Recent Biofuels

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 […]

BETO Announces Bioenergy Technologies Incubator FOA

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a new $10 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help achieve bioenergy development goals, but are not significantly represented in the Bioenergy Technology Office’s (BETO’s) existing multi-year program plans or current research and development portfolio. BETO intends […]

REA disappointed at Government U-turn on biogas Feed-in Tariff review

On-farm projects face cancellation as policy fix delayed to 2015 at the earliest The Government has confirmed it will not review the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) for anaerobic digestion (AD) this year, despite Energy Minister Greg Barker saying in a letter to industry last November “I have asked my officials to consult on measures, including a […]

Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Bioenergy Technologies Incubator

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a notice of intent to issue a funding opportunity entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator.” The Bioenergy Incubator Program is intended to identify potentially impactful ideas that are not meaningfully addressed in the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) strategic plan or project portfolio. It is anticipated that the funding opportunity announcement […]

NREL Scientists Find Key Function for Ferredoxins in Algae Hydrogen Production

Two of six iron-rich proteins shown to have role in algae metabolism; discovery could lead to enhanced hydrogen production Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated that just two of six iron-sulfur-containing ferredoxins in a representative species of algae promote electron transfers to and from hydrogenases. The finding suggests ways to […]

SCHOTT, Heliae and Arizona State University Partner to Showcase Next-Generation Algae Production Technology

ASU’s algae testbed facility to benefit from Heliae’s HelixTM photobioreactor featuring specialized SCHOTT glass tubing technology SCHOTT North America, Heliae, and Arizona State University (ASU) today announced a partnership to bring Heliae’s algae production technology to ASU’s algae testbed facility. Through the partnership, SCHOTT, a global leader in glass innovation, financed a HelixTM photobioreactor built […]

Aemetis Announces Commissioning of Biodiesel Distillation Unit at India Plant

Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that its 50 million gallon per year capacity biodiesel and refined glycerin production facility in Kakinada, India has been upgraded to produce high-quality distilled biodiesel. The Aemetis plant was built in 2008 using advanced technology to produce biodiesel and refined glycerin using […]