Advanced Biofuels

August 07, 2018

Velocys: Environmental milestone reached for Mississippi project

BY Velocys plc Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc announced Aug. 7 that the USDA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the environmental assessment report for Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

DOE seeks input on needs related to biomass catalyst scale-up

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has opened a request for information (RFI) that aims to help it understand current needs related to catalyst development for the conversion of biomass and waste streams. READ MORE

August 06, 2018

Bipartisan bill promotes biogas, CCUS technology

BY Rep. Scott Peters’ Office Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsRep. Scott Peter, D-Calif., and David Young, R-Iowa, recently introduced the bipartisan Carbon Utilization Act of 2018, which promotes biogas and carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies. READ MORE

August 03, 2018

New membrane technology may aid biofuel production

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNamed for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes—double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances—have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses, including uses in the biofuel industry. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

Toronto to develop RNG facility in partnership with Enbridge

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe city of Toronto has announced plans to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) at its Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility. The project will be developed in partnership with Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

DOE, SoCalGas fund project using microbes to convert CO2 into RNG

BY Southern California Gas Co. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLawrence Livermore National Labs and Stanford School of Engineering's Spormann Laboratory will study new technology with potential to significantly reduce the cost of producing renewable natural gas and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

Wheeler: EPA to create public ‘dashboard’ on RFS waivers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsActing EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, small refinery hardship waivers, Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief for E15, and issues related to agency transparency during a Senate hearing Aug. 1. READ MORE

July 26, 2018

EPA: 25.57 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.6 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 25.57 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

Canada delays development of Clean Fuel Standard regulations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Canadian government has announced plans to delay implementation of its Clean Fuel Standard. Original plans called for development of the program regulations to be complete next year. That work is now expected to take until 2021. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

House subcommittee holds hearing on RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 25, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing that aimed to educate members of the subcommittee on renewable identification numbers (RINs) and the role RINs play in the RFS. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

EPA finalizes RFS fuel pathways for distillers sorghum oil

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn July 24, the U.S. EPA published a notice qualifying distillers sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

LANL: Feeding plants to this algae could fuel your car

BY Los Alamos National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions recently provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research could boost algae’s potential value as a biofuel. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

Air Liquide celebrates opening of LFG to RNG plant in Mississippi

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide inaugurated a biomethane production plant in Walnut, Mississippi,on July 20. The facility is the first large-scale biomethane production plant designed and built by Air Liquide in the U.S. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

NREL: New finding will help convert lignin to useful products

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn research team, including scientists from NREL, has discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into valuable products such as nylon, plastics, and chemicals. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Hawaii Gas issues RFP for supply of RNG

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsHawaii Gas is seeking proposals from local and national suppliers who can provide up to 80,000 therms per day of renewable natural gas (RNG), which can be in the form of raw biogas and/or biomethane. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Attis announces site for biorefinery, selects feedstock provider

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-July Attis Industries announced plans to purchase a site in Georgia to locate its first commercial-scale biorefinery and said it has executed a letter of intent with a timber company to provide feedstock for the proposed facility. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Representatives of the biofuel industry testify at RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsMembers of the biofuels industry testified at a July 18 hearing held by the EPA on its 2019 RFS proposal. Many discussed the misuse of waivers and expressed hope that the EPA’s new leadership will hold up the administration’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

ABFA asks Congress to halt RFS small refinery exemptions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn July 17, Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, sent a letter to several congressional leaders regarding small refinery exemptions recently granted under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

EPA posts call-in number for July 18 hearing on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released call-in information for the July 18 hearing on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

California reaches GHG reduction goal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe California Air Resources Board has announced that in 2016 the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions fell below 1990 levels for the first time since emissions peaked in 2004. Biofuels helped achieve the reduction. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Cities in California, New York make switch to Redeem RNG

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. announced that Brookhaven, New York, has become its first customer in New York to begin using Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG). The city of Beverly Hills, California, has also signed a RNG contract with the company. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

California awards $69.9 million for dairy digester projects

BY California Department of Food and Agriculture Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $69.9 million in grant funding to 40 dairy digester projects across the state. These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from manure on California dairy farms. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

EPA provides data on 2016, 2017 RFS waivers in letter to Grassley

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has issued a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, confirming it granted 19 out of 20 small refinery hardship waivers under the RFS for compliance year 2016. An additional 29 of 33 petitions have also been granted so far for 2017. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Cherokee Freight Lines switches to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

BY Neste Found In:Advanced FuelsCherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The company is reporting significant reductions in fuel and maintenance costs. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets

BY International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

NYC councilmembers ask mayor to adopt biomethane

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA dozen New York City councilmembers recently sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to explore the use of biomethane fuel, which could be used by both NYC surface transit and in city fleets. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

LanzaTech wins UK grant to support alcohol-to-jet project

BY LanzaTech Found In:Advanced FuelsLanzaTech and its partners are one-step closer to building an alcohol-to-jet facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the U.K. through a recent government grant awarded under the Transport Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition. READ MORE