AST Awarded Biomass Extraction Patent

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American Science and Technology (AST) has been awarded a patent for the system and method the company developed for the extraction of chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass. The company says their system reduces the costs of Organosolv processing and helps to make biochemicals from biomass more economically viable. Led by Dr. Ali Manesh and group of researchers and engineers at AST, …

advance biofuels, biochemicals, biomass, biomaterials

California Reps Urge Congress to Fulfill #RFS Intent

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On the day the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) celebrated its 11th anniversary – August 8, 2005 – California Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) along with five of his California colleagues, submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to fulfill Congress’ intent when it passed the energy policy. Each year, the amount of renewable fuels blended into …

biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, RFS

#ACE2016 Board of Directors Elected

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The 29th annual American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) conference kicked off in Minneapolis, Minnesota today and one of the first items on the agenda was the election of its board of directors. Four board members were re-elected and three new representatives were appointed to the board. Board members re-elected to serve three year term include: Owen Jones, representing Full Circle …

ACE, ACE Ethanol Conference, biofuels, Ethanol

Research Finds Sweet Potato Potential as Food, Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are looking at sweet potato vines as a source of biofuel feedstock and livestock feed. The vines are typically thrown out during harvest while the roots could serve as a source for biofuels. Post-doctoral researcher Wendy Mussoline said this could be a key finding for Florida’s ag industry …

advance biofuels, Ethanol, Research

#Biofuel Microbes Knock Out Invaders

Joanna Schroeder

A new paper published in the journal Science, MIT and Cambridge researchers at the startup company Novogy, have developed a new technique to that gives biofuel producers fermentation microbes that have the upper hand against unwanted invaders eliminating the need for antibiotics and other sterilization methods. The research was led by Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Research

Happy 11th Birthday #RFS

Joanna Schroeder

Happy Birthday #RFS. Today is the 11th anniversary of the day the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law. Ethanol advocates are celebrating the energy policy stressing that the legislation provides Americans with increasing energy security, cleaner air and more affordable fuel options at the pump. Biofuel advocates are noting that in nearly a decade, the RFS continues to …

biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, Novozymes, RFA, RFS

Rayeman Elements Develops Cubed DDGs

Joanna Schroeder

They said it couldn’t be done. But done it has been. What is that you ask? It’s cubed distillers grains (DDGs). According to Rayeman Elements Inc. (REI), the company who has developed the patented product, cubed DDGs attain optimum cube integrity and nutritional value. More than five years in the making and $20 million in R&D, the company has also …

biofuels, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, technology

Albertsons Converts Used Cooking Oil to #Biodiesel

Joanna Schroeder

In an effort to reduce its waste streams, Albertsons Companies is converting used cooking oil, created at its grocery stores, into biodiesel. The biodiesel is then used to fuel its trucking fleets. Since 2010, several of its brands in California, including Safeway, Vons and Pavilions have been fueling their fleets with biodiesel. The program is part of Albertson’s goal of …

advance biofuels, Biodiesel, Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

BioEnergy Bytes

Joanna Schroeder

According to the new global aviation fuel market 2016-2020 research report, the growing use of biofuels across the globe is one of the key factors spurring growth in the aviation fuel market. Countries are introducing mandates and policies to encourage the use of biofuels in the aviation industry to deal with GHGs. China, the U.S., and Brazil are some of …

Bioenergy Bytes

DTC Opens #Propane Fuel Station, Increases Fleet

Joanna Schroeder

The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has opened a new propane fuel station in New Castle. The station goes along with the agency’s plans to increase its fleet of propane-powered paratransit buses. By FY18 the agency will operate 130 propane buses within it’s DART paratransit service. The decision was made following a two-year pilot program that tested five buses. DTC then …

Alternative Vehicles, Propane