Advanced Biofuels

January 21, 2016

In Depth: Biomass Supply Chain Trade-Offs: Basis for Successful Bioenergy Businesses

BY Rajdeep Golecha Found In:Advanced FuelsFeedstock sourcing is a critical aspect in the development of cellulosic biofuel businesses. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Eni rolls out renewable diesel blend to 3,500 stations in Italy

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced FuelsEni, the Italian oil major that converted its Venice oil refinery to a renewable diesel manufacturing plant, is rolling out its renewable blended product to 3,500 fuel stations across Italy this month. The fuel contains 15 percent renewable diesel. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Tesoro to support development of biocrude for its refineries

BY Tesoro Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsTesoro Corp. has announced plans to foster the development of biocrude, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. The company is working with Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., Virent Inc. and Ensyn Corp. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

JBEI researchers develop one-pot process for cellulosic ethanol

BY Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoint BioEnergy Institute researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water use and waste disposal. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

Novozymes reports drop in bioenergy sales for 2015

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNovozymes has released financial results for 2015, reporting sales grew by 4 percent organically last year. Bioenergy sales dropped 5 percent organically. EBIT grew by 15 percent and the EBIT margin was 27.7 percent. Net profit grew by 12 percent. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

Renewable hydrogen included under California LCFS

BY FuelCell Energy Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsFuelCell Energy Inc. has received contingent certification for a prospective pathway for its renewable hydrogen generation solution using fuel cells at wastewater treatment facilities under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

USDA: Insurance for new biofuel crop carinata now available

BY USDA Risk Management Agency Found In:Advanced FuelsUSDA’s Risk Management Agency recently announced that producers in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota can insure carinata by written agreement under the canola and rapeseed insurance plans. Producers must submit a request by March 15. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

Study seeks nature's best biocatalysts for biofuel production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. READ MORE

January 19, 2016

Opinion: Fortune Smiles on Industry, Better Late Than Never

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsGiven the ups and downs of 2015, the advanced biofuels industry ended with hope on the horizon for much needed stability in 2016. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

Navy to deploy Great Green Fleet in San Diego this week

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 20, the U.S. Department of the Navy will launch the first vessels of its Great Green Fleet at the San Diego Naval Air Station North Island, Carrier Pier. The carrier strike group will deploy using alternative fuels. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

Amyris launches Pathways Program

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. recently announced the availability of its Pathways Program, a program that provides partners a low-cost, low-risk opportunity to access Amyris’s industry-leading synthetic biology technology. READ MORE

January 18, 2016

USDA ARS scientists advance pyrolysis process

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe idea of replacing fossil-based fuel with a renewable source of sustainable energy is enough to get any environmentalist excited. USDA scientists have advanced a process to produce a crude liquid called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. READ MORE

January 15, 2016

Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecond-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. READ MORE

January 14, 2016

AFPM files motion to intervene in RFS lawsuit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAmerican Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has announced it has filed a motion to intervene in the recent lawsuit brought by members of the ethanol industry against the U.S. EPA regarding its recent renewable fuel standard (RFS) rulemaking. READ MORE

January 14, 2016

Study: Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag team

BY Jade Boyd, Rice University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from Rice University, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have discovered how two bacterial enzymes work as a team to break apart lignin. READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Agenda for technical sessions announced for 2016 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 9th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

January 11, 2016

Biofuel, ag groups ask court to review EPA’s recent RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 8, seven agricultural and biofuel groups filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asking the court to review the U.S. EPA’s final rule setting 2014-'16 obligations under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

January 11, 2016

Global Bioenergies, Lanzatech strengthen cooperation

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies and LanzaTech announce the signature of a new collaboration agreement to broaden the feedstock flexibility of Global Bioenergies’ Isobutene process and the product-portfolio of LanzaTech's carbon capture technology. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

Air Force opens comment period on Red Rock Biofuels draft EA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Air Force has opened a public comment period on its draft environmental assessment for the proposed Red Rock Biofuels LLC biorefinery. The facility is expected to produce 14 MMgy of biofuel from woody biomass using a Fischer-Tropsch process. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

DOE to issue FOAs on algae biomass, bioproducts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsIn recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to support the development of biobased hydrocarbon fuels and algae biomass. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Bill aims for long-term extension of renewable energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-December, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is seeking the democratic presidential nomination, introduced legislation that aims to enact long-term extensions of several clean energy tax credits that benefit the bioenergy and biofuel sectors. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Virent bio-jet achieves 50% particulate matter reduction

BY Virent Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsEmissions testing by Rolls-Royce and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration have confirmed that jet fuels containing Virent's BioForm synthesized aromatic kerosene fuel blend achieve greater than 50 percent particulate matter reduction. READ MORE

January 06, 2016

Global Bioenergies widens cooperation with Audi

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal Bioenergies and Audi announce the signature of a new collaboration agreement to further broaden the feedstock flexibility of Global Bioenergies' isobutene process to include feedstocks beyond biomass. READ MORE

January 05, 2016

BIO changes name to Biotechnology Innovation Organization

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo better reflect the remarkable progress and groundbreaking innovations its members achieve in healing, fueling and feeding the world, BIO is changing its name to Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

January 05, 2016

ARF releases candidate report card on RFS support

BY America’s Renewable Future Found In:Advanced FuelsAmerica's Renewable Future recently released its final candidate report card. The report card places each presidential contender into a good or bad category based on their support for the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

January 04, 2016

WM sustainability report highlights waste-to-energy achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsWaste Management recently published its 2015 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress made in meeting its 2020 sustainability goals. The report provides updated data to the company's full 2014 report titled "Creating a Circular Economy." READ MORE

January 04, 2016

IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' to produce hydrogen biofuel

BY Indiana University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen, one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water. READ MORE

January 04, 2016

Study suggests perennial crop yields can compete with corn stover

BY Mark E. Griffin, Wisconsin Energy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems can yield as much biomass as corn stover. READ MORE

December 31, 2015

Purdue engineer receives top award from Obama

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNancy Ho, founder and president of Green Tech America Inc. and a research professor emerita in Purdue University's School of Chemical Engineering, will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. READ MORE

December 30, 2015

Project aims to lower cellulase cost through enzyme recycling

BY Autodisplay Biotech GmbH Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn November, an international consortium led by Autodisplay Biotech GmbH started Pathway EFB, a collaborative research and development project to lower cellulase cost in the production of biofuels and biobased chemicals. READ MORE