Advanced Biofuels

June 03, 2014

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with GHG emissions

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a "sink" for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study funded by the AgriLife Research Cropping Systems bioenergy program and a USDA grant. READ MORE

June 02, 2014

Opinion: Standards for a New Industry

BY Margaret McCormickFound In:Advanced FuelsMargaret McCormick, Algae Biomass Organization chair of board of directors, discusses the “Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0,” a significant update to common standards established by ABO members. READ MORE

June 01, 2014

In Depth: North Dakota's Subterranean Fuel Feedstock

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced FuelsSugar beets as an advanced biofuel feedstock has North Dakota scientists researching outside of the box. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic RINs were generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

UK researchers aim to convert oilseed straw into biofuels

BY Institute of Food Research Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the Institute of Food Research are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

European scientists stabilize bio-oil for use as marine biofuel

BY Aston University Found In:Advanced FuelsA sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Solazyme Bunge renewable oils plant begins commercial production

BY Solazyme Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme, Inc. announced May 29 that its joint venture with Bunge Global Innovation LLC has successfully produced its first commercially saleable products on full-scale production lines at the joint venture's plant in Brazil. READ MORE

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