Advanced Biofuels

December 23, 2015

DOE awards $13.5 million to enhance sorghum for biofuel

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that it will be part of a major collaborative research project to improve sorghum's productivity under resource-limited conditions. The research is funded by the the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

University of Delaware researchers develop algae biofuels

BY Karen B. Roberts, University of Delaware Found In:Advanced FuelsAt the University of Delaware, associate scientist Jennifer Stewart is working to create sustainable algae-based biofuels that could reduce carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions in the atmosphere. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

Marching into Development & Construction

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsI write this blog fresh off of the March Biomass Magazine planning meeting. The theme that month is project development and plant construction, one of my favorite themes, and arguably one of the most important issues of the year. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

Report: Coal, biomass mix may be in military jet fuel future

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Defense Logistics Agency and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology recently released results of a research project that investigated the possibility of the use of liquefied coal and biomass mixtures as a military jet fuel. READ MORE

December 22, 2015

Opinion: Expanding Food Production and Biomass Benefits

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced FuelsThrough smart management and research and development by federal and state agriculture agencies, the yields of many crops have increased over the years, resulting in more protein and biomass for a variety of uses. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

Obama signs spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 18, President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders into law. The legislation includes two-year extensions of several tax credits that benefit the bioenergy sector. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

UPS to power Memphis, Jackson alternative fuel fleets with RNG

BY UPS Found In:Advanced FuelsUPS recently announced it will supply its fleet in Memphis, Tennessee, and Jackson, Mississippi, with renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Atmos Energy Marketing LLC. READ MORE

December 21, 2015

In Depth: DuPont’s Turn at Center Stage

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced FuelsIn October, probiofuel dignitaries celebrated the grand opening of DuPont’s Nevada, Iowa, cellulosic ethanol plant, closing the first chapter of the industry’s second-generation build-out story. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

Congress passes spending bill, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of Congress have passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill and accompanying legislative package of tax extenders that includes two-year extensions of tax credits that benefit biofuels and bioenergy. President Obama is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

St. Landry Parish opens expanded BioCNG fuel facility

BY St. Landry Parish Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsSt. Landry Parish has officially opened its expanded BioCNG Vehicle Fuel Facility at its sanitary landfill,which is now fueling Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. refuse vehicles collecting residential trash in St. Landry Parish. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

DOE: Ethanol-to-hydrocarbon technology moves forward

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOak Ridge National Laboratory published an article in Scientific Reports on its new method to directly convert biomass-derived ethanol to a hydrocarbon blendstock and is continuing work with Vertimass LLC to commercialize it. READ MORE

December 18, 2015

This Year's Standout Stories (My Picks)

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsAs 2015 comes to a close, the Biomass Magazine staff has already been working on 2016 issues for a couple of months. Today, I’m going to share with you my personal favorites from each section. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

Seattle-Tacoma airport aims to power all flights with biofuel

BY Boeing Found In:Advanced FuelsThe Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

Pacific Ethanol produces cellulosic ethanol at Stockton plant

BY Pacific Ethanol Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsPacific Ethanol Inc. announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, California, facility using Edeniq Inc.'s pathway technology, which converts corn kernel fiber to fermentable sugars. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

Gevo provides update on alcohol-to-jet certification process

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. announced an update on the certification process for to its alcohol-to-jet product. A meeting of the ASTM D02.J6 subcommittee was held on Dec. 9 to discuss the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

New catalyst paves way for biobased plastics, chemicals

BY Tina Hilding, Washington State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts biobased ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, biobased plastics and products. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Legislation aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFederal lawmakers have released the text of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through October 2016. An accompanying legislative package of tax extenders aims to extend certain bioenergy tax incentives for two years. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

Chempolis, Avantha partner to offer cellulosic technology

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChempolis Ltd. has entered into partnership with Avantha Group's research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues. READ MORE

December 16, 2015

HeidelbergCement, Joule announce partnership

BY Joule Unlimited Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJoule and HeidelbergCement have announced a partnership to explore application of Joule's technology to mitigate carbon emissions in cement manufacturing. The partnership could result colocation of Joule's technology at HeidelbergCement sites. READ MORE

December 15, 2015

Metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria could yield better biofuels

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. READ MORE

December 14, 2015

University of Illinois awarded grant to support sorghum research

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Illinois has been awarded a 3-year, $5 million grant from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as part of its OPEN 2015 funding initiative. The research team intends to increase the water use efficiency of sorghum. READ MORE

December 11, 2015

The Silver Lining of Low Oil

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsIn January Biomass Magazine story “The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices,” Senior Editor Ron Kotrba speaks to executives managing different renewable fuel facilities, and finds that it’s not all doom-and-gloom when the cost of crude nosedives READ MORE

December 11, 2015

DuPont, Dow plan to merge then split into 3 independent companies

BY The Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont and The Dow Chemical Co. have announced plans to combine in an all-stock merger of equals into DowDuPont. The parties intend to subsequently pursue a separation of DowDuPont into three independent, publicly traded companies. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

USDA announces loan guarantee for Ensyn RFO project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a 20 MMgy cellulosic biorefinery under development by an affiliate of Ensyn Corp. in Georgia. The facility will produce a renewable fuel oil product. READ MORE

December 10, 2015

UMass Amherst chemist wins NSF grant for biofuel technology

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Advanced FuelsUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst computational chemist Scott Auerbach has been awarded a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve basic understanding and optimize the process of producing drop-in biofuels. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

Volvo Trucks approves use of renewable diesel fuel

BY John Mies, Volvo Trucks North America Found In:Advanced FuelsVolvo Trucks North America, after concluding truck and engine lab testing, recently approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines, offering environmental and cost-savings benefits to customers. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

New way to make yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe makers of beer, wine, biofuels and other products that depend on yeasts may soon have many more strains of the microorganism to work with, thanks to a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab. READ MORE

December 09, 2015

New dual-purpose bioenergy, forage crop set for release

BY Kay Ledbette, Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRuss Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid "similar to seedless watermelons, seedless grapes and other sterile triploid crops." READ MORE

December 07, 2015

Europe opens antitrust investigation on 3 ethanol producers

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Dec. 7, the European Commission announced it is opening a formal antitrust investigation to determine whether or not three ethanol producers have manipulated ethanol benchmarks published by a price reporting agency. READ MORE

December 07, 2015

Discovery advances biowaste-to-jet fuel research

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have figured out a way to successfully convert a common wood byproduct into hydrocarbon molecules that could be used as jet fuel. READ MORE