Advanced Biofuels

February 07, 2014

2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo to address Farm Bill

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe passage of the Farm Bill will positively impact the biomass industry and help to spur on additional development of renewable energy, according to several leading biomass companies and organizations that praised the long-awaited bill. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Cropping systems can produce food, fuel, and other benefits

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy and clean air and water are the focus and challenge of Iowa State University's Landscape Biomass Project. READ MORE

February 06, 2014

ABO updates standards for measuring algae industry operations

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization announced the publication of "Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0" (IAM 6.0), a significant update to the common standards established by the organization for measuring and comparing algae industry operations. READ MORE

February 06, 2014

Leaf Energy announces preliminary results of pilot-scale trial

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Energy Ltd. recently announced it has received a preliminary report from Andritz AG outlining the results of a pilot-scale trial of Leaf Energy's Glycell Process, a glycerol pretreatment process, at the Andritz pilot plant in Springfield, Ohio. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEastern redcedar trees are extremely invasive, are an incredible fire danger, and large, open-grown trees can use upwards of 42 gallons of water a day during the summer. However, removed invasive trees could serve as a biofuel feestock. READ MORE

February 04, 2014

Senate approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 4, the U.S. Senate approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 67 to 32. The vote was the final legislative action needed before President Obama can sign the legislation into law. READ MORE

February 03, 2014

UC Davis researchers develop new technique for drop-in biofuels

BY University of California, Davis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The feedstock for the new process is levulinic acid. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

Iowa State engineers upgrade fast pyrolysis pilot plant

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University's pyrolysis pilot plant has undergone upgrades supported by $75,000 from the Leading the Bioeconomy Initiative at Iowa State. The improvements will help researchers gain a better understanding of the art of fast pyrolysis. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

Dyadic International expands its Dutch research center

BY Dyadic International Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has announced that the expansion of its research laboratory in The Netherlands is complete. Increased space allows for the installation of a range of state-of-the-art research equipment, including a new fermentation lab. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

EPA publishes 2013 RIN data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December and all of 2013, reporting that the biofuel industry generated nearly 16.62 billion RINs last year, including nearly 1 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Farm Bill: Offerings for plant operators, investors, developers

BY Kyle Althoff Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Farm Bill is a five-year piece of legislation that typically takes six years to develop and reach consensus among U.S. senators, representatives, and the president. Orchestrating this feat is nothing short of a miracle. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Algae.Tec forms agreement with India-based RIIHL

BY Algae.Tec Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgae.Tec Ltd. recently announced the signing of agreements with Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings said the arrangement is the backing the company needs to fund and launch its Global Biofuels Division. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

In Depth: Catalyzing Energy Crops

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe United Kingdom’s Renewable Heating Incentive encourages use of energy crops for thermal applications, but economics need improvement before it's done on a notable scale. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Opinion: Kudos to Our Ag Innovators

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the impact farmers and ag innovators are making on energy crop development. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Houses approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives has approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 251 to 166. The farm bill conference committee approved the conference report for the bill on Jan. 27. A U.S. Senate vote is expected next week. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Obama: climate change is a fact

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJob creation, higher wages and investments in the U.S. education system were a few of several focus points during President Obama's State of the Union address, which reiterated the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. READ MORE

January 28, 2014

Industry expresses optimism as RFS comment period closes

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe public comment period on the U.S. EPA's proposed rule to set 2014 volume requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) closes on Jan. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Already, more than 15,500 comments have been filed on the proposal. READ MORE

January 28, 2014

Airbus forms a sustainable fuel center of excellence in Malaysia

BY Airbus Found In:Advanced FuelsAirbus and key Malaysian partners have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assess local solutions for sustainable biomass production in Malaysia for use in jet fuel production. The first assessment is expected to be complete this year. READ MORE

January 28, 2014

Conference committee passes Farm Bill, votes expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe agriculture committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have announced a bipartisan agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill. The House is expected to vote on the measure on Jan. 29, with a Senate vote expected soon after. READ MORE

January 27, 2014

EPA to reconsider 2013 cellulosic standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced it is granting petitions filed by the American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers for reconsideration of the cellulosic biofuel volume requirement under the 2013 renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

January 24, 2014

Meeting the needs of famers critical to biomass, residue harvest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the baling of crop residues and forage crops is nothing new, the sheer volume that will be required to supply a commercial biorefinery makes developing a reliable, cost effective supply chain a challenge. READ MORE

January 24, 2014

Court denies LCFS rehearing request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the petitions requesting a rehearing en banc regarding California's Low Carbon Fuels Standard. As such, a prior ruling that the LCFS does not violate interstate commerce laws stands. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

Senators defend RFS in letter to EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA bipartisan group of senators has issued a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing concern over the EPA's proposed rule to set 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements and urging the EPA to modify the proposal. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

Iogen announces new drop-in cellulosic biofuel from biogas

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOttawa-based Iogen Corp. announced it has developed and patented a new method to make drop-in cellulosic biofuels from biogas using existing refinery assets and production operations. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

"Sweet crude" biofuel developed at University of Texas at Austin

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from the University of Texas at Austin developed "sweet crude" biofuel using genetically engineered yeast cells and household sugar. The yeast was genetically modified to enable up to 90 percent of the the cell mass to become lipids. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

Global Bioenergies, Audi partner on drop-in biofuel

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal Bioenergies has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with the German car manufacturer Audi on the development of isobutene-derived isooctane, a high performance biofuel for gasoline engines. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

Maverick Biofuels changes its name to Maverick Synfuels

BY Maverick Synfuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMaverick Biofuels, a leader in alternative fuels and chemicals production technology, has changed its name to Maverick Synfuels to reflect the company's growth strategy for producing synthetic fuels and chemicals from low-value feedstocks and waste. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

EU proposal sets renewable energy targets, ignores biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe European Commission has published a proposal calling for a greenhouse gas reduction of 40 percent below the 1990 level along with an EU-wide 27 percent binding target for renewable energy by 2030. The proposal doesn't address transport fuels. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

Industry says RFS proposal will chill cellulosic investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA's proposed reductions to the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements will not only impact current biofuel producers, the move is also expected to chill investment in second generation cellulosic projects and technologies. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

Dean Tiessen Memorial Fund to honor agricultural entrepreneur

BY Rural Ontario Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA memorial fund has been established to honor the vision and memory of southwestern Ontario agricultural entrepreneur Dean Tiessen of New Energy Farms, who died tragically in Brazil late last year. READ MORE