Advanced Biofuels

July 28, 2014

Gevo: Side-by-side operation of Luverne plant on track

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has reported an update on the progress of the implementation of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol. READ MORE

July 25, 2014

Spero Energy receives NSF funding

BY Purdue Research Park Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuels and the production of fragrance products has received funding from the National Science Foundation. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

USDA selects 36 energy facilities to accept biomass deliveries

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the USDA has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries supported by the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

July 24, 2014

University of Twente researchers develop new biofuel catalyst

BY University of Twente Found In:Advanced FuelsOil produced from biomass seldom has the same quality and energy content as "classical" crude oil. A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of this oil before it is even transported to the refinery. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

New York renewable natural gas facility celebrates grand opening

BY EIF Renewable Energy Holdings Found In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEIF Renewable Energy Holdings and Seneca Meadows Inc. have announced the opening of Seneca Energy II, a landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas facility located at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Seneca Falls, New York. READ MORE

July 23, 2014

McGinn to keynote Algae Biomass Summit

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, has announced that Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn will be a Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit. READ MORE

July 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for alternative fuel vehicles

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will award up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsThe agenda for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo has been released. The Oct. 13-14 event, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will focus on next-generation biofuels technology integration opportunities for existing biofuel plants. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

UCS report highlights bioenergy potential of agriculture residues

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Union of Concerned Scientists report estimates the U.S. agricultural industry could sustainably provide up to 155 million tons of crop residues and 60 million tons of manure annually by 2030 for use as feedstock to produce fuels and electricity. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

DOE awards $3.5 million to Cellana for algae biofuel development

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced Cellana LLC, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was selected to receive $3.5 million to develop a fully integrated, high-yield algae feedstock production system at its Kona Demonstration Facility. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

'Microbe sniffer' could point the way to advanced biorefining

BY University of British Columbia Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA biosensor invented at the University of British Columbia could help optimize biorefining processes that produce fuels and chemicals by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks that are genetically wired to break down wood polymer. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

USDA, DOE funding supports bioenergy feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have awarded $12.6 million in funding to 10 projects with the goal of accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

Bioenergy education program comes to SFSC this fall

BY South Florida State College Found In:Advanced FuelsBeginning this fall, South Florida State College will offer a Bioenergy Education Program to provide students with a foundation of environmental sciences and renewable energy. The program will focus on preparing students for technician positions. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Viaspace enters collaboration with University of California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsViaspace recently announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. The collaboration will further research on Giant King Grass. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Biofuel to comprise 6% of US aviation, marine fuel market by 2024

BY Navigant Research Found In:Advanced FuelsAviation and marine biofuels represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the global biofuels market. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, biofuels will make up 6.1 percent of the aviation and marine fuel market in the U.S. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Penn State offers graduate certificate in renewable energy

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy professionals interested in getting certified or earning a master's degree might want to check out Penn State's program in renewable energy and sustainability systems. The university recently added a bioenergy graduate certificate program. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Ceres reports Q3 results, provides update on operations in Brazil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsCeres Inc. has released its fiscal third quarter 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $800,000 for the three months ended May 31. The company also announced progress with its sorghum evaluations in Brazil. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

DOE awards $6 million to advance cost-competitive biofuels

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

$5 million waste biomass processing plant planned in Michigan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioCycle plans to make use of agricultural scrap and waste materials and other biomass sources as manufacturing precursors, via a $5 million bioprocessing facility that is currently in final financing stages. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Sapphire Energy selected as an EcoPartner with Sinopec

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSapphire Energy Inc. has announced that its algae-derived renewable crude project with Sinopec, China's state-owned oil and gas conglomerate, was selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

Lux Research: Lignin-derived chemicals to hit market in 2021

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

ITA accepting nominations for export advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Trade Administration recently published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is reestablishing the renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee and accepting nominations for its membership. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

EU announces bioenergy funding under 2 major initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Union has announced funding under two major initiatives that will benefit bioenergy projects, including EUR 1 billion in NER 300 funding and a new public-private partnership that aims inject EUR 3.7 billion into the biobased economy. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Aviation offers a way forward in biofuels research

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced FuelsA professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his collaborators have mapped out an integrated approach for processing red maple biomass into a jet fuel that costs $4.75 a gallon. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

DOE loan guarantee program targets biofuels, waste-to-energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially opened a loan guarantee solicitation, making up to $4 million available for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Petrixo selects Honeywell's UOP technology for new biorefinery

BY UOP LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsUOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has announced that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Brazil's GOL to fuel commercial flights with Amyris-Total biojet

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, the recently approved renewable jet fuel. GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the renewable fuel. READ MORE

July 10, 2014

Andritz to deliver pretreatment technology to Fiberight plant

BY Group Andritz Found In:Advanced FuelsInternational technology Group Andritz has received an order to supply equipment, engineering, and field services for Fiberight's cellulosic ethanol plant in Blairstown, Iowa. Start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2015. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

KiOR enters forbearance agreement, considers sale or merger

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsKiOR Inc. has entered into a forbearance agreement with the Mississippi Development Authority, amended its agreement with Vinod Khosla's KFT Trust, and engaged Guggenheim Securities LLC to assist in reviewing transactional and strategic alternatives. READ MORE

July 09, 2014

NC funds 6 cellulosic biofuel, bioenergy research projects

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNorth Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state's Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. READ MORE