Advanced Biofuels

September 27, 2016

Velocys: Construction complete on Oklahoma City GTL project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that construction of Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is now complete. The company has also released its interim results for the first half of 2016. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

UT-ORNL team hopes to ease path from vegetation to biofuel

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory team led by governor’s chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel. READ MORE

September 26, 2016

Iowa State, Chevron advance biofuel technology with pilot plant

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new pilot plant at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm is a joint project with Chevron U.S.A. University engineers are using the pilot plant to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

Bill includes 2-year extension of tax credit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn mid-September, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., introduced legislation that aims to extend tax credits for renewable diesel and biodiesel for two years, through 2018. The credits are currently set to expire at the end of 2016. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

USDA ARS: Tapping sorghum's genetic potential

BY Dennis O'Brien, USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist has developed new genetic resources that allow the breeding of sorghum varieties with higher grain yields and greater resistance to diseases and pests. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Energy, ag, business groups push for tax credit extensions

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMore than 50 groups in the energy, agriculture, transportation and other business sectors have banded together to pressure Congress for a multiyear extension of tax provisions set to expire at the end of the year. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Brown signs bill that encourages renewable gas production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 19, California. Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation that establishes the nation’s toughest restrictions of destructive super pollutants, including black carbon, fluorinated gases and methane. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Enerkem CEO receives 2017 Clean16 sustainability award

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer based in Canada, is pleased to announce that Vincent Chornet has been named in the prestigious 2017 Clean16 awards by the Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Jet fuel may be grown on iconic Aussie gum trees

BY Australian National University Found In:Advanced FuelsAustralian National University scientists are a step closer to using Australia's iconic gum trees, also known as eucalyptus, to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

EPA: 15.63 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for August, reporting more than 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 15.63 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

Sandia: Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil bacteria, Sandia National Laboratories researchers believe they now know how to crack open lignin, which could transform the economics of biofuel and ethanol production. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

BIO releases report on renewable chemical progress, opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

JetBlue, SB Preston sign renewable jet fuel purchase agreement

BY JetBlue Found In:Advanced FuelsJetBlue recently announced a 10-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston, a bioenergy company. The airline is partnering with SG Preston to purchase renewable jet fuel made from renewable, biobased feedstocks. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

Navy tests 100-percent advanced biofuel

BY Andrea Watters Editor, Naval Aviation News Found In:Advanced FuelsSecretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' energy vision came to fruition in September when the EA-18G "Green Growler" completed flight testing of a 100-percent advanced biofuel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Several bioenergy projects receive SBIR funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. The USDA also indicated the SBIR program is currently accepting Phase I grant applications. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Report details biomass heat, power production in Japan

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan’s renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

API calls for RFS repeal rather than point of obligation change

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe American Petroleum Institute recently spoke out against efforts to move the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Rather that changes to the point of obligation, the API is calling for repeal or major reform of the RFS. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Strategic consortium to commercialize Virent’s Bioforming process

BY Virent Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVirent recently announced that it has established a strategic consortium with Tesoro, Toray, Johnson Matthey and The Coca-Cola Co. focused on completing the development and scale-up of Virent’s BioForming technology. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Renmatix secures $14 million investment from Bill Gates and Total

BY Renmatix Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenmatix recently announced a $14 million investment, led by Bill Gates, to support the commercialization of its Plantrose process. The investment will help drive towards the first wave of Renmatix licensees building Plantrose-enabled biorefineries. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

LanzaTech produces jet fuel from waste gases for Virgin Atlantic

BY LanzaTech Found In:Advanced FuelsLanzaTech has announced it has produced 1,500 gallons of renewable jet fuel through its partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Since 2011, the partnership has been committed to producing jet fuel derived waste industrial gases via a fermentation process. READ MORE

September 14, 2016

DOE’s BETO hosts alternative aviation fuel workshop

BY U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is hosting a 2-day workshop gathering lead experts in the field of aviation biofuels on Sept. 14–15. More than 100 stakeholders are expected to attend the event. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

Advanced Biofuels USA wins grant for beet-to-jet fuel project

BY Advanced Biofuels USA Found In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA has provided $16,893 to Advanced Biofuels USA, a nonprofit educational organization, for a feasibility study of producing bio-jet fuel from energy beets grown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

EPA grants Pacific Ethanol pathway approval for Edeniq technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsEdeniq Inc. has announced the U.S. EPA has approved a cellulosic fuel pathway for Pacific Ethanol Inc.’s Stockton, California, plant using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology, allowing the facility to generate D3 cellulosic renewable identification numbers. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

UPM wood-based biofuel successfully tested in marine applications

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsBoskalis and GoodFuels Marine recently performed successful tests using UPM BioVerno, a sustainable wood-based drop-in biofuel. The tests were conducted on a vessel working on the Dutch Marker Wadden nature restoration project on Markermeer lake. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

GE, Hayward Gordon sign distribution agreement for AD equipment

BY GE Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsGE recently announced that Hayward Gordon will be the exclusive supplier of process support and mixing nozzles for GE’s anaerobic digestion solutions in North America. Hayward Gordon’s HydroMix system is a highly effective hydraulic mixing system. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Brown signs bills extending California GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Sept. 8, California Gov. Edmond Brown signed legislation strengthening the state’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by requiring the state to cut emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

Select stations in Finland to sell 100 percent renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste plans to sell 100 percent renewable diesel at select stations in Finland come January. The company says the product launch is one way it plans to participate in the centennial celebration of Finland's independence from Russia in 1917. READ MORE

September 08, 2016

KLM to operate biofuel flights out of Los Angeles

BY KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsKLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a three-year contract for the supply of sustainable biofuel in Los Angeles. The biofuel will be produced by the local biofuel refinery AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG. READ MORE