Cellulosic

October 06, 2017

Ames Laboratory announces new science in converting biomass

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:CellulosicScientists at Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. The team is combining the decomposition and stabilization processes into one multi-functional catalyst. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Senators urge Pruitt to issue strong 2018 RFS RVOs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyA bipartisan group of 38 senators have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to ensure the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements promote growth in the U.S. biofuels sector and the U.S. economy. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

Grant to help beef up biofuels using evolutionary approaches

BY Michigan State University Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, CellulosicResearchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to fight disease in switchgrass by identifying regions of the genome that cause disease resistance. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

BFC keynote addresses policy, technology, economy

BY Lisa GibsonFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyGeoff Cooper, senior vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association discussed market trends and their effects on biofuels policies at the Biofuels Financial Conference Sept. 27 in Minneapolis, noting its tough to predict the future. READ MORE

September 25, 2017

Studies show corn stover provides a business opportunity

BY Trestle Energy LLC Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessTrestle Energy LLC has announced that two new studies show that generating energy from corn stover can fuel a billion-dollar business opportunity for the farm economy by replacing coal in power plants. READ MORE

September 22, 2017

EPA: 20.4 million cellulosic RINs generated in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for August, reporting that nearly 1.76 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.4 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyAn enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

DOE announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Enerkem begins commercial production of cellulosic ethanol

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessEnerkem Inc. has begun commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its commercial-scale facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company has been producing and selling biomethanol since 2016, and is now converting that biomethanol into ethanol. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Clariant licenses Sunliquid technology to Enviral

BY Clariant Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessClariant and Enviral, an ethanol producer in Slovakia, have signed a license agreement on Sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. Enviral plans to develop a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant at its existing Leopoldov site in Slovakia. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

BY University of Delaware Found In:CellulosicA University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Edeniq supports LCFS pathway for corn kernel fiber ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyEdeniq Inc. recently submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board supporting final approval of Little Sioux Corn Processors’ application under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard for a pathway for cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

RFS comment period closes, more than 44,000 comments submitted

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe comment period on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, along with the 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel, closed Aug. 31. More than 44,000 comments were filed. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

Spinning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars, planes

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Coproducts, CellulosicUsing plants and trees to make paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin that often gets burned or tossed into landfills. Now, researchers are transforming lignin into carbon fiber that can be use to build car or aircraft parts. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

D3MAX signs contract for design of first commercial plant

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessPilot testing of D3Max LLC's patented corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful and is allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment, the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol LLC. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

Researchers: Landfill sites aid in search for new enzymes

BY Bangor University Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessFar from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

DOE: Artificial intelligence helps improve biomass preprocessing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyResearchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program have successfully tested an adaptive, intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment by more than 50 percent. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Biofuel groups urge EPA to set stronger cellulosic RFS targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe American Biogas Council, Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas are urging the U.S. EPA to set strong cellulosic targets in the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard rule. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Farmers Union to power transition to homegrown renewable energy

BY National Farmers Union Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyNational Farmers Union has begun an initiative to advance federal policies that support homegrown and home-produced renewable energy sources. NFU hired veteran energy, environment and agriculture policy specialist Anne Steckel to lead the effort. READ MORE

August 18, 2017

EPA: 20.36 million cellulosic 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 more than 1.67 billion RINs were generated during the month, including nearly 20.36 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Project turns state roadways into a renewable energy source

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). READ MORE

August 15, 2017

Novozymes reports sales growth for bioenergy division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessNovozymes has released second quarter financial results, reporting increased sales for its bioenergy division. The company also briefly discussed its new initiative to supply yeast for ethanol production. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Aemetis discusses cellulosic ethanol plans during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released second quarter financial results, providing an update on its efforts to acquire Edeniq and discussing plans to construct a 10 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant near its existing corn ethanol facility in Keyes, California. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Legislation aims to repeal Energy Title of 2014 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyIn late July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced legislation that aims to repeal bioenergy programs contained under Title IX of the 2014 Farm Bill. A total of 10 programs, including the Rural Energy for America Program, would be eliminated. READ MORE