Cellulosic

August 04, 2017

Aemetis to produce cellulosic ethanol using InEnTec technology

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. recently announced that it has signed a master agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of an advanced gasification technology from InEnTec Inc. of Richland, Washington, to produce cellulosic ethanol. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Lignin can make building materials less toxic

BY Michigan State University Found In:Coproducts, CellulosicA collaborative study led by a Michigan State University researcher proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. READ MORE

August 03, 2017

Pacific Ethanol provides update of plant improvement projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessOn Aug. 3, Pacific Ethanol Inc. released second quarter financial results, providing an update of plant improvement projects and reporting improving market conditions and margins moving into the third quarter. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

Biofuel stakeholders speak out at hearing on 2018 RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Markets, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA held a hearing Aug. 1 on its proposed rule to set 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representatives of the biofuels industry criticized the agency's proposed cuts to the cellulosic RVO. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

Opinion: Closing In On Cellulosic

BY Tom BryanFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTom Bryan, president and editor in chief of Ethanol Producer Magazine, discusses the U.S. EPA's recent RFS rule, the cellulosic biofuels industry, and the 2017 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. READ MORE

July 27, 2017

EPA opens comment period on sugar beet GHG analysis

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has opened a comment period on its analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of sugar beets for use in making biofuels. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 24, 2017

EPA: 22.94 million cellulosic RINs generated in June

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting 1.7 billion RINs were generated during the month, including 22.94 million cellulosic RINs. The EPA estimates 9.29 billion RINs were generated so far this year. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

EPA opens comment period on RFS proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn July 21, the U.S. EPA published its proposed rule to set 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements in the Federal Register, officially opening a public comment period that runs through Aug. 31. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

ExxonMobil, UW-Madison extend research agreement

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil Corp. Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline

BY Rutgers University Found In:CellulosicExperts at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Michigan State University have demonstrated how to design and genetically engineer enzyme surfaces so they bind less to cellulosic biomass, reducing enzyme costs in biofuels production. READ MORE

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