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May 08, 2014

Anellotech announces start-up of Pearl River pilot plant

BY Anellotech Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech Inc. has announced that it is making available kilogram-scale quantities of green benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) to strategic partners for downstream development. READ MORE

May 08, 2014

Ceres expands product development activities in Mexico

BY Ceres Inc. Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. is expanding its current research activities in Mexico. The company's northern hemisphere plant breeding sites complement its product development activities in Brazil, where the company is commercializing sorghum hybrids. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

Obama climate change report points to bioenergy for forest health

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Obama Administration has released a new U.S. National Climate Assessment, which it describes as the most comprehensive scientific climate change assessment ever generated. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

New joint ventures aim to establish hemp-ethanol pilot plant

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEdmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality. READ MORE

May 07, 2014

Amyris earns RSB sustainability certification

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has completed the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification process. RSB's certification covers Amyris's renewable hydrocarbon molecules, initially farnesene, produced from sugarcane feedstock in Brazil. READ MORE

May 06, 2014

Solazyme's Q1 results highlight progress at Brazil, Iowa plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolayzme Inc. has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, reporting total revenue of $12.4 million, an increase over the $6.7 million in revenue reported for the same three-month period of 2013. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

University of Iowa, Repreve, to host miscanthus planting day

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of Iowa and Repreve Renewables will host a miscanthus rhizome planting field day on May 7. During the demonstration, which is open and free to the public, 13 acres of miscanthus will be planted via Repreve's ACCU DROP planter. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

Hawaii law authorizes industrial hemp research for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 30, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation into law that allows the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel crop research program. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

Natural citrus scent may produce renewable solvents, fuel

BY South Dakota State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA natural citrus scent called limonene may be the key to sustainability when it comes to making fragrances, solvents and perhaps even jet fuel, according to South Dakota State University doctoral student Charles Halfmann. READ MORE

May 02, 2014

FEW adds Emerging Corn Production Technologies & Science Forum

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProduced by BBI International, the forum will take place the day before the 2014 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and focus on the latest innovations in maximizing corn yields. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Genera Energy biomass harvest delivers time and costs savings

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. has announced a 14 percent reduction in harvest costs utilizing Genera's recently demonstrated in-field harvesting operations when compared to similar operations using typical field-edge systems. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

Repreve Renewables deploys innovative biomass crop system

BY Repreve Renewables Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRepreve Renewables is collaborating with farmers and landowners in the United States to grow giant miscanthus, combining an innovative business model with proprietary equipment technologies custom-built for rhizome-propagated crop production. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

In Depth: All Things Biomass

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMembers of all sectors of the biomass industry connected at the 2014 International Biomass Conference & Expo. READ MORE

April 29, 2014

Avianca Brasil, Byogy Renewables partner on alcohol-to-jet fuel

BY Byogy Renewables Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsByogy Renewables Inc. and airline partner Avianca Brasil have launched a significant initiative to support advanced testing to accelerate the Byogy alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) ASTM approval. The technology transforms ethanol into a biobased jet fuel. READ MORE

April 26, 2014

Opinion: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAdvanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams discusses the Farm Bill and federal funding and support for the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry. READ MORE

April 25, 2014

In Depth: Enerkem’s Family Affair

BY Tim PortzFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVincent Chornet’s entrepreneurial appetite, combined with his father’s vision of a technology, may change the trajectories of the waste and biofuels industries forever. READ MORE

April 24, 2014

Proterro reaches sugar-making milestones

BY Proterro Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProterro CEO Kef Kasdin recently reported that his company reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones. "While sugar production has begun at low levels, it has been controllable," he said. READ MORE

April 23, 2014

Bloomberg: global renewable investments down, but power share up

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile global investments in renewable energy technologies dropped in 2013, continuing a two-year trend, there are several silver linings to that observation, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. READ MORE

April 22, 2014

DOE announces draft solicitation for Section 1703 loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. DOE has announced its intent to offer up to $4 billion in Section 1703 loan guarantees to support a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Public comments are being accepted on the scope of the final solicitation. READ MORE

April 21, 2014

USDA researchers simplify pyrolysis for bio-oil production

BY USDA, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsInnovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing "green" biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. READ MORE

April 21, 2014

Biofuel industry criticizes study on corn stover and soil carbon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe biofuel industry is speaking out against a study completed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers that claims cellulosic biofuels actually generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline due to the impacts of crop residue removal from fields. READ MORE

April 17, 2014

U.S. DOE announces $10 million in advanced biofuel funding

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a $10 million funding opportunity for the development, improvement and demonstration of biomass technologies. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Washington DNR to hold mobile pyrolysis demo

BY Anna SimetFound In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Washington State Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a mobile pyrolysis technology demonstration featuring three vendors on May 8 that will include conversion of wood chips into bio-oil, bio-char and syngas. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

Moniz testifies on DOE FY 2015 budget request

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently addressed U.S. DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request at hearings held by the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 11, 2014

Researchers find potential to grow biofuel feedstock on PV farms

BY Ker Than, Stanford University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGrowing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. READ MORE

April 10, 2014

Neol Biosolutions to scale up Microbioil-2.0 process at CB2G

BY Neol Biosolutions Found In:ChemicalsNeol Biosolutions, a 50/50 joint venture between Repsol and Neuron Bio, has reached an agreement with the Center for Second Generation Biofuels (CB2G) of CENER, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Rivertop Renewables raises $26 million from Cargill, others

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables, a Montana-based producer of novel chemicals derived from natural plant sugars, has announced that it has raised $26 million from Cargill, First Green Partners and existing investors. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Poplars designed for deconstruction: A major boon to biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. READ MORE