Advanced Biofuels

October 29, 2014

NCSU announces biofuel breakthroughs

BY North Carolina State University Found In:Advanced FuelsNorth Carolina State University scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

In Depth: Toughing Out Turbulence

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA concentrated group of serious industry players committed to the advanced biofuel and chemical industry gathered downtown Minneapolis in mid-October, for an intimate discussion of policy issues, progress, new technologies and the industry’s outlook. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

REG Geismar plant begins production, sales of renewable diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently announced that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company's Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery are now available for sale. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic fuel production continues in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Fiberight still working at MSW plant in Iowa

BY Holly JessenFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDespite delays, Fiberight's plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a few interested people and money is starting to come in. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

New catalyst could improve biofuels production

BY Washington State University, Tina Hilding Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. It is made of iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide

BY Louisiana State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo help guide commercial production of Sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Boeing, COMAC open biofuel demonstration facility in China

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Ensyn announces RFO biofuels supply agreement with N.H. hospital

BY Ensyn Fuels Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsEnsyn Fuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corp., has signed a contract with Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, for the supply of approximately 250,000 gallons per year of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsOne of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, said Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Virginia releases new energy plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially unveiled the 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, which aims to provide a strategic vision for energy policy within the state. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

ExxonMobil supports ISU biofuel research

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

NABCE 2014 comes to an end with Poet-DSM fantasy fuel plant tour

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsA sold-out bus trip that traveled three hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuel LLC's cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa rounded out the 2014 National Advanced Biofuel Conference and Expo. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Public comments on low carbon fuel availability due Oct. 16

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe recently established Low Carbon Fuels Coalition is encouraging low carbon fuel producers and other industry stakeholders to weigh in on the availability of low carbon fuels by submitting comments to the California Air Resources Board. READ MORE