Advanced Biofuels

June 14, 2016

Amyris biojet fuels Airbus A350-900 for Cathay Pacific

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has announced that on May 29 Cathay Pacific commenced a two-year program of flights from Toulouse, France, to Hong Kong using Amyris renewable jet fuel. The initial 12-hour flight was the longest flight using a renewable jet fuel to date. READ MORE

June 14, 2016

White Dog Labs wins DOE grant

BY White Dog Labs Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhite Dog Labs recently emerged from stealth by announcing a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The company's innovative fermentation technology platform promises to increase output of practically any biochemical by 50-100 percent. READ MORE

June 13, 2016

GRFA commits to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

BY Global Renewable Fuels Alliance Found In:Advanced FuelsGRFA called on parties to the climate agreement reached at COP21 to take immediate action to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Ontario finalizes cap and trade program, releases action plan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThree weeks after Ontario finalized its cap and trade program, which takes effect July 1, the provincial government released the full version of its new Climate Change Action Plan. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

REA reports UK energy growth threatened by recent policy changes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.K.-based Renewable Energy Association recently published its annual statistical REView 2016 report on the U.K renewable energy industry, reporting that despite record employment levels in 2015 recent policy changes threaten renewable energy growth. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

National Advanced Biofuel Conference Heads to Milwaukee

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo kicks off a week from Monday, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison researchers study how a certain group of bacteria called Streptomyces may improve biofuel production. The study identifies important enzymes produced when Streptomyces flex particular genes. READ MORE

June 10, 2016

Chemists settle debate on how methane is made biologically

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChemists study two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas. The winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Cooperative establishes checkoff to grow Ontario biomass sector

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOntario Biomass Producers Cooperative Inc., a group of Ontario farmers producing and marketing biomass, recently launched an effort to make it easier for its members to sell the miscanthus and switchgrass they produce to various markets. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Biofuel supporters call for strong RFS during Fuels America event

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 9, Fuels America held a press conference at the site of U.S. EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. During the event, biofuel advocates voiced their support for the RFS program. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Global companies unite in below50 to scale up sustainable fuels

BY World Business Council for Sustainable Development Found In:Advanced FuelsBusinesses are partnering with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Sustainable Energy for All through a new global initiative called below50 to promote sustainable fuels. READ MORE

June 08, 2016

Sorghum Checkoff announces $500,000 investment

BY Sorghum Checkoff Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Sorghum Checkoff recently announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program field day at the University of Arizona's Maricopa Agricultural Center. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

EPA announces call-in information for June 9 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted call-in information for the June 9 hearing on its recently proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard volume obligations. The hearing will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, and is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT. READ MORE

June 07, 2016

Alaska Airlines to fly on Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has announced the first two commercial flights using its renewable alcohol-to jet-fuel took place June 7, originating in Seattle and flying to San Francisco International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, respectively. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

DOE accepting nominations for biomass committee members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting nominations for members to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due June 30. READ MORE

June 06, 2016

Wild sorghum shows potential for biofuel production

BY PLOS ONE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a variety of sorghum growing wild in Australia has the potential to yield over 10,000 liters of ethanol per hectare per year. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

IRENA: Global renewable energy jobs increased in 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has released a report finding more than 8.1 million people worldwide are currently employed by the renewable energy industry, up 5 percent from last year. The report includes data on bioenergy employment. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

RIT, Synergy Biogas partner in algae biogas project

BY Rochester Institute of Technology Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. A three-month pilot program is growing microalgae on digested biomass. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center

BY Repreve Renewables LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. The company's primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. READ MORE

June 03, 2016

Crash Course on Contributions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLately, I have been contacted a lot about how to get articles published in Biomass Magazine, so today I’m going to give a quick crash course on submitting contributions. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

Ontario slates $100 million toward renewable natural gas

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s government plans to spend up to $100 million over the next four years to foster growth of renewable natural gas (RNG) in the province. The Canadian Gas Association has also outlined new targets for country’s natural gas sector. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

OSU researching bacteria to begin biofuel production process

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Advanced FuelsThe popular method of breaking down lignin to convert biomass into valuable biofuels and chemicals is done by using fungi. However, researchers at Oklahoma State University are turning that process on its head. READ MORE

June 02, 2016

CRFA changes name to Renewable Industries Canada

BY Renewable Industries Canada Found In:Advanced FuelsCanadian Renewable Fuels Association has relaunched under the name Renewable Industries Canada. The change from the reinforces the 32 year-old non-profit association's mission to promote the use of value-added products made from renewable resources. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Gevo to review strategic alternatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has commenced a review of strategic alternatives and engaged Cowen & Co. LLC as a financial advisor to assist in the review. The announcements was made approximately two weeks after the company released its first quarter financial results. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

New EU standard to boost greater use of renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsThe European Committee for Standardization recently approved a new standard for paraffinic diesel fuel made from synthesis or hydrotreatment. EN 15940 will make it easier for vehicle manufacturers to authorize up to 100 percent renewable diesel use. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

EPA posts supporting documents for RFS rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn May 31, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volume requirements in the Federal Register and posted dozens of supporting documents under the rule’s docket folder on Regulations.gov. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

Trestle, Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol, coal power

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced FuelsTrestle Energy LLC and Larksen LLC have announced a collaboration to commercialize a new fuel pathway management platform to enable ethanol producers to reduce their fuel carbon intensity and facilitate the use of biomass pellets at power plants. READ MORE

May 31, 2016

DOE: 2016 BioenergizeME infographic challenge winners crowned

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe winner of the 2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge was announced in May. The winning infographic entitled “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fueling the Future,” was developed by students from Smithtown High School East in St. James, New York. READ MORE

May 27, 2016

DOE: Biomass committee schedules June meeting

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 is scheduled for June 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public can observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal, registrations due May 31

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri, on its proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuels standard (RFS). Parties wishing to testify at the hearing must contact the EPA by May 31. READ MORE