Advanced Biofuels

August 22, 2016

In Depth: Biojet, Biogas & Biodiesel in Review

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine reviews sessions from the 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo held this summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

EPA commits to meet statutory RFS reporting requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Aug. 18, the U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General published a report finding that two agency offices have not complied with certain statutory reporting and analysis requirements concerning the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

August 18, 2016

Queensland to partner with US Navy in biofuel initiative

BY Queensland government Found In:Advanced FuelsQueensland’s future as the biofuel hub for the Asia-Pacific has further been advanced with the signing of a high-level agreement between the government of Queensland, Australia, and the U.S. Navy. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

JGI: Expanding the stable of workhorse yeasts

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearch led by U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is helping boost the use of a wider range of yeasts and to explore the use of genes and pathways encoded in their genomes. READ MORE

August 17, 2016

Lightning causes feedstock fire near DuPont cellulosic facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA lightning strike is the suspected cause of a second fire that has impacted feedstock storage areas associated with DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, in August. The first fire occurred Aug. 4, with the second starting Aug. 17. READ MORE

August 16, 2016

NATSO speaks out against efforts to redefine RFS obligated party

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Aug. 8, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators issued a statement opposing efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) from refiners and importers to rack sellers. READ MORE

August 16, 2016

Ameresco, city of Phoenix announce biogas project

BY Ameresco Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAmeresco Inc. and the city of Phoenix recently announced a multi-million dollar wastewater treatment biogas project at the 91st Ave. wastewater treatment plant. Ameresco will design, build, own, operate and maintain the biogas-to-energy facility. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

Research could make biofuel production in E. coil more efficient

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in E. coli much more efficient. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Sacramento County fleet to run on renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsFollowing the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Carlsbad, Sacramento County is also making the switch from petro to renewable diesel for its heavy-duty fleet. More than 400 public works and specialty vehicles are involved. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Technique could reduce contamination in biofermentation plants

BY Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering technique. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

AST receives patent for method to improve biomass processing

BY American Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology, an emerging technology company, has been awarded a patent for a system and method for the extraction of chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass that reduces the cost of Organosolv processing. READ MORE

August 10, 2016

DuPont cellulosic feedstock storage area experiences fire

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Aug. 5, a lightning strike caused a fire at a feedstock storage area a few miles from DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. An estimated 10,000 bales of corn stover were lost, but the facility itself was unaffected. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

DOE awards $11.3 million to support bioproducts, enable biofuels

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce fuels and/or products based on external factors. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

Puregas opens California office, partners with Unison Solutions

BY Puregas Solutions Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAugust 2016 marked the official opening of Puregas Solutions new North American sales office. The company is also working in partnership with Unison Solutions Inc. to bring the CApure upgrading technology to North America. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

UF/IFAS research could lead to more and healthier sorghum

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher has identified two areas of the sorghum genome that could boost the plant’s resistance to the anthracnose disease. READ MORE

August 08, 2016

AFPM petitions EPA to redefine obligated party under the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Aug. 4, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA, asking the agency to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the owner of hydrocarbons at the rack. READ MORE

August 08, 2016

UPS reaches goal to drive 1 billion cleaner miles a year early

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsUPS has announced it has reached its goal of driving 1 billion cleaner miles using alternative fuels and its advanced technology fleet a full year earlier than planned. The company has also released its 14th annual sustainability report. READ MORE

August 08, 2016

Navy completes sea trial with ARA’s renewable diesel

BY Applied Research Associates Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsNaval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division's Self Defense Test Ship completed final-phase testing of a 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel as part of the Navy's MILSPEC qualification program. READ MORE

August 05, 2016

Amyris signs record number of collaborations in second quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Aug. 4, Amyris Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2016, reporting the company signed more collaborations during the three-month period than it had during any previous quarter. READ MORE

August 05, 2016

PNNL: Cyanobacteria have allure for biofuel, chemical production

BY Tom Rickey, PNNL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have figured out why Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002, a form of cyanobacteria, outpaces the growth of most of its peers. The organism triples in size to accommodate a rapid expansion of the cellular machinery it uses to build proteins. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

DOE opens funding opportunity to support Co-Optima initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low emissions engines. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

AEO announces core engineering team for New York AD project

BY American Organic Energy Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAmerican Organic Energy recently announced that it has solidified its core engineering team to construct its anaerobic digester facility on Long Island, New York. The facility will produce vehicle fuel, electricity, compost and clean water. READ MORE

August 03, 2016

Researchers demonstrate method to produce hydrogen from biomass

BY Cardiff University Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of U.K. researchers, including experts from Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a cheap catalyst. READ MORE

August 01, 2016

US government releases federal alternative jet fuels R&D strategy

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsThe White House recently released the Federal Alternative Jet Fuels Research and Development Strategy, mapping out a unified federal plan to advance R&D and science and technology solutions to support deployment of alternative jet fuels in aviation. READ MORE

July 29, 2016

USDA offers funds for biorefineries to convert to bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Rural Business Cooperative Service has announced it is soliciting applications under the Repowering Assistance Program to encourage the use of renewable biomass as a replacement for fossil fuels used to provide process heat or power. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

DOE seeks input on cellulosic sugar, lignin production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe DOE is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other stakeholders in the biofuels and bioproducts industries regarding cellulosic sugar and lignin production capabilities. READ MORE

July 28, 2016

Opinion: Equipped to Innovate

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn every issue of Biomass Magazine dedicated to equipment and equipment innovations, the men and women who put these machines to work jump off the page. READ MORE

July 27, 2016

EPA: More than 1.7 billion RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first half of the year to nearly 9.21 billion. READ MORE

July 26, 2016

USDA announces application periods for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is accepting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, which provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to develop, construct and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries. READ MORE

July 25, 2016

EPA takes initial step in regulating aircraft engine GHGs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has finalized a determination under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas emissions from certain types of aircraft engines contribute to the pollution that causes climate change and endangers American’s health and the environment. READ MORE