Advanced Biofuels

July 15, 2016

New hybrid sweetgum trees could boost paper, bioenergy production

BY University of Georgia Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have crossed American sweetgums with their Chinese cousins, creating hybrid sweetgum trees that have a better growth rate and denser wood than natives, and can produce fiber year-round. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

UK government eliminates Department of Energy and Climate Change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNewly appointed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has abolished the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of a larger ministerial overhaul. The functions of the DECC will be transferred to other government departments. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

40-plus groups call on Congress to end tax breaks for Big Oil

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsIn a letter to U.S. legislators, a diverse coalition of environmental, veterans, labor, renewable fuels and social justice groups are challenging Congress to repeal nearly $4 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies given to Big Oil. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

ABO: DOT’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report shows potential of algae

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization hailed the findings in the Department of Energy’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report that show the United States possess ample resources to produce large quantities of biomass from algae. READ MORE

July 14, 2016

Researchers: Generically improving sorghum could benefit biofuels

BY Genetics Society of America Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew research conducted by a group of U.S. universities examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. READ MORE

July 13, 2016

DOE releases update of billion-ton report on biomass

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWithin 25 years, the U.S. could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for a variety of uses and benefits. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Velocys reports progress with Envia Energy GTL project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based Velocys plc recently issued a business update confirming construction of the Envia Energy gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is progressing well. A project in Ohio, however, has been put on hold. READ MORE

July 12, 2016

Nearly 42,500 comments filed on 2017 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, has officially closed. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

Comment period on 2017 RFS proposal closes July 11 at midnight

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, closes July 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET. READ MORE

July 11, 2016

USDA awards REAP funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe USDA has awarded Rural Energy for America Program funding to 821 projects supporting energy efficiency improvements and the installation of renewable energy systems, including $43.2 million in loan guarantees and $11.6 million in grants. READ MORE

July 08, 2016

More On Brexit

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the United Kingdom’s recent vote to exit the European Union, it has left many in the renewables sector—over here in the U.S., largely global pellet market stakeholders—what might happen to the country’s biomass sector. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

DuPont Industrial Biosciences launches enzyme product for biogas

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont Industrial Biosciences announces the launch of OPTIMASH AD-100, a new enzyme product that will help biomethane producers improve biogas yields and process robustness, which is expected to ultimately increase their revenue and profitability. READ MORE

July 06, 2016

Carlsbad, California, city fleet fueling with renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsCarlsbad, California, is now fueling its city diesel fleet with Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Diesel). READ MORE

July 05, 2016

Comment period on RFS rule to close July 11

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe comment period for U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel, closes July 11. READ MORE

July 01, 2016

Opinion: Permitting Progress

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe biomass industry is working to deliver air quality and environmental benefits while also complying with existing regulations READ MORE

June 30, 2016

ITA seeking nominations for renewable energy committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has published a notice announcing plans to reestablish its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee and solicit membership nominations. READ MORE

June 29, 2016

Ginkgo Bioworks, Amyris partner to advance biobased products

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGinkgo Bioworks and Amyris Inc. have announced a new partnership that will enable the companies to jointly develop products more efficiently and cost effectively, accelerating time to market. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

DOE announces SBIR, TCF grant recipients

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $16 million for 54 projects to help commercialize promising technologies and $23 million for small businesses focused on clean energy innovations. Biomass projects were among those to receive funding. READ MORE

June 28, 2016

Study shows trees with altered lignin are better for biofuels

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators have altered the lignin in aspen trees in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ASABE announces standard for sustainable agriculture production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has announced the completion of ANSI/ASABE S629, a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

PNNL, Australian university form research pact

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Queensland University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their bioenergy research, promote education, and develop industry around and viable bioenergy solutions. READ MORE

June 27, 2016

ARENA supports development of Australian biorefinery

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Advanced FuelsAustralia’s first biorefinery capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material could become a reality in Queensland with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Senators issue letter in support of strong RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA group of 39 senators have issued a letter to the U.S. EPA advocating for a strong renewable fuel standard that will support U.S. jobs and the economy, reduce the environmental impact of the transportation and decrease dependence on foreign oil. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

NRDC releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Poet expands cover crop research in Iowa

BY Poet LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsPoet LLC is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

June 24, 2016

Opinion: 2022: A Cliff for Clean Fuels and the RFS?

BY David Cox Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe year 2022 looms large over alternative and clean fuel industries participating in the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). But not for the reason one might initially think. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference wraps in Milwaukee

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this week, hosting a number of panels surrounding the advanced biofuels and biobased chemical industries. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

House hearing focuses on RFS implementation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing on the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The event featured testimony from government officials, biofuel supporters and other stakeholders. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

BIC and Vanguard Initiative sign bioeconomy MOU

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo leading European bioeconomy players, the Bio-based Industries Consortium and the Vanguard Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for better interregional cooperation on the bioeconomy. READ MORE