Bioenergy Articles

  • EIA Issues Short-Term Energy Outlook Report

    On July 11, 2017, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its June Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).  EIA considered EPA’s recent rulemakings on the 2017 RFS volume requirements and proposed 2018 RFS volume requirements when developing its STEO for 2017 and 2018.    Biodiesel ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • RICanada welcomes Quebec Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements

    Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada), a principal stakeholder representing Canadian producers of clean-burning renewable fuels, announced that the Quebec Government’s 2017-2020 Action Plan under the 2030 Energy Policy included, for the first time, renewable ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • DOE Announces Up to $8 Million in Funding for Algae Biofuels Projects

    On July 11, 2017, DOE announced the selection of three projects focused on reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts that will receive up to $8 million in funding.    The projects aim to generate high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • DOE Awards $40 Million in Funding for Bioenergy Research Centers

    On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that $40 million in Department of Energy (DOE) awards will be used to establish four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) to be led by a DOE National Laboratory or top university.  Each BRC will focus on laying the scientific ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Biomass and Integration in Future Energy Systems and the Bioeconomy

    Biomass was the primary source of materials and energy until the industrial revolution set off a series of major changes around two hundred years ago. In the industrialized world fossil fuels became the primary source for energy in the forms of electricity and heat and provided almost all fuels for transport. However, biomass continued to maintain an important role in the economies in both ...

  • Assessing biodiesel quality parameters for wastewater grown Chlorella sp.

    Microalgae are reported as the efficient source of renewable biodiesel which should be able to meet the global demand of transport fuels. Present study is focused on assessment of wastewater grown indigenous microalga Chlorella sp. for fuel quality parameters. This was successfully grown in secondary treated waste water diluted with tap water (25% dilution) in glass house. The microalga ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Busting Biomethane Myths

    Over the past few years, more and more companies have woken up to the financial and environmental benefits to be gained by making the most of their organic waste streams. In fact, the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry – which converts millions of tonnes of food, sewage and farm waste into renewable energy (biogas) and biofertiliser – has been one of the UK’s biggest success ...

  • BRAG Biofuels Industry Outlook for 2017

    The biofuels industry is likely to face increasingly challenging times during the tenures of the new 115 th Congress -- which began on January 3 -- and the Trump Administration, scheduled to begin this Friday, January 20. Throughout his campaign for President, Trump repeatedly pledged his support for biofuels and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Indeed, it is this ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • DOE Bioenergy Technologies office to request applications for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

    On January 13, 2017, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced the intent to issue a request for applications (RFA) titled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Petition for Waiver of 2016 cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements

    On December 28, 2016, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) submitted a petition requesting that EPA waive the cellulosic biofuel volumetric requirements for the 2016 compliance year citing an inadequate domestic supply ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • DOE Announces $22.7 million funding opportunity for integrated biorefinery optimization

    On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and USDA announced a $22.7 million funding opportunity to support integrated biorefinery (IBR) optimization, with DOE providing up to $19.8 million and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) providing up to $2.9 million. To date, there are only a limited number of pioneer-scale commercial IBRs in the early stages of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • India Launches Biofuel-Run Bus Service

    On December 5, 2016, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched the Aapli bus service, India’s first green bus service, in Nagpur, which includes five buses that will run on ethanol biofuel. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • China To Double Ethanol Production by 2020

    On December 5, 2016, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published a five-year plan that aims to increase ethanol production to four million tons by 2020 despite the government maintaining strict control over the use of food ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA Publishes Final 2017 RFS Requirements

    On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule, Renewable Fuel Standard Program:  Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018, in the Federal Register.  This final rule sets the annual percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • BioEnergy Outlook: Interesting Times

    There is no historical evidence that the expression “may you live in interesting times” is actually a Chinese curse, but, apocryphal or not, it seems appropriate in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. Regardless of one’s political affiliations, there is no denying that the next few years are going to be interesting. For renewable energy in general that might not always ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Kwendin, Liberia - Case Study

    Kwendin is a remote village in Nimba County in central Liberia. It has a population of about 2000 inhabitants, and no access to the very limited national electrical grid. With funding from a USAID grant, APL, in partnership with Stable Outcomes are building ...


    By All Power Labs

  • Making environmentally friendly fuel from wood chips - Case Study

    The RUF briquetting press earns the Ortinger company additional profits During the production of round bars or rods for flags, skewers and many more products made from wooden planks, lots of wood chips are accumulated. Instead of disposing of them as waste, the wood processor Ortinger presses them into briquettes, which they then sell as fuel. This way they can economically support ...

  • BIO Writes Open Letter To Congress Encouraging Multi-Year Extension Of Biofuel Incentives

    On October 18, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of expiring renewable energy tax credits. The Second ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What Makes Biomass a Sustainable Energy Source?

    “Sustainability” is a major buzzword in the energy sector. In the face of climate change, national governments and global organizations like the United Nations continue to encourage the use of sustainable energy sources. In this blog, we’ll examine what makes biomass sustainable, specifically plant-derived biomass like wood pellets. Sustainable Resources: Wood ...


    By Uzelac Industries, Inc

  • Guide to Measuring Biofuel Blending

    As the global commitment to renewable energy sources grows, the importance of using biodiesel as a blending component with diesel fuel has increased. Biodiesel consists of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) which are produced by the transesterification of certain feedstock oils, such as soy, rapeseed, canola, and others. The ...


    By Spectro Scientific

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