Advanced Biofuels

October 31, 2016

EPA schedules public hearing on proposed rule to update RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing on Dec. 6 in Chicago for its proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. Those who wish to testify must contact the EPA by Nov. 22. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

Port of Seattle, SkyNRG, CWR partner on biojet financing

BY Port of Seattle Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room recently announced a groundbreaking partnership to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

New discovery offers potential for algae biofuel production

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDonald Danforth Plant Science Center researchers have identified a mutation in Chlamydomonas that substantially removes a constraint that is widely observed in micro-algae where the highest yields of oil can only be obtained from starving cultures. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Biomass research and development committee to meet in November

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 has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Researchers reproduce evolutionary path with designer lignin

BY Krista Eastman, University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study led by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has shown poplar trees and many other plants have evolved to naturally produce zip-lignin, which readily breaks down under simple chemical conditions. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

EPA: 1.67 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for September, announcing 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 17.14 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs and 99,563 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

CSPC announces equity raise, corn stover field trial

BY Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to supply feedstock to Comet Biorefining. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

SEAT, Aqualia develop alternative fuel from waste water

BY SEAT Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSEAT and Aqualia have joined forces to develop the innovative SMART Green Gas project, which aims to obtain 100 percent Spanish origin, renewable biofuel from waste water to be used in compressed natural gas (CNG) powered vehicles. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Opinion: A Shot in the Arm

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnergy revenues alone are not enough right now.The open question is whether or not coproduct markets can grow enough to make a difference. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

EPFL: Turning biofuel waste into wealth in a single step

BY EPFL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method by EPFL chemists, the simple addition of formaldehyde could turn it into the main focus. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list. READ MORE

October 25, 2016

USDA awards $327 million in REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses adopt renewable energy sources or implement more efficient energy options. The investment includes $327 million in Rural Energy for America Program funding. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

European Biomass Association releases 2016 bioenergy outlook

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAEBIOM releases its annual statistical report, providing an in-depth look at the European bioenergy sector. Recent editions have included analysis of support schemes for biomass heating, electricity and transport, and market forecasts. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

White Dog Labs advances in $20 million Carbon Xprize contest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew technology developer White Dog Labs has been selected as a semifinalist in the $20 million Carbon Xprize, announced shortly after its peer-reviewed research paper was published in the journal Nature Communications. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

ANL analysis shows GHG reduction potential of algae fractionation

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsA new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with 63–68 percent lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than conventional diesel. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Fortum and Taaleri invest in Chempolis

BY Chempolis Oy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFortum and Taaleri Kiertotalous Ky recently signed an agreement with Chempolis Oy to invest in the company. The deal is part of a restructuring of Chempolis Oy’s ownership and financing, in order to strengthen the balance sheet and operations. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

BY BioPilotsUK Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 19, five established R&D centers across the U.K. announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and biobased product manufacture. READ MORE

October 21, 2016

BIO asks Congress to extend biofuel tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 18, the Biotechnology Industry Organization sent a letter to several congressional leaders calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits that are currently set to expire at the end of the year. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

White House OMB reviews 2017 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 19, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule to set renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume standards for 2017 and biobased diesel standards for 2018 to the White House Office of Management and Budget. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

ORNL researchers unravel the science behind biomass breakdown

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the chemical details behind the process to more easily deconstruct biomass in order to more easily produce biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Researchers develop instrumentation to study plant cell walls

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bioenergy. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Technique could lower cost of making bioplastics and biofuel

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Swedish research team involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute has developed an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way to detect the occurrence and purity of cellulose. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Monarca to produce jatropha oil for biojet production in Mexico

BY Monarca Found In:Advanced FuelsMonarca is combining low-cost seed oil production with an onsite refinery to produce biojet fuel for Mexico’s ASA aviation department. The project includes a 33,000 hectare Jatropha plantation to supply oil to the company's biorefinery. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Opinion: RNG in California: Leadership, Market Certainty

BY Marcus Gillette Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBy the conclusion of California’s 2015-‘16 legislative session at the end of August, amid a flurry of uncertainty and opposition, the state legislature passed SB 32, which extends the LCFS and cap-and-trade compliance programs beyond 2020 to 2030. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

NCBiotech awarded grant for sorghum initiative

BY North Carolina Biotechnology Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Shell files bid to purchase Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsShell Oil Co. has offered a stalking horse bid of more than $26 million to purchase Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC’s 25 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

DOE: New pilot plant co-processes biomass, petroleum

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory, together with W.R. Grace, and Zeton Inc., built a unique pilot-scale facility that can produce biomass-derived fuel intermediates with existing petroleum refinery infrastructure. READ MORE