Cellulosic

November 02, 2017

DuPont announces plans to sell cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessDuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced plans to sell its 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The move comes almost exactly two years after the company celebrated the grand opening of the facility in October 2015. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

OMB reviewing final rule to set 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the U.S. EPA’s final rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume requirements (RVOs), along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

November 01, 2017

New method makes ethanol from waste in existing plants

BY University of Borås Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessA research project has been carried out by a doctoral student at the University of Borås shows it is possible to produce bioethanol from agricultural and industrial waste in existing plants in a socioeconomically sustainable way. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

Clariant to build sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania

BY Clariant Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant has announced the approval by its board of directors to invest in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant will be built in Romania. READ MORE

October 31, 2017

DOE schedules meeting of biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on Nov. 15-16 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Project Liberty overcomes preprocessing bottlenecks

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessPoet-DSM Advanced Biofuels has overcome bottlenecks associated with the feedstock pretreatment process and is now focused on downstream processing at Project Liberty, its 20 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsberg, Iowa. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Progressive Fuels announce agreement

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced an exclusive brokerage agreement with Progressive Fuels Ltd., an independent interdealer broker in the wholesale physical biofuel, agriculture, CCA, RIN and CARB markets. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Pruitt commits to strong RFS, maintaining the point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said the agency is expected to set final 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending obligations at or above proposed levels. He also indicated EPA will issue a final rule maintaining the current point of obligation. READ MORE

October 20, 2017

Biofuel industry files comments on EPA proposal to reduce RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe 15-day comment period on the U.S. EPA’s notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) closed Oct. 19. More than 5,000 comments were filed on the proposal. READ MORE

October 19, 2017

House Biofuels Caucus asks EPA to increase RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Oct. 19, the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking the agency to formulate a more robust final rule regarding renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Reynolds, Grassley continue to push Trump, Pruitt on RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and senators representing several Midwestern states are continuing to push President Donald Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon proposed cuts to Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Comment period on EPA’s NODA to reduce RFS RVOs closes Oct. 19

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s recent notice of data availability (NODA) that proposes reductions in 2018 and 2019 Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations (RVOs) must submit comments by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 19. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

Aemetis signs lease for cellulosic ethanol plant site

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has announced that its Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes subsidiary signed a 55 year lease at a former U.S. Army munitions facility located in Riverbank, California, for the construction of a cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. READ MORE

October 17, 2017

Senators, governors advocate for strong biomass-based diesel RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicySeveral senators and governors are taking action to urge the Trump administration to ensure strong 2018 and 2019 renewable blending obligations (RVOs) are set under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Iowa plant receives EPA approval for cellulosic production

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 100 million gallons per year Iowa Falls, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

October 11, 2017

St1 progresses with plans for advanced biofuels

BY St1 Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessSt1 recently announced it plans to begin producing renewable diesel at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2020. The company also said it continues to develop advanced ethanol production technologies with a focus on lignocellulosic feedstocks. READ MORE

October 06, 2017

Ames Laboratory announces new science in converting biomass

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:CellulosicScientists at Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. The team is combining the decomposition and stabilization processes into one multi-functional catalyst. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 38 senators have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Grant to help beef up biofuels using evolutionary approaches

BY Michigan State University Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, CellulosicResearchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

BFC keynote addresses policy, technology, economy

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association discussed market trends and their effects on biofuels policies at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, noting its tough to predict the future. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessTrestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

EPA: 20.4 million cellulosic 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 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.4 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAn enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

DOE announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Enerkem begins commercial production of cellulosic ethanol

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessEnerkem Inc. has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its commercial-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, and is now converting that biomethanol into ethanol. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Clariant licenses Sunliquid technology to Enviral

BY Clariant Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessClariant and Enviral, an ethanol producer in Slovakia, have signed a license agreement on Sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. Enviral plans to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant at its existing Leopoldov site in Slovakia. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE