Advanced Biofuels

April 21, 2016

Iowa Senate passes resolution calling for federal support of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 20, the Iowa Senate adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress, U.S. EPA, President Obama and the next president of the United States to continue to support the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through 2022. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Diamond Green Diesel plans major expansion project

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsDiamond Green Diesel, the 160 MMgy renewable diesel facility in Norco, Louisiana, is expanding production to 275 MMgy, announced Darling Ingredients Inc. in April. Diamond Green Diesel is a joint venture between Darling and Valero Energy Corp. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

UPM Biofuels gains ISCC PLUS certification

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Researcher wins grants to support woody biomass-to-biofuel work

BY University of Arkansas Found In:Advanced FuelsUniversity of Arkansas chemical engineering associate professor Jamie Hestekin has received two grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and eventually liquid biofuel. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

FAA approves alcohol-based jet fuel

BY Federal Aviation Administration Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new biobased fuel, known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK). It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol that is derived from renewable feedstocks such as sugar or corn. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Rallying for a Rebound

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAll week, I have been working to catch up after the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Air Liquide accelerates its development in biogas purification

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide has announced the commissioning of 12 biogas purification units in the last 12 months in Europe. With these new units, Air Liquide has tripled its biogas purification capacity on the European continent. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Opinion: Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAddressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

EPA submits 2017 RFS rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks a final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Student startup converts waste lignin to mulch film for farm use

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have developed a process that makes lignin biodegradable and turns it into the large rolls of mulch film that farmers use to block weeds, retain moisture and soil temperature and improve crop yield. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

In Depth: Preventing Production Problems in the Lab

BY Trish Meek and Barbara Van Cann Found In:Advanced FuelsIncreasing biofuel demand will require next-generation laboratory software solutions. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA clarifies provision of RFS Quality Assurance Program rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA recently announced it has finalized an amendment proposed last year that clarifies an aspect of the renewable fuels standard (RFS) program that was inadvertently put in place with the Quality Assurance Program rule. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA approves Joule’s advanced biofuel pathway

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently approved a renewable fuel pathway filed by Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., allowing the company to generate D5 advanced biofuels renewable identification numbers for its algae-based ethanol under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

USDA ARS: Algae enlisted to produce biofuel using papayas

BY Jan Suszkiw, USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsAlgae are the star players in an effort by USDA scientists in Hilo, Hawaii, to produce a renewable source of oil for conversion into biodiesel to help meet the island state's energy needs. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

ABFA advocates for maintaining biobased diesel blenders credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Advanced Biofuel Association is among a group of organizations that recently sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership expressing concern over proposed changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ help clean Baltimore Harbor, fuel cars

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic algae's absorb nutrients and produce oxygen, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

KLM launches new series of biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam

BY KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsOn March 31, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam operated with an EMBRAER 190. The remaining flights will be operated over the forthcoming period of five to six weeks. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Gevo’s biobased jet fuel can now fuel commercial flights

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc., recently announced that ASTM International has now completed its process of approving the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) derived from renewable isobutanol. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Thompson, Roeslein biogas project awarded at biomass conference

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsRecipients of the annual industry awards—Excellence in Bioenergy and Groundbreaker of the Year—were announced at the 2016 International Biomass Conference & Expo, currently underway at the Charlotte Convention Center April 11-14. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

ABO applauds introduction of carbon utilization amendment

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded an amendment proposed April 12 by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Industry talks lows, highs, opportunities at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow oil and power prices and a warm winter are the predominant reasons that it’s been a challenging year for every sector of the biomass industry. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Iowa establishes PTC for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 7, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation establishing a production tax credit for renewable chemicals. Branstad signed the bill at Iowa State University. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and several stakeholders were on hand to witness the event. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Scientists discover an enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons

BY Texas A&M University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Scientists use ‘reverse photosynthesis’ to break down biomass

BY University of Copenhagen Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

See You in Charlotte

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Biomass Conference & Expo starts next week in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

April 07, 2016

Air Canada partners in biojet supply chain initiative

BY Air Canada Found In:Advanced FuelsAir Canada recently announced it will participate in Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative, a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 liters (105,668.82 gallons) of sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

April 06, 2016

Altex, Unitel partner to demonstrate new biomass technology

BY Unitel Technologies Found In:Advanced FuelsAltex Technologies has selected Unitel Technologies to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce synthetic gasoline from biomass. This project is funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission. READ MORE

April 05, 2016

Biofuel trade groups ask for multiyear tax credit extensions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn April 5, six biofuel trade associations sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Senate Committee on Finance, and House Ways and Means Committee asking for a multiyear extension of advanced biofuel tax credits. READ MORE