Advanced Biofuels

November 03, 2014

Opinion: Hurry Up and Wait

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOD is the single largest user of energy in the world, spending nearly $20 billion annually on heat, power and liquid fuels. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

In Depth: Contract Vehicle in the DOD Driveway

BY Katie Fletcher Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Army is equipped with the tools it needs to fulfill renewable energy targets, but project approval processes are lengthy. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

JBEI researchers boost biogasoline production in microbes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers win funding for miscanthus, sorghum research

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo University of Illinois crop sciences researchers interested in improving plant feedstocks for bioenergy production were selected to receive funding from the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Researchers transform toxic waste into green energy

BY Concordia University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHow can a struggling industry like pulp and paper in Canada be revived? According to Damien Biot-Pelletier, a Concordia doctoral candidate in biology, the answer lies in synthetic biology. READ MORE

October 30, 2014

Opinion: Forging Ahead in 2015

BY Wayne Simmons Found In:Advanced Fuels

October 30, 2014

In Depth: Advanced Biofuels’ Beltway Crusader

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMike McAdams discusses work on Capitol Hill, founding of the Advanced Biofuels Association and the importance of engaging in the ongoing public debate about renewable fuels. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

KiOR to be delisted from NASDAQ

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDocuments filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Oct. 27 indicate KiOR Inc. will be delisted from the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, effective Nov. 6. KiOR did not appeal the decision. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

Novozymes announces increased bioenergy sales in Q3 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 9 percent organic sales growth for the quarter. During the first nine months of the year, sales grew organically by 8 percent. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

NCSU announces biofuel breakthroughs

BY North Carolina State University Found In:Advanced FuelsNorth Carolina State University scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol. READ MORE

October 29, 2014

In Depth: Toughing Out Turbulence

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA concentrated group of serious industry players committed to the advanced biofuel and chemical industry gathered downtown Minneapolis in mid-October, for an intimate discussion of policy issues, progress, new technologies and the industry’s outlook. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed. READ MORE

October 28, 2014

REG Geismar plant begins production, sales of renewable diesel

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently announced that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company's Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery are now available for sale. READ MORE

October 27, 2014

BlueFire announces LOI from China EXIM to finance Fulton project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced FuelsOn Oct. 23, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has received a letter of intent from the Export Import Bank of China to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its proposed biorefinery project in Fulton, Mississippi. READ MORE

October 24, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic fuel production continues in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for September, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Fiberight still working at MSW plant in Iowa

BY Holly JessenFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDespite delays, Fiberight's plans to produce cellulosic ethanol from municipal solid waste in Iowa are moving forward. In fact, an equity drive happening now is attracting quite a few interested people and money is starting to come in. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

New catalyst could improve biofuels production

BY Washington State University, Tina Hilding Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. It is made of iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide

BY Louisiana State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo help guide commercial production of Sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for release of RFS-related documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsCitizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit legal watchdog group, has announced it is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to release documents related to oil industry efforts to influence the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Boeing, COMAC open biofuel demonstration facility in China

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsBoeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Ensyn announces RFO biofuels supply agreement with N.H. hospital

BY Ensyn Fuels Found In:Thermal, Advanced FuelsEnsyn Fuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corp., has signed a contract with Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, New Hampshire, for the supply of approximately 250,000 gallons per year of RFO, Ensyn's advanced cellulosic biofuel. READ MORE

October 20, 2014

Abengoa plant has multiple feedstock capabilities

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsOne of the best features of the Abengoa Bioenergy plant is the ability to convert a wide variety of feedstocks into cellulosic ethanol, Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa, said Oct. 17 prior to the plant's grand opening ceremony. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE