Advanced Biofuels

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

NATO-funded Serbian researchers develop biofuel from algae

BY North Atlantic Treaty Organization Found In:Advanced FuelsEight Serbian scientists are leading a research project to develop the commercial production of biofuel from algae. The pioneering project is supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

D3MAX signs contract for design of first commercial plant

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsPilot testing of D3Max LLC's patented corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful and is allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment, the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol LLC. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

Air Liquide enters the Norwegian biogas market

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide has announced its acquisition of a majority equity in Norwegian company Skagerak Naturgass AS, a subsidiary of Skagerak Energi that belongs to Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

Researchers: Landfill sites aid in search for new enzymes

BY Bangor University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFar from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s 2018 RFS proposal closes Aug. 31

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThose who wish to file written comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard have until midnight on Aug. 31 to do so. To date, more than 30,000 comments have already been filed. READ MORE

August 28, 2017

SoCalGas streamlines process to support renewable gas projects

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) recently announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company's natural gas pipeline system. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

DOE: Artificial intelligence helps improve biomass preprocessing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program have successfully tested an adaptive, intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment by more than 50 percent. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Biofuel groups urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic RFS targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas are urging the U.S. EPA to set strong cellulosic targets in the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard rule. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Farmers Union to power transition to homegrown renewable energy

BY National Farmers Union Found In:Advanced FuelsNational Farmers Union has begun an initiative to advance federal policies that support homegrown and home-produced renewable energy sources. NFU hired veteran energy, environment and agriculture policy specialist Anne Steckel to lead the effort. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Vertimass completes intermediate technology validation with DOE

BY Vertimass LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsVertimass LLC recently announced completion of intermediate technology validation from the U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technology Office. The company believes BETO verification paves the way for it to move to the demonstration scale. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

Air BP announces third biojet-supplied location at Bergen Airport

BY BP Found In:Advanced FuelsAir BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is now offering commercial jet biofuel (biojet) to customers at Bergen airport in Norway (BGO/ENBR). The first batch was delivered to the airport on Aug. 16. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic RINs generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting more than 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Colorado approves waste diversion goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission has approved statewide waste division goals, aiming to achieve a 45 percent diversion rate by 2036. Waste diversion is defined to include recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels

BY Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently, in days instead of weeks, and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

RNG Coalition welcomes federal affairs manager

BY Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has added Sanjay Srikantiah as its new federal affairs manager in Washington, D.C. He will further strengthen the RNG Coalition's advocacy and education efforts on behalf of the North American RNG industry. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). READ MORE

August 15, 2017

A new chloroplast role for making biofuels

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced FuelsMichigan State University researchers are experimenting with harvesting seed oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets and cars. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable using algae. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Neste reports record quarterly renewable diesel sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste has released financial results for the second quarter of 2017, reporting record-high sales volumes of renewable fuels. The company sold 674,000 tons of renewable diesel during the three-month period. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

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 Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

REG: Geismar plant continues to run above nameplate capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has releases second quarter financial results, providing an update on operations at the company’s renewable diesel plant and briefly discussing the strategic review of its Life Sciences division. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

Corbion announces ‘stalking horse’ bid to buy TerraVia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCorbion has entered into a “stalking horse” stock and asset purchase agreement with TerraVia Holding Inc., a company previously known as Solazyme Inc., following an announcement by TerraVia that it had filed for a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Gevo discusses Luverne operations, Praj agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting its Luverne, Minnesota, biorefinery exclusively produced ethanol during the period. The facility is expected to transition to isobutanol production following a future expansion. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Lignin can make building materials less toxic

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA collaborative study led by a Michigan State University researcher proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Researcher turns dirty tinfoil into biofuel catalyst

BY Queen's University Belfast Found In:Advanced FuelsA researcher at Queen's University Belfast has discovered a way to convert dirty aluminum foil into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biofuel stakeholders speak out at hearing on 2018 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA held a hearing Aug. 1 on its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the biofuels industry criticized the agency's proposed cuts to the cellulosic RVO. READ MORE