Advanced Biofuels

March 24, 2016

Senators advocate for robust 2017 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 23, a group of 19 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, asking the agency to set high renewable volume obligations (RVOs) in its 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

2016 FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThe 2016 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. READ MORE

March 24, 2016

In Depth: Importing to Meet California Demand

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsIncreased reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels required by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard are driving up carbon credit prices, demand for advanced biofuels and imports. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

EPA: 14.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.18 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 14.42 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

California Energy Commission invests $3 million in biogas project

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Energy Commission approved $4.3 million in grants for projects to increase the efficiency of natural gas technology. Amongst the projects, $3 million will go toward a biogas-to-fuel project in the city of Petaluma. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

AST increases scale of Wisconsin research facility

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin. The company increased the processing capacity of its facility from 100 kilograms to 2 tons of cellulosic biomass per day. READ MORE

March 21, 2016

Wärtsilä to deliver biogas plant to provide fuel for buses

BY Wärtsilä Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsWartsila has been awarded the order to supply a biogas liquefaction plant that will produce fuel for public transport vehicles, mainly in Norway. The supply contract was signed in December, and is with Purac Puregas AB, based in Kalmar, Sweden. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

NREL updates survey of advanced biofuel producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuel producers. The report includes data on 29 ethanol projects and 32 renewable hydrocarbon projects. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

Big Month for Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the bioenergy industry, it's going to be a busy and interesting several weeks. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

CFTC, EPA enter MOU to share RFS data, collaborate on RIN market

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 17, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. EPA entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that allows the agencies to share renewable fuel standard (RFS) data and analysis. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Report quantifies employment, turnover impacts of EU bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study commissioned by the Belgium-based Biobased Industries Consortium has determined the European bioeconomy employs 18.3 million people and results in EUR 2.1 trillion ($2.31 trillion) in turnover. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

DOE seeks input on biorefinery scale-up, operational challenges

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking feedback that will will help its Bioenergy Technologies Office better understand capabilities, barriers and opportunities, associated with the operation of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

March 16, 2016

House hearing on RFS fails to include input from biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 16, subcommittees of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on U.S. EPA management of the renewable fuel standard. The event has been criticized for failing to include testimony from the biofuels industry. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

United Airlines deploys Honeywell’s green jet fuel at LAX

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsHoneywell UOP recently announced that United Airlines will use the company’s green jet fuel produced by AltAir to power flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support energy diversification. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

Deinove, Arbiom announce collaboration

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove and Arbiom have announced a collaboration that involves the characterization forestry residues pretreated with Arbiom's technology and the evaluation of Deinococcus potential for assimilating the sugars extracted from this biomass. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

Advanced biofuel event to colocate with Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsBBI International has announced the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. The event will take place June 20-23, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

United Airlines to fuel regularly scheduled flights with biofuel

BY United Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsUnited Airlines recently made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight 708 from Los Angeles. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

Researchers closer to finding key to converting algae to biofuel

BY University of Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event. READ MORE

March 10, 2016

Amyris reports strong fourth quarter renewable product sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting GAPP revenues of $9.8 million, down from $11.6 million during the same quarter of the prior year. Product sales reached $5.2 million during the fourth quarter. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Abengoa releases 2015 results, reports lower ethanol margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa recently released condensed consolidated financial statements for the second half of last year, reporting that it generated nearly EUR 5.76 billion ($6.34 billion) in revenues and EUR 515 million in EBITDA during 2015. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

UT, Genera Energy harvest hybrid poplar stand

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Optimizing biofuel production from algae using CO2 emissions

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team reports in American Chemical Society’s journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research an optimized way of producing biofuel from algae that also removes CO2 emissions from the environment. READ MORE

March 07, 2016

Comet Biorefining awarded $10.9 million SDTC grant

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSustainable Development Technology Canada has awarded Comet Biorefining, Inc. a grant of CA$10.9 million ($8.2 million) for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced biobased chemicals plant in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

Researchers: Chemical snapshot unveils path to greener biofuel

BY University of Copenhagen Found In:Advanced FuelsChemists at the University of Copenhagen have taken a leap ahead in understanding how lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases work, by showing how these enzymes bind to cellulose. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

In Search of Greatness

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEvery year since 2012, Biomass Magazine and BBI International have given out two awards at the International Biomass Conference & Expo: the Groundbreaker of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Bioenergy Award. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Vilsack defends biofuels, bioenergy during House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy featuring testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

USDA highlights bioeconomy investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a fact sheet highlighting its investments in rural America, including several related to sparking innovation in America’s bioeconomy to support the development of biomanufacturing and advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Japanese researchers improve biorefineries with bubbles

BY Tohoku University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from Japan's Tohoku University has developed a new method for the pretreatment of organic material, or biomass, which could lead to more efficient production of biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE