Advanced Biofuels

June 24, 2014

Supreme Court issues its decision on EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the U.S. EPA's Tailoring Rule. It did not, however, address the uncertainty faced by those in the biomass industry with regard to the EPA's treatment of biogenic emissions. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Stora Enso acquires U.S.-based biotechnology company

BY Stora Enso Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsStora Enso has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Virdia, a developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is about $33 million. READ MORE

June 23, 2014

May RIN data shows increased biofuel production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) data for May. While overall RIN generation reached nearly 1.48 billion for month, up from nearly 1.45 billion in April, no cellulosic RINs were generated in May. READ MORE

June 20, 2014

Spero Energy wins DOE grant for its lignin catalysis technology

BY Purdue Research Park Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Purdue Research Park-based company whose one-step, patent-pending technology could improve the efficiency of alternative fuel production has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Genera, partners collaborate for advancement of advanced biofuels

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has partnered with academic and industrial institutions with the goal of demonstrating the production of advanced biofuels from sustainable sources of lignocellulosic biomass. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Pennsylvania offers funding for renewable energy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is offering approximately $12.5 million in funding to support alternative and renewable energy projects in the state, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro projects. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Revised ASTM aviation fuel standard paves the way for biojet

BY ASTM International Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel has now been included in ASTM International standard D7566, Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. READ MORE

June 19, 2014

Byogy Renewables invests in AusAgave Australia

BY Byogy Renewables Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsByogy Renewables Inc. has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia as part of the upstream integration of multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

Honeywell jet fuel powers World Cup flights

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced FuelsGOL Airlines, the official airline of the Brazil soccer team, is fueling up with Honeywell Green Jet Fuel to carry the team to Brazilian cities hosting 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. The fuel is blended up to 50 percent with petroleum-based jet fuel. READ MORE

June 18, 2014

ABO announces Matthew Carr as new executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has announced Matthew Carr as its executive director. Carr most recently served as managing director of the industrial and environmental section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

Grant supports infrastructure development for NC biorefinery

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsRep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., recently announced that the city of Clinton, North Carolina, has received a $1.76 million federal grant to construct water and sewer infrastructure to support a proposed 20 MMgy cellulosic biofuel plant. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

Total, Amyris to market renewable jet fuel for commercial flights

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsWith the newly revised ASTM standard for jet fuel, Amyris Inc. and Total have are preparing to market a drop-in jet fuel that contains up to 10 percent blends of renewable farnesane. The fuel blend meets performance requirements for Jet A/A-1 fuel. READ MORE

June 17, 2014

USDA-ISU report validates cellulosic biomass sustainability

BY Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFive years of soil nutrient data gathered at Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC's Project Liberty site are consistent with more than 500 site-years of additional soil research, experts at USDA and Iowa State University have determined. READ MORE

June 16, 2014

USDA announces funding for 2 Farm Bill bioenergy programs

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced up to $14.5 million in funding for two USDA bioenergy programs made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA also announced the availability of its new Bioeconomy Tool Shed. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Ceres begins field evaluations of its biotech traits in sugarcane

BY Ceres Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. will evaluate a number of its biotech traits in sugarcane in South America. Plantings were recently completed and preliminary performance observations will be available by the end of the year. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

Cornell University center funds 4 bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCornell University's David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has awarded $1.4 million from its Academic Venture Fund to 12 new university projects, including several related to biomass and bioenergy production. READ MORE

June 13, 2014

York scientists provide new insights into biomass breakdown

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

WBA report illustrates global increase in bioenergy production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe World Bioenergy Association recently released a report, titled "WBA Global Bioenergy Statistics 2014," that determined renewables contributed 18.3 percent of the global energy mix, with bioenergy alone contributing approximately 14.1 percent. READ MORE

June 12, 2014

GTI announces production of high-octane renewable gasoline

BY Gas Technology Institute Found In:Advanced FuelsIn a recently completed project, Gas Technology Institute worked with Haldor Topsoe Inc. on an integrated biorefinery to make renewable drop-in gasoline, successfully producing a high-octane transportation fuel. READ MORE

June 11, 2014

Navy opens solicitation for 37 million gallons of biofuel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. Department of the Navy is seeking at least 37 million gallon of drop-in biofuels as part of its F-76 marine diesel and JP-5 shipboard jet fuel supply in the upcoming Inland/East/Gulf Coast bulk fuels solicitation. READ MORE

June 11, 2014

Developers of the first cellulosic plants share updates at FEW

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsCellulosic ethanol projects around the globe are nearing completion, attendees at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo learned in breakout sessions featuring reports from several companies bringing these technologies to commercialization. READ MORE

June 11, 2014

POET-DSM, DuPont, Abengoa begin commissioning cellulosic plants

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsPOET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC, DuPont and Abengoa shared exciting updates of their respective cellulosic ethanol projects at the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Indianapolis. All three plants are expected to be operational soon. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

USDA to accept applications for BCAP matching payments

BY Anna Simet and Erin Voegele Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has published a notice of funds availability for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. According to the notice, the USDA will provide $12.5 million in BCAP matching payments this year, with $12.5 million spent on technical assistance. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

FEW: Ball, Dunn receive awards in Indianapolis

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe cream of the crop were recognized at the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Indianapolis on June 10. Lars Dunn received the Award of Excellence and Shirley Ball received the High Octane Award. READ MORE

June 10, 2014

Agriculture to rely on drones despite regulatory lag

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUAS hold great promise in agriculture, but the FAA is lagging in its understanding of how important drones are becoming to farmers, and in developing regulations, according to panelists at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Corn forum: Stover market emergence tipping forward

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe collection and handling of corn stover was the focus of a panel discussion at the Emerging Corn Production Technologies and Science Forum, an event collocated with the 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Renewable Energy Group completes Dynamic Fuels acquisition

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, REG Synthetic Fuels LLC, has completed its acquisition of the remaining 50 percent ownership interest in Dynamic Fuels LLC, previously owned by Tyson Foods Inc. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

Grant supports scale-up of AFEX cellulosic pretreatment process

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Program for the Bio-Economy has awarded funding to support the scale-up of a cellulosic pretreatment technology, with the goal of making it more broadly available for consumer use. READ MORE

June 09, 2014

EPA extends 2013 RFS compliance deadline, 2014 rule expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA is extending the compliance deadline for the 2013 renewable fuel standard (RFS) and the associated deadline for submission of attest engagement reports for the 2013 RFS. The new deadlines are Sept. 30, 2014 and Jan 30, 2015. READ MORE

June 06, 2014

Trade mission to Peru to address biomass, biofuel opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is organizing a renewable energy and energy efficiency trade mission to Peru in November that will promote the export competitiveness of U.S. technologies. READ MORE