Advanced Biofuels

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

June 05, 2014

Report provides global overview of bioenergy, biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsA new report published by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) provides a global overview of advances in renewable energy development, including development related to bioenergy, ethanol and other types of biofuels. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

UGA researchers engineer microbes that convert biomass to fuel

BY University of Georgia Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew research from the University of Georgia allows the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel. The research group engineered a synthetic pathway into a microorganism that allows it to produce ethanol directly from biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Genera Energy COO to speak at Fuel Ethanol Workshop

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKeith Brazzell, chief operating officer of Genera Energy Inc., is scheduled to speak at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo June 9-12 in Indianapolis. He will discuss the company's biomass feedstock supply solutions. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Australian report finds potential for mallee tree-based jet fuel

BY Future Farm Industries Cooperative Centre Found In:Advanced FuelsAircraft powered by biofuel made from Australian mallee trees is not only possible, but could be sustainable and give a boost to potential new regional industries, according to a recent report published by an Australian organization. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

USU researchers: Algae biofuel can help meet energy demand

BY Utah State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMicroalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world's energy demands, say Utah State University researchers, it's a potential game-changer. READ MORE

June 05, 2014

Opinion: No Injuries Reported

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced FuelsMaking energy products from biomass has inherent risks, and it is our obligation to the public to mitigate those risks as much as is humanly possible, especially as the industry continues to grow. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Enerkem holds grand opening at Edmonton waste-to-biofuels plant

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem officially celebrated bringing its first commercial-scale waste-to-biofuels plant online in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 4. The facility is currently undergoing commissioning, with that process expected to be complete within days. READ MORE

June 04, 2014

Renewable Energy Group completes Syntroleum acquisition

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:Advanced FuelsRenewable Energy Group Inc. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary closed its acquisition of the assets of Syntroleum Corp. The company now owns 50 percent of Dynamic Fuels LLC, and is in the process of acquiring full ownership. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Deinove announces agreements with Abengoa, Suez Environnement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 3, France-based Deinove announced a collaboration agreement with Abengoa and a separate research and development agreement with Suez Environnement Group. The company is developing a bacterial platform for biofuel and biochemical production. READ MORE

June 03, 2014

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with GHG emissions

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a "sink" for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study funded by the AgriLife Research Cropping Systems bioenergy program and a USDA grant. READ MORE

June 02, 2014

Opinion: Standards for a New Industry

BY Margaret McCormickFound In:Advanced FuelsMargaret McCormick, Algae Biomass Organization chair of board of directors, discusses the “Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0,” a significant update to common standards established by ABO members. READ MORE

June 01, 2014

In Depth: North Dakota's Subterranean Fuel Feedstock

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced FuelsSugar beets as an advanced biofuel feedstock has North Dakota scientists researching outside of the box. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

EPA: Cellulosic RINs were generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced FuelsThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that both D3 cellulosic biofuel and D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated during the month. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

UK researchers aim to convert oilseed straw into biofuels

BY Institute of Food Research Found In:Advanced FuelsResearchers at the Institute of Food Research are looking at how to turn straw from oilseed rape into biofuel. Preliminary findings are pointing at ways the process could be made more efficient, as well as how the straw itself could be improved. READ MORE

May 30, 2014

European scientists stabilize bio-oil for use as marine biofuel

BY Aston University Found In:Advanced FuelsA sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE

May 29, 2014

Solazyme Bunge renewable oils plant begins commercial production

BY Solazyme Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme, Inc. announced May 29 that its joint venture with Bunge Global Innovation LLC has successfully produced its first commercially saleable products on full-scale production lines at the joint venture's plant in Brazil. READ MORE