Advanced Biofuels

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

EPA: 2014 cellulosic RIN generation tops 33 million

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting that more than 8.53 million cellulosic RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for 2014 to 33.01 million. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

EPA: Deadline extended for substantiations of confidentiality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has extended the deadline to respond to its notice requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through Jan. 23. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

ABO: Senators' letter supports carbon utilization technology

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., for their recent letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA in support of carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Boeing, Embraer open aviation biofuel research center in Brazil

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in a collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Sorghum Partners announces winners of 2014 producers competition

BY Sorghum Partners Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSorghum Partners, a Chromatin Inc. brand, is pleased to announce that three sorghum growers who planted Sorghum Partners brand products have won at the county, state, and national level in the 2014 National Sorghum Producers competition. READ MORE

January 13, 2015

EPA approves Algenol's RFS fuel pathway petition

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced FuelsAlgenol announced today the U.S. EPA has approved fuels made from Algenol's process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

January 13, 2015

Gevo launches sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced it has launched sales of renewable isobutanol to Brenntag Canada Inc. for distribution into the solvents, oil and gas, mining and specialty chemicals markets. The initial market entry is focused on Canada. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

UPM's renewable diesel plant begins commercial operations

BY UPM Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM's wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. The facility is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million liters of biofuel annually. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded syngas-to-liquids project in the U.S.

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Found In:Advanced FuelsAmec Foster Wheeler recently announced it has signed an agreement with D'Arcinoff Group to provide engineering and technical services for an integrated 30,000-barrels-per-day syngas-to-liquids facility in Hudspeth County, Texas. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

Gevo issues plant update, transfers common stock listing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The company also announced the transfer of its common stock listing. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

KiOR cancels bankruptcy auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDocuments filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware show KiOR's bankruptcy auction, scheduled for Jan. 9, has been cancelled. Meanwhile, the state of Mississippi has asked the court to convert the bankruptcy to Chapter 7. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Oregon vote approves second phase of Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 to approve rules for the second phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which requires a 10 percent reduction of greenhouse gases from transportation fuels over a 10-year period. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Bacteria 'factories' churn out valuable chemicals

BY Kat J. McAlpine, Harvard Gazette Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce, and how much, through the bacteria's metabolic processes. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

EPA seeks nominations for technical subcommittee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is requesting nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which provides the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee with input on technical aspects of programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Plant genetic advance could improve biofuel processing

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPlant geneticists from universities in Massachusetts and California have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

E2: Advanced biofuel production likely to double in 3 years

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuel capacity topped 800 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to the E2 Advance Biofuel Market Report 2014 released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

Clean Energy sells interest in biogas facility to Cambrian Energy

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced the sale of Clean Energy's majority interest in its McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility located in Dallas, Texas, to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

Biomethane project moves forward in British Columbia

BY City of Surrey, British Columbia Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIris Solutions has been selected as the preferred proponent by the city of Surrey, British Columbia, to finalize an agreement to design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

EPA accepting comments on preliminary biomass sorghum analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is accepting public comments on its preliminary analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use as biofuel feedstock through Jan. 30. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

Lufthansa Group aircraft fly from Oslo on biokerosene

BY Lufthansa Group Found In:Advanced FuelsFrom next year the Lufthansa Group will be fueling their aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene mixture. The group recently became the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with the Norwegian oil company Statoil Aviation. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

2015 biomass conferences to colocate in Minneapolis

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International, owners and organizers of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, recently reported Heating the Midwest, a regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy, will be colocated with this year's conference. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

Opinion: Hope vs Change

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuels Association president Michael McAdams assesses the results of the mid term elections, what it means for the advanced biofuels industry and offers his thoughts on the coming legislative year. READ MORE

December 28, 2014

Opinion: It's in the Way that You Use It

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz previews the January issue of Biomass Magazine and the vital nature of its operations and maintenance theme for bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy on track for Q2 startup

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAll buildings and major equipment are in place at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy under construction in Spiritwood, North Dakota. Staff to move into offices in mid-January and begin preparing for startup. READ MORE