Cellulosic

July 12, 2017

EPA schedules hearing on RFS proposal for Aug. 1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has announced plans to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 in Washington, D.C., for its recently released rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Rice aids in the study of biofuel feedstocks

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicRice is a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits, including yield. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Alliance Bio-Products gains USDA approval to buy Ineos Bio plant

BY Staff Report Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAlliance Bio-Products Inc. has received approval from the USDA to purchase an existing cellulosic ethanol plant in Vero Beach, Florida. The purchase includes the 8 MMgy plant, about 143 acres, equipment and vehicles. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals

BY Arizona State University Found In:CellulosicArizona State University scientists are harnessing the trial-and-error power of evolution to coax nature into revealing how to convert biomass into biobased products by test-tube evolving bacteria to ferment biomass sugars. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

EPA releases proposed 2018 RFS volume requirements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn July 5, the U.S. released its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume standards (RVOs) under the RFS, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel. Overall, the proposed RVOs require 19.24 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2018. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Graduate student discovers yeast, identifies misclassification

BY Haley Olson Found In:CellulosicFormer University of Wisconsin-Madison student Max Haase discovered a new strain of yeast and a 30 year-old mistake in the identification of a common strain. READ MORE

June 27, 2017

Service providers partner to build ethanol plants in India

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, CellulosicL&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai is partnering with the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai to build second-generation ethanol plants across India. READ MORE

June 22, 2017

EPA: 21.98 million cellulosic RINs generated in May

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for May, reporting more than 1.66 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 21.98 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

DOE awards STTR, SBIR grants to several bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 263 grants totaling $116 million to 184 small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Several of the awards support bioenergy projects. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

FEW panelist joins discussion via live feed from Mexico

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyKristy Moore, principal for KMoore Consulting, was live via Skype from Mexico during the Exports Update general session panel at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in Minneapolis. Mexico recently announced it will allow E10 blends. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Dinneen laments policy barriers, praises ethanol industry at FEW

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, told attendees of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo that the industry needs to work to increase ethanol demand. It’ll be driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard, he said. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Bayrock, Cooper receive 2017 FEW awards

BY Susanne Retka SchillFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper received the High Octane Award and Dennis Bayrock was recognized with the Award of Excellence during the the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. Two Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship recipients were also named. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

Edeniq secures $5 million in growth equity

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced it has secured commitments for $5 million in additional equity to support existing customer workload, rapidly grow the pipeline, and roll out technology enhancements. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Biofuel groups applaud senate hearing RVP waiver bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn June 14, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on legislation that aims to extend the 1 pound per square inch (psi) Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to gasoline blends that contain more than 10 percent ethanol. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

USDA, DOE open $9 million BRDI funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy are making up to $9 million in funding available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to support the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

RFA analysis: RFS has been ‘tremendous success’ since adoption

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMore than a decade after the original Renewable Fuel Standard was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and boosting local economies, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Siouxland Energy receives EPA D3 RIN registration

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc., a cellulosic technology company, and Siouxland Energy Cooperative recently announced that the U.S. EPA approved Siouxland Energy’s registration of its 60 MMgy corn ethanol plant for generation of D3 RINs from cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

June 06, 2017

Alliance Bioenergy licenses process to Earth's Renewable Energy

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AMG Energy Group, has entered into a sublicensing agreement with Earth's Renewable Energy LLC of Newport Beach, California. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Fungal enzymes team up to more efficiently break down cellulose

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA team led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara has found for the first time that early lineages of fungi can form complexes of enzymes capable of degrading plant biomass. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

RSB report outlines 2016 achievements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. A total of 17 countries are now represented in the program. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Research aims to produce biofuel feedstock on strip-mine sites

BY Amy Duke, Penn State Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicMarvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is working to bring a highly productive life back to land damaged by mining using switchgrass, a crop that can be used as an alternative fuel source. READ MORE

May 30, 2017

Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs

BY Los Alamos National Laboratory Found In:CellulosicA Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

DOE announces biomass committee meeting, solicits members

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee and has published a notice soliciting nominations for new members. READ MORE

May 26, 2017

UW technology converts biomass into 3 high-value chemicals

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their collaborators have developed a new process for obtaining three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop using gamma valerolactone (GVL), a solvent that is derived from plant material. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Branstad confirmed as ambassador, Reynolds to become governor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Senate has confirmed Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad will resign as governor on May 24 and immediately be sworn in as ambassador, with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to be sworn in as Iowa governor. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

Researchers use waste lignin to make carbon fiber

BY Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Coproducts, CellulosicTexas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are converting waste lignin into carbon fiber and other products. The team fractionates lignin so that the high molecular weight fraction can be used for carbon fiber, with other fractions used for bioplastics. READ MORE

May 23, 2017

In Depth: A Decade of Bioenergy Research

BY Patrick C. Miller Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyThe Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers have no intention of resting on their accomplishments. This feature article appears in the June print edition of Ethanol Producer Magazine. READ MORE

May 22, 2017

EPA: 1.79 billion RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has published renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that nearly 1.79 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 17.29 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 16, 2017

Biofuel groups ask EPA to ease regulatory burdens

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicySeveral biofuel trade groups have filed comments with the U.S. EPA asking for changes to regulations that are hindering the growth of U.S. ethanol production and use. READ MORE

May 15, 2017

OMB reviews 2018 RFS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn May 11, the U.S. EPA delivered its proposed rule for the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standards to the White House Office of Management and Budget. OMB review marks a final step before the proposal is released for public comment. READ MORE