Advanced Biofuels Moved From “Beaker to Barrel”

Cindy Zimmerman

The head of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) told a House subcommittee this week that America’s domestic advanced biofuels industry has “moved from the beaker to the barrel, all in record time.”

AFBA president Michael McAdams testified before the U.S. House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade on Thursday, sharing some of the advance biofuels success stories which have occurred over the last year.

“The Air Force has flown the F-16/Thunderbirds on a mixture of advanced biofuels, the navy has tested advanced biofuels in ships and vehicles, and the commercial sector has flown the first cross country flight on a blend of renewable jet fuel,” McAdams said. “We have one member, Dynamic Fuels, producing a million gallons of renewable jet and renewable diesel a week, and have five members who have gone public. In addition, two Colorado member companies are preparing to deploy their innovative technologies in the near term.”

“Gevo, which will produce an isobutanol, a drop in, fungible fuel, will commission its 18 million gallon plant in June of this year in Luverne, Minnesota. While Sundrop Fuels is on target to break ground to build a 50 million gallon cellulosic gasoline plant in Louisiana this year,” he added.

McAdams says the single most important policy issue for advanced biofuels is the Renewable Fuels Standard, so it is “fundamentally important that the Congress continue to send a strong bipartisan signal of support for this policy if we wish to continue the remarkable progress and grow an advanced biofuels industry.”

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