Advanced Biofuels

March 13, 2014

CRIBE, GreenField partner to test demonstration technology

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that could provide pulp mills with new revenue streams and increased efficiency. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Study: Rural economies to benefit from bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAccording to a new paper authored by two University of Missouri professors, rural regions are poised to benefit from the bioeconomy, which refers to the production of a wide range of goods and services from plant, animal and forest-based material. READ MORE

March 13, 2014

Publication identifies promising locations for algae projects

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new publication from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in partnership with Sapphire Energy, highlights a new process for rigorously identifying and evaluating sites for commercial algae production facilities. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Minn. bills to incentivize biofuel, biochemicals, biomass thermal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in the Minnesota Legislature aims to create a capital equipment loan program renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels, and production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon technology

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsVertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. READ MORE

March 12, 2014

In Depth: Dually Renewable

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa Biomass Energy’s 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kan., also produces up to 22 MW of biomass power. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

CARB discusses LCFS, ILUC revisions in workshops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Air Resources Board held public workshops on proposed updates to the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and revisions to the related issue of indirect land use change (ILUC) on March 11. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

Fortum, UPM, Valmet partner to produce advanced biofuels

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsFortum, UPM and Valmet have joined forces to develop a new, winning technology to produce advanced high value lignocellulosic fuels, such as transportation fuels or higher value bio-liquids. READ MORE

March 10, 2014

USDA awards advanced biofuel payments to pellet, biogas producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2014

Gevo issues exclusive Argentina license for isobutanol technology

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc., the world's only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today that Porta Hnos S.A. has signed a letter of intent to become the exclusive licensee of GIFT(R) in Argentina to produce renewable isobutanol. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Renewable diesel project to use Inbicon's demo facility

BY DONG Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsDONG Energy and Neste Oil have entered into a collaboration to develop a cost-effective technology for producing renewable diesel and aviation fuel from agricultural residues. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Opinion: Urging the EPA to Reconsider RFS Targets

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams discusses his organization's recently submitted formal comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

In Depth: The Year is Here

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels2014 will bear witness to the commissioning of some of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

Budget proposal extends biofuel tax credit, cuts oil subsidies

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies. READ MORE

March 04, 2014

EPA Tier 3 rule sets E10 as new test fuel

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA final rule for emission standards for cars and gasoline made E10 the new federal emissions test fuel and finalized specifications for E85 test fuel for flex-fuel vehicles. READ MORE

March 03, 2014

Alkol, U of Madrid to develop sugarcane varieties for Spain

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAlkol Bioenergy and the University of Madrid have signed an agreement to develop a Brazilian sugarcane variety for Spain. READ MORE

March 03, 2014

EPA sets Tier 3 standards for cleaner fuel, cars

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Advanced FuelsBased on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. EPA today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline. READ MORE

February 28, 2014

Study: EU waste could provide 16 percent of road fuel by 2030

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsAccording to a newly released study, if all sustainably available waste and residuals were converted to biofuels, it could supply up to 16 percent of the European Union's road fuel by 2030. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Cool Planet breaks ground on commercial facility

BY Cool Planet Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsCool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company's first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Amyris reports reduced farnesene production costs in 2013 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released its fourth quarter and full year 2013 financial results. The company reported total revenues of $41.12 million for the year, down from $73.69 million in 2012. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Solazyme reports fourth quarter and full year 2013 results

BY Solazyme Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2013. Solayzme CEO Jonathan Wolfson called 2013 a year of great progress for the company. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Duckweed genes left exposed for future biofuel research

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreater Duckweed, which holds potential for biofuel production, had its genes analyzed by Rutgers University researchers. Although the plant is fairly small, it is ranked as one of the fastest growing plants. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

House tax proposal would alter biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., has released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the "Tax Reform Act of 2014," would alter, and in some cases repeal, tax incentives for biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

New Holland provides tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University's BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. A model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader were loaned to the facility. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

Chromatin announces production of farnesene in sorghum

BY Chromatin Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChromatin Inc. has announced that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene. The milestone achievement was supported in part by the U.S. DOE's ARPA-E program Plants Engineered To Replace Oil. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

Carbon sequestration not so simple in biomass crop production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFindings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at support the USDA priority of developing new new sources of bioenergy. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Study unveils vast potential of UK biomass resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

NREL: Unique bioreactor finds algae's sweet spot

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA unique bioreactor at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete with renewable diesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other petroleum alternatives. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Butamax, Gevo patent infringement case returning to court

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC's patent infringement case against Gevo Inc. will return to U.S. District Court for trial, as ordered by Judge Sue L. Robinson on Feb. 18. READ MORE

February 20, 2014

China approves biobased aviation fuel for commercial use

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Chinese government has approved a biobased aviation fuel for commercial use. On Feb. 12, the Civil Aviation Administration of China published a notice announcing it has granted Sinopec the first certificate of airworthiness for biobased jet fuel. READ MORE