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New Grant Will Shift Focus of UW-Madison Alternative Fuel Research Center away from Ethanol
July 24, 2017 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Nico Savidge (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A UW-Madison research center that has used the university’s largest-ever federal grant to develop ethanol technology over the past decade will shift its focus to other alternative fuels after …

War on Recalcitrance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the BioEnergy Science Center
July 24, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) is a multi-institutional (18 partners), Department of Energy-funded research organization performing basic and applied science dedicated to improving yields of biofuels by focusing on the fundamental …

Triple Play Boosting Value of Renewable Fuel Could Tip Market in Favor of Biomass
May 30, 2017 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Silke Schmidt (University of Wisconsin-Madison News)   Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with …

NEWBio Commercial Collaborators: Building a Sustainable Energy Future in the Northeast United States
May 2, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  The Northeast region of the United States (from the Ohio River to the New England coast) has the natural, social, and technological resources needed to help create a sustainable, rural renaissance by using biomass …

Makin’ Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates
February 17, 2017 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research …

ORNL: Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels
January 20, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists …

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision
December 27, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues …

Comment Period Opens on EPA Rule to Update RFS, Fuel Regulations
November 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

Webinar: Economic Evaluation of Potential Biorefineries with High-Resolution Decison Support Tools
November 17, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  This talk introduces a web-based decision support tool for biorefinery siting and explores the economic viability of potential biorefinery locations in Chehalis, WA, Dallas, OR, and Hayden,ID.  WATCH VIDEO

What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?
November 15, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  As for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list.

In early October, the U.S. …

Bacteria Turn Trees into Pollution-Eating Machines
November 14, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anthony King (Horizon Magazine)  Hacking trees by adding bacteria to their roots could help scrub contaminated soil clean of chemicals and metals from industrial spillages and fallouts, a process known as gentle remediation.

Once the …

Biofuels Researchers Engineer Plant Lignin and Explain Evolutionary Path
October 21, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  In 2014, researchers announced the successful engineering of a poplar plant “designed for deconstruction.” The finding caught the attention of the global scientific community. The highly degradable poplar was the first of its …

EPA Proposes Poplar, Willow Trees for Ethanol in U.S. Biofuel Rule Tweak
October 10, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed tweaks to its Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow biofuels to be processed at more than one location and would allow cellulosic ethanol to …

EPA Proposes Major Updates to RFS Regulations
October 4, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Within the proposed rule, the EPA explains that the RFS registration, reporting, recordkeeping and product transfer document (PTD) requirements were designed with the general expectation that renewable biomass would be …

Proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA is proposing enhancements to its Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program and other related fuel regulations to support market growth of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. These proposed changes …

Greenwood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel Yield
September 29, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  GreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels.
GreenWood, …

Why Poplar Is So Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Poplar Bioconversion
September 13, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels, and the launch of Hot 40 and Hot 50 voting —  we were intrigued by this slide …

Seeking Low Costs, Painless Logistics: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Advances to Know in Biomass Feedstocks
September 12, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels in the EU —   we were intrigued by this slide deck on advances in biomass production for the …

Cellulosic Sugars Heading for Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources
July 26, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. …

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach
July 22, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.”
Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers …

Modeling Predicts which Counties Could Store More Carbon in Soil by Growing Bioenergy Crops
July 19, 2016 – 9:53 pm | No Comment

by Katie Elyce Jones (Phys.Org)  To help stakeholders in government and business make smart decisions about the best types of land and local climates for planting bioenergy crops, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s …

Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels
June 29, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.
Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

UC Riverside Awarded $1.3M from USDA for Green Energy Research
May 13, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Nightingale (University of California Riverside)  Charles Wyman, Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and holder of the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), …

USDA, DOE Partner to Invest $10 Million in Green Energy Research
May 9, 2016 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the joint investment of $10 million towards research that will …

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated …

Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks?
March 7, 2016 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus, or pongamia, or poplar, or camelina. The list could get really long. For example, try …

UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy UT and Genera Energy Harvest Hybrid Poplar Stand in Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy
March 4, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Patricia McDaniels (University of Tennessee)  A small stand of poplar trees harvested from a University of Tennessee AgResearch Center is set to help scientists progress further down the path toward low-cost, high-quality biomass and …

Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry — April 11-13, 2016 — Portland, OR
February 1, 2016 – 1:09 pm | No Comment
Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry  —  April 11-13, 2016   —   Portland, OR

This National Working Forum will bring together a wide array of stakeholders to discuss opportunities for poplar and willow in environmental applications and as a feedstock for developing renewable fuel industries. Participants will contribute to …

Poplar (Populus spp.) Trees for Biofuel Production
January 4, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Extension.org)  If you are looking for a comprehensive article on poplar for biofuel production, this is for you.
Table of Contents

Introduction

Current and Potential Use as a Biofuel

Biology and Adaptation

Production and Agronomic Information 

Harvest

Potential Yields
Production Challenges
Estimated Production Cost
Environmental/Sustainability …

Cheap Oil Slows down UW’s Plan for Tree-Based Biofuels
January 4, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Katherine Long  (Seattle Times)  Four years after the University of Washington received a $40 million federal grant to kick-start a biofuels industry in the Northwest, scientists have made great progress, but plans are lagging, …

Six-Year Study Suggests Perennial Crop Yields Can Compete with Corn Stover
December 30, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Mark E. Griffin (Wisconsin Energy Institute/University of Wisconsin)  A six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant …

National Working Forum: Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry — April 11-13, 2016 — Portland, OR
December 11, 2015 – 5:15 pm | No Comment
National Working Forum: Managing Poplar and Willow for Environmental Benefits and the Renewable Fuels Industry  —  April 11-13, 2016  —  Portland, OR

Both poplar and willow can be grown for many environmental applications. These trees are also excellent feedstocks to replace petroleum. This forum will bring together stakeholders from across the nation to discuss how to move the …

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions
December 3, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation …

Hardwood Biofuels Researched Using Poplar Trees
November 17, 2015 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Farrell (The Daily Evergreen)  …  A regional consortium for sustainable biofuels is teaming up with multiple companies and universities like Washington State to convert poplar trees into ethanol.   Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) …

Supply Chain Sustainability Analyses Completed
October 28, 2015 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This fiscal year, three Supply Chain Sustainability Analysis (SCSA) reports were published through Argonne National Laboratory. The SCSAs use a life-cycle analysis approach to identify energy consumption or environmental issues that …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

Test Plots of Poplar Trees May Hold Key to Bio-Fuels Development
September 21, 2015 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Eric Mortenson (Capital Press)  The recent drop in oil prices put the brakes on biofuel production, but industry insiders believe in the long-term promise of the technology. — It’s like leasing ground to the future. On …

Poplar Trees Are Best Bet for Biofuel in UW-Led Research Project
September 8, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Michelle Ma (University of Washington Today)  Groves of poplar trees could one day fuel our vehicles and be the source of chemicals that we use in our daily lives.  A five-year, $40 million study …

Poplars Considered as New Source of Biofuel
August 18, 2015 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The Advanced Hardwood Biofuels (AHB) Northwest Project is hoping to build the world’s first biorefinery for trees.  Other trees often grown for harvest, such as Douglas fir and red cedar take 50 years …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
August 5, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  A rapid-growing tree, many researchers think poplar is missing its calling as a high-quality cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. — As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen …

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels
August 4, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since …

New Holland Agriculture Expands Offerings for Biomass Harvest and Handling
August 3, 2015 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Extension.org)  Renewable energy production options are growing thanks to expanded farm equipment capabilities for harvesting biofuel feedstocks like shrub willow. — Harvesting is the single most expensive operation in the production of shrub willow biomass, accounting …

The Race to Meet Carbon-Neutral Biofuel Targets Could Put Human Health and Food Crop Production at rRisk unless It Is Carefully Planned, According to New Research.
July 29, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A new study, led by Professor Nick Hewitt of Lancaster University, examined changes in ground level ozone in response to projected land use change associated with future biofuel cultivation.
Publishing in the journal Environmental …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
July 21, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen feet annually and reach maturity in as few as four years.  One of its hybrids, populus …

Unlocking Lignin for Sustainable Biofuel
July 8, 2015 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/NewsWise)  Lignin–hemicellulose simulation demonstrates potential for predictive modeling using NAMD  —  Turning trees, grass, and other biomass into fuel for automobiles and airplanes is a costly and complex process. Biofuel researchers are …

Perennial Biofuel Crops’ Water Consumption Similar to Corn
July 7, 2015 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and …

Poplars’ Potential: Rathdrum Prairie Grove Part of Study on Cellulose-Based Biofuel
July 2, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Becky Kramer (The Spokesman-Review)  … A $40 million research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is studying poplars’ potential to produce cellulose-based biofuels. The grove north of Hayden is one of four test plots …

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels
June 17, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels – extending its ability …

University of Georgia Researchers Edit Plant DNA Using Mechanism Evolved in Bacteria
June 8, 2015 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by James Hataway (University of Georgia)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have used a gene editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas to modify the genome of a tree species for the first time. Their research, …

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center: Basic Research for Cellulosic Biofuels in the US
May 19, 2015 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) This reports on part of a trip to Wisconsin to visit the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), University of Wisconsin (UW), a dairy farm that uses …

Pennsylvania State University (PSU): An Example to Follow
May 13, 2015 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) I had heard about Pennsylvania State University’s bioenergy and biofuels educational initiatives from Advanced Biofuels USA’s Joanne Ivancic, just after starting to work on a project to …

New Study Highlights Fast Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Yields of 17-27% from Cellulosic Feedstocks
April 27, 2015 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, …

Driving Sustainable Agriculture through Improved Qualities in Eucalyptus and Poplar Trees
April 21, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Intreson/PR NewsWire)    Intrexon and FuturaGene Collaborate to Develop Unique Attributes and Agronomic Properties in Significant Plant Species
Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON), a leader in synthetic biology, and FuturaGene Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzano …

PureVision to Scale up Biorefining Technology at ZeaChem Site
April 6, 2015 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(PureVision Technology Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. The public …

UGA Researchers Create Trees that Are Easier to Turn into Fuel
March 27, 2015 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(University of Georgia/Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, …

2015 Sun Grant Conference: Academia Jumps One Step Forward and Shows What Will Be the Future of Lignocellulosic Biomass Production and Utilization in the Southeastern USA
February 25, 2015 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

Author, Dan Quadros, in Auburn, Alabama.

by Danilo Gusmão de Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  After two days (February 2-3, 2015) in “Sweet Home Alabama” at Auburn University, we got overwhelmed with the most recent discoveries of …

Will Low Oil Prices Be the Downfall of Cellulosic Biofuels?
February 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Wally Tyner (The Conversation/Purdue University)  … One challenge to commercializing biofuel made from non-food sources — called cellulosic biofuels — has been cost.
Unlike ethanol made from corn, cellulosic biofuels are made from the inedible parts …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 30, 2014 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Purdue News)  A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 22, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth K. Gardner (Purdue University) A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel …

Biofuels Initiative Shifts Gears
November 21, 2014 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Don Jenkins  (Capital Press)  Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is three years into a five-year, $40 million project to produce a green alternative to petroleum fuel.
… Three years into a five-year, $40 million program, a …

Harvesting Poplar to Fuel Green Energy
November 19, 2014 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Patricia Townsend (Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest)  Fall is harvest season and kicks off AHB’s first harvest of hybrid poplar for bioenergy.  The Jefferson, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho demonstration sites were both harvested at the end …

New Versatile Process Efficiently Converts Biomass to Liquid Fuel
November 13, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Emil Venere (Purdue News)  Researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants.  The researchers at Purdue University filed a patent application …

North Carolina State University Announces Biofuel Breakthroughs
October 31, 2014 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol.
NC State’s Forest …

ZeaChem, Leaf Resources Sign Collaboration Agreement for Leaf Glycell
October 20, 2014 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Colorado, ZeaChem has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Leaf Resources. The agreement covers ZeaChem’s evaluation of the Leaf Glycell process for the production of fermentable sugars at ZeaChem’s demonstration plant at …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

$15 Million Available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program
August 28, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine) The USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels.
According to the NOCP, …

JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels Research
August 28, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(Joint BioEnergy Institute/Biomass Magazine) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynthesis of plant cell walls. The idea behind …

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry
August 26, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Doria Gordon (The Nature Conservancy/Biofuels Digest)   Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the …

Students Present Research at Ethanol Conference
August 7, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Several University of Minnesota students are giving the ethanol industry a preview of their cutting-edge research in biofuels, biochemicals and bioproducts during the 27th Annual Ethanol Conference in Minneapolis. One such student is …

Research Projects to Improve Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy Production: Departments of Agriculture and Energy Announce Projects in 10 States
July 18, 2014 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (July 17, 2014) announced the selection of 10 projects that are being awarded funding aimed at accelerating …

N.C. Funds 6 Cellulosic Biofuel, Bioenergy Research Projects
July 10, 2014 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  North Carolina recently awarded six projects a total of $500,000 through the state’s Bioenergy Research Initiative, which is a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Special …

Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production
July 1, 2014 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Georgia Tech/Biomass Magazine) When making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has been that one can …

18 Free Studies on 21 Next-Wave Biofuels Feedstocks
June 9, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Thought you knew everything there was to know about some of biofuels’ favorite feedstocks?  Here are 18 free reports that may dampen or re-ignite your enthusiasm.
…To bring you up to …

2014 International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI) July 20-24 Vancouver, British Columbia
June 3, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment
2014 International Poplar Symposium VI (IPS VI)   July 20-24     Vancouver, British Columbia

On Sunday afternoon and evening (20 July, 2014) we welcome participants to UBC for registration and an informal reception.
From Monday (21 July, 2014) through Wednesday (23 July, 2014) we hold our International Poplar Symposium VI.  …

Poplars Designed for Deconstruction: A Major Boon to Biofuels
June 2, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison/Biomass Magazine)  What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to …

Making Money from Lignin: Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Biorefining
May 27, 2014 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Brett Israel (Georgia Institute of Technology)  When making cellulosic ethanol from plants, one problem is what to do with a woody agricultural waste product called lignin. The old adage in the pulp industry has …

Unzipping Poplars’ Biofuel Potential
May 13, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Layne Cameron, Curtis Wilkerson, Krista Eastman and John Ralph (Michigan State University/Renewable Energy World)    What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open …

Transgenic Trees Make Easy-Chew Wood for Biofuels
April 4, 2014 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Richard Van Noorden (Science Magazine)  The poplars in the greenhouse near John Ralph’s laboratory show no outward signs of weakness, but they have a secret soft spot. Thanks to genetic engineering, their wood contains an …

California Soil Toxins Worsened by Drought
March 18, 2014 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Dennis Pollock (Western Farm Press)  Salinity and scarcity of water were very much in the spotlight at the 2014 California Plant and Soil Conference in Fresno.
Multiple speakers showed pictures of what they labeled “California snow,” …

CRIBE, GreenField Partner to Test Demonstration Technology
March 17, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that, if successful, will …

Tennessee’s Biomass Innovation
March 5, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (BBI International/Biomass Magazine) Genera Energy is applying a systems approach to developing customized energy crop supply chains.

Genera Energy aims to help clients answer those questions using a systems approach to developing customized supply …

Greenwood Resources Earns RSB, FSC Certifications
February 10, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce that GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under …

Sustainable Poplar Plantation Provides Biomass Feedstock for the Emerging Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
February 4, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(Greenwood/PR Newswire)  GreenWood Resources Earns both Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Forest Stewardship Council Certifications
The GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the …

Field Trial with Lignin Modified Poplars Shows Potential for Bio-Based Economy, but Also that Work Still Needs to Be Done
January 2, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

(VIB)  The results of a field trial with genetically modified poplar trees in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, shows that the wood of lignin modified poplar trees can be converted into sugars in a more efficient way. These …

USDA and DOE Fund 7 Research Projects to Develop Plant Feedstocks for Bioenergy
December 16, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) today announced $8 million in research grants to develop non-food feedstocks that can be used for bioenergy. The grants are part of …

Grants Available for Biomass Energy on W.V. Surfaced-Mined Land
December 6, 2013 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center at Marshall University has expanded its partnership with the West Virginia Division of Energy’s Office of Coalfield Community Development to explore the reuse and …

Chinese Scientists Reveal the Genomic Enigma of Desert Poplar
December 4, 2013 – 10:27 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert/BGI) In a collaborative study, researchers from Lanzhou University, BGI and other institutes have succeeded in unraveling the whole genome sequence of desert poplar, Populus euphratica, and the genetic bases underlying poplar to against salt stress. This …

Effects of Genetic Modification on Non-Target Traits that Confer Defense in Hybrid Poplar (Populus tremula x Populus alba)
November 8, 2013 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Buhl, Christine, Ph.D., (University fo Wisconsin-Madison)  Genetic modification may be utilized to enhance various traits in trees for forestry and biofuel applications. Among these modification targets are gibberellic acid and lignin. Gibberellic acid (GA) is …

Energy Crops Could Cover Energy Demand in Surplus Agricultural Lands
September 27, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(BioenergyCrops.com)  A brand new study (2013) found that the projected energy demand (2035) in developing countries, can be covered with energy crops in surplus agricultural lands, then not competing with food production. The study, from the Department …

Alberta Has Potential to Be Canada’s Biggest Biofuel Producer
August 20, 2013 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Dave Cooper (Edmonton Journal)  Alberta could lead the country toward replacing about half its necessary transportation fuel with non-petroleum products, says a global expert on biofuels, bioenergy and bioproducts.
“We now have ethanol from grain …

Getting to the Root of the Matter
July 16, 2013 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer Donovan (Michigan Tech News)  Working to identify key genes in the root development of poplar trees, three Michigan Technological University scientists have come up with a new model for how genes interact and …

Biofuels Center Boosts Renewable Fuels Industry in Western NC with $600K Investment
April 5, 2013 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina recently awarded $684,058 for six projects to accelerate the renewable fuels industry in western North Carolina. Awards are made through the 2012-2013 targeted biofuels …

Peach Genome Offers Insights into Breeding Strategies for Biofuels Crops
March 25, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Science Codex)  Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate “biofuel crops” from which it is expected that cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels can be efficiently extracted. Domesticating these as crops requires …

Beta Renewables Sees 2015 as Boom Year for Cellulosic Biofuels
March 5, 2013 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)  * U.S. cellulosic biofuel goals not reached
* Beta sees industry stepping up output by 2015
* New players could emerge from eastern Europe
Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well …

Arcadia Biosciences and FuturaGene Enter Agreement to Develop Nitrogen Use Efficient and Water Use Efficient Eucalyptus and Poplar
February 8, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Arcadia Biosciences)  New Tree Crops To Increase Productivity While Preserving Natural Resources and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human …

Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Fuels from Biomass Pyrolysis
January 17, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Diego Iribarren, Jens F. Peters, Javier Dufour  (Fuel/Science Direct)  This article evaluates the environmental performance of a biofuel production system based on the fast pyrolysis of short-rotation poplar biomass using a Life Cycle Assessment …

Clemson, ArborGen Combine for Biofuel Research
December 21, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/The State)  Clemson University researchers are joining with a commercial forestry company to try to figure out what variety of poplars are best to make biofuels.
ArborGen planted four species of poplars last year at …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

NREL and Johnson Matthey Announce Five-Year Collaboration on Biofuels
December 17, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Goal is to develop new catalysts to lower costs for producing biofuels
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, …

Portland General Electric Tests Biofuel Options to Replace Coal at Boardman Plant
December 5, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(AP/Oregon Live)  Portland General Electric is in its second year of testing the giant cane known as Arundo donax as a potential replacement for coal at the Boardman Power Plant.
But the utility is also looking …

In Race to Develop Aviation Biofuels, Midwest Wants to Win
November 30, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  …Commercial-scale development of aviation biofuels is still in the early stages, and as experts explained at the Airports Going Green conference in Chicago earlier in November, viable aviation biofuel industries would look …

LSU AgCenter Studying Switchgrass as Biofuel Feedstock
November 8, 2012 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(Associated Press/The Advocate)  An LSU AgCenter forestry researcher is looking at a fast-growing plant called switchgrass as a potential biofuel feedstock.
Switchgrass needs little fertilizer and can tolerate drought and floods, Michael Blazier said — and …

Union of Concerned Scientists: 680 Million Tons of U.S. Biomass Available by 2030
October 29, 2012 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Union of Concerned Scientists has published a report that shows that biomass feedstock has the potential to dramatically increase our nation’s renewable energy supply. The report, titled “The …

Clean Energy Innovation Depends on a Good Pitch
October 16, 2012 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwestern Energy News)  Purdue University associate professor Richard Meilan is striving to develop a poplar tree that grows more quickly and can be more easily converted to biofuel than the average member of the genus …

The Hillary Step: 7 Biofuels Contenders, 7 Routes to Scale, Who’s Near the Summit, Who Will Plant the Flag?
October 8, 2012 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every biofuels contender has its own route to the top – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who is nearing the Summit, what’s their Hillary Step, who’s got Sherpas, who’s …

International Project Aims to Develop Water-Efficient Biofuel Crops
September 27, 2012 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Scientists from the University of Liverpool are part of an international research project to apply the properties of drought-adapted desert plants, like agave, to poplar trees, a recognised biofuel crop.
Dr James Hartwell, from the …

Tranquility Base Here. The Crescentino project has landed.
September 18, 2012 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Once described as a “moon shot”, Beta Renewables’ commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project hovers just over the lunar surface, weeks from completion.   It’s transformative cost structure may well reignite the …

Biofuel Research: Possibilities Still Growing at University of Georgia
August 28, 2012 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(Ledger-Enquirer)  …Researchers at the University of Georgia may be close to finding it. A report by Susan Mittleman on Georgia Public Broadcasting and transcribed on the Public Broadcasting Atlanta website (pba.org) describes a promising new …

Dial 9011 for Crop Assistance
June 14, 2012 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Section 9011 of the Farm Bill – the Biomass Crop Assistance Program – USDA deploys $9.6M in new investments in bioenergy crops as questions revolve around the program’s future and …

Quantifying Environmental Effects of Short Rotation Coppice on Biodiversity, Soil and Water
January 31, 2012 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)   This report was prepared as a joint effort by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, University of Rostock, Chalmers University of Technology, Georg-August University of Goettingen, University of …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for a New Advanced Biofuel Production Facility in Oregon: Project will Create Jobs, Expand Production of Biofuels
January 26, 2012 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has approved a conditional commitment in the amount of $232.5 million to ZeaChem Boardman Biorefinery, LLC (ZBB) through the Biorefinery Assistance Program. ZBB …

Oregon State University Researcher Highlights Public,Private Biomass Work in Oregon
January 23, 2012 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  …During a presentation at the 2012 Pacific West Biomass Conference & Tradeshow, Christine Kelly, an associate professor of chemical, biological and environmental engineering at Oregon State University, outlined the achievements …

Alberta Harvests First Crop of Waste-Raised Willows
December 12, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

by Dave Cooper (Edmonton Journal)  After flourishing on waste water from the town’s sewage treatment plant for more than two years, Whitecourt’s biomass crop of willows and poplars was ripe for harvest.
And last week, researchers …

FuturaGene Opens R&D Centre in China
December 8, 2011 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  FuturaGene, a woody crop plantation company for the bioenergy and biofuel markets, has opened a new biotech R&D centre in China.
Although Futuragene has been working in China through partnerships with universities and research …

Ethanol Research Centers on Poplars
October 26, 2011 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(R&D)  In May a team of researchers led by Rick Meilan, associate professor of forestry and natural resources, began a five-year study to determine the viability of poplar species as an ethanol feedstock and cash crop for …

ZeaChem Forms Strategic Partnership with Chrysler Group
August 15, 2011 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ZeaChem Inc. announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chrysler Group LLC to accelerate the commercialization of its cellulosic ethanol process and to assist in establishing a …

Phase Shift: 12 Hot Gas-Based Biofuels Technologies
August 9, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of technologies is coming along fast, primarily in advanced biofuels, which is gasifying biomass at the front end along its path towards making fuels, chemicals or …

USDA Awards $45 Million to Four New BCAP Projects
July 29, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of four additional Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in six states to expand the availability of non-food crops to be …

How Do Farmers Choose Bioenergy Crops?
July 5, 2011 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Carolyn Hoagland was recently awarded the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholar for her work in learning about how farmers choose to grow bioenergy crops. Hoagland, an adult student, is an environmental science major …

ZeaChem Signs Binding Feedstock Agreement with GreenWood Tree Farms to Supply its First Commercial Biorefinery
May 17, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(Yahoo!Finance/BusinessWire)   ZeaChem Inc., a developer of biorefineries for the conversion of renewable biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals, today announced it has signed a long-term binding term sheet with GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF), managed …

The Need for Biofuels
April 29, 2011 – 8:03 am | No Comment

(The Star Malaysia)  Experts predict the majority of the world’s oil fields will reach maximum petroleum extraction capacity in 2020, a state otherwise known as “peak oil”. After this point, a reduction in pressure causes …

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production
April 13, 2011 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research grants awarded to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. …

Key Plant Traits Yield More Sugar for Biofuels
March 30, 2011 – 10:00 am | No Comment

(University of California, Riverside)  Research by UC Riverside’s Charles Wyman could lead to less expensive production of biofuels
New clues about plant structure are helping researchers from the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center narrow down a …

Steel in the Ground
March 10, 2011 – 8:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   But this week in the little burgh of Boardman, Oregon (population 3,300), which happens to sit adjacent to the second-largest inland port in the western United States (the port …

2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium January 12, 2011 Columbia, MO
December 13, 2010 – 11:33 am | No Comment
2nd Annual Agroforestry Symposium   January 12, 2011   Columbia, MO

Experts from across the country will discuss the role of bioenergy crops for meeting renewable energy goals at the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry’s second annual symposium, Jan. 12, 2011.
The program, “Meeting Renewable Energy …

Feedstock Logistics: Development of a Harvesting System for Short Rotation Willow and Hybrid Poplar Biomass Crops
October 27, 2010 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Timothy Volk (Research Associate, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)   Dr. Volk proposes a cycle for growing and harvesting willow trees for use in advanced biofuel production. The amount of usable biomass per acre …

Neutrons Helping Researchers Unlock Secrets to Cheaper Ethanol
September 17, 2010 – 6:37 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  New insight into the structure of switchgrass and poplars is fueling discussions that could result in more efficient methods to turn biomass into biofuel.
Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory …

UMass Professor Develops Improved Biofuel Processing Method
September 14, 2010 – 8:36 am | No Comment

by Matthew M. Robare  (Daily Collegian)    
A chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts developed an improved method of converting wood into synthetic fuels.
“We’re focused on lignocellulosic biomass,” said Assistant Professor Paul Dauenhauer. “What I mean by …

Scientists ID Bacterial Genes that Improve Plant Growth
May 14, 2010 – 9:42 am | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  You might think bacteria that “invade” trees are there to cause certain destruction. But like the helpful bacteria that live within our guts, some microbes help plants thrive. To find out what …

Bio Base Europe’s GM Poplars Are Popular for Ethanol
March 23, 2010 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  According to Bio Base Europe the first crop of genetically modified poplar plants will be converted into ethanol in a Flemish-Dutch pilot installation.
The poplars were planted in May 2009 in an outside field …

A Tree in Your Tank? $3.2M NSF Grant Funds Effort to Transform Poplar Trees into Biofuel
February 25, 2010 – 7:26 am | No Comment

Gas money for your tank doesn’t grow on trees, but one day you might be filling up with fuel that does.
 
A team of researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Bowie State University …

Looking for a Biofuels Breakthrough in Boardman, OR
September 11, 2009 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Amy Hsuan (The Oregonian) … former oil executive Jim Imbler, who now heads a Colorado biofuels company called ZeaChem Inc., thinks he might have found the key to profitability in Oregon.   And it lies …