Advanced Biofuels

January 19, 2018

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada named resource champion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bioindustrial Innovation Canada as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for its efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Study shows producers where, how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, including switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane, and prairie mixtures. The data could improve adoption and increase production across the country. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

MEPs approve renewable energy, biofuel targets under RED II

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMembers of the European Parliament endorsed a set of proposals Jan. 17 that set new goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable transportation fuels. The proposals also cap first-generation biofuels and phase-out the use of palm oil. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

NASA, DLR announce joint flight tests on biofuel emissions

BY DLR Found In:Advanced FuelsThe German Aerospace Center (DLR) and NASA are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterization of ice crystals in condensation trails, using biofuel as an example. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Velocys: Envia seeks EPA approval to generate D7 RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Alkol BioTech to supply cane feedstock to BRD

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBio Refinery Development BV has signed a letter of intent with Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tons of EUnergyCane annually for use in a proposed biorefinery. EUnergyCane is a naturally occurring cold-resistant variety of sugarcane. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

UPM biofuels earns RSB sustainability certification for feedstock

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM Biofuels has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification for the cultivation of brassica carinata in Uruguay. Brassica carinata is an oilseed crop specially designed for sustainable production of biofuels. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

Biochar could benefit anaerobic digestion of animal manure

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsNew research by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists shows biochar has potential to make anaerobic digestion of animal manure a more efficient method to rid farms of waste while producing methane for energy. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

USDA awards Attis $3 million grant for lignin technology

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMeridian Waste Solutions Inc. has announced the USDA awarded its subsidiary, Attis Innovations, a $3 million grant to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

Researchers make grasses more digestible

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of researchers has uncovered a way to make grasses more digestible. The achievement promises improved feed for ruminants and better biomass for biofuel production, with economic and environmental benefits for both. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

NYC to study the feasibility of fueling ferries with biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that requires a two-year feasibility study to be conducted regarding the use of renewable fuels and technologies to power the city’s ferries. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

GALT partners with LLNL to improve biofuel production

BY General Automation Lab Technologies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a 3 year $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Researchers map magnetic fields of bacterial cells, nano-objects

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsA research team led by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

Anellotech commences key R&D program at TCat-8

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith successful completion of TCat-8 pilot plant commissioning, Anellotech has announced an intensive process development and testing program has begun to confirm process economics and collect data for commercial plant design. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Gevo issues corporate update, reduces staff

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently issued a corporate update, reaffirming the company’s focus on the commercial development of renewable jet fuel, isooctane, isobutanol and related products. The company also announced plans to reduce staff at its Colorado offices. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

USDA NIFA invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program

BY USDA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program. The award was made to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Opinion: Every Last Drop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOne of the most common deterrents to investment in equipment and technology that will ultimately save bioenergy plants money is exactly that—money. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Brazil establishes national biofuels policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBrazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

BY Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call. READ MORE

January 01, 2018

Opinion: 2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo

BY Michael McAdamsFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLast year was among the most active and interesting years yet for the biofuels industry, which has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, READ MORE

December 29, 2017

EPA: 21.9 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.64 billion RIN were generated during the month, including more than 21.9 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

EPA qualifies distiller sorghum oil as advanced biofuel feedstock

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to fuel pathways using distiller sorghum oil as feedstock for biofuel production. A 30-day comment period on the proposal is set to close Jan. 26. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

Air France initiative promotes development of aviation biofuel

BY Air France Found In:Advanced FuelsAt the World Efficiency Fair, Air France presented an Engagement for Green Growth that aims to promote the emergence of sustainable aviation biofuel industries, in economically viable conditions that fully integrate circular economy principles. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Biofuel projects named as semi-finalists in Ontario competition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

Demonstration project in Norway to feature hydofaction technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSilva Green Fuels AS has announced plans to build a demonstration plant in Tofte, Norway, that will produce second-generation advanced biofuel from forest feedstocks. Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy will deliver the technology. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Biofuels industry celebrates 10th anniversary of EISA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDec. 19 marks the 10th anniversary of former President George W. Bush signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law, establishing the current version of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE