Advanced Biofuels

May 28, 2014

KiOR closes on second tranche of Khosla funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsKiOR Inc. has closed on the second $5 million tranche under its recently announced $25 million funding agreement with Vinod Khosla's KFT Trust. The disclosure was made in a May 22 U.S. Security and Exchange Commission filing. READ MORE

May 28, 2014

U.S. Navy supports ASU's development of algae-based biofuels

BY Arizona State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsDennis McGinn, U.S. Navy assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, recently visited Arizona State University, where he spoke about the parallels between the Navy's energy challenges and those of civilian cities and industries. READ MORE

May 27, 2014

Lund University buys pretreatment reactor from AdvanceBio Systems

BY AdvanceBio Systems LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Chemical Engineering at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, has selected AdvanceBio Systems LLC's SuPR2G Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development activities related to the production of biobased fuels chemicals. READ MORE

May 27, 2014

REG to acquire Tyson Foods' ownership share of Dynamic Fuels

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods Inc. to acquire Tyson's 50 percent ownership position in Dynamic Fuels LLC. Once the transaction closes, REG will own 100 percent of the company. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

Minn. funds 5 biofuel and bioenergy projects, thermal RFP soon

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has named five in-state bioenergy projects as recipients of NextGen Energy grants. The projects include those in the biofuel, bioenergy and biochemical sectors. READ MORE

May 23, 2014

Roadmap shows how to improve lignocellulosic biofuel production

BY Georgia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhen making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has been that one can make anything from lignin except money. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

USDA to offer BCAP funding

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced support for agriculture producers and energy facilities working to turn renewable biomass materials into clean energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

Arisdyne adds mobile lab, announces Valero licensing agreement

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsArisdyne Systems Inc. has added a mobile validation laboratory to its toolkit as it continues to introduce its Controlled Flow Cavitation system to the industry. The technology has applications in several sectors, including biofuels and biogas. READ MORE

May 22, 2014

CREW requests investigation into industry influence on RFS

BY Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Found In:Advanced FuelsCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has requested U.S. EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins investigate whether the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines improperly influenced the EPA's proposed renewable fuel standards (RFS). READ MORE

May 20, 2014

Draft appropriations bill aims to cut funding for BCAP, REAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe House Appropriations Committee has released its fiscal year 2015 agricultural appropriations bill, which aims to reduce funding levels for several Farm Bill Energy Title programs. A subcommittee markup session on the legislation was held May 20. READ MORE

May 20, 2014

Sweden, Minnesota seminar highlights bioenergy

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweden and Minnesota are moving full speed ahead on a partnership that is serving to address complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. A May 19 seminar brought stakeholders together to discuss the initiative. READ MORE

May 19, 2014

Airbus, KLM complete 10 hours flight on biobased jet fuel

BY Airbus Found In:Advanced FuelsAn Airbus A330-200 of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has commenced the longest commercial flight with sustainable jet fuels ever performed by an Airbus aircraft. The aircraft took off with a 20 percent blend of sustainable fuel made of used cooking oil. READ MORE

May 16, 2014

IRENA: Renewables employ 6.5 million globally

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a study that determined 6.5 million people were employed by the renewable energy globally last year. The report highlights the role that renewables play in the global economy. READ MORE

May 16, 2014

Joule achieves ASTM compliance for sustainable diesel, jet fuel

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsMarking another step towards commercial readiness of CO2-neutral fuels, Joule Unlimited Inc. has announced that its Sunflow-D and Sunflow-J products meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials for diesel and jet fuel. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Honeywell UOP technology powers advanced biofuel plant

BY Honeywell Found In:Advanced FuelsUOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that its UOP/Eni Ecofining process technology is powering the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the U.S., capable of producing more than 130 million gallons of renewable diesel per year. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Gevo releases Q1 results, launches side-by-side operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released its first quarter financial results, reporting it recently closed on $25.9 million in financing and has successfully begun side-by-side operation at its Luverne, Minn., plant, with the intent to produce ethanol and isobutanol. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Advanced biofuel companies advocate for RFS in letter

BY Advanced Ethanol Council Found In:Advanced FuelsOn May 15, 33 advanced biofuel companies, led by the Advanced Ethanol Council and Biotechnology Industry Organization, sent a letter to President Obama to express the industry's concern about the proposed rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Vermeer to showcase perennial grasses at its global headquarters

BY CenUSA Bioenergy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVermeer Corp. and CenUSA Bioenergy, a multi-state USDA sponsored research project led by Iowa State University, have announced a new, perennial grass energy collaboration. READ MORE

May 15, 2014

Repreve Renewables adds genetic assets from Mendel

BY Repreve Renewables Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables announced it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel Biotechnology Inc., a privately held company in Hayward, Calif. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Dyadic reports increased revenues in Q1 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting a strong start to the year. "Investments in our proprietary technologies are continuing to pay off on multiple fronts," said Mark Emalfarb, CEO of Dyadic. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Report: price is the renewable jet fuel challenge

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsWhile U.S. government branches are supporting efforts to achieve federal renewable and alternative fuel goals, difficulties in obtaining private investment, policy uncertainty and high feedstock costs are resulting in prohibitive fuel costs. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

KiOR expresses doubt about the future in Q1 filing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn May 12, KiOR Inc. filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the filing, the company reported that it has suspended all optimization projects in order to bring the Columbus, Miss., facility to a safe, idle state. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

Purdue, Navy partner to advance the use of alternative energy

BY Purdue University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of the Navy and Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation May 8, agreeing to work together to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps' energy consumption to alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020. READ MORE

May 14, 2014

DuPont CEO calls on Congress, administration to preserve RFS

BY DuPont Found In:Advanced FuelsIn a keynote speech at the 11th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology on May 13, DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman called on Congress and the administration to preserve the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

May 13, 2014

UK report highlights economic impact of bioenergy, biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has published the results of an analysis that determined the renewable energy supports more than 100,000 jobs in the U.K. and has attracted almost $50.95 billion in investment since 2010. READ MORE

May 12, 2014

Boeing, Embraer plan joint research center for aviation biofuel

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing and Embraer S.A. have announced that they will open a joint research center to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. The research center will be located at the Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

House committee passes anti-biofuel amendments in markup session

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe House Armed Service Committee held a markup session on the FY 2015 defense authorization bill May 7. During that session, committee members voted in favor of three amendments that would negatively impact the military's ability to use biofuels. READ MORE

May 09, 2014

USDA accepting applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees is expected to be made available for the fiscal year 2014 awards. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

Amyris on track to achieve profitability in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of 2014, reporting strong operational performance with combined inflows from product sales and collaboration inflows of $17.9 million. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

EPA seeks comments on RE-Powering initiative draft action plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comments on its new draft action plant for the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative. The program promotes renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites. READ MORE