Advanced Biofuels

January 12, 2015

UPM's renewable diesel plant begins commercial operations

BY UPM Found In:Advanced FuelsUPM's wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. The facility is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million liters of biofuel annually. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded syngas-to-liquids project in the U.S.

BY Amec Foster Wheeler Found In:Advanced FuelsAmec Foster Wheeler recently announced it has signed an agreement with D'Arcinoff Group to provide engineering and technical services for an integrated 30,000-barrels-per-day syngas-to-liquids facility in Hudspeth County, Texas. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

Gevo issues plant update, transfers common stock listing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has issued an update of operations at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant, reporting that the facility produced more than 50,000 gallons of biobased isobutanol in December. The company also announced the transfer of its common stock listing. READ MORE

January 09, 2015

KiOR cancels bankruptcy auction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDocuments filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware show KiOR's bankruptcy auction, scheduled for Jan. 9, has been cancelled. Meanwhile, the state of Mississippi has asked the court to convert the bankruptcy to Chapter 7. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Oregon vote approves second phase of Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Jan. 7, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 to approve rules for the second phase of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which requires a 10 percent reduction of greenhouse gases from transportation fuels over a 10-year period. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Bacteria 'factories' churn out valuable chemicals

BY Kat J. McAlpine, Harvard Gazette Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce, and how much, through the bacteria's metabolic processes. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

EPA seeks nominations for technical subcommittee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is requesting nominations for its Mobile Sources Technical Review Subcommittee, which provides the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee with input on technical aspects of programs related to mobile source air pollution and its control. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Plant genetic advance could improve biofuel processing

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPlant geneticists from universities in Massachusetts and California have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

E2: Advanced biofuel production likely to double in 3 years

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuel capacity topped 800 million gallons in 2014, up from the previous year and almost double the capacity in 2011, according to the E2 Advance Biofuel Market Report 2014 released by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

Clean Energy sells interest in biogas facility to Cambrian Energy

BY Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsClean Energy Fuels Corp. has announced the sale of Clean Energy's majority interest in its McCommas Bluff biomethane production facility located in Dallas, Texas, to minority interest owner Cambrian Energy. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

Biomethane project moves forward in British Columbia

BY City of Surrey, British Columbia Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsIris Solutions has been selected as the preferred proponent by the city of Surrey, British Columbia, to finalize an agreement to design, build, partially finance, maintain and operate the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

EPA accepting comments on preliminary biomass sorghum analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is accepting public comments on its preliminary analysis of the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use as biofuel feedstock through Jan. 30. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

Lufthansa Group aircraft fly from Oslo on biokerosene

BY Lufthansa Group Found In:Advanced FuelsFrom next year the Lufthansa Group will be fueling their aircraft at Oslo airport with a biokerosene mixture. The group recently became the first airline group to sign this kind of contract with the Norwegian oil company Statoil Aviation. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

2015 biomass conferences to colocate in Minneapolis

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsBBI International, owners and organizers of the International Biomass Conference & Expo, recently reported Heating the Midwest, a regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy, will be colocated with this year's conference. READ MORE

December 29, 2014

Opinion: Hope vs Change

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuels Association president Michael McAdams assesses the results of the mid term elections, what it means for the advanced biofuels industry and offers his thoughts on the coming legislative year. READ MORE

December 28, 2014

Opinion: It's in the Way that You Use It

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz previews the January issue of Biomass Magazine and the vital nature of its operations and maintenance theme for bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

EPA seeks nominations for new Agricultural Science Committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNominations are due Jan. 30 for the U.S. EPA's new Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which was established by the 2014 Farm Bill to advise EPA on matters impacting farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

December 26, 2014

Dakota Spirit AgEnergy on track for Q2 startup

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAll buildings and major equipment are in place at the 65 MMgy Dakota Spirit AgEnergy under construction in Spiritwood, North Dakota. Staff to move into offices in mid-January and begin preparing for startup. READ MORE

December 24, 2014

In Depth: Planning for Rail Bottlenecks

BY Carla Harper Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRail operators promise fewer delays, more transparency, and big capacity investment for the nation’s rail network in 2015. A few seasoned CEOs offer insight on coping with and planning for delays in winter. READ MORE

December 23, 2014

Goteborg Energi's demonstration plant begins operations

BY Goteborg Energi Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsGoBiGas, the world's first demonstration plant for large-scale production of biogas through the gasification of forest residues, is now in full operation. The biogas has been supplied to the Swedish natural grid since mid-December. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Obama signs short-term tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, President Obama signed a bill that retroactively extends several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and throughout this year through the end of 2014, including several incentives that benefit biofuel and bioenergy producers. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

EPA publishes request for substantiations of confidentiality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting substantiations of confidentiality claims from businesses that have submitted reports and transactional information on the renewable fuels standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 22, 2014

U.S. Navy files supersonic with Gevo ATJ

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Navy, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Gevo, Inc. have announced the first successful alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) supersonic flight at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office updates program plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an updated multi-year program plan (MYPP), which sets for goals and structure for the office over the next five years. READ MORE

December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Ag Technology Business Incubator celebrates opening

BY County of Ottawa, Michigan Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAt a grand opening in early December, Ottawa County, Michigan, announced the official kick-off of the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a nonprofit helping farmers and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and inventions into successful businesses. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

EPA: Nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for November, reporting that more than 1.38 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 6 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Purdue researchers develop process to convert lignin to chemicals

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. READ MORE