Advanced Biofuels

July 11, 2014

Sapphire Energy selected as an EcoPartner with Sinopec

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSapphire Energy Inc. has announced that its algae-derived renewable crude project with Sinopec, China's state-owned oil and gas conglomerate, was selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Lux Research: Lignin-derived chemicals to hit market in 2021

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced FuelsA professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his collaborators have mapped out an integrated approach for processing red maple biomass into a jet fuel that costs $4.75 a gallon. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Petrixo selects Honeywell's UOP technology for new biorefinery

BY UOP LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsUOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Brazil's GOL to fuel commercial flights with Amyris-Total biojet

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the renewable fuel. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Andritz to deliver pretreatment technology to Fiberight plant

BY Group Andritz Found In:Advanced FuelsInternational technology Group Andritz has received an order to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for Fiberight's cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa. Start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2015. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

KiOR enters forbearance agreement, considers sale or merger

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsKiOR Inc. has entered into a forbearance agreement with the Mississippi Development Authority, amended its agreement with Vinod Khosla's KFT Trust, and engaged Guggenheim Securities LLC to assist in reviewing transactional and strategic alternatives. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNorth Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

Ceres licenses DNA browser software to Bayer CropScience

BY Ceres Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc., an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, has announced that the company has licensed its Persephone genome visualization application to Bayer CropScience. The software was originally developed for in-house use by Ceres. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

Navy looks to biofuels to sail the Great Green Fleet in 2016

BY U.S. Navy, Mark Matsunaga, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Found In:Advanced FuelsShips and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won't even need to know it, according to speakers at an Alternative Fuels Overview briefing for RIMPAC 2014 participants. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Report highlights economic impact of the US bioscience industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report published Biotechnology Industry Organization and Battelle indicates the U.S. bioscience industry demonstrated strong growth from 2011 to 2012, has navigated the economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing. READ MORE

July 07, 2014

World Bank: climate-smart development benefits lives, jobs, GDP

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new holistic modeling framework. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

CR&R breaks ground on California AD facility

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsCR&R Environmental Services, a recycle and waste collection company in Southern California, entered into the construction phase of its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Perris, California. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

CE&P gets $3.1 million tax credit for job creation

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Ethanol & Power LLC in southern California landed a tax credit from the California Competes Tax Credit Committee worth $3.1 million through 2018, if the company successfully meets the milestones in the contract. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

Researchers use supercomputer to improve catalysts for biofuel

BY National Science Foundation Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose. READ MORE

July 03, 2014

New video highlights the importance of biofuels to the military

BY Union of Concerned Scientists Found In:Advanced FuelsOur nation's continued oil use is posing a dangerous threat to our nation's armed forces and security, but engineers and national security experts are working together to make oil savings solutions a reality, according to a new video. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

EPA finalizes RFS rules establishing new pathways, QAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 2, the U.S. EPA published two final rules pertaining to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. The first establishes new fuel pathways, while the second finalizes the voluntary quality assurance plan for the RFS. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Joule announces EPA clearance for modified cyanobacteria

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoule Unlimited Inc. has announced that the U.S. EPA favorably reviewed its microbial commercial activity notice (MCAN) for Joule's first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

EPA publishes methane reduction proposal for new landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 30, the EPA published proposed rule to update its air standards for new municipal solid waste landfills. A separate advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks public input on whether to update emissions guidelines for existing landfills. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

Biofuel industry criticizes CBO's RFS report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Congressional Budget Office has published a report on the renewable fuel standard (RFS) that is focused on compliance issues in 2014 and beyond. The biofuels industry has spoken out to criticize the study. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Supreme Court declines petition to review California's LCFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's September 2013 ruling on California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. That ruling found that the LCFS program is constitutional. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Water-cleanup catalysts tackle biomass upgrading

BY Rice University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice University researchers have found palladium-gold nanocatalysts can convert glycerol, a waste byproduct of biodiesel production, into high-value chemicals. The research team is led by chemical engineer Michael Wong. READ MORE

June 30, 2014

Proterro receives patent for photobioreactor

BY Proterro Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 8,728,783 to Proterro Inc., protecting the company's proprietary photobioreactor, a novel element in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process. READ MORE

June 28, 2014

In Depth: Mobilizing Pyrolysis

BY Kolby Hoagland Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsAdding mobility to pyrolysis systems could improve project economics. READ MORE

June 28, 2014

Opinion: Pathway to Nowhere

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuel pathway delays are a significant problem for the industry. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

DOE funds bioenergy projects at 4 universities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $100 million to Energy Frontier Research Centers with the goal of accelerating scientific breakthroughs needed to build the new energy economy. Several of EFRC awards will benefit bioenergy research. READ MORE

June 27, 2014

JBEI GT collection: A new resource for advanced biofuels research

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. READ MORE