Cellulosic

February 10, 2017

Companies partner on reference plant for biobased chemicals

BY Avantium Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAvantium has announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl to evaluate the feasibility of a wood-to-chemicals biorefinery. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

Ontario seeks comments on proposed RFS for gasoline

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOntario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has proposed establishing a renewable fuel standard (RFS) for gasoline that aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline by 5 percent by 2020. READ MORE

February 06, 2017

Clariant fleet tests sunliquid 20 with Mercedes-Benz vehicles

BY Clariant Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessClariant, Mercedes-Benz and Haltermann Carless recently performed a 12 month fleet test using a 20 percent cellulosic ethanol blend in Mercedes-Benz series vehicles. The results of the testing program were positive. READ MORE

February 03, 2017

BETO publishes new strategic plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn January, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office released a new strategic plan that serves as a blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Sensenbrenner introduces bills that aim to reform the RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 31, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced two bills that aim to alter the renewable fuel standard (RFS). One focuses on mid-level ethanol blends, while the other focuses on cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

January 31, 2017

EPA approves Little Sioux Corn Processors for cellulosic ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEdeniq Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Little Sioux Corn Processors’ registration of its 150 million gallon per year Marcus, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

January 30, 2017

Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield

BY Blaine Friedlander, Cornell University Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessTo unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. READ MORE

January 26, 2017

Report considers the impact of dedicated energy crop production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn early January, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report, titled “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” that examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using switchgrass. READ MORE

January 25, 2017

2017 RFS rule among regulations subject to additional review

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe rule to set 2014 volume obligations under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is among 30 recent rules published by the U.S. EPA set to be temporarily delayed in order to allow for additional review by the Trump administration. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

EPA: 1.84 billion RINs generated in December

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for December, reporting more than 1.84 billion RINs were generated during the final month of last year, including nearly 16.83 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

European researcher aims to generate more value from biomass

BY Imperial College London Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessRoberto Rinaldi FRSC, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to fund his work on lignin valorization. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

ORNL: Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyDepartment of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists, biofuel researchers and others. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyPresident-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. The nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump’s final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-2011. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

EPA denies cellulosic waiver filed by APFM

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 17, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to the American Petrochemical and Fuel Manufacturers denying its petition for a partial supplemental waiver of the 2016 cellulosic biofuel standard under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Edeniq closes on $7 million in equity financing

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced it has raised $7 million in equity capital. The proceeds will be used to support growth in Edeniq’s Pathway cellulosic ethanol business. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Senators question Pruitt on biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 17, 2017

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 analyzes environmental effects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicThe 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1 has been jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

DOE, USDA open FOA to support integrated biorefinery optimization

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently opened a $22.7 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may sequester carbon in soil

BY PLOS Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicTwo potential biofuel crops in Hawaii, sugarcane and napiergrass, may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published Jan. 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE. READ MORE

January 04, 2017

AFPM petitions EPA to waive portion of 2016 cellulosic RVO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 28, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers filed a petition with the U.S. EPA asking the agency to waive the 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS) cellulosic volume obligation, citing a shortfall in 2016 cellulosic production. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

EPA: 1.66 billion RINs generated in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for November, reporting that nearly 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 16.54 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

Regional Feedstock Partnership report summarizes 7 years of work

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Regional Feedstock Partnership recently published a report summarizing its strides from 2008 to 2014 toward addressing issues associated with the development of a sustainable and projectable supply of feedstocks in the U.S. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

EPA extends comment period on REGS, point of obligation proposals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 20, the U.S. EPA announced it will extend the public comment periods for its Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support proposed rule and its proposed denial to change the point of obligation under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

December 20, 2016

Flint Hills achieves EPA approval for use of Edeniq technology

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa, ethanol plant for cellulosic ethanol production using Edeniq’s Pathway Technology. READ MORE

December 19, 2016

Denmark approves 0.9 percent mandate for advanced biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Dec. 15, the Danish Parliament voted to implement a 0.9 percent blending mandate for advanced biofuels in the transportation sector. The mandate is set to become effective in 2020. READ MORE

December 16, 2016

Switchgrass may be option for farmers who have lost topsoil

BY University of Missouri Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicA study from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has found that switchgrass improves soil quality and can be grown on farms that have lost fertile topsoil. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

DOE to open FOAs for integrated biorefineries, algae biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn early December, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to open two biofuel-related funding opportunities. One is focused on the optimization of integrated biorefineries, while the other is focused on algae-based fuels. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Economists examine RVO impact on conventional, advanced biofuels

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyUniversity of Illinois ag economists Scott Irwin and Darrel Good have published an analysis exploring two central questions that arise when considering biofuels consumption through 2022 in a Dec. 7 FarmDoc Daily post. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Praj partners to develop second generation ethanol plants

BY Praj Industries Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessPraj Industries Ltd. recently announced it has entered into agreements with Indian Oil Corp. Ltd. and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. to develop several second generation ethanol plants, each with the capacity to produce 100,000 liters per day. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Researchers collaborate with AST to develop lignin-based products

BY American Science and Technology Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessAmerican Science and Technology has teamed up with Terma Group, a team of Waste and Environmental Technology researchers at the University of Malaga in Spain, to continue efforts on the development of new lignin-based products. READ MORE