Advanced Biofuels

May 17, 2016

UM researchers earn $1.4 million grant to study biomass

BY University of Montana Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Montana researchers will use a grant awarded by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to identify and overcome the barriers to using biomass from fuels-reduction and forest-restoration treatments. READ MORE

May 17, 2016

In Depth: Expanding the Bioenergy Workforce

BY Betsy Fradd Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsSkilled, professional, and motivated technicians and operators are in demand for first-generation, advanced biofuel and cogeneration plants, and other bioenergy facilities. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

DOE awards $10 million for bioenergy research, development

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

May 16, 2016

UCR researchers win funding for biofuel, biochemical development

BY Sarah Nightingale, University of California, Riverside Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of California, Riverside researchers have received a $1.3 million award from the USDA that will fund research on developing commercially viable processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

White House OMB reviewing EPA rule to amend RFS program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to amend the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget on May 10. The rule is titled “Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule.” READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Gevo Q1 results provide update on isobutanol equipment upgrades

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. released first quarter financial results, focusing on progress made at Luverne since the restart of isobutanol production in mid-March, and announcing Alaska Airlines’ first commercial flight using Gevo’s ATJ fuel is scheduled in June. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Grant helps project realize ‘ultra-productive’ biofuel crops

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced FuelsThe University of Illinois and the University of Florida have been awarded a third round of funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to realize ultra-productive biofuel crops. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Amyris reports increased revenues in first quarter results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. recently released first quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $8.8 million, including product sales growth of 50 percent when compared to the same period of 2015. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Air Canada, CBSCI choose airport for aviation biofuel project

BY Air Canada Found In:Advanced FuelsAir Canada has announced Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative will be held at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. It is a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce biojet into a shared fuel system. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Berkeley Lab scientists brew jet fuel in one-pot recipe

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pretreated plant material. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Deinove partners with TWB to optimize Deinococcus production

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove has announced a technology collaboration with Toulouse White Biotechnology. The project aims to map the metabolic fluxes of the Deinococcus chassis. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

AMP Americas launches biogas division, signs fuel agreements

BY AMP Americas Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsAMP Americas recently announced the launch of ampRENEW, its newly formed biogas division. In addition, Dillon Transport and Ruan Transportation Management Systems have signed fueling agreements with ampRENEW to fuel a portion of their fleets. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

AEBIOM weighs in on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY European Biomass Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to define a sustainable European Union bioenergy policy for the period post-2020, and to open up the debate through its public consultation. READ MORE

May 09, 2016

USDA, DOE invest $10 million in biofuel, feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a joint investment of $10 million towards research that aims to drive more efficient biofuels production and agricultural feedstock improvements. READ MORE

May 09, 2016

DOE opens funding opportunity for biofuels, bioproducts, biopower

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRecognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

USDA: FSFL program now includes microloan option

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has updated its Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing so agricultural producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Renewable biomass is among the eligible commodities. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

Aemetis to acquire Edeniq and its cellulosic technology

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAemetis Inc. and Edeniq have entered into a definitive agreement under which Aemetis will acquire all of Edeniq’s outstanding shares in a stock plus cash merger transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

QUT research aims to eliminate fossil fuel use in sugar industry

BY Queensland University of Technology Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsQueensland University of Technology researchers are leading the way in developing and testing new technologies as part of a $5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

REG: Geismar RHD plant resumed operations in March

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently released first quarter financial results, reporting its 75 MMgy Geismar renewable diesel plant in Louisiana restarted operations in March. The plant was acquired by REG in 2014. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

ARENA supporting Australia’s largest bioenergy project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA bioenergy project in Queensland could become a reality thanks to early stage funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project would produce ethanol, lignin for power production and fuel pellets. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

Velocys reports progress on Envia GTL project in Oklahoma

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based Velocys plc recently released 2015 financial results, reporting good progress on Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

Poet reports Project Liberty in ‘ramp-up’ phase

BY Poet LLC Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsProject Liberty in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

Researchers find biofuel potential in Australian algae

BY James Cook University Found In:Advanced FuelsA native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet fuel, an international research team has found. The team has developed a proof-of-concept process using the macroalgae Oedogonium. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

RFA publishes analysis of California LCFS data

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe Renewable Fuels Association has released an analysis of recently published data on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, noting grain ethanol provided nearly half of the greenhouse gas reductions achieved through 2015. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Lux: Low-carbon fuels, vehicle efficiency to cut CO2 emissions

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced FuelsGlobal road transportation accounts for a sixth of all global carbon dioxide emissions, and its share is rising. A new analysis from Lux Research finds that low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29 percent in 2030. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Airline teams up with Alberta's Clean Energy Technology Centre

BY WestJet Found In:Advanced FuelsWestJet recently announced it has teamed up with Alberta-based Clean Energy Technology Centre to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation biofuel in Western Canada. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE