Advanced Biofuels

January 09, 2018

NYC to study the feasibility of fueling ferries with biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that requires a two-year feasibility study to be conducted regarding the use of renewable fuels and technologies to power the city’s ferries. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

GALT partners with LLNL to improve biofuel production

BY General Automation Lab Technologies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a 3 year $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Researchers map magnetic fields of bacterial cells, nano-objects

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsA research team led by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

Anellotech commences key R&D program at TCat-8

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith successful completion of TCat-8 pilot plant commissioning, Anellotech has announced an intensive process development and testing program has begun to confirm process economics and collect data for commercial plant design. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Gevo issues corporate update, reduces staff

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. recently issued a corporate update, reaffirming the company’s focus on the commercial development of renewable jet fuel, isooctane, isobutanol and related products. The company also announced plans to reduce staff at its Colorado offices. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

USDA NIFA invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program

BY USDA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program. The award was made to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

Opinion: Every Last Drop

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOne of the most common deterrents to investment in equipment and technology that will ultimately save bioenergy plants money is exactly that—money. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Brazil establishes national biofuels policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBrazilian President Michel Temer has approved legislation creating RenovaBio, a new national biofuels policy. The law was published in the official federal gazette of Brazil on Dec. 26. The Brazilian Senate approved the bill on Dec. 12. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

BY Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call. READ MORE

January 01, 2018

Opinion: 2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo

BY Michael McAdamsFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLast year was among the most active and interesting years yet for the biofuels industry, which has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, READ MORE

December 29, 2017

EPA: 21.9 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.64 billion RIN were generated during the month, including more than 21.9 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

EPA qualifies distiller sorghum oil as advanced biofuel feedstock

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released a notice of proposed rulemaking related to fuel pathways using distiller sorghum oil as feedstock for biofuel production. A 30-day comment period on the proposal is set to close Jan. 26. READ MORE

December 27, 2017

Air France initiative promotes development of aviation biofuel

BY Air France Found In:Advanced FuelsAt the World Efficiency Fair, Air France presented an Engagement for Green Growth that aims to promote the emergence of sustainable aviation biofuel industries, in economically viable conditions that fully integrate circular economy principles. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Biofuel projects named as semi-finalists in Ontario competition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

Demonstration project in Norway to feature hydofaction technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsSilva Green Fuels AS has announced plans to build a demonstration plant in Tofte, Norway, that will produce second-generation advanced biofuel from forest feedstocks. Danish-Canadian company Steeper Energy will deliver the technology. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Alberta to provide funding to support biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsIn early December, the government of Alberta announced plans to award $1.4 billion over seven years to support innovative projects funded by the Climate Leadership Plan. A portion of that funding will support bioenergy and biofuel projects. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Biofuels industry celebrates 10th anniversary of EISA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsDec. 19 marks the 10th anniversary of former President George W. Bush signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law, establishing the current version of the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Brazil’s Senate passes bill creating a national biofuels policy

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsBrazil's Senate approved a bill Dec. 12 creating a national biofuels policy, RenovaBio, to increase use of biodiesel and ethanol, in addition to other biofuels, to improve the nation's energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

ACE asks conference committee to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsBrian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is asking the conference committee negotiating changes to House and Senate tax bills to extend the cellulosic biofuel tax credit and biodiesel tax credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Scotland biofuel company to build whisky residue biofuel plant

BY Tim Albrecht Found In:Advanced FuelsA Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables, plans to build a commercial demonstration plant in Grangemouth, which will produce over 500,000 liters (132,000 gallons) of biofuel annually, according to a press release. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Researchers convert dairy waste water into animal feed, biofuel

BY University of Tübingen Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have developed a bioprocess that enables conversion of acid whey, a dairy by-product, without the use of additional chemicals. The process uses microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design

BY University of Kent Found In:Advanced FuelsScientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Florida PSC approves RNG program for Peoples Gas

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Florida Public Service Commission has approved a renewable natural gas (RNG) program for TECO Peoples Gas system that will allow it to upgrade biogas generated by customers, and—in some circumstances—transport the resulting RNG in its pipeline. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

The biofuels industry reacts to White House RFS meetings

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsPresident Trump has hosted two meetings with Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the RFS and RINs. Members of the biofuels industry are speaking out against efforts to undermine the RFS and are offering solutions to help lower RIN prices. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Neste considers expanding renewable capacity in Singapore

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNeste's board of directors has decided that Neste's additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. READ MORE