Advanced Biofuels

December 04, 2015

Boeing, Canadian organizations launch aviation biofuel project

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing, the University of British Columbia and SkyNRG, with support from Canada's aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

DOE to host bioenergy webinar for educators

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will hold a live webinar titled "Integrating Bioenergy into the 9th-12th Grade Classroom," on Dec. 10. According to the DOE, the webinar is part of the BioenergizeME Office Hours webinar series. READ MORE

December 04, 2015

A Newsy Week for Biofuels

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIt has been quite the week for the biofuel industry. On Monday, the U.S. EPA released the highly anticipated renewable fuel standard (RFS) renewable volume obligation numbers for 2015, 2016 and 2017. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

European Commission adopts Circular Economy Package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission has announced the adoption of a new Circular Economy Package that aims to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy. The effort has been criticized for its lack of mandatory food collection. READ MORE

December 03, 2015

Abengoa reportedly lays off staff at Hugoton, other US locations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa has reportedly laid off staff at its Hugoton, Kansas, cellulosic ethanol plant and other facilities and offices worldwide. A former Abengoa employee said that the company cited financial difficulties as the reason for its actions. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Abengoa to file for preliminary creditor protection

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa recently announced that it is filing for preliminary creditor protection. The company, however, said it "currently intends to continue to operate its ethanol plants in a normal course of business," including the cellulosic plant in Kansas. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

DOE announces expanded GREET model

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsArgonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of the Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Agreement to address climate change under negotiation in Paris

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis week, President Obama traveled to Paris to join nearly 200 nations for the COP21 global conference on climate change. Coinciding with the conference, was the announcement that Obama and 19 other world leaders launched "Mission Innovation." READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Bioenergy projects receive DOE ARPA-E grants

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or biomass. READ MORE

December 01, 2015

Roadside gumweed could be used as jet fuel for the military

BY University of Nevada, Reno Found In:Advanced FuelsGlenn Miller is leading the effort in a project at the University of Nevada, Reno to convert grindelia squarosa, known as curly top gumweed, into biofuel, which could help contribute to fuel supplies for the military. READ MORE

November 30, 2015

Renewable fuel associations express mixed reactions to final rule

BY Sue Retka-Schill and Holly Jessen Found In:Advanced FuelsPositive aspects were found in the U.S. EPA's final rule establishing the renewable volume obligations for compliance with the renewable fuel standard, but the overall tone from associations responding immediately after the announcement was negative. READ MORE

November 30, 2015

EPA sets 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released its long-anticipated final rule setting the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable volume requirements (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

November 27, 2015

EPA: 1.54 billion RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.54 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first 10 months of the year to net total of 14.79 billion RINs. READ MORE

November 27, 2015

Sequencing algae’s genome may aid biofuel production

BY University of Washington Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Washington scientists have sequenced the complete genetic makeup a type of ancient algae. It is the second time that researchers have sequenced the genome of one of these ecologically important and plentiful algae, known as haptophytes. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Ensyn receives key regulatory approval for its renewable gasoline

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsEnsyn Corp. has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. EPA for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. The approval is required for the sale of RFGasoline into U.S. commerce. The company's renewable diesel was previously approved. READ MORE

November 25, 2015

Ontario program to boost industrial bioproduct development

BY Ontario Centres of Excellence Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Centres of Excellence and the Agricultural Adaptation Council are fostering innovation in the province's growing agri-based industrial bioproducts sector through the $3 million Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts R&D Challenge launched Nov. 9. READ MORE

November 24, 2015

REA: Top 10 things UK Green CSR would do to support renewables

BY Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 25, the U.K. government will announce the contents of its long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review. This document effectively sets the budgets of many departments and agencies, including the Department for Energy and Climate Change. READ MORE

November 24, 2015

Deinove produces second generation ethanol on 300-liter scale

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced FuelsDeinove recently announced that it has produced second generation ethanol with an exceptional performance level in a 300-liter fermenter. The trials were conducted at VTT1, Deinove's long-term partner, using a mixture of glucose and xylose. READ MORE

November 21, 2015

Opinion: Biogas Integration for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

BY Amanda Bilek Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAs cellulosic ethanol production facilities have come online, anaerobic digesters have been colocated at the plants to recover biogas from soluble residues inherent in the ethanol production process. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

ITA announces app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration has announced a beta version of an interactive app to serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exporters. Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact the ITA. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

Renew Biomass, New Energy Farms announce partnership

BY Renew Biomass Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenew Biomass and New Energy Farms recently announced their long-term partnership agreement in which New Energy Farms will provide Renew Biomass with high-quality Miscanthus planting material. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

Opinion: 2015: A Missed Opportunity for Biofuels

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsTo say that 2015 was an overall disappointment for the biofuels industry would be an understatement. With the price of oil hovering from the high $30s to the mid-$50s all year long, the environment was difficult for the entire industry. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

Fuels America launches new ad focused on the RFS

BY Fuels America Found In:Advanced FuelsOn a press conference call Nov. 19, top executives from Fuels America announced the launch of a new ad campaign targeting President Obama and urging him to lead the world on climate by getting the renewable fuel standard (RFS) back on track. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

API announces first nanocellulose patent

BY American Process Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Process Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for its BioPlus nanocellulose technology. The patent covers an AVAP process for producing a nanocellulose material and downstream applications. READ MORE

November 19, 2015

In Depth: A Transformative Project: Total’s La Mède Conversion

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Advanced FuelsSupermajor oil company Total S.A. will convert its 150,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery in La Mède, France, to produce renewable diesel—a first in France and just the second project of its kind in the world. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

DOE biomass advisory committee schedules November meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for Nov. 18-19. The event will be held in Emeryville, California. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

Pacific Ag announces completion of record wheat straw harvest

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag recently completed its largest harvest of wheat straw on record. Working closely with more than 200 growers across seven states, the company harvested more than 100,000 acres of wheat straw for use in end-markets. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

SD, VA projects receive USDA value-added grant funding

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFive bioenergy projects in two states were among the 258 businesses nationwide receiving a total of nearly $34 million from the USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant program. The grants were announced last week. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

UNH, Yale researchers develop economic, green catalytic process

BY University of New Haven Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the University of New Haven and Yale University have discovered a high-quality catalytic process for converting biomass model compounds, which can be used to convert biomass into value-added chemicals, such as biofuels. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

EPA sets 2016 cellulosic waiver credit prices at $1.33

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing its cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price calculation for next year. The agency has set the CWC price for 2016 at $1.33. READ MORE