Advanced Biofuels

May 24, 2017

Trump’s proposed budget includes cuts to EPA, DOE and USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has released his proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts. According to the White House, the reductions are the most proposed by any president. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U of M startup enVerde to commercialize WtE technology

BY University of Minnesota Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Minneapolis-based clean tech startup company enVerde has signed an agreement with the University of Minnesota to develop a technology that converts organic waste materials into synthetic gas (syngas). READ MORE

May 24, 2017

UMaine converts biomass to fuels, chemicals at pilot plant

BY University of Maine Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA pilot plant capable of processing up to 1 ton of woody biomass per day into chemicals that can be used to manufacture bioproducts will be demonstrated in 100 hours of continuous operation at the University of Maine’s Technology Research Center. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

SkyNRG, AEG Fuels deliver aviation biofuel to EBACE

BY SkyNRG Found In:Advanced FuelsSkyNRG and AEG Fuels recently delivered sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying from KLM Jet Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

EPA to reconsider rules to reduce methane emissions at landfills

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 23, the U.S. EPA announced a 90-day administrative stay of two final rules announced in mid-2016 that aim to reduce methane emissions from MSW landfills. The stay will allow the agency to reconsider certain aspects of these regulations. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Gevo’s isobutanol cleared for use in on-road vehicles in Arizona

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that a bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Researchers use waste lignin to make carbon fiber

BY Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTexas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are converting waste lignin into carbon fiber and other products. The team fractionates lignin so that the high molecular weight fraction can be used for carbon fiber, with other fractions used for bioplastics. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

EPA: 1.79 billion RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that nearly 1.79 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 17.29 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 18, 2017

Ryder San Francisco fueling facility offers renewable diesel

BY Ryder System Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRyder System Inc., a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, recently announced that it has begun to offer renewable diesel (RD) fuel, at its San Francisco, California, fueling facility. READ MORE

May 17, 2017

To-Syn-Fuel turns sewage sludge into fuels and hydrogen

BY To-Syn-Fuel Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo-Syn-Fuel, a project funded by Horizon 2020, EU’s new research and innovation program, recently launched. It aims to build-up, operate and demonstrate the production of synthetic fuels and green hydrogen from waste biomass. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

EPA approves fuel pathway for REG Geismar

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA recently approving a fuel pathway for Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery. The plant can now generate D5 advanced biofuel RINs for naphtha and LPG made from nonfood-grade corn oil. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

OSU launches new program in bioenergy and biowaste management

BY Ohio State University Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute has announced a new associate of applied science program in bioenergy and biological waste management to prepare students for careers in wastewater and drinking water treatment. READ MORE

May 15, 2017

OMB reviews 2018 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 12, 2017

BETO announces third round of Small Business Vouchers Pilot

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced Gevo, Cogent, Kalion, Synvitrobio and ThermChem will collaborate with national labs as part of the third round of the Small Business Vouchers Pilot. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Perdue unveils plan to reorganize USDA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 11, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue released a plan to reorganize the USDA that creates an undersecretary for trade and agricultural affairs and eliminates the undersecretary for rural development. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

HKU, Kyoto U enhance efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel

BY The University of Hong Kong Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA collaborative research effort by the University of Hong Kong and Kyoto University has revealed a new strategy to allow cellulose in rice straw to release its fermentable sugar more efficiently. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

KU Leuven: Bacteria take a deadly risk to survive

BY KU Leuven Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study by the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics at KU Leuven on bacterial mutations opens up new avenues for research, ranging from more efficient biofuel production methods to a better treatment for bacterial infections and cancer. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

BETO launches Bioenergy Career Map

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Argonne National Laboratory have developed an Bioenergy Career Map, an educational tool that helps users discover traditional and nontraditional career opportunities in the bioenergy industry. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Gevo discusses future plans for Luverne plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has announced first quarter financial results. During an investor call, the company described plans to convert its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery to exclusively produce isobutanol and hydrocarbon products. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Sustane to install PK Clean plastic-to-fuel plant in Nova Scotia

BY Sustane Technologies Inc. Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable waste companies PK Clean Technologies Inc. and Sustane Technologies Inc. have executed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to install a plastic to synthetic diesel plant in Chester, Nova Scotia. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

ABC applauds Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act

BY American Biogas Council Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Biogas Council applauds the recent introduction of the bipartisan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, which provides a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for qualifying biogas and nutrient recovery systems. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

Senators request investigation of Icahn’s impact on RIN market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA group of senators are calling for an investigation of Carl Icahn regarding potential insider trading, market manipulation and other securities and commodities law violations related to the market for renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

May 09, 2017

DOE: New algae degree program passes its first semester

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Technology Education Consortium has successfully implemented the first semester of the ATEC curriculum at Santa Fe Community College. The curriculum is part of a new, two-year degree program in algae biology, technology, and cultivation. READ MORE

May 08, 2017

ORNL: Bacterial boost for biobased fuels

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, Chemicals"Electrical” bacteria are the key ingredient in a process developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory that recycles wastewater from biofuel production to generate hydrogen that can be used to convert bio-oil into higher grade liquid fuels. READ MORE

May 05, 2017

Sandia Labs finds way to lower biofuel production cost

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced FuelsA recent discovery by Sandia National Laboratories researchers may unlock the potential of biofuel waste, and ultimately make biofuels competitive with petroleum. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Technology-neutral energy tax reform bill introduced

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would even further level the playing field for biomass-derived power, heat and liquid fuels. READ MORE

May 04, 2017

Gevo, HSC Holding sign supply agreement for renewable isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. announced on May 4 that it has entered into a supply agreement with HCS Holding GmbH to supply renewable isooctane under a five-year offtake agreement READ MORE

May 03, 2017

Researchers find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

BY UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Found In:Advanced FuelsA University of Washington team has made new headway on a solution to remove beetle-killed trees from the forest and use them to make renewable transportation fuels or high-value chemicals. READ MORE

May 03, 2017

California Senate leader unveils 100 percent clean energy bill

BY The Office of Kevin de León Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsCalifornia Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, on May 2 introduced Senate Bill 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017, which puts the state on the path to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2045. READ MORE

May 01, 2017

New study shows economic value of RNG in California

BY RNG Coalition Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new jobs study reveals that deploying trucks fueled by renewable natural gas could create up to 130,000 new jobs and add $14 billion to California’s economy. READ MORE