Cellulosic

December 30, 2019

Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessOn Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. READ MORE

December 19, 2019

EPA finalizes 2020 RVOs, SRE rule; disappoints biofuels industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerA final rule released by the EPA on Dec. 19 includes a slight boost in the 2020 RFS cellulosic biofuel RVO. The rule also maintains EPA’s much criticized proposed plan to account for future SREs—a move slammed by members of the biofuels industry. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

House passes spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 17 voted to pass two legislative packages that comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. The packages also include tax extenders legislation that extends several biofuel and bioenergy tax credits. READ MORE

December 10, 2019

EPA delivers final rule containing 2020 RVOs, SRE plan to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe EPA delivered a final rule regarding the RFS to the White House OMB on Dec. 6. The final rule includes the 2020 RFS RVOs, the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel, and and the agency’s plan to address future SREs. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

Research shows benefits of better corn residue management

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicResrachers from Argonne National Laboratory led a collaboration to screen 3,380 papers published between 1990 and 2018 to quantify the response of soil carbon to stover removal and to identify key drivers that can help maintain soil health. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Senate confirms Brouillette as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate voted 70-15 on Dec. 2 to confirm Dan Brouillette as energy secretary following his Nov. 7 nomination by President Trump. Brouillette previously served as deputy energy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry. READ MORE

November 27, 2019

EPA: 33.07 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for October, reporting that 1.72 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 33.07 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

LanzaTech moves forward with scale-up of alcohol-to-jet process

BY LanzaTech Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessLanzaTech announced it is continuing to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. The company said it negotiating with DOE for a $14 million investment in a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Poet-DSM halts Project Liberty production over RFS mismanagement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPoet-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC, a joint venture of Royal DSM and Poet LLC, announced Nov. 19 it will pause production of cellulosic ethanol at Project Liberty and shift to R&D focused on improving operational efficiency. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Biofuel, bioenergy groups applaud release of GREEN Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe House Ways and Means Committee released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act on Nov. 19. The draft includes several tax incentives to support biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Welch, Udall introduce bills to gut the RFS, walk back E15

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyLegislation introduced on Nov. 14 aims to alter the RFS by phasing out the participation of corn ethanol in the program, capping ethanol content in gasoline, and altering mandates and eligible feedstocks for cellulosic and advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Construction of first D3MAX plant nears completion

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessConstruction of the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, is nearly complete. The corn fiber-to-ethanol facility is expected to begin startup in December and ramp up to full production capacity in early 2020. READ MORE

November 15, 2019

Study: Fractionation can lead to improved profits

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessWhile it’s not a new concept for the ethanol industry, a study recently published by researchers from the Univeresity of Illinois reveals that fractionation at corn ethanol plants can lead to improved profits. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Aemetis provides update of RNG, cellulosic ethanol projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. released third quarter financial results on Nov. 14, reporting progress with efforts to lower the carbon score of its corn ethanol plant and develop renewable natural gas (RNG) and cellulosic ethanol projects. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

66 industry associations ask Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Ron Kotrba Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA diverse group of 66 different trade associations representing industries as wide-ranging as realty, veterinary medicine, biofuels and railroads sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Nov. 11 asking them to act on a tax extenders package. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet Nov. 19-20

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Nov. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

Purdue researchers win $9 million for plant sensing technology

BY Purdue University Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicPurdue University has announced The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a second phase of its TERRA project that features remote sensing technology and advanced analystics that allows plant breders to bring better cultivars to the market faster. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerBiomass Magazine announced this week the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

40 members of congress urge passage of biofuel tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerForty democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, on Nov. 6 urging action on the extension of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

USGC: Taiwan feed industry buys corn, DDGS after Export Exchange

BY U.S. Grains Council Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessUsing Market Access funds, the USGC hosted a six-member team of Taiwan feed industry buyers to North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota during Export Exchange in October 2018. That trip led to corn and DDGS purchases. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

EPA: 1.61 billion RINs generated in September

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for September, reporting that nearly 1.61 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 35.25 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

$2.3 million DOE grant to advance ethanol fuel research

BY Purdue University Found In:Cellulosic, PolicyResearchers at Purdue University have received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for their work to create computer models to simplify the design and construction of biorefineries. READ MORE

October 18, 2019

Sustainable Technology acquires DuPont’s G2 ethanol technology

BY Sustainable Technology Corp. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessSustainable Technology Corp., a subsidiary of Petron Scientech Inc., has completed the acquisition from DuPont, the complete technology assets for the world-class, second-generation technology developed and demonstrated by DuPont. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

USDA seeks applications for biorefinery loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, PolicyThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Applications for the current cycle of the loan guarantee program are due April 1. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Valmet supplies biomass pretreatment system to Praj biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessValmet announced Oct. 3 it will deliver a BioTrac biomass pretreatment system to Praj Industries for installation at a second-generation ethanol biorefinery under development in India. The system is scheduled for delivery in 2020. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

BIO announces 2021 leadership transition

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that industry veteran Jim Greenwood will step down as president and CEO of the world’s largest biotechnology organization after the 2020 election. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

EPA: 1.65 billion RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.65 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 37.37 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE