Cellulosic

February 01, 2018

IBBR to investigate how to protect poplar from disease

BY University of Maryland IBBR Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicThe Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance the biofuel crop. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Newly discovered cellulose could have applications for ethanol

BY Stanford University Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessStanford scientists have found a new type of cellulose in bacteria with properties that could make it an improvement over traditional cellulose for fuels and other materials, or for better understanding and treating bacterial infections. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

EPA: Nearly 230 million cellulosic RINs generated in 2017

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for December, reporting that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 27.08 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

Enerkem, Sinobioway sign agreement to build facilities in China

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEnerkem Inc. has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125 million in the form of equity investment in Enerkem. As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to form a joint venture to develop more than 100 facilities in China. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

In Depth: A Straighter, Shorter Pathway

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyConfidence builds in overcoming the hurdles slowing corn kernel fiber-to-ethanol approvals. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada named resource champion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bioindustrial Innovation Canada as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for its efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Study shows producers where, how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicA new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, including switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane, and prairie mixtures. The data could improve adoption and increase production across the country. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

MEPs approve renewable energy, biofuel targets under RED II

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMembers of the European Parliament endorsed a set of proposals Jan. 17 that set new goals for renewable energy, energy efficiency and renewable transportation fuels. The proposals also cap first-generation biofuels and phase-out the use of palm oil. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Alkol BioTech to supply cane feedstock to BRD

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessBio Refinery Development BV has signed a letter of intent with Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tons of EUnergyCane annually for use in a proposed biorefinery. EUnergyCane is a naturally occurring cold-resistant variety of sugarcane. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

USDA awards Attis $3 million grant for lignin technology

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessMeridian Waste Solutions Inc. has announced the USDA awarded its subsidiary, Attis Innovations, a $3 million grant to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

Researchers make grasses more digestible

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAn international team of researchers has uncovered a way to make grasses more digestible. The achievement promises improved feed for ruminants and better biomass for biofuel production, with economic and environmental benefits for both. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

ACE schedules 10th annual Washington, DC, fly-in for March 21-22

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe American Coalition for Ethanol formally announces the organization’s 10th annual Washington, D.C. fly-in will take place March 21-22. During the 2017 fly-in, 75 ethanol advocates met with more than 120 members of Congress from 35 states. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Researchers map magnetic fields of bacterial cells, nano-objects

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessA research team led by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

Anellotech commences key R&D program at TCat-8

BY Anellotech Found In:Coproducts, CellulosicWith successful completion of TCat-8 pilot plant commissioning, Anellotech has announced an intensive process development and testing program has begun to confirm process economics and collect data for commercial plant design. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

USDA NIFA invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program

BY USDA Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program. The award was made to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

BY Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTo accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

UW studies say petite poplars are the future of biofuels

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessA University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

In Depth: Inside Insight

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

ACE asks conference committee to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBrian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is asking the conference committee negotiating changes to House and Senate tax bills to extend the cellulosic biofuel tax credit and biodiesel tax credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessResearchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

In Depth: Assuring RIN Validity

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: For some biodiesel, cellulosic and biogas fuel producers, EPA’s quality assurance program is virtually a requirement. Corn ethanol has gotten a pass, but that could change as the industry diversifies. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design

BY University of Kent Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

In Depth: People, Processes and Playing the Market

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Ethanol plants have a few options when it comes to protecting their margins. The main ones fall into three categories: technology, commodities and personnel/insurance. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, PolicyOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Coproducts, CellulosicA new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NREL researchers engineer better cellulose-degrading enzymes

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:CellulosicResearchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

EPA sets 2018 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.96

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, which was set at $2.00 in December 2016. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

MAAPW receives EPA approval to produce cellulosic ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Nebraska, using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. READ MORE