Advanced Biofuels

October 17, 2017

Senators, governors advocate for strong biomass-based diesel RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSeveral senators and governors are taking action to urge the Trump administration to ensure strong 2018 and 2019 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

BDI to construct innovative algae production plant in Austria

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsInternationally renowned company BDI-BioEnergy International, known for development and construction of biodiesel plants, takes the first step into implementation of an in-house developed algae technology, with its subsidiary BDI-BioLife Science. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Surgeonfish research may aid biofuel development

BY King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRed Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. These findings may provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ABFA members oppose proposed cuts to RFS RVOs in letter to Trump

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to a recent proposal issued by the U.S. EPA that could result in lower blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

Qantas aircraft to be powered by renewable biofuel from 2020

BY Qantas Found In:Advanced FuelsQantas recently announced its Los Angeles based aircraft will be powered by biofuel from 2020, reducing the airline’s carbon emissions on its services operating between the U.S. and Australia. READ MORE

October 16, 2017

ExxonMobil expanding New Jersey research facility

BY ExxonMobil Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil recently announced that it has broken ground on the expansion of its research facility in Clinton, New Jersey, a key center of innovation that supports the company’s broad research and development programs. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Maryland offers funding for animal waste-to-energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Maryland Energy Administration recently announced the opening of its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Animal Waste-to-Energy Grant Program, which is making $3.5 million available to support selected projects. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

UK releases Clean Growth Strategy, plans next CfD auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government has released its Clean Growth Strategy, which aims to cut carbon emissions while driving economic growth. As part of the announcement, the government confirmed up to £557 million for the next Contracts for Difference auction. READ MORE

October 12, 2017

WHOI awarded $5.7 million to advance seaweed energy production

BY Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution was awarded $5.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for two projects to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and biobased chemicals. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

WSU, PNNL convert biofuel waste into commodity

BY Washington State University Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA method of converting a biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity has been discovered by researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

UW scientists part of $6 million biofuel, carbon capture project

BY University of Wyoming Found In:Advanced FuelsAgricultural economists at the University of Wyoming will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

St1 progresses with plans for advanced biofuels

BY St1 Found In:Advanced FuelsSt1 recently announced it plans to begin producing renewable diesel at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2020. The company also said it continues to develop advanced ethanol production technologies with a focus on lignocellulosic feedstocks. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

DOE awards Danforth Center $16 million to enhance sorghum

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center recently announced a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The research aims to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

NYC proposes to expand food waste separation requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) recent published a proposed rule that aims to expand organic waste source separation requirements for large commercial food retailers and food service establishments. READ MORE

October 09, 2017

Gevo collaborates with national labs on fuel, ETO projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 9, Gevo Inc. announced two collaborations with the U.S. Department of Energy’s national labs. One collaboration aims develop missile fuel while the other aims to optimize Gevo's ethanol-to-olefins catalyst performance. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Ames Laboratory announces new science in converting biomass

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. The team is combining the decomposition and stabilization processes into one multi-functional catalyst. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsA bipartisan group of 38 senators have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Velocys discusses future plans in financial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has released financial results for the first half of 2017, providing an overview of key milestones and a discussion of its new strategy as a renewable fuels company that aims to produce jet fuel and diesel fuel. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Senators question Wehrum on his support for the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 4, the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works held a hearing to consider President Trump’s nominations to fill several government posts, including those at the U.S. EPA. The RFS was among the topics discussed during the hearing. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

EPA opens comment period on proposal to reduce 2018, 2019 RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 4, the U.S EPA published a proposal that that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard in the Federal Register, officially opening a 15-day comment period. Comments are due Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Wärtsilä to acquire Puregas Solutions

BY Wärtsilä Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe technology group Wärtsilä has reached an agreement to acquire Puregas Solutions, the Sweden-based provider of turnkey biogas upgrading solutions. Puregas utilizes a unique process to convert biogas to biomethane and renewable natural gas. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

CSU shares in project to advance algae for better biofuels

BY Colorado State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsColorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Grant to help beef up biofuels using evolutionary approaches

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Biofuel groups ask Trump to continue to grow the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 3, a group of biofuel supporters sent a letter to President Trump expressing concern over the U.S. EPA’s recent proposal that could reduce 2018 and 2019 blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

Gevo to supply jet fuel to Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently announced that it expects to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to the Virgin Australia Group. The Virgin Australia Group will be responsible for coordinating the purchase, supply and blending of the ATJ . READ MORE

October 03, 2017

MSU research to harness algae to contain power plant emissions

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMichigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels

BY Alexa M. Schmitz, Cornell University Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet bioreactors on a chip. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Scientists explore eucalyptus as an alternative to dense jet fuel

BY Washington State University Found In:Advanced FuelsWashington State University researchers have developed a process for synthesizing dense jet fuel from mint, pine, gumweed, eucalyptus or other plants.The research is helping to make high-energy density biofuels affordable in the aviation industry. READ MORE