Advanced Biofuels

November 30, 2016

Finland outlines energy, climate actions to 2030 and beyond

BY Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Finland government approved the national energy and climate strategy to 2030 on Nov. 24. The strategy will be submitted as a government report to the Parliament, where discussion on it started Nov. 30. READ MORE

November 30, 2016

GAO RFS reports paint incomplete picture of advanced biofuels

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Government Accountability Office issued two reports Nov. 28 suggesting that the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and expanding the U.S. renewable fuels sector. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

In Depth: 28 Days Later: Waste to Fuel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia, prepares to open a new biogas plant fed by its residents’ kitchen scraps and yard waste, the fuel from which will power its collection fleet of CNG vehicles. READ MORE

November 29, 2016

New chemical enhances biodiesel, ethanol production

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsBASF is introducing a new version of its Lutropur brand of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) with higher active concentration for multiple applications in biodiesel and ethanol processing. BASF's new Lutropur MSA-XP features 94 percent active concentration. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Opinion: Capturing Power Above the Dirt

BY Gus Simmons Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsNorth Carolina has the potential to gain $2.7 billion in new capital investment, nearly 24,300 construction and maintenance jobs, and a multitude of related industry-service jobs, by taking advantage of biogas. READ MORE

November 28, 2016

Canada announces plans for national low-carbon fuel standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 25, the government of Canada announced plans to develop a low-carbon fuel standard that would require reductions in the carbon footprint of fuels supplied in the nation based on lifecycle analysis. READ MORE

November 25, 2016

EPA: Cellulosic RIN generation reaches 17.79 million in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 17.79 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

EPA finalizes 2017 RFS RVOs, biofuels industry applauds rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 23, the U.S. EPA released its final rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. Several of the RVOs represent increases over proposed volumes. READ MORE

November 23, 2016

Survey identifies more than 100 million dead trees in California

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced that the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This brings the total number of dead trees since 2010 to over 102 million. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

EPA: Comment period open on proposed point of obligation ruling

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register proposing to deny several petitions requesting the agency redefine the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), officially opening a 60-day public comment period. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

CWS to buy Western Biodiesel plant, convert to renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsCielo Waste Solutions has agreed to buy the former Western Biodiesel plant in High River, Alberta, near Calgary. Once the purchase is complete, CWS plans to scale up its thermal catalytic depolymerization technology there to produce renewable diesel. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Renewable diesel powers Hamburg airport's heavy-duty ground fleet

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsRenewable diesel will power heavy-duty vehicles in Hamburg airport’s ground fleet, complementing other alternative energies used on-site, making it the first major international airport to replace all fossil fuels with renewables in its entire fleet. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Engineering firm warns biomass builders on cutting costs

BY Axiom Engineering Associates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMoves to make green energy more cost-effective, by cutting corners to reduce up-front costs cheaper, can prove to be an expensive mistake, Axiom Engineering Associates, a U.K. materials engineering company, warns. READ MORE

November 22, 2016

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs, reduce emissions

BY WILEY Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of U.S. biomass to biobased energy, fuels, and products by 2030. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

Comment period opens on EPA rule to update RFS, fuel regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are due Jan. 17. READ MORE

November 21, 2016

Mission Innovation launches sustainable biofuel challenge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 14, Mission Innovation Partners came together at the UN climate change conference, known as COP22, to report on developments one year from its launch. The global effort aims to double clean energy research and development. READ MORE

November 18, 2016

2016 is a Wrap

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Wednesday, we sent the December issue of Biomass Magazine to the printer, marking the completion of volume 10 of the title. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

2017 IBCE opens call for presentation ideas

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced its call for presentation ideas for the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, taking place April 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline to submit presentation ideas is Dec. 2. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

UPM joins below50 coalition to scale up sustainable fuels

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM Biofuels has joined the below50 coalition to promote the most sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions and scale up their development and use. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

White House decarbonization report addresses biofuels, biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change under the Paris climate deal. READ MORE

November 15, 2016

Gevo provides update of operations at Luverne facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 14, Gevo Inc. released third quarter financial results, reporting the company produced approximately 145,000 gallons of isobutanol during the quarter, with approximately 240,000 gallons produced during the first nine months of the year. READ MORE

November 15, 2016

ICM: Flight powered by biofuel made from residual wood

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsICM Inc. contributed to the successful production of renewable biojet fuel from woody biomass used on a commercial Alaska Airlines flight on Nov. 14 as part of the USDA-sponsored Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project. READ MORE

November 15, 2016

Changing cell behavior could boost biofuels, medicine

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

Gevo: Cellulosic ATJ fuels flight, isobutanol blend sold in Texas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 14, Gevo Inc. announced Alaska Airlines flew a flight using its cellulosic jet fuel. The company also recently announced that gasoline blended with its isobutanol is now being sold in Houston, Texas. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

USDA announces fiscal year 2017 BCAP funding

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Nov. 10 that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

RSB revises principles and criteria

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has announced that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised principles and criteria, which will provide users with streamlined and easier to follow requirements. READ MORE

November 11, 2016

Trump is in, What Now?

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels

November 10, 2016

EPA proposes to deny change in RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Nov. 10, the U.S. EPA proposed to deny several petitions requesting the agency redefine the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). A 60-day public comment period on the decision is scheduled to be opened soon. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Biomass, biofuel groups hopeful Trump will support bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 8, the U.S. elected republican nominee Donald Trump to serve as its 45th president. Representatives of the biomass and biofuels industries are saying they look forward to working with the new administration to expand bioenergy production. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

Fulcrum BioEnergy announces strategic investment by BP

BY Fulcrum BioEnergy Found In:Advanced FuelsFulcrum BioEnergy and BP have announced the signing of a major strategic partnership that includes a $30 million equity investment in Fulcrum by BP. The partnership accelerates the construction schedule for Fulcrum's next renewable jet fuel plants. READ MORE