Advanced Biofuels

March 04, 2015

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dead at age 58

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGuido Ghisolfi, 58, leader of Mossi & Ghisolfi Group died March 3. "He was suffering from severe depression and yesterday this resulted in his untimely passing close to his home in Tortona, Northern Italy," said a statement from the company. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Opinion: Say It Ain’t So, Joe

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable volume obligations have yet to be reported for 2014 and are now late for 2015. This delay has created uncertainty. McAdams calls on the industry to get involved and raise the alarm to end regulatory uncertainty. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

USDA announces $8.7 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced it is now accepting applications for research and education grants through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. Approximately $8.7 million in grants are expected to be awarded through the program. READ MORE

March 03, 2015

Total invests in Renmatix, signs joint development agreement

BY Renmatix Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenmatix has announced an investment by the New Energies Division of Total, and the signing of a joint development agreement. Under the agreement, the companies will utilize Renmatix's Plantrose process with specific feedstocks. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

USDA publishes final BCAP rule

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released the final rule for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Although the general scope of BCAP is not changing, there are some key changes being made to several components of the program. A public comment period is now open. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

GLBRC files 100th patent application

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy, recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

DOE announces biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will be held March 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are welcome to observe the business of the committee. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Oberon DME earns approval in California

BY Oberon Fuels Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOberon Fuels Inc. has announced that dimethyl ether (DME) is now approved for use as vehicle fuel in the state of California following approval by the Division of Measurement Standards at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

Australia funds pilot-scale biomass pyrolysis project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility Perth. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

In Depth: Constructing a Full-Service Vision

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsIn the early stages of project development, startup company SG Preston has big plans for renewable diesel and its brand. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Byogy Renewables, Gen 2 Energy enter partnership agreement

BY Byogy Renewables Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsByogy Renewables, a biofuels producer based in San Jose, California, has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Comet Biorefining secures funding led by Sofinnova Partners

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. announces the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

BY University of California, Riverside Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed. READ MORE

February 26, 2015

Merrick designs, commissions pilot algae project

BY Merrick & Co. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMerrick & Co. was engaged by Genifuel Corp. to provide the design and commissioning of a hydrothermal processing pilot system for Reliance Industries Ltd. Merrick was responsible for the design of the facility. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Amyris: 2014 was a transformative year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released financial results for 2014. During an investor call, John Melo, president and CEO of the company, called 2014 a transformative year for Amyris, noting the company manufactured two breakthrough molecules at industrial scale. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Report provides overview of European biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Greenbelt Resources offers commercial-scale feedstock testing

BY Greenbelt Resources Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreenbelt Resources Corp. has launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for feedstock feasibility testing services. The services are available confidentially. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Deinove strengthens its position in the United States

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced it has has been granted a U.S. patent. The patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

EU committee votes to cap first-generation biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 24, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament approved a draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative feedstocks, such as seaweed and waste. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Abengoa reports top year for biofuel business

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa's biofuels segment experienced the best year in its history in 2014 due, in part, to high margins and increased ethanol production and sales, company CEO Manuel Sanchez Ortega reported during the company's 2014 fiscal year financial results. READ MORE

February 23, 2015

EPA: More than 4 million cellulosic RINs generated in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for January, reporting that nearly 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 4.07 million D3 cellulosic biofuel RINs. READ MORE

February 23, 2015

DOE awards $10 million to develop innovative bioenergy processes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office announces the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

Port improvements underway at site of future Cool Planet facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSite work is progressing at the site of Cool Plant Energy Systems' proposed biorefinery at the Port of Alexandria in Louisiana. Construction of the biorefinery is expected to kick off later this year, with production commencing in 2016. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

Applied LNG, BP Energy reach biogas agreement

BY Applied LNG Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsApplied LNG has signed an agreement to purchase biomethane from BP Energy Co. BP Energy will supply Applied LNG with biogas from waste landfill sites. Applied LNG will use the biogas to produce LNG in its liquefaction facility in Topock, Arizona. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

UNB research team receives federal funding for biofuel research

BY University of New Brunswick Found In:Advanced FuelsThe University of New Brunswick will receive $306,200 over three years to develop new technology to help Canada develop better, cleaner and cheaper renewable fuel and strengthen its leadership in this industry. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Forest Research, E.ON to lead ETI U.K. feedstock project

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Technologies Institute has announced that Forest Research and E.ON will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a study into the characterization of bioenergy feedstocks. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification

BY American National Standards Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Regenis, DVO launch AD facility at California ethanol plant

BY Regenis Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSustainable energy production has entered a new era in California as a consortium of American companies recently joined together with state energy officials to launch the Calgren Ethanol Biodigester, which utilizes waste from dairy farms. READ MORE

February 16, 2015

Gevo: Marine industry consortium releases isobutanol test results

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsA consortium of organizations from the recreational marine industry have completed more than four years of testing on Gevo Inc.'s renewable isobutanol. Results show isobutanol blends of up to 16.1 percent can be successfully used in marine engines. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

Washington solicits comments on potential clean fuel standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Washington Department of Ecology recently published a discussion document to jumpstart dialogue on a potential rulemaking for a state clean fuel standard. The program would be similar to the California and Oregon low carbon fuel standards. READ MORE