October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOI grant to support pellet feasibility study in New Mexico

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, ThermalThirteen tribal and mineral development projects in New Mexico, one of which will investigate the possibility of developing a wood pellet plant, were awarded more than $2.8 million in grants by the Department of Interior. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Boeing, COMAC open biofuel demonstration facility in China

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

ZooShare's Toronto Zoo biogas project hits $1 million milestone

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, BiogasZooShare Biogas Cooperative Inc.'s proposed 500-kW biogas plant in Toronto recently gained traction with the help of 150 investors purchasing bonds, totaling over $1 million in financing for the project. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

German Pellets provides update of La. plant in financial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalGerman Pellets has released financial results for the first half of the year, reporting increased net income. The company also indicated its Urania, Louisiana, facility is on track to begin production by the end of the year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

GE gas engines to power Phoenix Energy's Calif. bioenergy plants

BY General Electric Co. Found In:PowerGE's Distributed Power business, Western Energy Systems and Phoenix Energy recently announced they have signed an agreement for GE to supply ecomagination qualified Jenbacher gas engines to several California bioenergy projects. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Ensyn announces RFO biofuels supply agreement with N.H. hospital

BY Ensyn Fuels Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsEnsyn Fuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corp., has signed a contract with Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, for the supply of approximately 250,000 gallons per year of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Enviva to acquire Green Circle, Miss. project expected to proceed

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ThermalEnviva Development Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Enviva LP, recently announced an agreement to acquire Green Circle Energy Inc. The transaction is not currently expected to impact the development of a proposed pellet plant in Mississippi. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsOne of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, said Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Chempolis signs agreement for bamboo ethanol project in India

BY Erin VoegeleOn Oct. 15, Finland-based Chempolis Ltd. announced it has signed a partnership agreement with Numaligarh Refinery Ltd., an enterprise of the Indian government, to build a cellulosic ethanol and chemical production facility in Assam, India. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Virginia releases new energy plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

ExxonMobil supports ISU biofuel research

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

AECOM awarded contract to design, build N.Y. biogas project

BY AECOM Found In:BiogasAECOM recently announced that it has been awarded a design-build contract to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the Newtown Creek Renewable Natural Gas Project in New York City. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Cranfield University opens AD pilot plant

BY Cranfield University Found In:BiogasA new anaerobic digestion pilot plant facility was opened Oct. 16 at Cranfield University in the U.K. The bio-thermal RED project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by Shanks Waste Management. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsA sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Vega Biofuels breaks ground on pilot torrefaction plant

BY Vega Biofuels Inc. Found In:Power, ThermalVega Biofuels Inc. recently announced that its joint venture with Agri-Tech Producers LLC has broken ground on its Allendale, South Carolina, pilot torrefaction plant. The facility is expected to be complete during the first quarter of 2015. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Fire reported at British Columbia pellet plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:PelletsPinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.'s pellet plant in Burns Lake, British Columbia, experienced a fire on Oct. 9. The incident occurred in one of the facility's large drying units. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Research aims to help dairy farmers generate sustainable energy

BY University of Nevada, Reno Found In:Pellets, PowerA new, collaborative grant at the University of Nevada, Reno will further research into biomass conversion by developing a cost-effective process for large-scale dairy farmers to generate energy from manure. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Biogas producers finding opportunity in advanced biofuel markets

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDuring the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference held in Minneapolis on Oct. 13-14, professionals in the biogas space reviewed the continued momentum and implications biogas producers are experiencing in advanced biofuel markets. READ MORE