Advanced Biofuels

August 19, 2015

DOE funds 2 algae biomass projects under Carbon Capture Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced it has selected 16 projects to receive funding through its Carbon Capture Program, including two focused on algae. READ MORE

August 19, 2015

Opinion: Is the Third Time the Charm?

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsOn July 27, the U.S. EPA took one step closer toward putting the renewable fuels standard (RFS) back on track by closing the comment period on the long-awaited renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for the 2014, 2105 and 2016 proposed rule. READ MORE

August 18, 2015

Dyadic highlights biofuel, biogas business during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting increased revenue and gross profit for the first half of this year. The company also announced progress with its C1 Technology Platform. READ MORE

August 18, 2015

ICM completes two 1,000-hour performance runs of Gen 2.0 process

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsICM Inc. has announced the successful completion of the first and second 1,000-hour performance runs of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulose Ethanol process at the company's pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. READ MORE

August 18, 2015

In Depth: From Blueprint to Baler

BY Anna Simet Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsAGCO is well-equipped to aid the first U.S. cellulosic ethanol plants in devising efficient and effective feedstock supply chain models. READ MORE

August 17, 2015

EPA issues 2 proposals to reduce landfill gas emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The proposals lower the threshold under which new, modified and existing landfills are required to collect landfill gas. READ MORE

August 17, 2015

BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have engineered of a microbe that improves cellulosic isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The finding builds on results from 2011. READ MORE

August 14, 2015

Biomass Research and Development Committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 27-28 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

August 13, 2015

Propel brings Neste renewable diesel to Southern California

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsPropel Fuels began offering Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel Aug. 12 at 13 Southern California locations serving Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire. Marketed as Diesel HPR, the fuel consists of 98.5 percent NExBTL. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

GAO report addresses DOD alternative fuels investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Government Accountability Office has published a report focused on U.S. Department of Defense investments in alternative fuels. From 2007 through 2014, the DOD purchased about 2 million gallons of alternative fuels for testing purposes. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

Forest Concepts awarded SBIR contract to improve biomass drying

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC was recently notified that it has been awarded a two-year $499,997 Small Business Innovation Research contract from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve biomass drying efficiency. READ MORE

August 11, 2015

Neste increases renewable fuel sales to North America

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste has released second quarter financial results, reporting comparable operating project of EUR 78 million ($84.94 million), down from EUR 86 million during the same period of 2014. Net cash from operations totaled EUR 227 million. READ MORE

August 10, 2015

Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces plant development agreement

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that it entered into a non-exclusive development agreement with Renewable Resources Development of America LLC for the construction and operation of up to 56 cellulose conversion plants. READ MORE

August 07, 2015

Amyris highlights business achievements during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting GAAP revenues of $7.8 million, down from $9.3 million during the same quarter of 2014. The company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $47.1 million. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Novozymes full-year profit outlook maintained in H1 earnings

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Aug. 6, Novozymes released its interim report for the first half of 2015, reporting that sales to the bioenergy industry were up by 2 percent organically compared with the first half of 2014, however, overall, sales growth slowed in bioenergy. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Pacific Ag raises $7 million from ACAP

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has announced $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners LP. The capital will enable Pacific Ag to accelerate the expansion of its operations through acquisitions, technology, equipment, sales and marketing. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Argonne scientists study benefits of bioenergy crop integration

BY U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Argonne National Laboratory are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study is set to be published in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

WSU: New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new summer course, titled Survey of Technical Equipment for Processing, is offered through Washington State University Tri-Cities and covers topics from fermentation and pyrolysis of biomaterials to process controls and industrial maintenance. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Genera Energy launches unique biomass crop planning app

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. announced the launch of its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass. The Biomass app was developed to serve as a practical, easy-to-use mobile crop planning and learning tool for biomass farmers and landowners. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

EPA paves the way for Algenol’s carbon reduction technology

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Clean Power Plan rule acknowledges for the first time the value of carbon utilization, the cornerstone of Algenol's Direct-to-Ethanol technology, as a method for utilities to reduce emissions from electricity production. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

REG reports increased biomass-based diesel sales in Q2 earnings

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, reporting 96.1 million gallons of biomass-based diesel sales, 24.5 percent more than the comparable period in 2014. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Keeping algae from stressing out

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSome algae like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii produce energy-dense oils or lipids when stressed, and these lipids can then be converted into fuels. However, researchers walk a fine line in not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Researchers report a novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis

BY World Scientific Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis using a consortium of motile bacteria moving on solid surfaces and carrying microbial luggage, another bacteria that can efficiently hydrolyze cellulose, was demonstrated by the group of researchers. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Grains of rice hold big promise for GHG reductions, bioenergy

BY U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice is a large source of atmospheric methane. With the addition of a single gene, researchers have developed rice that can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies and features more starch for food and bioenergy production. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

Gevo highlights corporate developments during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $8.9 million, up from $7.7 million during the same period of 2014. The net loss was $17.8 million, compared to $17.2 million during second quarter of last year. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Abengoa highlights Hugoton plant during half year investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa has released half year financial results, reporting revenues of EUR 3.39 billion ($3.71 billion), up 3 percent when compared to the first six months of the prior year. EBITDA increased by 9 percent, reaching EUR 650 million. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil plant, UPS contract in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. recently released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting consistent power and steam supply coming from its cogeneration Moema facility and expanded relationship with UPS for supply of renewable diesel fuel. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

3 bioenergy-related House bills introduced in late July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, several pieces of legislation were introduced that aim to impact the biorefining industry. Two of the bills aim to benefit bioenergy technologies, while a third would limit the U.S. EPA's ability to set cellulosic mandates. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

MSU research could improve cyanobacteria use in biofuel

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOverexposure to sunlight, which is damaging to natural photosynthetic systems of green plants and cyanobacteria, is also expected to be damaging to artificial photosynthetic systems. Michigan State University researchers aim to overcome that hurdle. READ MORE