Advanced Biofuels

July 07, 2015

Biofuels industry, farmers advocate against Loudermilk amendment

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsA group of two dozen biofuel trade groups and companies recently issued a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to reject an proposals that amend, repeal, or defund the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

July 07, 2015

Bacterial boost makes biofuel production more efficient

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic for the organisms that convert cellulosic biomass into bioproducts. READ MORE

July 06, 2015

White House aims to modernize biotechnology regulatory process

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 2, the White House issued a memo on modernizing the regulatory system for biotechnology products to heads of the U.S. EPA, USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It outlines several actions the agencies will take over the next year. READ MORE

July 02, 2015

Amyris announces update on SMA Industria Quimica joint venture

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has announced an update and clarification with respect to media reports regarding its inactive manufacturing joint venture with Usina Sao Martinho, SMA Industria Quimica S.A, or SMA., noting its Brotas facility is exceeding targets. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

OMB weighs in on biomass language included in appropriations bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Management and Budget has published a statement detailing its opposition to several components of an appropriations bill pending the in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a provision related biogenic emissions. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

G3P to develop waste-to-diesel plant in Florida

BY BioPower Operations Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsBioPower Operations Corp. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Green3Power Operations Inc. (G3P) has won an award to build a $175 million renewable energy facility that will convert waste into ultra-low sulfur synthetic green No. 2 diesel. READ MORE

July 01, 2015

EU approves funding for circular bioeconomy projects

BY Bio-based Industries Consortium Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, has approved the funding of 10 projects totaling EUR 120 million ($132.66 million). READ MORE

June 30, 2015

DOE announces intent to fund innovative bioenergy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced its intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) targeting innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Clean fuel standards face political attacks in Washington, Oregon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsClean fuel standards under development in Oregon and Washington have been under attack by their respective state legislatures in recent weeks. While the threat against the Oregon program has passed, the Washington program could still be eliminated. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

United Airlines purchases stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy

BY United Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsUnited Airlines has announced a $30 million equity investment in U.S.-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Amyris, Total proceed with jet fuel JV, restructuring plans

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activites USA for restructuring its fuels joint venture to open the way for proceeding with commercialization of its jet fuel technology. READ MORE

June 30, 2015

Unlocking fermentation secrets opens the door to new biofuels

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reserachers have uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing insights for biofuel development. READ MORE

June 29, 2015

Amyris: Volkswagen renewable diesel evaluation program complete

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsAmyris Inc. has announced the successful completion of a diesel demonstration program with Volkswagen of America Inc. that was designed to test the commercial readiness of Amyris renewable diesel and its ability to enhance VW's diesel technology. READ MORE

June 26, 2015

USDA publishes rule for revamped Biorefinery Assistance Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service has published an interim final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known as the Biorefinery Assistance READ MORE

June 26, 2015

Opinion: The Inevitable Battle

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz reflects on the July issue and the battles faced by the entire biomass energy industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

RFS supporters testify at EPA hearing, participate in rally

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn June 25, the U.S. EPA held a hearing to address its proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuels standard (RFS) in Kansas City, Kansas. More than 250 people were scheduled to testify at the event. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Bill aims to extend master limited partnerships to renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have announced the reintroduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act, which aims to level the playing field for renewables. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Oregon declares biomass carbon neutral

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAfter a House vote of 44-9, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that exempts biomass-derived carbon dioxide emissions from regulation under certain air pollution laws. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Canada funds 2 projects to develop new landfill gas technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn mid-June, the Canadian government announced funding for two biogas projects. One award will support the development of a technology that converts landfill gas into renewable liquefied natural gas. The other supports purification of landfill gas. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Spero Energy receives $1 million in funding from DOE

BY Spero Energy Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSpero Energy Inc., a company that licenses Purdue intellectual property, has received federal funding to develop its one-step, patent-pending technology that could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Microvi ethanol technology validated at LBNL

BY Microvi Biotechnologies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMicrovi Biotechnologies, working with the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has demonstrated breakthrough improvements to biological ethanol production. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

Globally, 2014 a Good Year for Renewables

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLate last week, the Worldwatch Institute released a 2015 global status report for renewables. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

Call-in information released for EPA’s June 25 RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website providing call-in information for the June 25 hearing scheduled to address the agency's proposed rule for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

June 24, 2015

AgEC: Ag appropriations bill aims to cut Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 17, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2016 Agricultural Appropriations bill. The proposed legislation funds a variety of agricultural and food programs, including rural development and farm services programs. READ MORE

June 24, 2015

IH2 technology licensed for demonstration plant

BY SynSel Energi AS Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSynSel Energi AS has entered into an IH2 process demonstration license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Co. Ltd. The technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process that converts biomass material into hydrocarbon fuels. READ MORE

June 23, 2015

DOE's ARPA-E funds 6 projects to improve sorghum development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded $30 million to six projects under its Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program, which aims to accelerate energy crop development for biofuels. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

EPA: More than 9.5 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.5 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 9.51 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

June 22, 2015

Researchers look at multiple traits to improve switchgrass

BY American Society of Agronomy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers use alternative breeding methods to produce switchgrass with a high amount of biomass per acre and low levels of lignin. Switchgrass with the improved traits is specifically designed to improve biofuel production. READ MORE

June 19, 2015

EPA renewable fuel standard management scrutinized at hearing

BY Anna SimetFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsU.S. EPA Acting Administrator Janet McCabe fielded dozens of hard questions and endured heavy scrutiny during a June 18 hearing held to discuss the agency’s management of the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE