Advanced Biofuels

January 05, 2017

Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may sequester carbon in soil

BY PLOS Found In:Advanced FuelsTwo potential biofuel crops in Hawaii, sugarcane and napiergrass, may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published Jan. 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

AFPM petitions EPA to waive portion of 2016 cellulosic RVO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

Grassley to host meeting with Pruitt, Midwest senators

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has announced plans to host a meeting on Jan. 5 with Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. EPA, and senators from states with significant jobs and investments in biofuels. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund, Swedavia supply biojet to Swedish airport

BY SkyNRG Found In:Advanced FuelsSwedavia has received its first sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It marks the start of deliveries of sustainable aviation fuel through the Fly Green Fund and demonstrates Swedavia’s commitment to sustainable aviation. READ MORE

January 03, 2017

LanzaTech awarded DOE funding for biofuel demonstration facility

BY LanzaTech Found In:Advanced FuelsLanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy to receive a $4 million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons per year of low carbon jet and diesel fuels. READ MORE

January 02, 2017

USDA: Incentives available for drop-in biofuel delivered to Navy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

Hawaii releases annual energy report

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHawaii has released its annual energy report documenting progress toward its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, particularly its renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent by 2045. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

DOE opens FOA for algae-based biofuels, selects 6 projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. DOE announces a funding opportunity of up to $8 million to develop algae-based biofuels and selects six projects for up to $12.9 million in funding for the manufacturing of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. READ MORE

December 29, 2016

A Treat for Stats Nuts

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Energy Agency has released an online, interactive global energy atlas. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Velocys releases strategy update with market focus

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsVelocys plc recently announced results of its strategy review with mention that construction of its commercial reference gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City is complete, and commissioning is ongoing. READ MORE

December 28, 2016

Advanced Biofuels USA gets grant to study energy beets

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Advanced FuelsMaryland-based Advanced Biofuels USA has been awarded a $16,893 grant by USDA to study the feasibility of making bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. READ MORE

December 27, 2016

Construction of Quebec biomethane project underway

BY Infrastructure Canada & Government of Quebec Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOfficials of the governments of Canada and Quebec visited the city of Varennes on Dec. 19 to break ground for construction of the biomethanation facilities of the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). READ MORE

December 22, 2016

EPA: 1.66 billion 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 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 16.54 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new institute

BY Iowa State University Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute, which is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Scientists find how a bacterium reduces CO2 in biofuel production

BY Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University Found In:Advanced FuelsA paper co-authored by Lisa Warner, an assistant research professor at Boise State University, looks at how Clostridium thermocellum breaks down and converts cellulosic biomass to produce biofuels while decreasing CO2 released as byproduct. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Anellotech announces breakthrough in extending catalyst lifetime

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced that it has developed proprietary technology to extend catalyst lifetime in its Bio-TCat process for low cost conversion of biomass into valuable aromatic chemicals and renewable fuels. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

NREL releases 2015 renewable energy data book

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book. The report includes data on bioenergy capacity and electricity generation, along with data on biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Survey: Voters against shifting RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA recent survey has determined the majority of American voters believe that shifting the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners to wholesalers and fuel retailers would harm the economy and Americans. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Switchgrass may be option for farmers who have lost topsoil

BY University of Missouri Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Fuels America letter urges Trump’s continued support for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 15, members of Fuels America sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump congratulating him on the election and noting they look forward to working with his administration to implement the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 15, 2016

Global Bioenergies discusses demo plant, future strategy

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies has announced it is now entering the final phase of demonstrating its technology for converting renewable carbon into hydrocarbons, with the first production of green isobutene recently observed. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Trump nominates Perry to lead the Department of Energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas, to serve as Secretary of Energy. The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

EPA amends Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a final rule amending specific provisions of its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule with the goal of streamlining and improving implementation of the rule and improving the quality and consistency of data collected. READ MORE

December 12, 2016

BEV to invest $1 billion in clean energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 12, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that will finance emerging energy breakthroughs. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

ADM announces project to provide renewable natural gas

BY Archer Daniels Midland Co. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsArcher Daniels Midland Co. has announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren Illinois into the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

UPM Biofuels joins Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM has become member of RSB, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. RSB is a global standard and certification scheme for sustainable production of biomaterials and biofuels. UPM produces renewable diesel, known as UPM BioVerno. READ MORE