Advanced Biofuels

April 11, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Researchers find potential to grow biofuel feedstock on PV farms

BY Ker Than, Stanford University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGrowing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Ceres announces fiscal and business updates

BY Chris HansonFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsCeres Inc. released its second quarter financial results and an update on its efforts in Brazil during a webcast on April 10. The company said it has increased its planting of sorghum in Brazil, where it is pursuing ethanol and biomass power markets. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Senate asks for industry input on RFS during biofuel hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry recently held a hearing on advanced biofuels. The event featured testimony from representatives of DuPont, the Advanced Ethanol Council and Airlines for America. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Court hears oral arguments in challenge to 2013 RFS standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. EPA's final rule for 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS). The petitioners are asking the court to vacate the EPA's rulemaking. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

CRIBE announces investment in Ensyn Technologies' Ontario plant

BY Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is providing an investment of up to $1.5 million to leverage a total project value of up to $4 million to enhance Ensyn Technologies Inc.'s Renfrew, Ontario, facility. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Poplars designed for deconstruction: A major boon to biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

McCarthy addresses RFS, biogenic emissions during hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA's policies with regard to the renewable fuel standard and biogenic carbon emissions were among the topics discussed during a recent EPA budget hearing held by the House Committee on Appropriations. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

GeoSynFuels purchases, retrofits idle demonstration plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit the plant to use its proprietary 5CS Technology. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Lawrence Livermore discovery could improve biofuel production

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResistance is not futile when it comes to a new method to more efficiently convert biomass to biofuels. New research suggests that a type of that a type of bacterial resistance may provide more efficient production of biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

First functional 'designer' chromosome in yeast is synthesized

BY NYU Langone Medical Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of scientists has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for rocket fuel

BY Georgia Institute of Technology Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Purdue researchers launch innovative bioenergy company

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University researchers are launching a company, Spero Energy Inc., focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

MARAD releases results of renewable diesel testing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 28, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the results of biofuel testing completed onboard the training ship State of Michigan using a 67/33 blend of renewable diesel. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

Senate Finance Committee to markup tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to markup a tax extenders bill on April 3. The legislation, titled the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, includes extensions of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

KiOR announces $25 million funding agreement with Kholsa trust

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 1, KiOR Inc filed an 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announcing it has entered into a senior secured promissory note and warrant purchase agreement with Vinod Khosla's KFT Trust. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Researcher wins grant for hybrid conversion biofuel process

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Opinion: A Biomass Farm Bill

BY Margaret McCormick Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Algae Biomass Organization's Margaret McCormick discusses implications the new Farm Bill has on algae and other biomass technologies. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Cool Planet closes on $100 million series D financing

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced FuelsColorado-based Cool Planet Energy Systems finished its fourth financing round, meeting the $100 million objective. The lead investors during the round were North Bridge Venture Partners and Concord Energy. READ MORE

March 28, 2014

Fiberight begins construction of waste processing facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsWaste-to-energy firm Fiberight LLC is beginning construction of its waste processing facility in Marion, Iowa. "We are now building," said Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of the company, noting that workers are scheduled to be onsite April 7. READ MORE

March 28, 2014

Agenda set for 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProduced by BBI International, the agenda for the 30th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo includes more than 140 speakers and four highly informative track sessions. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

Blue Sun Energy, ARA, Chevron Lumus achieve development milestone

BY Blue Sun Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThis week, Blue Sun Energy, ARA Inc. and Chevron Lummus Global achieved a key development milestone with their 100 barrel per day (4,200 gallon per day) demonstration-scale Biofuels Isoconversion (BIC) facility in St. Joseph, Mo. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

EurObserv'ER annual report highlights EU bioenergy sector

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEurObserv'ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources, including biofuels and biomass, increased significantly in 2012. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

Evogene releases financial results, announces Brazil agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIsrael-based Evogene Ltd. has released its 2013 financial results, signed an agreement for the commercial production of castor beans in Brazil and announced enhanced capabilities for gene stacking prediction. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Dyadic International receives new patent

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. was issued a new patent for enzyme composition and development to convert plant biomass into fermentable sugars. The patent broadens Dyadic's advanced biofuel and biobased material portfolio. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Gevo to produce isobutanol and ethanol simultaneously

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released 2013 financial results, reporting total revenues of $17.91 million for the year. The company also announced it will produce both ethanol and isobutanol concurrently at its plant in Luverne, Minn. READ MORE