsToyota Motor Corp. recently announced that it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology is capable of improving the efficiency of identifying and selecting useful genetic information for agricultural plant improvement. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

Monarca biojet project adds 33,000 hectares of jatropha

BY Monarca Found In:Advanced FuelsMexico-based Monarca has announced plans to add 33,000 hectares of jatropha production to produce seed oil for biojet production at U.S. refineries. The company currently has 33,000 acres of production to enable biojet production in Mexico. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

EPA proposes major updates to RFS regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 3, the U.S. EPA released its proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, which aims to enhance the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program and related fuel regulations to support the growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

10-year anniversary videos offer unique glimpse inside REG

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company's—and the biodiesel industry's—significant growth and maturation over the past decade. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Ocean Park to assist American Airlines with bio-jet evaluation

BY American Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsAmerican Airlines recently announced that it has retained Ocean Park to assist with evaluating alternative jet fuels and identifying the most promising companies and technologies. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Agenda, experts set for Biofuels Financial Conference Oct. 17-18

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProduced by Christianson & Associates and organized by BBI, the event, taking place in Minneapolis, focuses on the best ways for biofuels producers to become more familiar with the latest financial options in today's ethanol and biodiesel industries. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Sustane Technologies to produce pellets from MSW in Canada

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsSustane Technologies Inc. recently finalized a 20-year contract with the municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia, to make the commercialization of its process that converts municipal solid waste into biomass pellets a reality. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Researchers develop method to separate lignin from wood

BY Washington State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Opinion: On Campus

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCollege and university campuses are loaded with physical attributes that make them ripe for biomass deployments. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL process to boost biofuel yield

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

SEC charges Mard, formerly KiOR, for disclosure omissions

BY U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Texas-based Mard Inc., formerly known as KiOR Inc., and its former CEO and President Fred Cannon for failing to disclose important assumptions about the yield that KiOR claimed to achieve. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

Global Bioenergies joins biobased gasoline project in Sweden

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal Bioenergies, Preem, Sekab and Sveaskog announced they have joined forces to develop a high-performance fuel made from forest resources. The consortium has signed a agreement to carry out a conceptual scope study for a facility in Sweden. READ MORE