Advanced Biofuels

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

St1 to add renewable diesel production, continues ethanol work

BY St1 Found In:Advanced FuelsSt1 is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit that will be built in at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of investments that will enable the facility to begin producing renewable diesel in 2020. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Shell signs agreement with SBI BioEnergy

BY Shell Canada Ltd. Found In:Advanced FuelsRoyal Dutch Shell plc, through its subsidiary Shell International Exploration and Production B.V., and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI's biofuel technology. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

RNG Coalition adds Kapoor to team

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Nina Kapoor as manager of legislative and regulatory affairs in Sacramento, California. The addition of Kapoor will bolster the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison extend research agreement

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsThe University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Celtic Renewables fuels vehicle with biofuel from whisky residue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsScotland-based Celtic Renewables Ltd. has announced the inaugural journey of the first car to be fueled with its biofuel made from whisky residue. The company produces biobased butanol using draff and pot ale left over from malt whisky production. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Australian government announces support for biorefinery project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue agave may also be used as a feedstock. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

New biofuel technology cuts biogas production time

BY University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsNew research from a professor of engineering at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Analysis shows carbon-slashing promise of new biofuel technology

BY Princeton University Found In:Advanced FuelsScientists at Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment have analyzed the use of catalytic hydropyrolysis to create fuel from wood residues, sawdust and branches in a new research paper. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Rice aids in the study of biofuel feedstocks

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice is a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits, including yield. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Alliance Bio-Products gains USDA approval to buy Ineos Bio plant

BY Staff Report Found In:Advanced FuelsAlliance Bio-Products Inc. has received approval from the USDA to purchase an existing cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida. The purchase includes the 8 MMgy plant, about 143 acres, equipment and vehicles. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

DOE awards $8 million to support algae-based biofuel development

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Oh resigns from REG, Howard appointed interim president, CEO

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsLongtime leader of Renewable Energy Group Inc., Daniel J. Oh, resigned from his position as president and CEO July 3. Biodiesel Magazine spoke with newly appointed interim president and CEO Randy Howard on Oh's departure and REG's new leadership. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals

BY Arizona State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArizona State University scientists are harnessing the trial-and-error power of evolution to coax nature into revealing how to convert biomass into biobased products by test-tube evolving bacteria to ferment biomass sugars. READ MORE

July 10, 2017

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 800 attendees and 160-plus producers of biomass power, heat, pellets biogas and advanced biofuels met in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

July 09, 2017

Opinion: Time for a change in the RFS

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, Chemicals, for the first time in four years, Congress has stepped up its work to explore the possibility of reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard program. READ MORE

July 07, 2017

Research progressing on how to spur wide use of aviation biofuels

BY Penn State Found In:Advanced FuelsSlowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation's aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher at Penn State. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Velocys to focus on biofuels, announces progress at Envia plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsVeloycs plc has announced the production of the first finished saleable products from Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City. The company also recently stated it plans to focus on the conversion of woody biomass to fuels. READ MORE

July 06, 2017

Zeolite catalysts pave the road to decentralized biorefining

BY Technical University of Munich Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the Technical University of Munich have managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process to convert organic waste into fuel using zeolite crystals. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

EPA releases proposed 2018 RFS volume requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 5, the U.S. released its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume standards (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. Overall, the proposed RVOs require 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

UPM tests Carinata sequential cropping concept

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuel feedstock and protein for animal feed. READ MORE

June 29, 2017

North Dakota oil refinery plans to co-process renewable diesel

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Advanced FuelsA Tesoro oil refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota, has plans to co-process renewable feedstock along with regionally sourced Bakken crude oil to produce a 5 percent renewable diesel blend. Construction is planned for October with start-up in December. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Shell buys rights to SBI BioEnergy biofuel technology

BY SBI BioEnergy Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRoyal Dutch Shell plc and SBI BioEnergy Inc. have reached an agreement granting Shell exclusive development and licensing rights for SBI's biofuel technology. READ MORE

June 23, 2017

Representatives press Pruitt on Icahn’s role in shaping the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsMembers of the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently asked U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to detail policies and procedures the agency has put in place to prevent Carl Icahn from influencing the RFS for personal financial gain. READ MORE

June 23, 2017

LA Metro contracts for 295 new CNG buses to be fueled with RNG

BY Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently voted to purchase 295 40-foot compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which will be fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG). READ MORE

June 22, 2017

EPA: 21.98 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting more than 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 21.98 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

DOE awards STTR, SBIR grants to several bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 263 grants totaling $116 million to 184 small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Several of the awards support bioenergy projects. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

WEF, ABC to accelerate generation of renewable energy

BY Water Environment Federation Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Water Environment Federation and the American Biogas Council are partnering to expand the conversion of organic waste into renewable energy and valuable soil products at facilities across the U.S. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

REG completes Geismar land purchase

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group recently announced it has completed the $20 million acquisition of approximately 82 acres of land at and in close proximity to its Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery from Lion Copolymer. READ MORE