Advanced Biofuels

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Grassley floor speech criticizes EPA proposal to reduce RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 26, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, delivered a floor speech to the U.S. Senate expressing his disappointment in action taken by the U.S. EPA that could reduce 2018 and 2019 renewable volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

DOE funds project to improve algal biomass yield

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement. READ MORE

September 26, 2017

EPA considers reductions to 2018, 2019 RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a NODA concerning potential reductions in RVOs for 2018 and 2019 under the RFS. The reductions primarily concern RVOs for biomass-based diesel, but could result in corresponding reductions in advanced and total biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

MSU: DOE grant to help boost camelina oilseed yield

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced FuelsMichigan State University has announced it will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost the yield of camelina, a crop that shows potential as a feedstock for biobased jet fuel. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsTrestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

EPA: 20.4 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.4 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

Censky, McKinney nomination hearing addresses biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing on the nomination of Stephen Censky at deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as under secretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

Velocys, British Airways partner on proposed biojet project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsVelocys plc recently announced it has entered into a partnership with British Airways, Suez and Norma to prepare the business case for a commercial-scale waste-to-renewable-jet-fuel plant in the U.K. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

DOE announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

ARPA-E helps make U.S. a leader in marine biomass production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $22 million in funding through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for 18 innovative projects as part of the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources program. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Neste, Geneva Airport collaborate to offer renewable jet fuel

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsNeste and Geneva Airport are working together to make flying more sustainable by targeting renewable jet fuel to account for at least 1 percent of the annual jet fuel consumption at Geneva Airport by late 2018. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

CARB to hold workshop on proposed LCFS amendments Sept. 22

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Air Resources Board has announced plans to hold a public workshop to discuss proposed amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard on Sept. 22. Members of the public can participate in the event via webcast or teleconference. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

DOE funding helps commercialize promising energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace. Several bioenergy projects were among those that received funding. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Researchers evaluate use of electron transport in furfural biogas

BY Springer Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFurfural is a promising candidate in the quest for alternative biofuels. The combustion industries are very interested in what could become a potential new type of fuel derived from atmospheric-plasma treatment of biomass. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Modular fuel technology to boost bio-share of oil refineries

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The project aims to achieve production costs of up to 35 percent less than alternative routes. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

RNG industry bands together in response to proposed 2018 RFS

BY Marcus Gillette Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAs the predominate supplier of cellulosic biofuel to the Renewable Fuel Standard, renewable natural gas (RNG) is experiencing a growth rate unprecedented in the sector. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

BY University of Delaware Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

Researchers announce promising new feedstock for bio-jet fuel

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced FuelsA Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

DOE announces up to $8.8 million for algae technologies

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. Funding for the initiative now totals over $16 million. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Södra to produce biobased methanol in Sweden

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn Europe, international forestry group Södra has announced plans to produce biobased methanol from forest biomass at its mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. The company said construction will begin this fall, with production scheduled to begin in 2019. READ MORE

September 07, 2017

UK government opens competition to develop waste-based fuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.K. government is offering funding to support the development of waste-based fuels for planes and trucks through its Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Completion. The program is expected to support the development of five new fuel plants. READ MORE

September 06, 2017

DMT to supply desulfurization process to California AD facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDMT Clear Gas Solutions recently announced that Calgren Dairy Fuels LLC is going to install DMT’s desulfurization technology, Sulfurex BR. The anaerobic digestion facility is located adjacent to Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC, a 55 MMgy ethanol plant. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

RFS comment period closes, more than 44,000 comments submitted

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closed Aug. 31. More than 44,000 comments were filed. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

Scientists identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFuels that are produced from biomass may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

Spinning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars, planes

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing plants and trees to make paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin that often gets burned or tossed into landfills. Now, researchers are transforming lignin into carbon fiber that can be use to build car or aircraft parts. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

New Holland presents concept tractor powered by methane

BY New Holland Agriculture Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsNew Holland Agriculture recently presented the latest development in its vision for the sustainable future of farming: a methane powered concept tractor that reimagines the design of this machine and reveals a connected future. READ MORE