Advanced Biofuels

July 29, 2015

UPS announces agreements with three renewable fuels suppliers

BY UPS Found In:Advanced FuelsUPS has announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

DuPont: Iowa cellulosic biorefinery mechanically complete

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDuPont has released second quarter financial results, reporting an 11 percent drop in sales and a slight increase in earnings per share. The company also noted its cellulosic refinery in Iowa is now mechanically complete. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Biofuel industry voices support for RFS as comment period ends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsJuly 27 is the final day members of the public can weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recently released renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. As the comment period comes to a close, supporters of the biofuel industry are actively making their voices heard. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Brazilian president officially opens cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Iogen Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raizen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 22. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Project aims to use probiotic bacteria to produce algal crops

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Lawrence Livermore team has received an additional $1 million to protect algal crops by developing "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

EPA: 12.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 12.41 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

RFS comment period to close July 27

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe public comment period on U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal is set to close July 27. As of July 22, more than 45,000 comments had already been filed on the proposal. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Xebec begins operations at Chinese landfill gas upgrading project

BY Xebec Adsorption Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsXebec Adsorption Inc. recently announced that it has commenced operation of its first commercial landfill gas to compressed natural gas (CNG) upgrading system in Anshan, North Eastern China. The resulting fuel will power natural gas taxis. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Opinion: The Real Bioeconomy Builders

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization's Matt Carr discusses the relationships between policy, investment and the success of the industry. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Tax extenders package benefiting biofuels passes Senate committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsThe Senate Finance Committee has passed a tax extenders package that includes two-year extensions of tax credits for cellulosic biofuels and biodiesel. The next step for the legislation is consideration by the full U.S. Senate. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

EIA proposes to expand biofuel data collection activities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn July, the U.S. Department of Energy published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comments on proposed revisions to certain information collection forms, including several focused on biofuel. Comments are due Sept. 8. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Red Rock Biofuels to provide biobased jet fuel to FedEx Express

BY Red Rock Biofuels LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsRed Rock Biofuels LLC has announced that it will produce approximately 3 million gallons of low-carbon, renewable jet fuel per year for FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. The agreement runs through 2024, with first delivery expected in 2017. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

In Depth: State-of-the-Art Algae PBRs

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsPhotobioreactor manufacturers detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Senate Finance Committee to address tax extenders bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is scheduled to address a tax extenders bill on July 21. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, recently announced he has secured the inclusion of tax incentives for cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel in the legislation. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Advanced Ethanol Council changes name, expands membership

BY Advanced Biofuels Business Council Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Advanced Ethanol Council is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. The new group, called the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, also announced new corporate and board members. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

EPA opens comment period on cottonseed oil analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is inviting public comment on its preliminary analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of Gossypium spp. seed oil (cottonseed oil) feedstock for use in biofuel production. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DOE seeks nominations for biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Aug. 14. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DuPont, New Tianlong Industry sign deal for cellulosic technology

BY DuPont Found In:Advanced FuelsDuPont and Jilin Province New Tianlong Industry Co. Ltd. have announced a licensing agreement to begin the development of China's largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant, located in Siping City, Jilin Province, China. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

EPA begins publishing annual data on RIN sales, RIN holdings

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn early July, the U.S. EPA released renewable identification number (RIN) sales data aggregated by renewable fuel standard (RFS) party type for the first time. The EPA said the data will increase transparency in the RIN market. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

EPA honors Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards winners

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is recognizing green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Event to focus on biobased product, chemical, fuel coproduction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology’s Office (BETO) has announced plans to hold a workshop focused on the challenges associated with the coproduction of biomass-derived chemicals, products and biofuels. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. The $4 million project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and industrial partners. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Deinove reaches third milestone of the Deinol program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has reached the third and penultimate milestone of its Deinol project supported by Bpifrance. Achievement of this milestone triggers grant funding of up to EUR 1.2 million ($1.31 million). READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Ceres discusses plan to realign its focus during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for its fiscal third quarter, reporting the company is continuing to realign its focus towards food and forage opportunities and biotechnology traits, rather than bioenergy markets. READ MORE

July 14, 2015

EU Agricultural Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Agricultural and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. READ MORE

July 13, 2015

USDA schedules July 16 forum, webinar on loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) has scheduled a July 16 forum to introduce the new Biorefinery, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. READ MORE

July 10, 2015

US DOE sinks $18 million into algae technology development

BY U.S. DOE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE announced July 9 that six projects will receive up to $18 million in funding to reduce the modeled price of algae-based biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) by 2019. READ MORE