Recent Biofuels

NREL Report Provides Documentation of the Advanced Biorefinery Landscape

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report in January 2015 on the status of the non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels industry in the United States. The report, 2013 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers, is the first of its kind to provide publically available, open source documentation on the […]

Innovative Bioenergy Process Recognized for Excellence in Technology Transfer

The Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently won a 2015 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award for developing an innovative process that uses heat and pressure to convert whole algae into biocrude oil in just minutes—much faster than existing processes. Using traditional refining methods, the biocrude oil can then be turned into into aviation […]

EU Commission will further review Lynemouth coal to biomass plant

The European Commission has announced it will further review whether Lynemouth coal power station will be able to convert to a biomass plant Lynemouth Power Ltd has been told that its case will be investigated further to assess whether the conversion would meet EU state aid rules. The converted plant would be able to export […]

Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Develop Innovative Bioenergy Technologies

The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. These projects will support BETO’s work to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels from non-food biomass feedstocks by reducing the risk associated with […]

The Export-Import Bank of China Renews Letter of Intent to BlueFire Renewables for Fulton Project Due Diligence Continues to Reach a Financial Closing

BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC: BFRE), a company focused on changing the world’s transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels, announced that The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) has renewed the previously announced Letter of Intent to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its bio-fuels project in Fulton, Mississippi. […]

Statkraft and Södra form biofuels company

Statkraft and Södra have formed a company to establish future production of second generation biofuels. Named Silva Green Fuel AS, ownership of the company is split between Statkraft (51%) and Södra (49%). Biofuels can be an important contribution towards achieving national and international targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. The new […]

New biomethane tariffs in force from 12th February

Today (10/02/2015) DECC has informed us that the changes announced in the government response to the biomethane tariff review are planned to come into force on 12th February, following successful passage through Parliament in January. Changes coming into force are summarised below: New tariffs • A new tiered tariff structure to the biomethane injection to […]

President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request Proposes Increased Funding for BETO

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request was released Monday, proposing funding levels for the U.S. Department of Energy, including $246 million for the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). This budget would be a $21 million increase from BETO’s enacted budget for FY 2015 and would include an increase for all Office programs: Feedstocks, Conversion […]

Pekin’s Century-old ‘Sugar House’ has evolved into the Fifth Largest U.S. Ethanol Producer

The old Sugar House has been through a lot of changes over the years. That’s the name “old timers” like Larry Whitehouse still use to describe the ethanol plant operated by Aventine Renewable Energy in Pekin, the site of a sugar processing plant that first went into operation in 1899. When sugar beets didn’t work […]

New Enzyme Speeds Up Biomass-to-Sugar Conversion

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed an enzyme—called CelA—that can convert biomass such as trees, grasses, and agricultural residue to sugars up to 14 times faster and much more cheaply than competing catalysts used in biofuel production. If the enzyme performs well in larger tests, it could help drive down […]