Cellulosic

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

BY Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyTo accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call. READ MORE

December 21, 2017

UW studies say petite poplars are the future of biofuels

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, BusinessA University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable biofuel feedstock by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

In Depth: Inside Insight

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

ACE asks conference committee to extend biofuel tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyBrian Jennings, CEO of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is asking the conference committee negotiating changes to House and Senate tax bills to extend the cellulosic biofuel tax credit and biodiesel tax credit as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessResearchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

In Depth: Assuring RIN Validity

BY Susanne Retka Schill Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: For some biodiesel, cellulosic and biogas fuel producers, EPA’s quality assurance program is virtually a requirement. Corn ethanol has gotten a pass, but that could change as the industry diversifies. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design

BY University of Kent Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessScientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

In Depth: People, Processes and Playing the Market

BY Lisa Gibson Found In:Operations, Markets, Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessFROM THE JANUARY ISSUE: Ethanol plants have a few options when it comes to protecting their margins. The main ones fall into three categories: technology, commodities and personnel/insurance. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, PolicyOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Coproducts, CellulosicA new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. READ MORE

December 14, 2017

NREL researchers engineer better cellulose-degrading enzymes

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:CellulosicResearchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. READ MORE

December 13, 2017

EPA sets 2018 cellulosic waiver credit price at $1.96

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, which was set at $2.00 in December 2016. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

MAAPW receives EPA approval to produce cellulosic ethanol

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessEdeniq Inc. recently announced that the U.S. EPA has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Nebraska, using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. READ MORE

December 01, 2017

EPA: 19.23 million cellulosic RINs generated in October

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for October, announcing that nearly 1.68 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 19.23 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Feedstocks, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

Hunter Valley biofuel facility to advance ethanol production

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking advanced biofuel technology. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

EPA finalizes 2018 RFS RVOs, 2019 RVO for biomass-based diesel

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. EPA has finalized the 2018 RFS RVO at 19.29 billion gallons of renewable fuel, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.29 billion gallons of advanced biofuel. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

ARENA awards funding to Australian yeast developer

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $4.03 million in funding for Australian yeast developer Microbiogen to make production of bioethanol from plant waste cheaper and more efficient. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Operations, Markets, Feedstocks, Coproducts, Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 28, 2017

WINN Initiative awards $3.5 million to Enerkem Alberta Biofuels

BY Western Economic Diversification Canada Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessEnerkem Alberta Biofuels is receiving $3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

EPA maintains RFS point of obligation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyOn Nov. 22, the U.S. EPA denied several petitions requesting the agency initiate rulemaking to change the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Members of the biofuels industry have spoken out in support of the agency's action. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

KSU research drives wheat straw forward as ethanol feedstock

BY Kansas State University Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessFaculty at Kansas State University’s Institute of Computational and Comparative Medicine and bioenergy researchers at Yangzhou University in China have marked a significant milestone for the production of ethanol fuel from wheat straw. READ MORE

November 17, 2017

To find new biofuel enzymes, it can take a microbial village

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessA new study led by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute demonstrates the importance of microbial communities as a source of stable enzymes that could be used to convert plants to biofuels. READ MORE

November 16, 2017

Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessA Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from biomass. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Aemetis provides update of cellulosic ethanol initiatives

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Cellulosic, BusinessAemetis Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting revenues for its ethanol business grew 6.2 percent when compared to the same quarter of last year. Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee also noted ethanol production increased 4 percent. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Sweetwater Energy brings lignin-based activated carbon to market

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Coproducts, Cellulosic, BusinessSweetwater Energy’s biomass conversion technology has produced native lignin that can be easily carbonized and activated to make high-end powdered activated carbons for the municipal potable water and home water filters markets. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

US, Israel partner to develop cellulosic ethanol technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Cellulosic, Business, PolicyThe U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority on five energy projects, including one that aims to develop cellulosic ethanol technology. READ MORE

November 09, 2017

Research makes plant waste a viable option in ethanol production

BY University of California-Riverside Found In:Cellulosic, BusinessUniversity of California-Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant second-generation plant wastes competitive with first-generation ethanol made from sugars. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol during Q3

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Operations, Markets, Cellulosic, BusinessPacific Ethanol Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting the company achieved a record total gallons sold of 250 million and a record production gallons sold of 141.8 million. READ MORE