Advanced Biofuels

February 25, 2016

Gevo signs licensing and joint development agreements with Porta

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Boeing, Aeromexico, Mexican government collaborate on biofuels

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing, Aeromexico and Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services will collaborate with a biojet program supported by Mexico's Sector Fund for Energy Sustainability to advance research and development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Mexico. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Opinion: Risk Abated

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRisk drives project developers to more carefully consider every aspect of a project, identify potential problems within it, and develop and deploy measures to protect against them whenever possible. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

Anellotech continues to build intellectual property portfolio

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced it has been granted U.S. Patent No. 9,249,080 that describes a catalytic process for converting non-food biomass into a wide range of intermediates for the chemical industry. READ MORE

February 24, 2016

ANL: Genetic diversity can lead to more productive biofuel growth

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have mixed different genetic varieties of switchgrass on production-size plots, hypothesizing this could increase yield, produce a fuller crop and potentially reducing the crop's vulnerability to weather fluctuations. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

EPA: 1.74 million cellulosic RINs generated in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that a net total of 1.44 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 1.74 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Trucks approves use of renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsMercedes-Benz Trucks has granted immediate approval for the use of HVO for its in-line six-cylinder engine variants of its OM 470, OM 471 and OM 936 as well as the in-line four-cylinder variants of the OM 934 meeting the Euro VI emissions standard. READ MORE

February 23, 2016

Researchers find bioenergy potential in fungi found in manure

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNature’s figured it out already, how to best break down food into fuel. Now scientists have caught up, showing that fungi found in the guts of goats, horses and sheep could help fill up your gas tank too. READ MORE

February 22, 2016

Valero asks EPA to redefine RFS definition of obligated party

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsValero Energy Corp. has filed with a petition for reconsideration with the U.S. EPA, asking it to revise its definition of “obligated party” under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The company has also challenged the recent RFS rule in court. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

University of Kentucky algal research hitting the ground in China

BY University of Kentucky Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae and Biofuels Laboratory at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research is partnering with Lianhenghui Investment Company to construct a 5-acre algae production facility in Zhengzhou, China. READ MORE

February 19, 2016

ORNL: Titan probes depths of biofuel’s biggest barrier

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo better understand exactly how lignin persists, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory created one of the largest biomolecular simulations to date, a 23.7-million atom system representing pretreated biomass in the presence of enzymes. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS pilot plant producing cellulosic sugar

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has announced the CTS pilot plant, located at the its subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock through fermentation of cellulosic sugars. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Clariant: Cellulosic ethanol now used in cleaning agents

BY Clariant Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClariant, in cooperation with Werner & Mertz, has launched a project which expands the possible applications of its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol to detergents, cleansers and cleaning agents, including Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Kaidi announces plans to build biorefinery in Finland

BY Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Found In:Advanced FuelsKaidi plans to build a EUR 1 billion ($1.11 billion) biofuel refinery in Kemi, Finland The planned refinery will produce 200,000 tons of biofuels per year, of which 75 percent will be biobased diesel and 25 percent biobased gasoline. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Biofuel, oil groups continue to challenge RFS rule in court

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsLegal challenges against the renewable fuel standard (RFS) continue to be filed by both stakeholders in the biofuels industry and representatives of the oil industry. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Comet Biorefining to build biomass sugar plant in Ontario

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in 2018. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

PPG signs MOU with Green Biofuels

BY Plutus PowerGen plc Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsPlutus PowerGen plc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with U.K.-based Green Biofuels Ltd. for the supply of its proprietary renewable fuel Green D+ for use across the company's power generation projects. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Opinion: Supporting New Technology Worth the Effort

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSome companies have adapted to changing market conditions and changed their business model to create other products, oftentimes with higher value, READ MORE

February 16, 2016

McCarthy addresses RFS, role of biomass in CPP during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 11, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on U.S. EPA policies that impact the rural economy. The renewable fuel standard (RFS) and Clean Power Plan were among the programs discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

Renewable fuels from algae boosted by NREL refinery process

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsA new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

Clean Energy doubles sales of Redeem RNG

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. recently announced that sales of Redeem, its renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle fuel offering, more than doubled in 2015 to 50 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) from 20 million GGEs in 2014. READ MORE

February 16, 2016

In Depth: Ethanol to n-Butanol in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsConstruction retrofitting a Minnesota ethanol plant to produce renewable chemicals is well-underway. READ MORE

February 15, 2016

Mitsui makes additional investment in BioAmber facility

BY BioAmber Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsBioAmber Inc. has annoucned that Mitsui & Co. Ltd., its partner in the Sarnia, Ontario, biobased succinic acid plant, is investing an additional CDN$25 million (USD$18.07 million) in the joint venture for for 10 percent of the equity, READ MORE

February 15, 2016

Chempolis, NRL cellulosic ethanol project in India moves forward

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA joint venture of Chempolis Ltd. and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that aims to build a biorefinery utilizing Chempolis’ formicobio technology is moving forward after getting approval from NRL’s board. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

AFPM challenges RFS rule, court consolidates 3 RFS challenges

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 10, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. EPA’s recent renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Army to lease land to Hawaiian Electric for bioenergy project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Army has announced the availability of the record of decision (ROD) to lease land and grant easements on Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield to Hawaii Electric Co. for the development of a 50 MW biofuel-fueled power plant. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

DOE: $11.3 million available for flexible biomass fuel technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department recently announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Deinove confirms its carotenoids commercialization potential

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and biobased chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, announces major progress in its carotenoids project. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

DuPont files to intervene in court review of RFS

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsDuPont filed court documents Feb. 5, asking leave to intervene in support of an Americans for Clean Energy petition filed in January, saying it has “significant and concrete interest” in the case. READ MORE