Advanced Biofuels

February 13, 2015

Washington solicits comments on potential clean fuel standard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Washington Department of Ecology recently published a discussion document to jumpstart dialogue on a potential rulemaking for a state clean fuel standard. The program would be similar to the California and Oregon low carbon fuel standards. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

NRDC publishes airline sustainability scorecard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a scorecard that ranks airlines on the use of sustainable biofuels. According to the NDRC's report, Air France/KLM is the leader of the pack. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

BPI announces startup of pilot plant featuring LTSD technology

BY Bio-Process Innovation Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBio-Process Innovation Inc. has announced the completion of the construction of its 1-ton pilot plant and successful operation of its low temperature steep delignification (LTSD) pretreatment process at its facility in Otterbein, Indiana. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

IRENA report highlights bioenergy growth potential in the U.S.

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has published a report that highlights the realistic potential for higher renewable uptake in all sectors of the U.S. energy system, including power, industry, building and the transportation sector. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

New president to lead Poet-DSM joint venture

BY Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels Found In:Advanced FuelsPoet-DSM Advanced Biofuels' commercial activities will be moving forward under the leadership of the joint venture's first president, Dan Cummings. He joins Poet-DSM after serving as president and director of INEOS New Planet BioEnergy. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

USDA ARS scientists develop higher yielding sorghum plants

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Sharon Durham Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new sorghum plant developed by scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Cropping Systems Research Laboratory can produce 30 to 40 percent more seeds than conventional varieties currently grown by farmers. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 10, the USDA hosted a media call announcing more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted recent improvements made to REAP. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

Algenol closes on internal equity financing

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgenol has closed on a $25 million dollar investment from BioFields, a Mexican business group devoted to the development of renewable and clean energy projects. This new investment follows a $40 million investment made by BioFields last year. READ MORE

February 09, 2015

Neste Oil reports increased sales volume for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsNeste Oil has released financial results for 2014, reporting comparable operating project of EUR 583 million ($669.09 million), including comparable operating profit of EUR 254 million during the fourth quarter. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

E3 releases report on decarbonizing pipeline gas in California

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced FuelsEnergy and Environmental Economics Inc. has released a study that investigates the potential role decarbonized pipeline gas and existing gas pipeline infrastructure can have in California to help meet the state's 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

RSB solicits public comments on its principles and criteria

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced FuelsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has opened a 60-day comment period on a revision of the RSB Principles & Criteria. Comments gathered will inform discussions among RSB members over the forthcoming Version 3.0 of the P&Cs. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Cyanobacterium found in algae collection holds biotech promise

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCyanobacteria, bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis, are of considerable interest as biofactories. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have identified a fast growing strain that may hold potential for biorefining. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

House bills aim to alter, eliminate the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsOn Feb. 4, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., announced the introduction of two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS), including the RFS Elimination Act, H.R. 703, and the RFS Reform Act, H.R. 704. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Toward the next biofuel: Secrets of Fistulifera solaris

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have identified a microalga that is a species of diatom called Fistulifera solaris, which is emerging as a promising candidate for next-generation biofuel technology. It grows quickly and produces high levels of oil at the same time. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

Oregon bills aim to remove sunset date from Clean Fuels Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsEfforts are underway in Oregon to repeal the Dec. 31 sunset date under the state's Clean Fuels Program. Several bills pending in the Oregon legislature aim to remove the sunset date, allowing the program to be implemented past the end of this year. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

IU biologists use bacterium, nitrogen gas to produce ethanol

BY Indiana University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIndiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Fire suppressant provider targets biomass industry

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGelTech Solutions Inc., the creator of the patent-pending fire suppressant compound called FireIce, recently began working in the agriculture industry and is now initiating outreach to some biomass producers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Energycane varieties look promising for north Louisiana

BY Louisiana State University AgCenter Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLouisiana State University AgCenter researchers continue to evaluate energycane varieties planted in north Louisiana as a possible new crop for producers to grow as a biofuel feedstock. Energycane is a cross between sugarcane and its wild relatives. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Opinion: Low Oil Price Won't Put Brakes on Biomass Future

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced FuelsThe recent fall in oil prices has everybody talking about the prospects for advanced biofuels. Carr says many of today's ventures no longer solely depend on revenue from fuels or energy sales, but instead are looking to attack multiple markets. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

In Depth: Dangerously Smart Farm Boys

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced FuelsLong before farmers are ready to buy the implements required to grow and harvest energy crops, leading OEMs leverage robust research and development organizations to get them engineered. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Louisiana solid waste to expand biogas-to-fuel operation capacity

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, Advanced FuelsLouisiana's St. Landry Parish Solid Waste District anticipates completion of expansion to its landfill-gas-to-fuel operation in October. The decision to add capacity coincides with a fuel purchase contract that the district recently received. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Researchers produce two biofuels from a single algae

BY Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study. The research exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

York scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, can degrade resistant forms of starch. READ MORE

January 28, 2015

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel processing

BY University of Minnesota Found In:Advanced FuelsUsing one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

OriginOil, INL collaborate on proposed algae biofuel project

BY OriginOil Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOriginOil Inc. has announced that it is collaborating with the Idaho National Laboratory. A proposed project focuses on development and implementation of novel approaches to improve efficiency in algal biofuel production. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Supreme Court rules in Gevo's favor, remands case to lower court

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor in the case of Gevo Inc. v. Butamax Advanced Biofuels. The court's decision reinstates Gevo's District Court victory and remands the case back to a Federal Court of Appeals. READ MORE