Recent Biofuels

Resistance is Not Futile: Joint BioEnergy Institute Researchers Engineer Resistance to Ionic Liquids in Biofuel Microbes

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Lab, have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance to ionic liquids and successfully introduced this resistance into a strain of E. coli bacteria for the production of advanced biofuels. The ionic liquid resistance is based […]

On-Site Renewables and Green Gas set to bring Low Carbon Heating to UK Homes

April REA events to bring together key figures in the renewable home heating revolution 2014 is set to be a breakthrough year for renewable home heating in the UK. Energy Minister Greg Barker recently confirmed on Twitter that the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI) is set to launch before Easter [1]. The d-RHI will, for […]

Aemetis, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial Results

Record quarterly gross profit, operating income and adjusted EBITDA Record annual gross profit, operating income and adjusted EBITDA $4.9 million of cash as of December 31, 2013 Paid more than $12.0 million of principal and interest on debt during 2013 and during the first quarter of 2014 Aemetis, Inc. (OTC.QB: AMTX), the largest producer of […]

DTE Energy’s Northern California Biomass Plant begins Operations

DTE Energy Services, Inc. (DTEES) has finished its construction project to convert a shuttered coal-fired power plant at the Port of Stockton to operate on biomass fuel. The plant, known as Stockton Biomass, began commercial operations on Feb. 21. It is selling its renewable power to PG&E Company to help it meet its renewable energy […]

REA comments on Cancellation of RES’ North Blyth Biomass Power Plant

REA calls for “strong, clear and positive message that the UK is still open for business for biomass” Responding to the news that RES is ceasing work on its biomass power station project at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland [1], REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “This is a bitter blow for RES, […]

Vertimass licenses ORNL Biofuel to Hydrocarbon Conversion Technology

Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. The ORNL technology offers a new pathway to biomass-derived renewable fuels that can lower greenhouse gas emissions and decrease U.S. reliance on foreign sources of oil. “Vertimass is […]

Aventine working to update Pekin Plants, including Boiler Upgrade

Aventine Renewable Energy is in the midst of a two-year strategic plan to bring its two ethanol plants located in Pekin, Ill., back up to and above original production levels. That includes a project under way right now, to replace three aging coal boilers with natural gas-fired boilers. The Pekin complex includes a wet mill […]

DECC has announced a Review of RHI Biomethane Injection Tariffs

DECC issued the following statement today: “The biomethane injection tariff is to be reviewed following representations from industry that there is a risk of overcompensation for large biomethane to grid plants under the current Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) biomethane injection tariff. Larger plants benefit from economies of scale which can make them efficient generators of […]

BETO Announces Launch of the Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library

The Bioenergy Technologies Office is pleased to announce the release of a new Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) resource: the Legislative Library. Using this database, site visitors can track federal legislation relevant to the production and use of biofuels in the United States. Users can choose from a variety of search filter options—including congressional […]

Army Awards 20 Additional Contracts for Renewable Energy Technologies

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on February 20 awarded another 20 base contracts to companies for renewable energy-related technologies. The contracts, including two for biomass energy, 15 for solar energy, and three for wind energy, are part of a $7 billion large-scale renewable and alternative energy power production contract. The “base” contracts enable third-party-financed […]