Cellulosic

July 20, 2018

Attis announces site for biorefinery, selects feedstock provider

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessIn mid-July Attis Industries announced plans to purchase a site in Georgia to locate its first commercial-scale biorefinery and said it has executed a letter of intent with a timber company to provide feedstock for the proposed facility. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Representatives of the biofuel industry testify at RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMembers of the biofuels industry testified at a July 18 hearing held by the EPA on its 2019 RFS proposal. Many discussed the misuse of waivers and expressed hope that the EPA’s new leadership will hold up the administration’s commitment to the RFS. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

New enzyme boost could hasten biofuel production

BY Imperial College London Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production. READ MORE

July 02, 2018

EPA schedules hearing on proposed RFS rule for July 18

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced it will hold a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, July 18 to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2019 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2020 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

Lawmakers ask EPA to approve RFS pathway for biomass power

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, PolicyA bipartisan delegation of California lawmakers is urging the U.S. EPA to resolve any issues that prevent biomass and waste-to-energy pathways from receiving the same level of support as other forms of energy under the Renewable Fuel Standard. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

NREL: Novel genetic method improves efficiency of enzyme

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:CellulosicResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Zero to 10 Million in 5 years

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth. READ MORE

June 26, 2018

In Depth: Sweet-Spot Search

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Cellulose molecules are more complex than starch molecules, so employing the proper enzymes in cellulosic ethanol production is vital. Optimization research is ongoing. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

EPA: 22.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 22.23 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

WSU professor lands grant to pursue lignin to biofuel conversion

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyWashington State University Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin—a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid—to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

Opinion: Energy, Enzymes and Eco-Friendly Efforts

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JULY ISSUE: Managing editor previews this issue of the magazine including features about energy efficiency-boosting methods for plants, energy efficiency improvement data, how far combined-heat-and-power applications have come and more. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

House subcommittee holds hearing on advanced biofuels, RFS

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing June 22 titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects," that included a discussion of post-2022 RFS policy. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

ORNL discovery could boost biofuel yields

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessResearchers have discovered mutations in a structure of a key plant enzyme that was not previously known to exist. The discovery could help squeeze more potential out of poplar as a renewable resource for making biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Senate ag committee has approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW general session focuses on RVP and RIN waivers

BY Tim AlbrechtFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA panel of industry leaders discussed Reid vapor pressure (RVP) relief and small refiner exemptions during the general session of the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha on June 12. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

Skor to FEW: Battles ahead are tough, but we can win

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGrowth Energy CEO Emily Skor delivered the keynote address at the 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Omaha, telling attendees that no other industry can hold a candle to the pace of growth of the ethanol industry. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW recognizes Moore, Walker for contributions to fuel ethanol

BY Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyKristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was presented with the High-Octane Award and Walker received the Award of Excellence. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8. The bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs, but provides insufficient funding to ensure their success, according to the AgEC. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

NREL finds easier ways to deconstruct biomass

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to develop a one-step process to deconstruct biomass. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Researchers hope better technology produces less costly biofuel

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessUniversity of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply cellulosic ethanol can be made from inedible plant material using currently available technology. They found the cost of feedstock and size of the biorefinery are key factors in lowering costs. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Ag committee members advocate for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 4, a group of eight members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry sent a letter to committee chair Sen. Pat Roberts and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow expressing support for the Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

New machine learning approach could accelerate bioengineering

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessScientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to use machine learning to dramatically accelerate the design of microbes that produce biofuel. READ MORE

May 31, 2018

Purdue wins $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

BY Purdue University Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA team led by Purdue University scientists will receive a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to solve one of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations—the flow of biomass into and throughout the facilities. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Opinion: A Bit of Everything

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Managing Editor Lisa Gibson previews this issue of the magazine, including features about Brazil's ethanol market, U.S. ethanol industry job market, progress on ethanol plants under construction and more. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

UTIA wins DOE grant to advance biofuels, bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessResearchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture continue to be at the forefront of the development of commercial applications for biofuels as well as biobased energy and biobased products. READ MORE

May 28, 2018

In Depth: Integrated Innovation

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Element LLC employs ICM’s new process technologies, coproduct systems and efficiency improvements in one state-of-the-art facility. Construction is underway. READ MORE

May 25, 2018

In Depth: On The Front Lines

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The old battle between ethanol and oil takes center stage with the RFS. Ethanol Producer Magazine recaps the many recent attempts to hinder the policy, and looks beyond 2022. READ MORE