Advanced Biofuels

February 08, 2017

Velocys: Envia’s GTL plant producing Fischer-Tropsch product

BY Velocys plc Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at Envia Energy's gas-to-liquids plant in Oklahoma City. These products are fractionated on site to produce premium wax, diesel and naphtha. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Ontario seeks comments on proposed RFS for gasoline

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has proposed establishing a renewable fuel standard (RFS) for gasoline that aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline by 5 percent by 2020. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Air Force opens funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Research Lab recently opened a grant funding opportunity for drop-in biofuel production. One $55 million award is expected to be made under funding opportunity. Applications are due May 25. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Montclair State University professor receives PECASE award

BY Montclair State University Found In:Advanced FuelsPankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, has been recognized for his biofuel research. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

Ameresco, city of Phoenix break ground on RNG project

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAmeresco and the city of Phoenix broke ground Feb. 2 on a biogas energy project at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. The event was open to the public and featured a variety of speakers, including city leaders and Ameresco representatives. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

Syracuse University researchers find a better way to farm algae

BY Matt Wheeler, Syracuse University Found In:Advanced FuelsSyracuse University researchers have developed a new medium to culture and harvest microalgae. The medium, Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic or TAPP, can transition from solution to a gel through relatively small variations in temperature. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Sensenbrenner introduces bills that aim to reform the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 31, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS). One focuses on mid-level ethanol blends, while the other focuses on cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Nova Scotia Innovation Hub: Study shows potential for biorefinery

BY Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsA new study shows Nova Scotia has strong potential to develop an innovative biorefinery that produces an alternative fuel from renewable sources of fiber. The liquid biofuel could be used to heat homes and power marine vessels. READ MORE

February 01, 2017

SoCalGas, CR&R Environmental to construct RNG pipeline

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSouthern California Gas Co. and CR&R Environmental recently broke ground on construction of an 8-inch pipeline that will bring carbon-neutral renewable natural gas into the SoCalGas distribution system for the first time. READ MORE

February 01, 2017

ATR, Sweden’s BRA perform first ATR biofuel flight

BY ATR Found In:Advanced FuelsAn ATR 72-600 of the Swedish carrier BRA (former Braathens Regional) took off from Stockholm-Bromma Feb. 1 to Umeå fueled at 45 percent with fossil-free used cooking oil, marking the first biofuel-powered flight of an ATR aircraft. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

2017 Heating the Midwest Conference to colocate with IBCE

BY Dovetail Partners Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHeating the Midwest has announced it will colocate its 6th annual 2017 conference and expo with the 2017 International Biomass Conference & Expo, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The HTM event will be held April 10. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Opinion: Going Vertical

BY Tim PortzFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe biogas sector has built itself a wide base. Now, it’s time for the industry to build upon these successes, share them broadly with the investment community, find and win new industry champions, and go vertical. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

Opinion: RNG Poised for Growth in New Administration

BY Marcus Gillette Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRNG companies have disclosed that more than 25 new projects are set to come online by the end of 2017, and already another 15 planned RNG transportation projects slated to come online by 2020 READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Neste rebrands its renewable diesel in North America

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsNeste announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel a recent customer seminar and appreciation event. Neste replaces its "Neste Renewable Diesel" and earlier brand name "NEXBTL" with "Neste MY Renewable Diesel" brand name. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield

BY Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. READ MORE

January 29, 2017

Opinion: Annual Review of Canadian Biogas Industry

BY The Canadian Biogas Association Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe past year has been a time of considerable progress for the biogas industry. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

In Depth: Biogas Advances in the US

BY Anna Simet and Katie Fletcher Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsProducing a range of end products from a seemingly endless list of resources, methane-based energy project development is picking up in the country. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

Velocys announces alliances with Morimatsu, TRI

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn January, Velocys plc, a developer of smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants, announced strategic alliances with Morimatsu (Jiangsu) Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. and ThermoChem Recovery International Inc. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

MIT researchers tap the hidden value of farm waste

BY Massachusetts Institute of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a reactor that uses torrefaction technology to densify biomass, making it transportable and increasing its shelf life. The technology aims to benefit smallholder farms. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

Report considers the impact of dedicated energy crop production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsIn early January, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report, titled “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” that examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using switchgrass. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

EIA releases 2017 energy outlook with projections to 2050

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Energy Information Agency released its Annual Energy Outlook for 2017, providing modeled projections that indicate with strong domestic production and relatively flat demand, the U.S. becomes a net energy exporter in the projection period. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

2017 RFS rule among regulations subject to additional review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe rule to set 2014 volume obligations under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is among 30 recent rules published by the U.S. EPA set to be temporarily delayed in order to allow for additional review by the Trump administration. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

Ecostrat releases white paper on biomass supply chain analytics

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEcostrat Inc. recently released a white paper providing evidence for why industry developers and lenders should stay up to speed with the latest developments in biomass supply chain research and analytics. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

EPA seeks comments on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is seeking comments on its analysis of upstream greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production of sugar beets for use as a biofuel feedstock. A 30-day public comment period is expected to open soon. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

BTS Biogas secures capital, enters US market

BY BTS Biogas Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBTS Biogas has raised a significant round of funding with a new U.S.-based investor group. The funding will fuel the acceleration of BTS Biogas’s strategic entry into the U.S. with several large plant projects and strategic partnerships. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting more than 1.84 billion RINs were generated during the final month of last year, including nearly 16.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European Biogas Association reports 17,376 biogas plants in EU

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEuropean Biogas Association published the sixth edition of its statistical report, showing the number of biogas plants tripling in only six consecutive years to 17,376 biogas plants and 459 biomethane plants in operation in Europe as of late 2015. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass

BY Imperial College London Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRoberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

MSU scientist wins grant to improve camelina seed qualities

BY Montana State University Found In:Advanced FuelsA Montana State University scientist has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient crop with biofuel potential. READ MORE