Cellulosic

August 28, 2019

DOE funds bioimaging projects for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 23 $13.5 million in funding for six projects to develop new approaches to microscopic imaging of plants and microbes, with the goal of advancing bioenergy research. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

Comment period on proposed 2020 RFS RVOs closes Aug. 30

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThose who wish to weigh in on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel have less than a week to do so. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

DOE announces $64 million to help develop bioenergy crops

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 21 $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The projects aim to improve features like drought resistance and crop yield. READ MORE

August 19, 2019

EPA: 1.8 billion RINS generated in July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for July, reporting that nearly 1.8 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 38.92 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Novo Holdings invests $72 million in LanzaTech

BY LanzaTech Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessNovo Holdings A/S and LanzaTech announced Aug. 6 that they have formed a partnership to grow LanzaTech’s revolutionary sustainable fuels and chemicals platform. Novo Holdings is making a $72 million investment in the company in a Series E financing. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

DOE seeks input on its FY 2019 EERE, BETO research priorities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking public input on its EERE and Bioenergy Technologies Office research priorities, including those focused on corn fiber biofuel, food waste, data efforts and algae biomass. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

New Energy Blue buys Inbicon's low-carbon fuel technology

BY NewEnergyBlue Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessNewEnergyBlue acquired exclusive rights to Inbicon bio-conversion technology throughout the Americas and will first employ it to turn North Dakota wheat straw into a high-value, carbon-neutral automotive fuel. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

Golden Grain receives LCFS certification using Edeniq technology

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. announced Aug. 8 the California Air Resources Board has approved Golden Grain Energy LLC for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. Golden Grain is a 120 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Mason City, Iowa. READ MORE

August 08, 2019

Aemetis cuts carbon score of Keyes ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAemetis Inc. released second quarter financial results Aug. 8, reporting growth for its biodiesel business in India, outlining improvement projects underway at its corn ethanol plant, and discussing planned RNG and cellulosic ethanol production. READ MORE

August 05, 2019

Report: EU ethanol consumption to increase in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA recent report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network discusses the current use of biofuels in the European Union and the potential for increased use in the future. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Ethanol groups focus on impact of SREs at RFS hearing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, PolicyThe EPA held a hearing July 31 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to gather public input on its proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the RFS. Representatives from a wide range of biofuel groups testified at the event. READ MORE

July 23, 2019

EPA: 37.05 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyMore than 1.67 billion RINs, including 37.05 million cellulosic RINs, were generated under the Renewable Fuel Standard in June, according to new data released by the U.S. EPA. RIN generation for the first half of the year reached nearly 9.64 billion. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Anellotech successfully demos biomass pretreatment technology

BY Anellotech Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessAnellotech’s MinFree technology, an innovative, patent pending biomass pretreatment process, has been demonstrated to significantly reduce the mineral (ash) content of loblolly pine at a 20 metric ton per day scale. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

EPA proposes 2020 RVOs, 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has proposed to require 20.04 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply next year, up from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019, according to a rulemaking released by the agency July 5. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

LLNL: Turning the switch on biofuels

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicLLNL scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote IIL tolerance, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass

BY University of North Florida Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicMike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

ABFA: Letter urges EPA to finalize provisions in REGS rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA group of 15 companies sent a letter to Assistant EPA Administrator Bill Wehrum June 12 urging the agency to finalize provisions in the proposed REGS rule to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers for the production of certain biofuels. READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, PolicyThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Letter urges extension of 3 biofuel-related tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerReps. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, and Josh Harder, D-Calif., authored a letter June 3 urging the House Ways and Means Committee to retroactively extend several expired biofuel tax credits. The letter was signed by 17 additional members of the House. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

EPA: 33.68 million cellulosic RINs generated in April

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for April, reporting that more than 1.69 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 33.68 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

EPA delivers RFS ‘reset’ rule to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA delivered its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard “reset” rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget May 20. OMB review marks a final step before a proposed rule is released for public comment. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

House Biofuels Caucus asks EPA to split E15, RIN reform rule

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, Policy, RetailerThe House Biofuels Caucus sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler May 20 expressing support for year-round sales of E15 and urging the agency to complete its proposed RIN reforms in a separate rulemaking. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

CARB: Cleaner fuels offset 3 billion gallons of diesel under LCFS

BY California Air Resources Board Found In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyNew 2018 data from the California Air Resources Board indicates that, to date, the state's LCFS has replaced 3.3 billion gallons of diesel with cleaner fuels. The data also shows fuel producers are in 100 percent compliance with the LCFS. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

In Depth: Pathways Await Priority

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: The U.S. EPA hasn't issued a new pathway approval in over a year, but technology providers for corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol remain optimistic. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Opinion: Largest Issue, Largest Event

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Editor Lisa Gibson previews the magazine, including feature articles about D3 RIN pathway approvals, a summary of ACE's April fly-in, the 2019 FEW award winners, and more. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

UTIA awarded nearly $1 million to study wood biomass logistics

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Feedstocks, CellulosicResearchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were awarded a grant for nearly $1 million to determine the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercial biorefineries. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

In Depth: Running on Refuse

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JUNE ISSUE: Enerkem is producing methanol and ethanol at its Edmonton, Alberta, plant, which has the potential to divert up to 24 percent of the city’s landfill waste. The company has partners for another project in the Netherlands READ MORE

May 13, 2019

California certifies 2 plants for corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc., Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, PolicyEdeniq Inc. announced May 13 that the California Air Resources Board approved its first two Intellulose 2.0 customers for cellulosic ethanol production from corn kernel fiber. The customers are Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane. READ MORE