Advanced Biofuels

May 01, 2015

New RSB standard proposed to certify low-risk ILUC biomass

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials released a draft standard, titled "Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators," that could make it possible to certify biomass as low risk for indirect land use change (ILUC). READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Supercomputer identifies materials to improve fuel production

BY Argonne Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing supercomputing resources at Argonne, a research team from the University of Minnesota and Rice University has demonstrated a predictive modeling capability that can help accelerate the discovery of new materials to improve biofuel production. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Pressing Policy & Regulation

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsPolicy, policy and regulation was an ongoing theme at the International Biomass Conference & Expo last week, and, coincidentally, we are just beginning work on our July issue, which is themed exactly that. READ MORE

May 01, 2015

Opinion: On The Verge

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz highlights the many advances the energy-from-waste sector is making. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

DOE publishes Quadrennial Energy Review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsIn April, the U.S. Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review. The report focuses on energy infrastructure and identifies threats, risks, and opportunities for U.S. energy and climate security. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Schott oval glass tubes boost algae output

BY Schott North America Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSchott North America announced that its new oval glass tubes for photobioreactors increased maximum dry biomass output per day by more than 22 percent in its latest study in partnership with Heliae, a technology-driven algae production company. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Intrexon, FuturaGene collaborate on eucalyptus, poplar

BY FuturaGene Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIntrexon Corp. and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., recently announced they have entered into an exclusive collaboration to increase biomass in eucalyptus and poplar trees. READ MORE

April 30, 2015

Aloterra announces foodservice ware line made from miscanthus

BY Aloterra Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSustainable agribusiness leader, Aloterra, and compostable foodservice ware innovator, World Centric, are jointly developing and marketing a new line of certified compostable foodservice ware made from Miscanthus plant fiber. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

Neste Oil reports more renewable diesel capacity in Q1 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 24, Neste Oil released financial results for the first quarter of 2015, reporting that a strong refining environment, favorable currency rates, and good internal performance made for an excellent first quarter. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

EPA's RVO announcement to be discussed at 2015 FEW

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsProduced by BBI International, the 2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop will bring together the largest gathering of ethanol producers to discuss the industry's renewed certainty for long-term growth supported by the U.S. government. READ MORE

April 29, 2015

USDA: New private funds to make investments in rural America

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the launch of two new private funds, known as rural business investment companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in rural businesses, helping them grow and create jobs. READ MORE

April 28, 2015

EPA opens comment period on carinata oil GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is accepting comments on its analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to the production and transport of Brassica carinata oil feedstock for the use in making biofuels, such as biodiesel, renewable diesel and jet fuel. READ MORE

April 28, 2015

Parliament votes to approve EU biofuels cap, provides closure

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsThe European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the 7 percent cap on first-generation biofuels, providing a degree of closure to the long-debated measure. European biofuel trade associations now want talks to focus on post-2020 policy. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

37 senators issue letter in support of a strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA bipartisan group of 37 senators have send a letter to the U.S. EPA urging the agency to reverse course from the 2014 proposed rule and maintain a strong renewable fuel standard (RFS) to drive innovation and growth in America’s economy. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Battelle team passes important DOE pyrolysis milestone

BY Battelle Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBattelle recently succeeded at the U.S. Department of Energy challenge of making commercially viable transportation fuels from biomass pyrolysis. Scientists and engineers at Battelle demonstrated the durability of a continuous hydrotreatment process. READ MORE

April 24, 2015

Engineered softwood could transform pulp, biofuel industries

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The findings could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Oregon bill creates exemptions for some biomass carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Oregon Senate has passed legislation that declares biomass as carbon neutral under some circumstances. It conditionally exempts carbon dioxide emissions from the combustion or decomposition of biomass from regulation under certain pollution laws. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

USDA partners with farmers, ranchers to address climate change

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn a speech April 23 at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out a comprehensive approach to partner with agricultural producers to address the threat of climate change. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

ZeaChem to provide services to third parties at Boardman plant

BY ZeaChem Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsZeaChem has announce the launch of the ZeaChem Technology Institute & Processing Services in Boardman, Oregon. The institute will enable third parties to scale their efforts in a ]cost effective manner on a accelerated timetable. READ MORE

April 23, 2015

Algae.Tec signs collaboration agreement with Larimar Energy

BY Algae.Tec Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgae.Tec has announced the execution of a collaboration agreement for the commercialization of its algae production technology with Larimar Energy SRL of the Dominican Republic for the production of biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

April 22, 2015

From food waste to fuel, CEAS does energy sustainability better

BY Ashley Duvelius, University of Cincinnati Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsUniversity of Cincinnati recently launched a pilot plant that has diverted 660 pounds of food waste generated from a campus dining center for research. The project uses anaerobic digestion to produce fuel, fertilizer, and other products. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

EPA: 7.8 million cellulosic RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that more than 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 7.8 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

2015 IBCE commences with updates from association leaders

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo kicked off on the morning of April 21, with conversations amongst industry association leadership. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

ORNL researchers contribute to bioenergy, sustainability report

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released in April concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change. Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers contributed to the report. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Study: Nitrogen use efficiency trait increases sugarcane biomass

BY Arcadia Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArcadia Biosciences Inc. has announced that a study conducted by the South African Sugarcane Research Institute shows improvements in plant growth parameters and biomass in sugarcane lines incorporating Arcadia's nitrogen use efficiency trait. READ MORE

April 21, 2015

Egger, Ontario Power Generation land awards at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine and the International Biomass Conference & Expo have announced this year’s recipients of its annual industry awards, which were distributed during a ceremony prior to the April 21 general session. READ MORE

April 20, 2015

In Depth: Profit in Plug and Play

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA cutting-edge waste-to-energy venture at an Oregon landfill will channel flared gas into ethanol production, and potentially other renewable fuels if future markets are favorable. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

Bill aims to alter RVO process, definition for cellulosic biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSen. Jeff Flake, R, Ariz., has introduced legislation that aims to amend the renewable fuel standard to require the cellulosic requirement to be based on actual production and alter the statutory definition of cellulosic biofuels to exclude biogas. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability April 22

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to host a webinar on biofuel sustainability on April 22, titled "Biofuels for the Environment and Communities." READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsTo curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy). READ MORE