Advanced Biofuels

March 20, 2015

API, AFPM sue EPA over RFS delays

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Petroleum Institute have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the U.S. EPA regarding delays in finalizing 2014 and 2015 renewable fuel standards. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels

BY University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOne of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers. Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non-food waste plants. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Propel launches rollout of high-performance renewable diesel

BY Propel Fuels Found In:Advanced FuelsPropel Fuels has launched high performance renewable diesel at its locations across northern California. The fuel uses Neste Oil's NEXBTL renewable diesel, a low-carbon renewable fuel that meets petroleum diesel specifications. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

Scientists harness enzymes to break down tough cell walls

BY Canadian Light Source Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Toronto Bioproducts Research Lab studying ways to isolate components of plant cell walls so they can be used to create renewable fuels, high-value chemicals, and novel bio-based materials. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Progressive Waste Solutions opens renewable natural gas facility

BY Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsProgressive Waste Solutions Ltd. recently celebrated the official opening of its renewable natural gas facility, the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The facility is located in Terrebonne, Quebec, near Montreal. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Dragonair to fuel flight with biofuel blend

BY Dragonair Found In:Advanced FuelsDragonair has announced that it will operate its first-ever commercial flight using a certified sustainable biofuel blend in March, highlighting its commitment, and the commitment of the Cathay Pacific Group as a whole, to sustainable development. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

EPA to open comment period on pennycress oil GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website inviting comment on an analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil for use in biofuel production. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Minnesota bill aims to create cellulosic biomass incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in Minnesota aims to establish state production incentives for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The measure was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate in February. READ MORE

March 17, 2015

Flagship Ventures invests in Red Rock Biofuels

BY Red Rock Biofuels LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsRed Rock Biofuels LLC has unveiled a strategic partnership with Flagship Ventures that sets the stage for the construction of its first commercial scale refinery in Lakeview, Oregon. As part of the partnership, Flagship will invest in Red Rock. READ MORE

March 16, 2015

Dyadic releases annual results, calls 2014 a turning point

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. recently released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $12.5 million, down from $17.1 million the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributed to a $6 million BASF upfront license fee in 2013. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

E2 report highlights 2014 biofuel, bioenergy job announcements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnvironmental Entrepreneurs (E2) recently released its fourth quarter and year-end 2014 jobs report, which shows continued growth of clean energy and clean transportation jobs in the U.S. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

Gov. Brown removes sunset date from Oregon Clean Fuels Standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed S.B. 324 into law. The bill removes the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date from the state's Clean Fuels Program. By signing S.B. 324, Brown has allowed the program to be implemented past the end of this year. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

WPAC approves Michele Rebiere as its new president and director

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn March 10, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada announced that its board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Michele Rebiere as the new president and director of the trade association. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

ABO survey shows continued optimism for growth, commercialization

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA survey of the algae industry conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization broadly shows high expectations for continued growth in the sector as well as increased production of a wide range of algae-derived products. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

JBEI researchers use proteomics to profile switchgrass

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoint BioEnergy Institute researchers have used advanced proteomic techniques to identify 1,750 unique proteins in shoots of switchgrass, a North American native prairie grass that is widely viewed as one of the most promising fuel crop candidates. READ MORE

March 12, 2015

Celebrating Industry Leaders

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFor the past three years, Biomass Magazine has recognized outstanding industry contributions and achievements through two special awards granted at the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

March 11, 2015

Report highlights potential of U.K. bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has published a policy paper that highlights the economic and environmental potential of the emerging bioeconomy. The report finds significant potential in the utilization of waste resources. READ MORE

March 11, 2015

Fuels America responds to anti-RFS claims from API, others

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsFuels America recently hosted a media event featuring leaders in the U.S. ethanol industry responding to a call from the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Working Group and ActionAid to dismantle the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

March 11, 2015

ISU, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region's agricultural and bioprocessing industries. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo agenda released

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2015 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 140 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. The event takes place June 1-4 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

March 10, 2015

Gevo sells renewable jet fuel to NASA

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has purchased Gevo's renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Oregon governor considers Clean Fuels Program sunset date bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsLegislation that aims to repeal the Dec. 31, 2015 sunset date of Oregon's Clean Fuels Program has been sent to the governor for consideration. The bill, S.B. 324, was passed by the Oregon House of Representatives on March 4 by a single vote. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Miscanthus ethanol increases environmental benefits, profits

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

REG reports progress with renewable diesel, chemical operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting revenue of $1.27 billion, down 15 percent from 2013. Net income was $82.5 million, compared to $186.37 million the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA was $107.8 million in 2014. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Step change for screening could boost biofuels

BY Institute of Food Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the Institute of Food Research have developed a new way of rapidly screening yeasts that could help produce more sustainable biofuels. The technique could also aid in the search for new ways of deriving valuable renewable chemicals. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Emergent Technologies Institute breaks ground

BY Leo A Daly Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFlorida Gulf Cost University officials recently held groundbreaking ceremonies for the Emergent Technologies Institute, a new research campus that will team academics and private sector partners to study and incubate renewable energy technology. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

The (Not-So) Great Garbage Patches

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWe must continue developing new technologies that will use our waste—not just plastic— in different ways, including energy and fuel purposes. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

DOE updates announcement for biomass advisory committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy updated its notice for the recently announced meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting will now take place as a webinar on March 5. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil facilities in 2014 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. released its 2014 quarter four and full-year results on Feb. 26, reporting that although 2014 was a challenging year, the company is excited about the opportunities in the coming year. READ MORE