Advanced Biofuels

August 06, 2015

Argonne scientists study benefits of bioenergy crop integration

BY U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Argonne National Laboratory are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study is set to be published in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

WSU: New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new summer course, titled Survey of Technical Equipment for Processing, is offered through Washington State University Tri-Cities and covers topics from fermentation and pyrolysis of biomaterials to process controls and industrial maintenance. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Genera Energy launches unique biomass crop planning app

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. announced the launch of its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass. The Biomass app was developed to serve as a practical, easy-to-use mobile crop planning and learning tool for biomass farmers and landowners. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

EPA paves the way for Algenol’s carbon reduction technology

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Clean Power Plan rule acknowledges for the first time the value of carbon utilization, the cornerstone of Algenol's Direct-to-Ethanol technology, as a method for utilities to reduce emissions from electricity production. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

REG reports increased biomass-based diesel sales in Q2 earnings

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, reporting 96.1 million gallons of biomass-based diesel sales, 24.5 percent more than the comparable period in 2014. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Keeping algae from stressing out

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSome algae like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii produce energy-dense oils or lipids when stressed, and these lipids can then be converted into fuels. However, researchers walk a fine line in not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Researchers report a novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis

BY World Scientific Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis using a consortium of motile bacteria moving on solid surfaces and carrying microbial luggage, another bacteria that can efficiently hydrolyze cellulose, was demonstrated by the group of researchers. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Grains of rice hold big promise for GHG reductions, bioenergy

BY U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice is a large source of atmospheric methane. With the addition of a single gene, researchers have developed rice that can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies and features more starch for food and bioenergy production. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

Gevo highlights corporate developments during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $8.9 million, up from $7.7 million during the same period of 2014. The net loss was $17.8 million, compared to $17.2 million during second quarter of last year. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Abengoa highlights Hugoton plant during half year investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa has released half year financial results, reporting revenues of EUR 3.39 billion ($3.71 billion), up 3 percent when compared to the first six months of the prior year. EBITDA increased by 9 percent, reaching EUR 650 million. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil plant, UPS contract in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. recently released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting consistent power and steam supply coming from its cogeneration Moema facility and expanded relationship with UPS for supply of renewable diesel fuel. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

3 bioenergy-related House bills introduced in late July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, several pieces of legislation were introduced that aim to impact the biorefining industry. Two of the bills aim to benefit bioenergy technologies, while a third would limit the U.S. EPA's ability to set cellulosic mandates. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

MSU research could improve cyanobacteria use in biofuel

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOverexposure to sunlight, which is damaging to natural photosynthetic systems of green plants and cyanobacteria, is also expected to be damaging to artificial photosynthetic systems. Michigan State University researchers aim to overcome that hurdle. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

USDA scientist helps Texas sorghum growers reduce water use

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSusan O'Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, Texas, is providing guidance to sorghum farmers in the Texas High Plains who are trying to save water by using less-than-optimal amounts of it. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Reproducible research for biofuels and biogas

BY Gigascience Found In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsNew research in the open access journal GigaScience presents a virtual package of data for biogas production, made reusable in a containerized form to allow scientists to better understand the production of biofuels. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

Opinion: Well-Equipped

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsWhile bioenergy facilities are not built to optimize development of their components, this issue of Biomass Magazine makes clear that they are great incubators of innovation. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Gevo announces first pump sales of isobutanol-blended gasoline

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsGevo Inc. has announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo's renewable isobutanol at the pump. Express Lube has been selling the fuel at over a 50 percent premium to E10. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Argonne National Lab finds butanol is good for boats

BY U.S. DOE/Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced FuelsArgonne National Laboratory recently teamed with industry to investigate alternative fuels for recreational marine applications. Research has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

UPS announces agreements with three renewable fuels suppliers

BY UPS Found In:Advanced FuelsUPS has announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

DuPont: Iowa cellulosic biorefinery mechanically complete

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsDuPont has released second quarter financial results, reporting an 11 percent drop in sales and a slight increase in earnings per share. The company also noted its cellulosic refinery in Iowa is now mechanically complete. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Biofuel industry voices support for RFS as comment period ends

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsJuly 27 is the final day members of the public can weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recently released renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal. As the comment period comes to a close, supporters of the biofuel industry are actively making their voices heard. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Brazilian president officially opens cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Iogen Corp. Found In:Advanced FuelsBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy's cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raizen's newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 22. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Project aims to use probiotic bacteria to produce algal crops

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Lawrence Livermore team has received an additional $1 million to protect algal crops by developing "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

EPA: 12.42 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for June, reporting that more than 1.56 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 12.41 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

RFS comment period to close July 27

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe public comment period on U.S. EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) proposal is set to close July 27. As of July 22, more than 45,000 comments had already been filed on the proposal. READ MORE