Advanced Biofuels

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

2015 biomass conferences to colocate in Minneapolis

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International, owners and organizers of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, recently reported Heating the Midwest, a regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy, will be colocated with this year's conference. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

Opinion: Hope vs Change

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuels Association president Michael McAdams assesses the results of the mid term elections, what it means for the advanced biofuels industry and offers his thoughts on the coming legislative year. READ MORE

December 28, 2014

Opinion: It's in the Way that You Use It

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz previews the January issue of Biomass Magazine and the vital nature of its operations and maintenance theme for bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy on track for Q2 startup

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAll buildings and major equipment are in place at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy under construction in Spiritwood, North Dakota. Staff to move into offices in mid-January and begin preparing for startup. READ MORE

December 24, 2014

In Depth: Planning for Rail Bottlenecks

BY Carla Harper Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRail operators promise fewer delays, more transparency, and big capacity investment for the nation’s rail network in 2015. A few seasoned CEOs offer insight on coping with and planning for delays in winter. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

Goteborg Energi's demonstration plant begins operations

BY Goteborg Energi Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGoBiGas, the world's first demonstration plant for large-scale production of biogas through the gasification of forest residues, is now in full operation. The biogas has been supplied to the Swedish natural grid since mid-December. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

EPA publishes request for substantiations of confidentiality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 22, 2014

U.S. Navy files supersonic with Gevo ATJ

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Gevo, Inc. have announced the first successful alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) supersonic flight at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office updates program plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an updated multi-year program plan (MYPP), which sets for goals and structure for the office over the next five years. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAt a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick-off of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

EPA: Nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Purdue researchers develop process to convert lignin to chemicals

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

REG, Neste Oil settle U.S. and Singapore patent lawsuits

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc., headquartered in Ames, Iowa, and Neste Oil Corp. of Finland have entered into a settlement and license agreement whereby the parties have settled patent infringement lawsuits. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

BioCNG breaks ground on biogas project in Colorado

BY BioCNG LLC Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBioCNG LLC announced that it participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the BioCNG biogas conditioning system and gas pipeline for the Persigo wastewater treatment plant in Grand Junction, Colorado. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Your Manias Become Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsExecutive Editor Tim Portz reacts to the way in which science, and scientific study are handled and mishandled by both mainstream and trade media. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

BPC report highlights 40 RFS policy options

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGrowth Energy has responded to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center that describes several options for reforming the renewable fuel standard (RFS), noting it pushes some of same tired talking points Big Oil has relied on for years. READ MORE

December 18, 2014

SUNY wins DOE grant to support feedstock logistics research

BY SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded up to $3 million to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop and demonstrate ways to reduce the cost of delivering woody bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

N.Y. awards funding to bioenergy projects through REDC initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Several bioenergy projects were granted funding. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Iogen announces startup of Brazilian cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsOttawa-based Iogen Corp. announced its first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant is producing ethanol in Brazil. The first 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) has been distributed by Brazilian ethanol producer Raizen to its network of gas stations. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

USDA improves forest health by harvesting biomass for energy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that more than 200,000 tons of biomass were removed from federal lands through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. This summer, 19 energy facilities in 10 states participated in BCAP. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

U.K. opens competition to fund demonstration-scale biofuel plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.K. Department for Transport has announced plans to award GBP 25 million ($39.37 million) to support the development of up to three advanced biofuel demonstration plants through a two-phase competition. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Amyris renewable jet fuel receives regulatory approval in Brazil

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil's fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet fuel in blends of up to 10 percent. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Renmatix acquires Sweden-based REAC Fuel's intellectual property

BY Renmatix Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenmatix Inc. recently announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights and know-how of REAC Fuel. Based in Sweden, REAC has developed intellectual property that complements Renmatix's existing technology portfolio. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Your Manias Become Science

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsExecutive Editor Tim Portz reacts to the way in which science, and scientific study are handled and mishandled by both mainstream and trade media. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

USDA provides greater protection for specialty crop growers

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that greater protection is now available from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance, including energy crops. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

EPA highlights expected RFS rulemaking schedule during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 10, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, HealthCare and Entitlements held a hearing focused on the U.S. EPA's implementation of the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 12, 2014

Genera announces investment from WindSail Capital Group

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has received a strategic financing commitment from WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth financing to companies advancing energy innovation and sustainability. READ MORE