Advanced Biofuels

March 17, 2016

Report quantifies employment, turnover impacts of EU bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study commissioned by the Belgium-based Biobased Industries Consortium has determined the European bioeconomy employs 18.3 million people and results in EUR 2.1 trillion ($2.31 trillion) in turnover. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

DOE seeks input on biorefinery scale-up, operational challenges

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking feedback that will will help its Bioenergy Technologies Office better understand capabilities, barriers and opportunities, associated with the operation of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

March 16, 2016

House hearing on RFS fails to include input from biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn March 16, subcommittees of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on U.S. EPA management of the renewable fuel standard. The event has been criticized for failing to include testimony from the biofuels industry. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

United Airlines deploys Honeywell’s green jet fuel at LAX

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced FuelsHoneywell UOP recently announced that United Airlines will use the company’s green jet fuel produced by AltAir to power flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support energy diversification. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

Deinove, Arbiom announce collaboration

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove and Arbiom have announced a collaboration that involves the characterization forestry residues pretreated with Arbiom's technology and the evaluation of Deinococcus potential for assimilating the sugars extracted from this biomass. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

Advanced biofuel event to colocate with Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced FuelsBBI International has announced the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. The event will take place June 20-23, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

United Airlines to fuel regularly scheduled flights with biofuel

BY United Airlines Found In:Advanced FuelsUnited Airlines recently made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight 708 from Los Angeles. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

Researchers closer to finding key to converting algae to biofuel

BY University of Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event. READ MORE

March 10, 2016

Amyris reports strong fourth quarter renewable product sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released fourth quarter financial results, reporting GAPP revenues of $9.8 million, down from $11.6 million during the same quarter of the prior year. Product sales reached $5.2 million during the fourth quarter. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Abengoa releases 2015 results, reports lower ethanol margins

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsAbengoa recently released condensed consolidated financial statements for the second half of last year, reporting that it generated nearly EUR 5.76 billion ($6.34 billion) in revenues and EUR 515 million in EBITDA during 2015. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

UT, Genera Energy harvest hybrid poplar stand

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and a bioeconomy. READ MORE

March 08, 2016

Optimizing biofuel production from algae using CO2 emissions

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team reports in American Chemical Society’s journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research an optimized way of producing biofuel from algae that also removes CO2 emissions from the environment. READ MORE

March 07, 2016

Comet Biorefining awarded $10.9 million SDTC grant

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSustainable Development Technology Canada has awarded Comet Biorefining, Inc. a grant of CA$10.9 million ($8.2 million) for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced biobased chemicals plant in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

March 04, 2016

Researchers: Chemical snapshot unveils path to greener biofuel

BY University of Copenhagen Found In:Advanced FuelsChemists at the University of Copenhagen have taken a leap ahead in understanding how lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases work, by showing how these enzymes bind to cellulose. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

In Search of Greatness

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEvery year since 2012, Biomass Magazine and BBI International have given out two awards at the International Biomass Conference & Expo: the Groundbreaker of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Bioenergy Award. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Vilsack defends biofuels, bioenergy during House hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 24, the House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on the state of the rural economy featuring testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Biofuels and bioenergy were among the topics discussed during the nearly three-hour event. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

USDA highlights bioeconomy investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a fact sheet highlighting its investments in rural America, including several related to sparking innovation in America’s bioeconomy to support the development of biomanufacturing and advanced biofuels. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Japanese researchers improve biorefineries with bubbles

BY Tohoku University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from Japan's Tohoku University has developed a new method for the pretreatment of organic material, or biomass, which could lead to more efficient production of biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE

March 02, 2016

USDA awards loan guarantee to AD project in Oregon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 26, USDA Rural Development announced plans to support an anaerobic digestion (AD) project under development by Novus Energy LLC in Boardman, Oregon, with an $11 million loan guarantee. READ MORE

March 02, 2016

DOE seeks pilot-scale capability for biofuels, biobased products

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsApplications are due March 4 to respond to a U.S. DOE request for information about public and private sector capabilities in pilot scale verification of biofuels and bioproducts processes. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

EPA: Chartered SAB to review biogenic framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has scheduled a public meeting of the chartered Science Advisory Board March 31-April 1. During the meeting, the SAB is expected to conduct a quality review of a draft report on the accounting framework for biogenic carbon emissions. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

Velocys: Study commences on UK-based waste-to-liquids plant

BY Velocys plc Found In:Advanced FuelsVelocys plc recently announced the commencement of an initial engineering study on the development of a new waste-to-liquids (WTL) project in the U.K. The proposed project would convert post-recycled waste to sustainable jet fuel and diesel. READ MORE

March 01, 2016

New way to reduce plant lignin could lead to cheaper biofuels

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown for the first time that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. Their technique could help lower the cost of converting biomass into fuels. READ MORE

February 29, 2016

DOE schedules biomass committee meeting for March 8-9

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled for March 8-9 in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Federal biomass board releases bioeconomy report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biomass Research and Development Board, an interagency collaboration composed of senior decision-makers from federal agencies and the White House, recently published a report, titled “Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy.” READ MORE

February 26, 2016

Best regions for growing bioenergy crops identified

BY University of Illinois Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have identified regions in the United States where bioenergy crops would grow best while minimizing effects on water quantity and quality. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

UN report gives sweeping overview of advanced biofuels

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced FuelsAdvanced biofuels can be exploited to meet sustainable development and climate change mitigation goals, says a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The report updates a similar 2014 survey. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Senate holds hearing on RFS oversight

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 24, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on oversight of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, was among those testifying. READ MORE

February 25, 2016

Lux: Cellulosic ethanol price hinges on feedstock cost

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced FuelsSix companies have now brought cellulosic ethanol facilities online, but with widely varying costs that indicate where innovation is still needed to make next-generation biofuels competitive, according to Lux Research. READ MORE