Advanced Biofuels

September 25, 2014

Schott, Algatechnologies agree to continue partnership

BY Algatechnologies Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSchott AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. have signed a research and development agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Opinion: Reflecting on the Future

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe case for biomass is really no longer a question of being “green” or being “sustainable,” rather it is a necessity to be able to meet the demands of a growing population. It's about building a great future. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

GranBio begins cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil

BY GranBio Found In:Advanced FuelsGranBio has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in Sao Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 MMly (21.66 MMgy). READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Southwest Airlines to purchase biojet fuel from Red Rock Biofuels

BY Southwest Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsSouthwest Airlines has signed an agreement with Red Rocks Biofuels LLC to purchase low carbon renewable jet fuel, made using forest residues that will help reduce the risk of destructive wildfires in the Western United States. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Neste Oil adds biopropane production to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFinland-based Neste Oil has announced plans to add biopropane production capabilities to its biorefinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Construction of the project is expected to begin immediately, with biopropane sales commencing in 2016. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Proterro, Bunge plan pilot study of sucrose production process

BY Proterro Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProterro and Bunge Global Innovation LLC have announced a pilot study of Proterro's sucrose-production technology in Brazil. Two of Proterro's photobioreactors have been installed at Bunge's Moema Fazenda sugarcane mill as part of the project. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Recycled cooking oil powers Finnair flight to New York

BY Finnair Found In:Advanced FuelsFinnair operated its flight from Helsinki to New York on Sept. 23 with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel, coinciding with the UN Climate Summit taking place in New York on the same day. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Legislation would extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsLegislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 19 aims to enact two-year extensions for several clean energy tax incentives. The bill is titled the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

ESF faculty member contributes to biogenic carbon report

BY State College of New York Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRobert W. Malmsheimer, a professor at the State College of New York, was part of the Society of American Foresters team that provided policy makers with a summary of the existing science regarding forest bioenergy and "carbon debts." READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Vecoplan opens technology center in Germany

BY Vecoplan AG Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVecoplan AG recently celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot technology center in Germany. The facility is equipped with more than 25 machines for the processing, recycling or repurposing of waste and biomass. READ MORE

September 22, 2014

In Depth: Achieving Sustainability Goals

BY The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsFish and Wildlife Agencies can play a role in successful biomass production for bioenergy. READ MORE

September 20, 2014

In Depth: Sourcing Stover Sustainably

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:Advanced FuelsAlthough corn stover offers a second valuable crop from the same acres, there’s a whole lot more to the equation than simply removing it from the soil. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

DOD awards 3 biofuel contracts under Defense Production Act

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsRed Rock Biofuels, Fulcrum Bioenergy and Emerald Biofuels have been awarded contracts under the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Protection Act to construct and commission biorefineries for the production of drop-in biofuels. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

IRENA report features bioenergy supply, demand projections

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a new report predicting a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in the world's energy mix. It includes forecasts for power, thermal and liquid fuels production. READ MORE

September 18, 2014

Gevo provides update on Luverne, Minnesota, plant

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo reported an update on the progress of the side-by-side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, Minnesota, on Sept. 18. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Florida cellulosic ethanol plant upgraded, coming back online

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Indian River BioEnergy Center, a cellulosic ethanol production center near Vero Beach, Florida, has completed a major turnaround, including technology upgrades, and the facility is now being brought back online. READ MORE

September 17, 2014

Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on energy tax incentives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Senate is once again addressing energy tax incentives. On Sept. 17, the Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing, titled "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code," to discuss possible paths forward to reform U.S. energy tax code. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Lufthansa conducts European flight using sugar-based biofuel

BY Lufthansa Found In:Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 15, Lufthansa flight LH 190 from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel was operated using a 10 percent blend of the new biofuel component farnesan, a sugar-based fuel developed jointly by Total and Amyris. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

BlueFire Renewables pursues new avenues of revenue for projects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsBlueFire Renewables Inc. recently filed a quarterly report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission noting the company is seeking financing for its proposed Fulton, Mississippi, project from Chinese entities. READ MORE

September 16, 2014

Chempolis, NRL partner to produce cellulosic ethanol, chemicals

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with India-based Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that could result in the development of a cellulosic biorefinery that produces ethanol, furfural and acetic acid. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

Letters highlight importance of RFS to cellulosic investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAs the industry continues to wait for the U.S. EPA to hand down the final rule for the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS), political figures and members of the biofuel industry continue to advocate for maintaining a strong RFS program. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

3-D imaging techniques may improve understanding of feedstock

BY PLOS ONE Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComparison of 3D TEM imaging techniques reveals never-seen-before details of plant cell walls, according to a study published Sept. 10 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by researchers from University of California, Berkeley. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Fuels America call stresses the importance of the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 11, Fuels America hosted a conference call to stress the importance of maintaining a strong renewable fuel standard. The group also plans to publish a new advertisement highlighting achievements made by cellulosic biofuel producers. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Genera Energy's BIN-SPEC reduces biomass feedstock variability

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently introduced its newest feedstock management system module, BIN-SPEC. A proprietary preprocessing system, BIN-SPEC delivers a consistent biomass product to a customer's specifications with the least amount of variability. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

SGB announces breakthrough with hybrid jatropha, closes financing

BY SGB Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSGB Inc. has announced success in its program to create hybrid jatropha which has both high yield and rapid time to maturity. In conjunction with these results, the company has closed an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Viaspace Giant King Grass shows high yield at California site

BY Viaspace Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsViaspace Inc. has announced that the first harvest of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of California, was completed on Sept. 2. Two planting methods were compared at the University of California site in Holtville, California READ MORE

September 11, 2014

KiOR board member criticizes management in resignation letter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDocuments recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may help shed some light on the events that resulted in KiOR Inc.'s recent operational and financial challenges. READ MORE

September 08, 2014

SwRI adds custom-designed circulating fluidized bed system

BY Southwest Research Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSouthwest Research Institute has announced the addition of a custom-designed circulating fluidized bed to convert heavy crude oils or biological feedstock into valuable, refined fuel samples that clients can assess for quality and profitability. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic RINs were generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation for July, reporting that nearly 1.27 billion RINs were generated during the month. Cellulosic RINs were among those generated in July. READ MORE

September 05, 2014

NASA: ACCESS II confirms jet biofuel burns cleaner

BY NASA Found In:Advanced FuelsFlying high above the California desert, NASA researchers recently took to the skies for the second year in a row with a DC-8 and other aircraft to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative fuels in jet engines. READ MORE