Advanced Biofuels

April 04, 2018

Biofuel groups condemn EPA’s decision to award waiver to Andeavor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSupporters of the biofuels industry are speaking out in response to reports that the U.S. EPA has awarded small refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard to large refiners. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Insight into how cellulose is built could benefit biofuels

BY Penn State Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA comprehensive look at how plants build cellulose, the primary building block of the walls of most plant cells that is used in a wide variety of manmade materials, could have important implications for its use in biofuels. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

EPA opens public comment period on isobutanol fuel registration

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is seeking public comment on any aspect of the use of isobutanol in gasoline in response to a fuel registration application filed by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC. The public comment period ends April 30. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Anellotech achieves key process technology operating milestone

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech has announced a key operating milestone, achieving two weeks of continuous operation of its seven-story tall TCat-8 pilot plant, producing aromatics, primarily benzene, toluene, and xylenes, from loblolly pine feedstock. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Gevo: ASTM subcommittee approves additional route to ATJ fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. announced April 2 that an ASTM International subcommittee has voted in favor of revising specification D7566 to include ethanol in addition to isobutanol and to increase the approved blend levels from 30 percent to 50 percent. READ MORE

March 30, 2018

NREL discovers enzyme domains that improve performance

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBy studying and comparing the workhorse cellulose-degrading enzymes of two fungi, researchers from NREL have pinpointed regions on these enzymes that can be targeted via genetic engineering to help break down cellulose faster. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

Gevo discusses financial status, market development activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. released 2017 financial results on March 28, providing an overview of its financial status, production and sales, and market development activities. The company's Minnesota biorefinery is expected to focus on ethanol production in 2018. READ MORE

March 29, 2018

New York counties partner to build biosolid waste facility

BY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAlbany and Saratoga County leaders announced an inter-municipal partnership on March 28 that allows for the establishment of a regional biosolid waste facility. The facility will recycle biosolids, sewer sludge and food waste into methane gas. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

Researchers use light to turn yeast into biochemical factories

BY Lonnie Shekhtman, Princeton University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Princeton University are using light to control genetically modified yeast and increase its output of commercially valuable chemicals. The results offer scientists a powerful new tool to probe and understand the inner working of cells. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

JBEI: Enzyme enables microbial production of toluene

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Researchers engineer yeast to grow on xylose

BY Tufts University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

USDA report shows impact of US biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a new report that measures economic growth, job creation and household income from biofuel and bioenergy production, along with future growth in renewable chemicals and biobased products. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Inslee signs bill to promote RNG in state of Washington

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 22, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that is designed to increase the development and use of renewable natural gas (RNG) within the state. The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas is among the groups that supported the legislation. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Researchers improve method to convert food waste into biofuels

BY Sharon Gaudin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFunded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, a team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is creating a better way to convert waste food into biofuels using a process that features catalysts and hydrothermal liquefaction. READ MORE

March 23, 2018

Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

BY Union of Concerned Scientists Found In:Advanced FuelsCalifornia can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new report. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in February

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for February, reporting 1.4 billion RINs were generated during the month, including approximately 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Agrisoma completes $12 million investment round

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company that sells Carinata seeds used to produce biojet fuel for the aviation industry, announced March 12 it has completed a CAD $12 million investment round. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

BY World Energy LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsThe purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Enerkem produces a new high-octane biofuel

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsEnerkem Inc. recently announced that it has produced a new high-performance biofuel that could improve the octane rating of fuels sold on the market and reduce their carbon footprint. The fuel has a research octane number (RON) of up to 112. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

USDA solicits applications for REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

Audi, Global Energies partnership reaches key milestone

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal Bioenergies and German carmaker Audi have announced that a key milestone was reached in their multi-year agreement. Renewable gasoline components made from Global Bioenergies' renewable isobutene were produced and shipped to Audi. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Senators ask Trump to dismiss RFS waiver cap, request meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sent a letter to President Donald Trump opposing proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW releases technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThe 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event will be held June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Better solvents improve production of biofuels, bioproducts

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have found a new way to measure and analyze how a solvent alters the stability of two different points of a chemical reaction, the initial state and the transition state. The findings could help improve biofuel production. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Governors ask Trump to reject proposals that would weaken the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 15, a group of five Midwestern governors send a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard, specifically those recently proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bioinnovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha—an excellent raw material for bioplastics. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biofuel groups advocate for tax credit extensions at hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 14, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on post tax reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. Several representatives of the biofuels industry offered testimony at the event. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Engineers develop tools to scale up of bio-oil production

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team at Iowa State University will study, model and develop design tools for autothermal pyrolysis, a new way to break down corn stalks, wood chips and other biomass to produce a liquid bio-oil. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

NREL, NRCan partner on alternative fueling station locator tool

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory has teamed up with Natural Resources Canada to create the Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator, a Canadian version of the lab-developed Alternative Fueling Station Locator. READ MORE