Advanced Biofuels

March 10, 2014

USDA awards advanced biofuel payments to pellet, biogas producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn March 6, USDA Rural Development announced nearly $60 million in payments to 195 biofuel producers under the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established by the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized in the recently signed 2014 Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2014

Gevo issues exclusive Argentina license for isobutanol technology

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc., the world's only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced today that Porta Hnos S.A. has signed a letter of intent to become the exclusive licensee of GIFT(R) in Argentina to produce renewable isobutanol. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Renewable diesel project to use Inbicon's demo facility

BY DONG Energy Found In:Advanced FuelsDONG Energy and Neste Oil have entered into a collaboration to develop a cost-effective technology for producing renewable diesel and aviation fuel from agricultural residues. READ MORE

March 06, 2014

Opinion: Urging the EPA to Reconsider RFS Targets

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams discusses his organization's recently submitted formal comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

In Depth: The Year is Here

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels2014 will bear witness to the commissioning of some of the first U.S. commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants. READ MORE

March 05, 2014

Budget proposal extends biofuel tax credit, cuts oil subsidies

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal released March 4, calls for extending a tax credit for cellulosic biofuels and puts forward the idea of cutting billions in fossil fuel subsidies. READ MORE

March 04, 2014

EPA Tier 3 rule sets E10 as new test fuel

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA final rule for emission standards for cars and gasoline made E10 the new federal emissions test fuel and finalized specifications for E85 test fuel for flex-fuel vehicles. READ MORE

March 03, 2014

Alkol, U of Madrid to develop sugarcane varieties for Spain

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAlkol Bioenergy and the University of Madrid have signed an agreement to develop a Brazilian sugarcane variety for Spain. READ MORE

March 03, 2014

EPA sets Tier 3 standards for cleaner fuel, cars

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Advanced FuelsBased on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. EPA today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline. READ MORE

February 28, 2014

Study: EU waste could provide 16 percent of road fuel by 2030

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsAccording to a newly released study, if all sustainably available waste and residuals were converted to biofuels, it could supply up to 16 percent of the European Union's road fuel by 2030. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Cool Planet breaks ground on commercial facility

BY Cool Planet Energy Systems Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsCool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, has broken ground on the company's first commercial facility in Alexandria, La., dubbed Project Genesis. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Amyris reports reduced farnesene production costs in 2013 results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released its fourth quarter and full year 2013 financial results. The company reported total revenues of $41.12 million for the year, down from $73.69 million in 2012. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Solazyme reports fourth quarter and full year 2013 results

BY Solazyme Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2013. Solayzme CEO Jonathan Wolfson called 2013 a year of great progress for the company. READ MORE

February 27, 2014

Duckweed genes left exposed for future biofuel research

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreater Duckweed, which holds potential for biofuel production, had its genes analyzed by Rutgers University researchers. Although the plant is fairly small, it is ranked as one of the fastest growing plants. READ MORE

February 26, 2014

House tax proposal would alter biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced FuelsHouse Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, R-Mich., has released draft legislation to reform federal tax code. The draft, titled the "Tax Reform Act of 2014," would alter, and in some cases repeal, tax incentives for biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

New Holland provides tractors to ISU BioCentury Research Farm

BY Iowa State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University's BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. A model T8.330 and a T5.115 tractor with a loader were loaned to the facility. READ MORE

February 25, 2014

Chromatin announces production of farnesene in sorghum

BY Chromatin Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChromatin Inc. has announced that it has created sorghum plants containing elevated levels of the energy-rich compound farnesene. The milestone achievement was supported in part by the U.S. DOE's ARPA-E program Plants Engineered To Replace Oil. READ MORE

February 24, 2014

Carbon sequestration not so simple in biomass crop production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFindings at the USDA are providing information about the soil carbon dynamics that play a crucial role in lifecycle assessments of bioenergy production. These studies at support the USDA priority of developing new new sources of bioenergy. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Study unveils vast potential of UK biomass resources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new study has found the U.K. could generate up to 44 percent of its energy needs from domestic biomass sources by 2050. The study was completed by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

NREL: Unique bioreactor finds algae's sweet spot

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA unique bioreactor at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can help find the ideal locations for farms to produce algae that could someday compete with renewable diesel, cellulosic ethanol, and other petroleum alternatives. READ MORE

February 21, 2014

Butamax, Gevo patent infringement case returning to court

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC's patent infringement case against Gevo Inc. will return to U.S. District Court for trial, as ordered by Judge Sue L. Robinson on Feb. 18. READ MORE

February 20, 2014

China approves biobased aviation fuel for commercial use

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Chinese government has approved a biobased aviation fuel for commercial use. On Feb. 12, the Civil Aviation Administration of China published a notice announcing it has granted Sinopec the first certificate of airworthiness for biobased jet fuel. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Cellulosic ethanol RINs were generated in January

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for January, reporting the first generation of cellulosic ethanol RINs since 2012. Cellulosic RINs were generated last year, but those RINs were for drop-in gasoline and diesel. READ MORE

February 19, 2014

Proterro receives patent on unique photobioreactor

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProterro Inc.'s latest patent is on its way to being finalized. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of allowance to Proterro for a device patent covering the company's proprietary photobioreactor. READ MORE

February 13, 2014

Biogas liquefaction plant to produce biofuel for Norway buses

BY Wärtsilä Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe biogas liquefaction plant delivered by Wartsila to the Norwegian Cambi AS, a specialist in biowaste treatment, was inaugurated on Feb. 12. The plant will produce biomethane from household food waste to be used as biofuel for buses in Oslo. READ MORE

February 13, 2014

University of Greenwich leads algae biorefinery project

BY University of Greenwich Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Greenwich is leading an international project to develop the microalga Dunaliella as a sustainable raw material that captures carbon dioxide and can grow in some of the world's harshest environments. READ MORE

February 12, 2014

WB Services announces clean energy scholarship program

BY WB Services LLC Found In:Advanced FuelsRon Beemiller, president and CEO of WB Services LLC, has announced the launch of a Clean Energy Scholarship Program. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the study and ultimately a career in the field of renewable fuels. READ MORE

February 12, 2014

Approach identifies biofuel sources that don't require farmland

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the debate over using crops for fuel continues, scientists are now reporting a new, fast approach to develop biofuel in a way that doesn't require removing valuable farmland from the food production chain. READ MORE

February 10, 2014

Annual biofuel demand forecasted at 51 billion gallons by 2022

BY Navigant Research Found In:Advanced FuelsAccording to a new report from Navigant Research, global demand for biofuels for road transportation will grow from 32.4 billion gallons in 2013 to 51.1 billion by 2022. The report analyzes the emerging markets and future opportunities for biofuels. READ MORE

February 07, 2014

Obama signs Farm Bill, announces Made in Rural America initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill into law during a Feb. 7 ceremony at Michigan State University. During his speech, Obama also announced the launch of a new "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative. READ MORE