Advanced Biofuels

November 09, 2017

Advanced biofuel companies thank Trump for commitment to RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA group of 19 advanced biofuel companies sent a letter to President Trump on Nov. 8 thanking him for his commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard and outlining the need to set strong advanced and cellulosic targets in the 2018 RFS rule. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

UTIA awarded FAA grant to analyze biorefinery supply chains

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Advanced FuelsThe University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture was awarded Federal Aviation Administration grant for a three-year project to perform a multitude of techno-market analyses of U.S. biorefinery supply chains from feedstock to alternative jet fuel. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Mimicking giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel

BY University of Pennsylvania Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Penn researchers are collaborating to study how giant clams use sunlight in order to produce biofuels more efficiently. Their work could help improve photosynthesis in algae, enhancing the efficiency of biofuel production. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Opinion: Risk has Arrived for RFS Advanced Pool

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 4, the U.S. EPA published a Notice of Data Availability soliciting input on lowering the renewable volume obligation (RVO) mandates even further than the proposed 2018 volumes released this summer. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Abengoa to build MSW-to-biofuels plant for Fulcrum BioEnergy

BY Abengoa Found In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa has announced it has received a notice to proceed on the construction of a plant that will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into aviation biofuels using gasification technology for Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

On Fly Green Day, 8 airlines fly with Gevo’s jet fuel from O’Hare

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol is being used Nov. 8 by eight commercial airlines for Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

VTT to develop enzymes found in wildfire-prone areas

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMicroorganisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India may be useful biochemical production because they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Gevo announces strategic review, reduces staff at Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting that the company’s management and board of directors are reviewing its strategic and financial operations. Gevo also said it reduced staff at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant in October. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Lincoln, Nebraska, to sell biogas for vehicle fuel

BY City of Lincoln Mayor's Office Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is upgrading its technology to allow the biogas produced by wastewater treatment to be processed into vehicle fuel. Construction cost is estimated at $8 million, with a project payback period of as little as two years. READ MORE

November 06, 2017

Wolf asks EPA to waive 2017, 2018 RFS RVOs, RFA responds

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 2, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking for a nationwide waiver of the 2017 and 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume requirements (RVOs). READ MORE

November 06, 2017

DuPont launches biogas enzyme Optimash AD-300

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced a new enzyme product designed to improve biogas production during anaerobic digestion in the waste water industry. The enzyme, DuPont Optimash AD-300, is immediately available to producers around the world. READ MORE

November 03, 2017

Bill aims to extend MLP benefits to renewables, clean energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D.-Calif., have reintroduced legislation that aims to level the playing field for clean energy. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Neste reports positive quarterly results for renewables division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste has released third quarter financial results, reporting increased sales volumes and strong margins for the company’s Renewable Products division, which achieved a comparable sales margin of $435 per ton, up from $375 per ton. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

RNG Coalition adds biofuel policy, government affairs experts

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) recently announced the addition of four senior government affairs and biofuels policy experts to run its Washington, D.C., operations. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

OMB reviewing final rule to set 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the U.S. EPA’s final rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume requirements (RVOs), along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

Slash and build: Study aids forestry biofuel industry

BY Washington State University Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers from Washington State University, Oregon State University and the University of Montana have recently devised refined methods to estimate the amount of forest residue that is available for wood-based biorefineries to use. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Velocys: Oklahoma City plant on track to reach final capacity

BY Velocys plc Found In:Advanced FuelsVelocys has announced that production at Envia Energy’s Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant has reached an operational capacity of 200 barrels per day (bpd). The plant will continue ramping up to its target operational capacity of 250 bpd. READ MORE

October 30, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 27, 2017

EPA: 21.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that nearly 1.6 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 21.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

October 27, 2017

Wolf asks Trump for RFS waiver, RFA responds

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsPennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently asked President Donald Trump to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for Northeast refiners, citing high renewable identification number (RIN) prices. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

FPInnovations purchases land at Technoparc de Montréal

BY Technoparc Montréal Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFPInnovations recently purchased land from Technoparc Montréal. The purchase is a first step toward building an integrated international biomaterials innovation center under FPInnovations' leadership. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

USDA invests in agricultural technology research

BY USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

BIO asks for reauthorization of Section 9003 program in Farm Bill

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization and 66 renewable chemical producers recently asked the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to reauthorize the Farm Bill’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

MEP proposal ups renewables targets, phases out crop-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMEPs are calling for the European Union to source 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, set nationally binding targets for renewable energy, phase-out of palm oil and food-based biofuels and set biomass sustainability standards. READ MORE

October 23, 2017

Velocys announces site of first US biorefinery

BY Velocys plc Found In:Advanced FuelsVelocys has announced its first U.S. biorefinery will be located in Natchez, Mississippi. The company said it has been offered an attractive package of economic development incentives to locate the plant at the site. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Pruitt commits to strong RFS, maintaining the point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the agency is expected to set final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations at or above proposed levels. He also indicated EPA will issue a final rule maintaining the current point of obligation. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

UH Hilo researchers design sustainable wastewater systems

BY University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Hilo researchers are doing their part to help HawaiʻiIsland industries utilize more renewable and sustainable energy sources. The research includes the development of a lab-scale upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

UA to head new center focusing on biofuels and bioproducts

BY University of Arizona Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Arizona has received a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

House Biofuels Caucus asks EPA to increase RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 19, the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking the agency to formulate a more robust final rule regarding renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19. READ MORE