Advanced Biofuels

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Boeing, COMAC open biofuel demonstration facility in China

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Ensyn announces RFO biofuels supply agreement with N.H. hospital

BY Ensyn Fuels Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsEnsyn Fuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corp., has signed a contract with Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, for the supply of approximately 250,000 gallons per year of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsOne of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, said Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Virginia releases new energy plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

ExxonMobil supports ISU biofuel research

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsA sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Biogas producers finding opportunity in advanced biofuel markets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 13-14, professionals in the biogas space reviewed the continued momentum and implications biogas producers are experiencing in advanced biofuel markets. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE

October 13, 2014

Policy issues plague advanced biofuel industry

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference being held in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 13-14, McAdams recapped the struggles the industry has faced throughout the year. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

Research: Water not essential to enzyme performance

BY University of Bristol Found In:Advanced FuelsNew research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key axioms in biology, that enzymes need water to function. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

MIT: New approach to boosting biofuel production

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Found In:Advanced FuelsYeast are commonly used to transform corn and other plant materials into biofuels such as ethanol. However, large concentrations of ethanol can be toxic to yeast, which has limited the production capacity of many yeast strains used in industry. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

EPA unveils improved RFS pathway petition process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 08, 2014

BlueFire announces EPC contract for Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 8, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced it has signed a master engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its proposed 19 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

JBEI: MaxBin offers automated sorting through metagenomes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has developed MaxBin, an automated software program for binning (sorting) the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Low Carbon Fuels Coalition: Connector of industries and interests

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe most recent California legislative session concluded with policy developments spurring the launch of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The LCFC advocates for policies that facilitate the rapid deployment of low carbon fuels. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol project planned in Slovak Republic

BY Biochemtex Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsBiochemtex and Beta Renewables recently announced they have signed a definitive agreement with Energochemica SE for the construction of a second generation ethanol plant and the annexed energy block for the generation of power and steam. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Gevo's isobutanol included in new line of marine, off-road fuels

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and off-road fuels. The new biofuels will meet Gulf Racing Fuels' requirement for an oxygenated off-road fuel. READ MORE