Advanced Biofuels

May 02, 2016

Researchers find biofuel potential in Australian algae

BY James Cook University Found In:Advanced FuelsA native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet fuel, an international research team has found. The team has developed a proof-of-concept process using the macroalgae Oedogonium. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

RFA publishes analysis of California LCFS data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas reductions achieved through 2015. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Lux: Low-carbon fuels, vehicle efficiency to cut CO2 emissions

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal road transportation accounts for a sixth of all global carbon dioxide emissions, and its share is rising. A new analysis from Lux Research finds that low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29 percent in 2030. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Airline teams up with Alberta's Clean Energy Technology Centre

BY WestJet Found In:Advanced FuelsWestJet recently announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based Clean Energy Technology Centre to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

EPA: 1.52 billion RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for March, reporting nearly 1.52 billion RINs were generated during the month, bringing the total for the first three months of the year to more than 4.37 billion. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Iowa Senate passes resolution calling for federal support of RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn April 20, the Iowa Senate adopted a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress, U.S. EPA, President Obama and the next president of the United States to continue to support the renewable fuels standard (RFS) through 2022. READ MORE

April 21, 2016

Diamond Green Diesel plans major expansion project

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsDiamond Green Diesel, the 160 MMgy renewable diesel facility in Norco, Louisiana, is expanding production to 275 MMgy, announced Darling Ingredients Inc. in April. Diamond Green Diesel is a joint venture between Darling and Valero Energy Corp. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

UPM Biofuels gains ISCC PLUS certification

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Researcher wins grants to support woody biomass-to-biofuel work

BY University of Arkansas Found In:Advanced FuelsUniversity of Arkansas chemical engineering associate professor Jamie Hestekin has received two grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and eventually liquid biofuel. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

FAA approves alcohol-based jet fuel

BY Federal Aviation Administration Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new biobased fuel, known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK). It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol that is derived from renewable feedstocks such as sugar or corn. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Rallying for a Rebound

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAll week, I have been working to catch up after the International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Air Liquide accelerates its development in biogas purification

BY Air Liquide Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAir Liquide has announced the commissioning of 12 biogas purification units in the last 12 months in Europe. With these new units, Air Liquide has tripled its biogas purification capacity on the European continent. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Opinion: Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAddressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

EPA submits 2017 RFS rule to White House OMB for review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA delivered the proposed rule for the 2017 renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on April 15. OMB review marks a final step before the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Student startup converts waste lignin to mulch film for farm use

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have developed a process that makes lignin biodegradable and turns it into the large rolls of mulch film that farmers use to block weeds, retain moisture and soil temperature and improve crop yield. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

In Depth: Preventing Production Problems in the Lab

BY Trish Meek and Barbara Van Cann Found In:Advanced FuelsIncreasing biofuel demand will require next-generation laboratory software solutions. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA clarifies provision of RFS Quality Assurance Program rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA recently announced it has finalized an amendment proposed last year that clarifies an aspect of the renewable fuels standard (RFS) program that was inadvertently put in place with the Quality Assurance Program rule. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA approves Joule’s advanced biofuel pathway

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently approved a renewable fuel pathway filed by Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., allowing the company to generate D5 advanced biofuels renewable identification numbers for its algae-based ethanol under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

USDA ARS: Algae enlisted to produce biofuel using papayas

BY Jan Suszkiw, USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Power, Advanced FuelsAlgae are the star players in an effort by USDA scientists in Hilo, Hawaii, to produce a renewable source of oil for conversion into biodiesel to help meet the island state's energy needs. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

ABFA advocates for maintaining biobased diesel blenders credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Advanced Biofuel Association is among a group of organizations that recently sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership expressing concern over proposed changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ help clean Baltimore Harbor, fuel cars

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic algae's absorb nutrients and produce oxygen, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

April 13, 2016

KLM launches new series of biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam

BY KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsOn March 31, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam operated with an EMBRAER 190. The remaining flights will be operated over the forthcoming period of five to six weeks. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Gevo’s biobased jet fuel can now fuel commercial flights

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc., recently announced that ASTM International has now completed its process of approving the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) derived from renewable isobutanol. READ MORE