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Biofuels industry stakeholders call on EPA to remove RFS regulatory barriers

June 12th, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, member companies and organizations from the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), the Coalition to Address Removal of Regulatory Impediments (CARRI), and others with interest in deploying sustainable fuels sent   Read More

ABFA President urges Congress to reform the RFS

June 22nd, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Michael McAdams, President of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA), urged Congress to reform the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in testimony today before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on   Read More

ABFA Member Neste Reduces Seven Million Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions with One Billionth Gallon Fuel Sale

May 17th, 2018

HOUSTON—(May 14, 2018)— Neste U.S., Inc. is marking its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America which has effectively helped reduce more than seven million metric tons   Read More

Velocys sells its second commercial license to Red Rock Biofuels

May 7th, 2018

Velocys plc (VLS.L), the renewable fuels company, has received a “notice to proceed” action to commence manufacturing of the Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the Red Rock Biofuels LLC (“RRB”) biorefinery that   Read More

ABFA files lawsuit against EPA challenging RFS small refinery exemptions

May 3rd, 2018

    Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has filed suit against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to challenge EPA’s process for granting exemptions from compliance under   Read More

ABFA Testifies before Ways & Means in Support of Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Credits

March 14th, 2018

    On March 14, Michael McAdams, President of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) welcomed the opportunity to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing entitled “Post Tax Reform Evaluation   Read More

ABFA Member Neste Ranked 2nd Most Sustainable Company in the World

February 8th, 2018

ABFA member Neste has reached its highest-ever ranking by placing 2nd on the Global 100 listof the world’s most sustainable companies. This is Neste’s 12th time on the list, which is longer than   Read More

Velocys confirms Mississippi site for first U.S. biorefinery

October 23rd, 2017

ABFA member Velocys has announced that its first U.S. biorefinery will be located in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi. Velocys was  offered an attractive package of economic development incentives, estimated to be worth   Read More

ABFA sends letter to President Trump opposing proposed decreases to 2018 RVOs

October 13th, 2017

On October 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to the proposals in the EPA’s October 4th  Notice of Data Availability (NODA),   Read More

ABFA Disappointed in Anti-Dumping Finding on Biodiesel Imports

August 22nd, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and our members are disappointed in the Department of Commerce’s initial finding regarding the antidumping petition filed by the National Biodiesel Board with respect   Read More

ABFA Commends Bipartisan Legislation to Extend the Blenders’ Tax Credit

July 18th, 2017

The Advanced Biofuels Association joined NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and other groups to commended Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) for introducing bipartisan legislation that   Read More

ABFA Applauds Timely Release of Proposed 2018 RVOs

July 5th, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the timely release of its proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) standards and biomass-based diesel volumes for   Read More

Velocys Hits New Milestone at GTL Plant

June 30th, 2017

ABFA member Velocys has reached a new milestone with the successful production of first finished, saleable products at their ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City. Click here to see photos and learn more   Read More

ABFA Weighs in on E15 Waiver

June 14th, 2017

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) submitted the following letter in advance of the E15 hearing to express deep concern over impacts that S. 517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act, may have for the   Read More

ABFA President Speaks on the Future of Biomass-Based Diesel

May 25th, 2017

The following are the prepared remarks shared by ABFA President Michael McAdams on May 25, 2017 at the LCFS, Renewable Fuels and Feedstock Conference in Chicago. I am delighted to be with   Read More

ABFA Responds to Ongoing International Trade Probe and Tax Legislation

May 5th, 2017

In response to the ongoing probe into biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia as well as new tax legislation, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael   Read More

ABFA Add Depth to Membership, Announces New Partnership

April 25th, 2017

Washington, D.C.—The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) welcomes five new member companies: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Honeywell UOP, AMERIgreen, ICOF, and AltAir Fuels. With the addition of these companies, ABFA now represents more than three   Read More

ABFA Salutes First Chairman and Founding Member On Retirement

April 21st, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Following many years of tremendous service to the biofuels industry in his capacity as the first Chairman of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and Chief Executive Officer of Virent,   Read More

ABFA Opposes NBB Petition Against Biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia

March 23rd, 2017

In response to the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition petition against biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA   Read More

Velocys Produces First Product at GTL Plant in Oklahoma

February 6th, 2017

ABFA member Velocys announced that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant in Oklahoma City. The fuels produced at the plant are expected to qualify under   Read More

Gevo Announces EPA Approved Pathway for Isobutanol to Provide Route for More D5 RINs

January 17th, 2017

ABFA member Gevo announced today that the EPA approved pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS). This is   Read More

Prepared Remarks of ABFA President on An Unsual Election

December 15th, 2016

The following are the prepared remarks shared by ABFA President Michael McAdams on December 8, 2016 at the RNG Conference in California. Good morning. How are you all this morning? Great place   Read More

EPA Sends Clear Message to Market with 2017 RVOs

November 23rd, 2016

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of final renewable volume obligations for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement   Read More

Velocys Announces Construction Complete at ENVIA’s GTL Plant

September 22nd, 2016

ABFA member Velocys plc announced today that construction of ENVIA Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City is now complete. Learn more about the plant and this exciting accomplishment.

Advanced Biofuels Industry Backs Blenders Credit Bill

September 19th, 2016

ABFA salutes Congresswoman Diane Black for her introduction of a bill that would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders credit for an additional two years. This provision would continue to protect those who are investing in the blending equipment and are selling all the fuel in the United States.

Tesoro Acquiring Virent to Support Commercializing Renewable Fuels and Chemicals

September 7th, 2016

ABFA member Virent recently announced it will be acquired by Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company. The acquisition will support the commercialization of Virent’s technology for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals.   Read More

Ensyn Announces Its Latest Biofuel Project in Quebec

July 14th, 2016

ABFA member, Ensyn, has broken ground on a new commercial biocrude production facility in Quebec, Canada. Learn more about the project here: Ensyn – CN Release 2016.7.13 As Issued

ABFA Submits Comments on 2017 RVOs and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018

July 14th, 2016

On July 11, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2017 and biomass-based diesel volume for 2018. You can read ABFA’s   Read More

ABFA Submits RFS Hearing Testimony

June 22nd, 2016

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) was asked to submit comments for the record for today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on implementation issues with the RFS, below is the testimony submitted.   Read More

ABFA Represents 9.6 Billion Gallons of Biofuels Production

May 25th, 2016

Today the board of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) welcomed three new member companies and announced new Executive Committee representatives.

ABFA Applauds EPA’s Proposed RVOs for 2017

May 18th, 2016

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released the following statement today applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed renewable volume obligations for 2017 under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The statement should   Read More

ABFA Takes a Stand to Maintain the Blenders Tax Credit

April 11th, 2016

Today the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership to express concern about proposed changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. A copy of the   Read More

Biofuels Powering the Navy’s Great Green Fleet

January 20th, 2016

Ahead of today’s deployment of the Navy’s Great Green Fleet, ABFA President Michael McAdams talked with the San Diego Union Tribune to discuss the Navy’s contribution to the advanced biofuels industry. The   Read More

Tesoro Announces Partnerships to Support Development of Renewable Biocrude

January 20th, 2016

ABFA President Michael McAdams provided the following comment on Tesoro’s newly announced partnership with Fulcrum, Virent and Ensyn: “This is a significant partnership and can help expedite the ability to put drop   Read More

ABFA Responds to Extension of Blenders Credit

December 16th, 2015

In response to Congress passing the extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

USDA Provides Loan Guarantee Conditional Commitment to Build Georgia Biofuel Plant

December 10th, 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional commitment, an important milestone in the ongoing development of the project, through its Biorefinery Assistance Program.

Advanced Biofuel Producers Applaud EPA’s Final Rule, Continue Push for RFS Reform

November 30th, 2015

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of final renewable volume obligations for 2014 through 2016 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for its Renewable Gasoline

November 24th, 2015

Dr. Robert Graham, Chairman of Ensyn Corporation (Ensyn), is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline. This approval, pursuant to Title 40 CFR Part 79 promulgated under the Clean Air Act, is required for the sale of RFGasoline into U.S. commerce.

ABFA Speaks Out on Proposed Changes to Biodiesel Tax Credit

November 18th, 2015

Today the Advanced Biofuels Association sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership that expressed concern about changes to the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit. The full letter is available below and   Read More

Neste and Boeing to Lead the Industry on Commercialization of Renewable Aviation Fuels

November 5th, 2015

Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel and Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer will work together to promote and accelerate the commercialization of renewable aviation fuel.

Advanced Biofuels Producers Oppose Grassley Tax Credit Change: Amendment Could Hurt Consumers

October 21st, 2015

During the Senate Finance Committee’s July markup, Senator Charles Grassley offered an amendment, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell, which would extend the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for two years. However,   Read More

ABFA Supports CARB’s Re-Adoption of LCFS

September 25th, 2015

Following the approval of the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) unanimously approval for the re-adoption of the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

China Looks to Algenol’s Carbon Mitigation Technology to Reduce Rising Global CO2 Levels and Help Combat Climate Change

September 24th, 2015

U.S.-based Algenol will partner with South China’s Fujian Zhongyuan New Energy Co. Ltd. to develop projects throughout Southern China, utilizing carbon emissions to create renewable fuels. The goal is to provide solutions for China’s three biggest challenges: access to clean air, clean water and sustainable fuels.

UPM BioVerno Renewable Diesel Reduces Tailpipe Emissions Significantly

September 22nd, 2015

Finnish wood-based UPM BioVerno diesel has been found to significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions. A number of engine and vehicle tests have been carried out across a number of key research institutes   Read More

Oberon Fuels Partners With Ford & FVV On 3-Year, €3.5 Million Project To Build And Test World’s First Production Passenger Car Powered By DME

September 14th, 2015

Oberon Fuels, Inc., the first company to produce fuel-grade dimethyl ether in North America, is partnering with Ford Motor Company, Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen e. V., and other FVV member companies on a 3-year, €3.5 million project to research, analyze and test the potential of DME and oligomethyl ether fuel in passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks, and ultimately build the world’s first production passenger car powered by DME for on-road testing.

Algenol To Distribute Ethanol Commercially

September 14th, 2015

Offering ethanol made from algae for the first time commercially, Algenol Biotech LLC and Protec Fuel Management, LLC have entered into an agreement to market and distribute ethanol from Algenol’s Fort Myers, Fla., commercial demonstration module.

Neste Listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the Ninth Time

September 10th, 2015

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) have listed Neste in the DJSI World Index for the ninth time in a row. Neste ranks highly especially with regard to water related issues, as well as environmental and social reporting.

Velocys Completes Reactors for Oklahoma City GTL Project

September 2nd, 2015

Velocys plc, the company at the forefront of smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce that the manufacture of the full-scale commercial Fischer-Tropsch reactors for ENVIA Energy’s Oklahoma City GTL project is complete.

Ensyn Receives Key Regulatory Approval for its Renewable Diesel

August 27th, 2015

Dr. Robert Graham, CEO and Chairman of Ensyn Corporation (Ensyn), is pleased to announce that Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable diesel product, RFDiesel.

ABFA Applauds Gevo, Butamax Global Patent Cross-License and Settlement Agreements

August 24th, 2015

Today, Advanced Biofuels Association’s (ABFA) member Gevo, Inc. and Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC, entered into worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreements, aimed at leveraging each other’s strengths and accelerating development of competitive supply for bio-based isobutanol (full press release below, following quote). In response to this announcement, ABFA President, Michael McAdams issued the following statement.

Gevo Announces First Pump Sales of Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline

July 30th, 2015

Gevo Announces First Pump Sales of Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline at Express Lube Service Station in Texas: Sales Focused at Owners of Boats, Outdoor Equipment and Off-Road Vehicles

UPS Makes Substantial Move To Renewable Fuels

July 29th, 2015

UPS® today announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world.

ABFA Submits Comments on EPA’s 2015 Biofuel RVOs

July 28th, 2015

On July 27, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) submitted comments on the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for 2015. Below is a summary of ABFA’s comments, attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

Mayor Lee Announces San Francisco to Use Renewable Diesel in City Fleet

July 21st, 2015

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions by phasing out the use of petroleum diesel in the municipal fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by the end of this year.

Advanced Biofuels Association Applauds Support of Extenders

July 20th, 2015

Last week the U.S. Senate Finance Committee announced it would hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 21, to consider the tax extenders proposal. Ahead of the hearing, the Advanced Biofuels Association’s (ABFA) President, Michael McAdams issued the following statement.

Algenol Tackles Global Crisis; Wins 2015 Presidential Award for Climate Change

July 14th, 2015

Algenol has just received the prestigious 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Award, at a ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. for its environmental benefits concerning climate change.

ABFA Members Honored by EPA as Winners of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

July 13th, 2015

Today, ABFA celebrates two of its extraordinary members for being among the five companies to be honored with the Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

Advanced Biofuels Association Adds Members, Elects New Officers

July 9th, 2015

Today, the Advanced Biofuel Association announced new officers during its summer fly-in board meeting. In addition, the Association appointed three new members to its Executive Committee. The Association also welcomed new members Wilmar Oleo, and Optimal Biofuels. During the fly-in, ABFA members met with a number of Hill offices, calling for reforms to strengthen the Renewable Fuels Standard program.

Across the USA on One Tank of Non-Petroleum Fuel – made possible by Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel

June 30th, 2015

A team of motorsport enthusiasts will drive from Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of California on just one tank of renewable fuel in June 21-26, 2015. This is made possible by NEXBTL renewable fuel that is produced from bio-based raw materials by Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel.

Tax Legislation Would Level Playing Field for Advanced Biofuels

June 24th, 2015

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) re-introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to level the energy playing field by giving investors in renewable energy projects access to a decades-old corporate structure whose tax advantage is available now only to investors in fossil fuel-based energy projects.

National Marine Manufacturers Association Endorses Use of Gevo’s Isobutanol in the Marine Fuel Market

June 17th, 2015

Gevo, Inc., received a key endorsement today for the use of its renewable isobutanol by the marine industry, following support and recommendation for the use of isobutanol by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as an effective, less damaging, more suitable biofuel alternative than ethanol for powering various types of marine and recreational boat engines.

Neste going Google and Google going NEXBTL

June 10th, 2015

The world’s leading producer of renewable fuels, Neste is going Google by introducing Google Drive for Work services to its personnel globally.

Ensyn and Youngstown Thermal Sign RFO(TM) Biofuel Supply Agreement

June 4th, 2015

Ensyn Fuels Inc. (“Ensyn Fuels”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ensyn Corporation (“Ensyn”), has signed a contract with Youngstown Thermal LLC (“Youngstown Thermal”) for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel.

Neste Oil is now Neste

June 2nd, 2015

As of June 1, Neste Oil’s official name is Neste Oyj in Finnish, Neste Abp in Swedish and Neste Corporation in English. The Annual General Meeting decided to drop the word Oil from the name on April 1, 2015. The name change reflects the company’s transformation from a traditional oil refiner to a global pioneer in renewable fuels.

ABFA Responds to EPA Proposed Mandates Under the RFS

May 29th, 2015

In response to EPA’s proposed mandates for renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014 through 2016 the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

Alaska Airlines to be Gevo’s Commercial Launch Partner for Renewable Alcohol-Based Jet Fuel

May 7th, 2015

Gevo, Inc. announced today that it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Alaska Airlines to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ).

ABFA Responds to EPA Commitment to Announce RVOs on June 1st

April 10th, 2015

Today the EPA released its consent decree in response to the AFPM and API law suit over missing the RVO deadlines. ABFA is delighted to see that EPA will formally release the proposed rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by June 1st.

Algenol Invited by the US Dept. Of Energy and US Dept. Of Commerce to Participate in Business Development Mission to China

April 7th, 2015

Algenol proves, once again, to be a global leader in the commercialization of advanced biofuels from CO2, as they join the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, on a business development mission to China.

EPA Improves Cellulosic Waiver Credits Says ABFA

March 25th, 2015

Michael McAdams, head of the Advanced Biofuels Association made the following statement following today’s rulemaking today by the EPA with regard to the cellulosic waiver credit.

Neste Oil’s Renewable Diesel to be Sold at Propel Fuel Stations in California

March 18th, 2015

California based Propel Fuels has launched California’s most advanced low carbon diesel fuel called Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) at its retail stations.

For Next-Generation Biofuels, Time to Strengthen the RFS

March 11th, 2015

Today, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association are facing incredible challenges, including diminishing capital markets, an uncertain tax code, and a patch-quilt of state laws and federal regulations. Unfortunately, the RFS – the very tool that was created to foster our industry – has become one of the greatest obstacles to continued development of the advanced and cellulosic biofuel industry due to inconsistent and poor implementation.

Gevo Sells Renewable Jet Fuel to NASA

March 9th, 2015

Gevo, Inc., announced today that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has purchased Gevo’s renewable Alcohol-to-Jet fuel (ATJ) for aviation use at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.

Oberon Fuels Poised for Growth as State of California Approves Dimethyl Ether (DME) for Legal Use as a Vehicle Fuel

February 27th, 2015

Oberon Fuels, Inc., the first company to produce fuel-grade dimethyl ether in North America, announced today that DME is now approved for use as vehicle fuel in the state of California.

Algenol Closes On Internal Equity Financing

February 10th, 2015

Major Existing Investor Expands Commitment to Company Funding Accelerates Commercialization of Game-Changing Technology

ABFA Responds to the State of the Union

January 21st, 2015

In response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech noting the importance of advanced biofuels, such as ‘turning solar into liquid fuel,’ the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has issued the following statement attributable to Michael McAdams, ABFA President.

Algenol Successfully Launches Algae Fuels Demonstration Project In India

January 21st, 2015

Algenol and Reliance Industries Ltd., have successfully deployed India’s first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery, the world’s largest.

EPA Approves Algenol Fuels For Renewable Fuel Standard

January 13th, 2015

Algenol announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is in Commercial Production

January 12th, 2015

The world’s first wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million litres of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel yearly.

Luverne Plant Update – Fourth Quarter Isobutanol Production Milestone Achieved Under Side-by-Side

January 8th, 2015

In June 2014, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol at Luverne, with one fermenter dedicated to isobutanol production and three fermenters dedicated to ethanol production. Gevo had articulated a goal of reaching isobutanol production levels of 50-100 thousand gallons per month by the end of 2014. In the month of December, Gevo produced over 50 thousand gallons of isobutanol, meeting the Company’s stated goal.

Iogen’s Advanced Cellulosic Biofuel Technology Reaches Critical Production Milestone

December 18th, 2014

Iogen Corporation, a leading developer of cellulosic biofuel technology, and Raizen, one of the world’s largest producers of sugarcane ethanol, are pleased today to announce they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raizen’s newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

ABFA Urges Congress to Look at Future Biofuels Tax Provisions Following One Year Extension

December 17th, 2014

Late yesterday Congress passed tax extender legislation including a one-year retroactive extension of four key advanced biofuels tax provisions as part of a larger package of tax credit extensions.

USDA Announces Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuel

December 8th, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the nation to support the production of advanced biofuels, and is awarding more than $4 million in additional grants that will advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

Here Today and Investing for Tomorrow: Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels

December 5th, 2014

Advanced and cellulosic biofuels are essential to achieving that security. Unlike fossil fuels — which represent a finite resource — these fuels are produced from renewable sources like plants, algae, waste and animal fats. As a result, they improve our country’s energy security, reduce greenhouse gases and complement rising domestic oil and natural gas production.

UPM and WWF Finland Cooperate to Promote the Sustainability of Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels

December 4th, 2014

UPM and WWF Finland have engaged in a dialogue on the status of wood-based liquid biofuels in Finland and present a list of joint measures to be carried out to promote sustainability.

Boeing Tests Neste Oil’s NEXBTL Renewable Diesel in an Airplane

December 4th, 2014

The airplane manufacturer Boeing has successfully tested Neste Oil’s NEXBTL diesel fuel as a component of aviation fuel. The first test flight took place on the U.S. using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and further testing is being planned.

Gevo Signs Letter of Intent With Highlands EnviroFuels to License Isobutanol Technology for Florida Plant

November 25th, 2014

Plant to Convert Sugar Cane and Sweet Sorghum to 20-25 Million Gallons Per Year of Isobutanol

EPA Resets 2014 RVO Decision to 2014 and 2015 in One Move

November 21st, 2014

After waiting more than a year for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize renewable fuel standard (RFS) targets for 2014, the agency surprisingly pulled back its proposed rule today.

Ensyn Initiates Generation & Sale of Cellulosic RINs Under the RFS2 Program

November 10th, 2014

Ensyn is pleased to announce that it has initiated the generation and sale of its first RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) under the US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) and that Ensyn’s D7 cellulosic RINs have received QAP certification.

Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels Industry Mourns a Leader

November 4th, 2014

With regards to the passing of Mary Gibson Rosenthal, who served as the Algae Biomass Organization’s first executive director, ABFA CEO Michael McAdams made this statement.

Total Supplying Formula 1® Racing Fuel Containing Gevo’s Renewable Isooctane

October 21st, 2014

Gevo, Inc., the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation in to Formula 1® racing fuel. The Total racing fuel incorporating Gevo’s renewable isooctane is being used by the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team and has achieved Grand Prix victories in Canada, Hungary and Belgium.

Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant

October 17th, 2014

Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, today announced the official grand opening of its second generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, located about 90 miles southwest of Dodge City. The opening was attended by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, Mayor of Hugoton Jack E. Rowden and CEO of Abengoa Manuel Sánchez Ortega.

Solazyme Wins 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

October 16th, 2014

Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has won the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its breakthrough platform technology to produce sustainable oils and products from microalgae for commercial use in a wide range of industries. The company will be honored today in a ceremony in the nation’s capital. Solazyme’s win represents the first time this technology that harnesses the power of microalgae to produce high performing, sustainable, healthy and environmentally-friendly products has been recognized by this prestigious award.

USDA Issues Conditional Commitment for $91MM Loan Guarantee to Cool Planet

October 6th, 2014

Cool Planet Energy Systems today was issued a $91MM conditional commitment from the United States Department of Agriculture for a loan guarantee to support construction of the company’s first commercial manufacturing plant. The facility will be located at the Port of Alexandria, Louisiana.

ABFA Announces Three New Members and New Renewable Products Committee Chairman

October 1st, 2014

Today the Advanced Biofuels Association welcomes three new member companies, UPM, Kore Infrastructure and EcoEngineers, as well as a new Chairman of the Association’s Renewable Products Committee.

Technology From Honeywell’s UOP To Be Used To Produce Renewable Diesel For U.S. Military

October 1st, 2014

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that its advanced process technology will be used to produce renewable diesel for the U.S. military through the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project.

Virent Hires Edgar Steenwinkel to Lead Technology Development Efforts

September 30th, 2014

Virent announced today the appointment of Edgar Steenwinkel as the company’s Vice President of Research and Development. Steenwinkel will lead technology development efforts of Virent’s BioForming® platform in preparation of commercialization of its biofuel and biobased chemicals.

GranBio Begins Producing Second-Generation Ethanol

September 24th, 2014

GranBio, the 100% Brazilian industrial biotech company, has initiated production at the first commercial-scale plant for second-generation (2G) ethanol in the Southern Hemisphere. The Bioflex 1, unit built in São Miguel dos Campos, Alagoas, has an initial production capacity of 82 million liters of ethanol per year.

Luverne Plant Update – Side-by-Side Production Remains on Track

September 23rd, 2014

Gevo, Inc. today reported an update on the progress of the Side-by-Side operational mode (SBS) of its plant in Luverne, MN. In the beginning of June, Gevo commenced the co-production of isobutanol and ethanol, with one fermenter dedicated to isobutanol production and three fermenters dedicated to ethanol production. With the completion of the last phase of capital for SBS, Gevo has begun to produce and ship isobutanol in railcar volumes.

ABFA Responds to Milestone DPA Award Announcement

September 19th, 2014

Washington, DC – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has released the following statement attributable to President Michael McAdams in response to today’s announcement on the companies awarded funding under the Defense Production Act (DPA) program to build advanced drop-in biofuels plants.

ABFA Video Series Continues: Velocys’ Microchannel Technology Creates the Diesel and Jet Fuel for the Future

September 19th, 2014

ABFA is proud to share the latest installment of its ongoing video series, which tells the stories of innovation within the advanced biofuels industry through the companies producing renewable gallons and breaking ground on new facilities – our members. Today we profile Velocys, a world leader in the design and development of microchannel process technology and super-active catalysts. Velocys holds more than 900 patents worldwide covering various aspects of the technology, which enables gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants to convert clean natural gas or renewable resources into diesel or jet fuel.

Virent to Expand Demo Plant Capabilities to Scale Plant-Based Paraxylene

September 8th, 2014

Virent announced today that The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in the company’s development and commercialization of its bio-based paraxylene, BioFormPX™. This investment will enable Virent to scale up separation and purification of BioFormPX™ material at their demonstration plant in Madison, WI.

Oberon DME Receives EPA’s First Biogas-Based Fuel Approval Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

September 3rd, 2014

Oberon Fuels Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (“DME”) fuel production in North America, announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved its DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”). Oberon’s biogas-based DME is now eligible for high value D-Code 3 (cellulosic) and D-Code 5 (advanced) renewable identification numbers (“RINs”) under the RFS. The EPA determined that biogas-based DME produced from the Oberon process resulted in an approximate 68% reduction in greenhouse gases when compared to baseline diesel fuel.

ABFA Applauds First Biogas-Based Fuel Approval Under The Renewable Fuel Standard

September 3rd, 2014

Washington, DC – The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency on its recent pathway approval for dimethyl ether (DME). With this newest pathway, Oberon Fuels Inc. becomes the first company to announce plans to commercialize DME fuel production, which will now be eligible for high value D-Code 3 (cellulosic) and D-Code 5 (advanced) renewable identification numbers (RINs). This technology introduces a new fuel to the diesel market place for the first time. Similar to propane this fuel offers many advantages for the transportation sector in the future. While the approval of this biogas-based fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a positive step forward, the advanced and cellulosic industry is still awaiting decisions for nearly 40 other pending pathways for feedstocks, technologies and types of fuels.

ABFA Responds to EPA Sending the 2014 RFS for OMB Review

August 22nd, 2014

In light of EPA sending the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements to the Office of Management and Budget for interagency review, ABFA has released the following statement attributable to President Michael McAdams.

Virent Receives EPA Registration for Its BioForm Gasoline

August 13th, 2014

Virent announced it has successfully received fuel registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its BioForm® Gasoline in blends of up to 45%. As a registered fuel, Virent’s biogasoline can now be used in on-highway motor vehicles.

Sapphire Energy Announces New CEO James Levine

July 29th, 2014

Sapphire Energy, Inc., a global leader of algae cultivation technologies, today announced the appointment of biotechnology veteran James Levine as president, CEO and member of the board of directors. Levine replaces Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, who is stepping down from her post effective immediately. She will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Advanced Biofuels: Suspended in Bureaucratic Animation

July 22nd, 2014

For months the biofuels industry has focused on the EPA’s issuance of the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO’s). Lobbying has been furious and consistent from all the various stakeholder groups that are impacted by the final numbers. It is expected that the final rule will be issued in mid to late September.

Statement by Sapphire Energy CEO, Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, Regarding the Company’s Selection as an EcoPartner with Oil Giant Sinopec

July 10th, 2014

Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, CEO of Sapphire Energy, an Advance Biofuels Association member company, released the following statement regarding the company’s selection as an EcoPartner with Chinese oil and gas company Sinopec.

All Eyes on EPA this Summer

July 9th, 2014

The pioneering companies that belong to ABFA are keeping busy this summer. Developing this emerging industry is a full-time job that involves many tasks. Members are also keeping a close eye on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ABFA Video Series Continues: ABFA Members Transforming Fuels for Today and Tomorrow

June 25th, 2014

In ABFA’s latest video, Association President Michael McAdams speaks out about the important role of the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry in helping America achieve energy security while transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

REPREVE RENEWABLES Adds Genetic Assets from Mendel Biotechnology to Its Product Development Program

May 14th, 2014

REPREVE® RENEWABLES, LLC, announced today it has purchased certain genetic assets or germplasm for its giant miscanthus grass product development program from Mendel Biotechnology, Inc.

INVISTA and LanzaTech to collaborate on development of gas-fermentation process technology

May 13th, 2014

INVISTA and LanzaTech signed a research and development agreement focused on the development of gas-fermentation process technology for the production of industrial chemicals from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas (CO2 and H2) feedstocks.

University of Iowa Field Demonstration

May 8th, 2014

To demonstrate the advantages of growing miscanthus, the University of Iowa invited the public Wednesday, May 7. to the planting of a 15-acre pilot field on a farm south of Iowa City.

ABFA Disappointed in Congressman Conaway’s Efforts to Thwart Department of Defense Biofuels Spending

May 6th, 2014

In response to Representative Conaway (R-TX) planned amendments to the House Armed Services Committee fiscal 2014 defense policy bill (H 4435), the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released the following statement in support of Department of Defense (DOD) programs to develop commercial advanced biofuels for defense purposes:

Repreve Renewables Deploys Innovative Biomass Crop System, Key Component Of Meeting Increased Demand For End Products

May 1st, 2014

Working with Farmers and Landowners to grow Giant Miscanthus grass (Greensboro, NC) – REPREVE® RENEWABLES, LLC, is collaborating with farmers and landowners in the United States to grow giant miscanthus grass for   Read More

ABFA Announces New Officer and Executive Committee Member

April 17th, 2014

ABFA elected a new officer and an executive committee member during its April Board meeting held in Washington, DC. Today ABFA announced that Christopher Higby of Honeywell and UOP will serve as ABFA Treasurer and Alan Hiltner will represent GranBio on ABFA’s executive committee.

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Explores the Role of Biofuels in Rural Economy, ABFA Applauds

April 8th, 2014

In response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry’s hearing on the role of biofuels in the rural economy?, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released the following statement attributed to President Michael   Read More

Senate Finance Committee Approves Inclusion of Biofuels Tax Extenders, ABFA Responds

April 3rd, 2014

The Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act” today by voice vote. In response, ABFA has released the following statement attributable to President Michael McAdams.

ABFA Applauds Tax Extenders Package That Includes Biofuels Provisions

April 1st, 2014

In response to the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman Wyden (D-OR) releasing a description of the Chairman’s mark for Thursday’s rescheduled hearing on the tax extenders package, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released the following statement praising the inclusion of tax extenders that support advanced renewable fuels.

Outlook for Renewable Energy in America – Advanced Biofuels

April 1st, 2014

The world has witnessed a sea change in the drivers of energy production and demand. Moving toward 2035, a minimum of three factors will play heavily in terms of how the United States considers its energy future: supply, demand, and public policy.

Cool Planet Closes on $100 Million Series D Financing

March 31st, 2014

Cool Planet Energy Systems, the company bringing carbon-negative technology to the world’s energy, agriculture and water markets, announced today that it has successfully closed on its targeted $100 million Series D financing.

ACORE Releases Outlook for Renewable Energy in America: 2014, Jointly Authored by U.S. Renewable Energy Trade Associations

March 31st, 2014

Report Forecasts Industry Growth and Highlights Policy Recommendations to Advance an American Renewable Energy Economy (Washington, D.C.) –The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) today announced the release of The Outlook for   Read More

Amyris and Kuraray Expand Collaboration in Farnesene-Based Polymers

March 31st, 2014

Amyris and Kuraray Co., Ltd., a pioneering global chemical products company with a long history of commercializing a range of resins, fibers, textiles and other materials, announced today the expansion and extension of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene®, Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene.

Gevo Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results

March 26th, 2014

Gevo, Inc. today announced its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and provided an update on recent corporate highlights.

Mitsui Leads Investment in LanzaTech’s $60M Series D Round

March 26th, 2014

LanzaTech, a company changing the way the world thinks about waste carbon, has attracted new strategic investors in key target markets. LanzaTech’s disruptive carbon capture and utilization technology provides a capital-efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional carbon capture and storage (CCS).

ABFA Video Series Continues: Viesel Fuels Utilize Enzymes and Resins to Create Fuels for the Future

March 25th, 2014

The latest installment of ABFA’s ongoing video series continues to tell the stories of innovation of the burgeoning advanced biofuels industry through the companies producing renewable gallons and breaking ground on new facilities – our members.

Biofuel Trade Organizations Ask for Extension of Advanced Biofuel Tax Incentives

March 24th, 2014

A group of biofuel trade organizations today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives.

Velocys announces GTL Joint Venture

March 24th, 2014

Velocys plc (VLS.L), the technology innovator for smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce that it has entered a joint venture (JV) with Waste Management, NRG Energy (NRG), and Ventech Engineers International (Ventech) to develop gas-to-liquids (GTL) plants in the United States and other select geographies.

DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office Demonstrates Sustained Support of Advanced Biofuels Industry

March 18th, 2014

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office recently released an outline of their budget for FY15, which includes programs designed to help “transform the nation’s renewable and abundant biomass resources into   Read More

Cool Planet Starts Construction on First Commercial Facility

February 27th, 2014

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company producing green fuels and biochar products, broke ground today on the company’s first commercial facility in Alexandria, Louisiana, dubbed Project Genesis.

Farm Bill Invests in Advanced Biofuels and Non-Food Feedstocks

February 7th, 2014

The Farm Bill that President Obama will sign today represents a major victory for ABFA and the advanced biofuels industry.

Neste Oil produced enough renewable fuel from waste and residues last year to power over 1 million cars

February 4th, 2014

Neste Oil used more waste and residues than vegetable oil to produce renewable fuel for the first time in 2013.

Another ABFA Success Story: Virent Replaces Crude Oil With Renewable Resources

January 31st, 2014

The next installment of ABFA’s ongoing video series features Virent, a Madison, Wisconsin-based company whose proven and tested technologies have the potential to replace over 90% of the products that have always required crude oil.

Advanced Biofuels Association Applauds Senators’ Call to Maintain a Robust Production Target in the RFS

January 28th, 2014

Today a group ten Senators, led by Senator Benjamin Cardin and Senator Susan Collins, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, which encourages support of next-generation fuels and requests the adjustment of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2014 to maintain a robust production target for advanced biofuels.

For the Future of Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels, EPA Urged to Reconsider RFS Targets

January 28th, 2014

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) submitted our formal comments today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations. Nothing is more important to the continued growth of the advanced and cellulosic fuels industry than convincing EPA to reconsider the arbitrary and insufficient targets they proposed for 2014.

National Security, Advanced Biofuels, and Ag Groups Urge EPA to Protect Advanced Biofuels

January 28th, 2014

Today, the clean energy campaign Operation Free joined three Advanced Biofuels groups and the National Farmers Union in sending a letter to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging her to maintain current production requirements for advanced biofuels.

Farm Bill Provides Important Support for Advanced Biofuels

January 28th, 2014

In response to Congressional leaders unveiling the Farm Bill’s final conference report, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released the following statement applauding the funding included for programs that support advanced renewable fuels

Neste Oil again included in The Global 100 as one of the world’s most sustainable companies

January 22nd, 2014

Neste Oil has been ranked the world’s sixth most sustainable company in The Global 100 for 2014.

Funding Announcement: $24M in Grants for Advanced Biofuel Producers in CA

January 16th, 2014

$24 million in grants for advanced biofuel producers were announced this week by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

Farm to Fleet Program Initiative

December 17th, 2013

The United States Department of Navy (DON) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are hosting an industry day to discuss their Farm to Fleet program and are inviting members of the advanced drop-in biofuels industry to attend.

ICIS Innovation Award Winners, Renmatix and Virent, Announce Collaboration On Bio-based Packaging

December 10th, 2013

At today’s ICIS Innovation Awards in London, winners Renmatix and Virent announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic sugars to renewable chemicals and bio-based packaging materials.

Sapphire Energy and Phillips 66 to Advance Commercialization of Algae Crude Oil

December 10th, 2013

Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), an integrated energy manufacturing and logistics company, announced a strategic joint development agreement aimed at taking production of algae crude oil a significant step toward commercialization.

Biofuel Companies, Trade Groups Emphasize Need to Extend Current Tax Policies

December 9th, 2013

More than 60 advanced biofuel companies and four leading trade organizations today wrote to leaders of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees, encouraging Congress to extend critical tax provisions set to expire at the end of this month.

Standing Up for Advanced Biofuels

December 4th, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a proposed rule that would slash 2014 requirements for advanced biofuel. This proposal would be a devastating blow to the many companies working today to fulfill the promise of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by raising capital, building manufacturing facilities and actually producing advanced biofuels that cut greenhouse gases in half compared to gasoline.

Honeywell Technology Helps Reduce Bus Emissions in London with New Blending Solution

December 3rd, 2013

Honeywell today announced it has been selected by Transport for London to provide its Fusion4 technology to allow biofuels used in London buses to be blended directly at London bus depots.

Neste Oil awarded the world’s first RSPO-RED certificate

November 27th, 2013

Neste Oil is the world’s first company to be awarded an RSPO-RED Supply Chain certificate under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) new, more demanding certification system. The certificate covers the   Read More

USDA Announces Cool Planet and The Bioenergy Alliance Network of The Rockies Receive $10 Million to Develop Sustainable Biofuels from Beetle-Killed Wood

November 27th, 2013

(Denver, CO) – Cool Planet Energy Systems, a developer of small scale bio-refineries for the conversion of non-food biomass into biofuels and soil enhancing biochar, as a member of the Bioenergy Alliance Network   Read More

ABFA Video Series Continues: Amyris Shows Promise of Global Biofuels Industry

November 19th, 2013

ABFA has launched an interview video series to highlight the companies leading this movement by producing renewable fuel and unlocking new innovations – our members. In this post, we profile Amyris, a company that may span the global advanced biofuels industry better than any other.

EPA Proposal Pulls the Rug Out from Underneath the Growing Advanced Biofuels Industry

November 15th, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a draft proposal on November 15, 2013 proposing next year’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) target for advanced biofuels at 2.2 billion gallons, with a range from as low as 2.0 billion gallons to 2.51 billion gallons.

ABFA Video Series Continues: Sapphire Energy Creates “Green Crude” Oil

November 13th, 2013

Drivers in the United States are familiar with ethanol blends available at the gas pump, but they might not know that an American company has pioneered the power of “Green Crude” – using sunlight and carbon dioxide to turn algae into renewable fuel that can be refined into gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel.

Amyris to Enter Partnership to Supply Renewable Jet Fuel to Gol Airlines

October 23rd, 2013

Leading Airline in Brazil Seeks to Use Amyris’s Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel Following Industry Validation and Regulatory Approvals

Elevance’s Gresik Success Advances Natchez Biorefinery

October 22nd, 2013

Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., a high-growth specialty chemicals company, announced today that it has authorized the next significant stage of its second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Miss., in order to expand production of its Inherent™ renewable building blocks in 2016.

KiOR Completes Equity Investments Anticipated for Columbus II Project

October 21st, 2013

KiOR, Inc. announced today the execution of $100 million in committed equity related financing in two separate private placement transactions to support the Company’s recently announced expansion of production capacity in Columbus, Mississippi, called the Columbus II Project.

Virent Wins ICIS Sustainability Award

October 21st, 2013

Virent has been awarded the 2013 ICIS Chemical Business Innovation Award, winning the Best Sustainability Innovation category for the development of its process that converts plant sugars into paraxylene (PX) for renewable, recyclable packaging and fibers

New Video Series: ABFA Members Tell America’s Advanced Biofuels Story

October 16th, 2013

ABFA is launching a series of videos to tell the stories of this clean energy transition from the perspectives of the companies producing renewable gallons and breaking ground on new facilities – our members.

Amyris Meets Major Milestone at Its Farnesene Production Facility

October 11th, 2013

Amyris announced that its farnesene plant in Brazil has achieved the production run rate of 1 million liters over a 45-day period. Amyris’s Chief Executive Officer John Melo will speak later today at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference (ABLCNext) today in San Francisco, California.

Giving EPA the benefit of the doubt on rumor and wishful thinking

October 10th, 2013

Washington is a town that sometimes runs on rumor and wishful thinking. Both are apparently behind a published report speculating that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will drastically cut its 2014 target for advanced biofuels.

Virent Named Semifinalist for Prestigious Innovation Award

October 2nd, 2013

Virent has been selected as one of six semifinalists by the Washington, DC-based organization, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) for their Emerging Innovations Award.

KiOR Announces Project to Double Columbus Production Capacity

September 26th, 2013

KiOR, Inc. announced today that it is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Mississippi, cellulosic fuels facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR’s commercially proven technology.

Solazyme and Unilever Sign Commercial Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil

September 25th, 2013

Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, and Unilever, one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies, announced today that they have executed a commercial supply agreement for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored™ Algal Oil.

ABFA Applauds EPA Heating Oil Rule

September 24th, 2013

Today, Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association made the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) expanded definition of heating oil, which will encourage the growth of renewable fuel production.

DOE ARPA-E announces $66 million in awards for “transformational energy” technologies

September 20th, 2013

Yesterday, the Energy Department’s ARPA-E announced $66 million in awards for “transformational energy” technologies for 33 projects

KiOR Provides Operational Update on Columbus Facility

September 20th, 2013

KiOR, Inc. provided today an update on the operations at its Columbus, Mississippi, facility in response to the volumes and Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, listed in the EPA Moderated Transaction Systems monthly report issued on September 18, 2013.

Sapphire Energy Statement Regarding New Study on Algae Crude Oil Environmental and Energy Benefits

September 20th, 2013

Today the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) announced the results of a collaborative study that determined algae biofuels offer a competitive energy return on investment (EROI) and a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to petroleum and other biofuels.

Coskata, Inc., Awarded Funds from ARPA-E’s Transformational Energy Technology Project

September 20th, 2013

Funding from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E agency will support cutting edge research to create transportation fuels from methane

Neste Oil included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the seventh year in succession

September 19th, 2013

Neste Oil has been selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the seventh year in succession according to the official list published on 12 September.

Biofuels Digest Hottest Companies

September 19th, 2013

It’s that time of year again, and Biofuels Digest is selecting the hottest companies in Biofuel. We’ve made it easy for you to support ABFA members and vote on their behalf in   Read More

Neste Oil and Raisioagro to Research the Potential of Straw as a Renewable Fuel Feedstock

September 4th, 2013

Neste Oil and Raisioagro to research the potential of straw as a renewable fuel feedstock Neste Oil and Raisioagro have launched a research project to investigate the potential of straw as a   Read More

Cool Planet Locates Their First 10 Million Gallon Renewable Gasoline Refinery in Alexandria, Louisiana

August 26th, 2013

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a developer of small scale biorefineries which convert non-food biomass into gasoline, jet fuel, and soil enhancing biochar, today announced the location of their first commercial biorefinery in Alexandria, Louisiana.

LanzaTech Partners with India’s Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy Research to Directly Produce Low Carbon Fuels from Waste CO2 Expands LanzaTech’s footprint in India and showcases versatility of LanzaTech’s technology

August 14th, 2013

LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, has partnered with the Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy, a joint venture between Indian Oil Corporation, Ltd. (IOC) and the Indian government’s Department for Biotechnology (DBT), to create a novel process for the direct production of low carbon fuels from industrial carbon dioxide (CO2)emissions.

ABFA Statement on EPA Announcement

August 6th, 2013

ABFA salutes the EPA and today’s announcement of the 2013 RVOs.

DOE Awards Biofuels Projects

August 2nd, 2013

At DOE’s Biomass Conference on Thursday, DOE Secretary Moniz announced $22 million for five projects aimed at developing cost-competitive drop-in biofuels. According to DOE, “nearly $16.5 million to four projects in California,   Read More

Gevo Brings Second Million-Liter Fermenter and GIFT® System Online

August 1st, 2013

(Englewood, CO) – Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of bio-based isobutanol, today announced that it has brought its second million liter fermenter and GIFT® system online at its Luverne,   Read More

Sapphire Energy Pays Off Government Loan Guarantee

July 30th, 2013

Sapphire Energy, Inc. today announced it has paid off the entire loan guarantee awarded to the company by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Dec. 2009, the company was awarded a $54.5 million loan guarantee through the Biorefinery Assistance Program, administered by the USDA Rural Development-Cooperative Service, to build a fully integrated, algae-to-crude oil commercial demonstration facility in Columbus, N. M. In partnership with the USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy, Sapphire Energy developed and implemented its facility, known as the Green Crude Farm, on time and on budget. Today, the Farm is operational and producing renewable crude oil on a continuous basis.

First, Do No Harm to Growing Production of Advanced and Cellulosic Biofuels

July 30th, 2013

From the perspective of the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry, the current RFS debate has become mired in short-term concerns – like the blend wall and prices for RINs. Much of the commentary loses sight of the bigger picture about policy signals necessary to foster investment in a robust market for advanced biofuels.

Gevo Supplies U.S. Coast Guard With Isobutanol-Blended Gasoline Fuel to be Used for Testing in Marine Engine Applications

July 24th, 2013

Gevo, Inc. has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing.

Advanced Biofuels Association Expands Membership With Three New Companies

July 24th, 2013

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) announced today the addition of three new member companies to their growing roster of advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry organizations. The newest members include GranBio, Canergy and The Sugarcane Technology Center – CTC (Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira).

Statement Before The Subcommittee On Energy And Power Committee On Energy And Commerce

July 22nd, 2013

Following the informative briefing we organized last week on the future of the RFS, ABFA’s president Michael McAdams will testify tomorrow before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Energy and Power Committee on Energy and Commerce on the same topic. Here’s a preview of the written testimony he’ll be delivering tomorrow:

Policy Briefing: The Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard

July 22nd, 2013

On Thursday July 18, The Hill convened a policy briefing on the future of the renewable fuel standard. View video from the event:

Better Fuels: A Clear Voice for the Advanced Biofuels Industry

July 17th, 2013

As the industry voice for advanced and cellulosic biofuels, ABFA is excited to put a spotlight on our industry’s progress and perspectives through our newest tool, the Better Fuels Blog. With public policies that impact our industry heating up in Washington, especially related to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), we hope this blog will shed a little more light and a little less heat on why advanced and cellulosic biofuels are an important part of America’s energy portfolio.

Viesel Fuel Announces Successful Completion of Enzymatic Based Biodiesel Facility in Florida

July 17th, 2013

Viesel Fuel, LLC announced that they have completed the upgrade of the Viesel Fuel facility to produce biodiesel using an enzymatic process developed by Novozymes of Denmark.

Microchannel FT reactor technology chosen for a proposed BTL project in Oregon

July 10th, 2013

The FT microchannel reactor technology developed by the Oxford Catalysts Group and marketed under the brand name Velocys, has been selected for use in the design and possible construction of a commercial Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) plant in the USA.

Amyris and Total Announce Successful Demonstration Flight with Renewable Jet Fuel During Paris Air Show

June 20th, 2013

Amyris and Total announced today a successful demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show using a breakthrough technology that converts plant sugars into renewable jet fuel.

LanzaTech makes Sustainia 100, wins Observer Ethical Award with Virgin Atlantic

June 17th, 2013

In Illinois, LanzaTech made the Sustainia 100 and received the Observer Ethical Award in partnership with Virgin Atlantic.

Advanced Biofuels Association Applauds Senate’s Support For Defense Department’s Advanced Biofuels Initiatives

June 14th, 2013

Michael McAdams, president of the ABFA made the following statement regarding the Senate’s continued leadership on the Department of Defense advanced biofuels initiatives

Rapid Developments in Alternative Fuels Surpassing Expectations

June 13th, 2013

New report analyzes recent developments in fuels sector; Diesel replacements biggest surprise.

Advanced Biofuels Association Applauds Inclusion Of Mandatory Energy Title Funding In Senate Farm Bill

June 10th, 2013

In response to the United States Senate passing its version of the farm bill today, the Advanced Biofuels Association released the following statement applauding the inclusion of mandatory funds for energy title programs.

Advanced Biofuels Association Supports EPA’s Role At House Oversight And Government Reform Hearing On Renewable Fuel Standard

June 4th, 2013

In response to the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, “Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA’s Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard,” Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association offered comments on the record to the committee targeted to the advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry.

Defense Production Act (DPA) Press Release

May 28th, 2013

Today, a broad coalition of national security groups, organizations representing farmers who grow energy crops, the advanced biofuels industry, the customers who purchase advanced biofuels and the pilots who safely fly on them applauded the Department of Defense for taking critical steps to implement its strategy to achieve important national security objectives through the Defense Production Act (DPA) Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project.

Virent Delivers Plant-Based Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for Testing

May 1st, 2013

Successful Construction and Operation of New Demonstration Plant under $1.5 Million FAA Award Produces Drop-In Jet Fuel from 100% Renewable Plant Sugars

Canergy selects Chemtex and Beta Renewables for its Cellulosic Ethanol Project in California

April 30th, 2013

Brawley, CA & Wilmington, NC & Tortona, Italy (PRWEB) Canergy, LLC, an advanced biofuels company based in California that is focused on the production of ultra-low carbon intensity ethanol from sustainable non-food   Read More

Neste Oil Makes First Profit in Renewables

April 24th, 2013

Neste Oil had a good start to the year and recorded a strong result during the first quarter. The Group’s comparable operating profit was EUR 135 million.

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Transportation Secretary LaHood Renew Agreement to Promote Renewable Fuels in the Aviation Industry

April 15th, 2013

Resolution with the FAA and Private-Sector Partners Will Continue the Work to Develop a Robust Aviation Biofuels Industry

Statement by Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams Following Today’s Meeting Between Incoming EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy And Leaders in The Biofuels Industry

April 4th, 2013

Michael McAdams, head of the Advanced Biofuels Association made the following statement following today’s meeting with incoming EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and leaders in the biofuels industry:

Sapphire Energy Enters Into a Commercial Agreement with Tesoro for Purchase of Green Crude Oil

March 20th, 2013

Sapphire Achieves Major Milestone with Continuous Green Crude Oil Production

Statement by Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams On The Failure of the Toomey Amendment to The Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2013

March 20th, 2013

(Washington, DC) – Today, Michael McAdams, head of the Advanced Biofuels Association made the following statement on the failure of Senator Pat Toomey’s amendment to the Department of Defense, Military Construction and   Read More

Advanced Biofuels Association Selects New Board, Executive Committee

March 7th, 2013

The Advanced Biofuels Association today named its new board and executive committee, selected by unanimous vote during ABFA’s March Board meeting held in Washington, DC.

Forbes Magazine Names LanzaTech One of America’s Most Promising Companies

February 6th, 2013

LanzaTech’s carbon utilization technology reduces emissions while creating valuable commodities

Photo Release — Amyris Ships First Truckload of Biofene From Its New Plant in Brazil

February 1st, 2013

Amyris’s Renewable Farnesene, Produced From Sugarcane, Will be Used for a Variety of Specialty Chemical and Fuel Applications

Second Cellulosic Ethanol Deal Announced: Sweetwater Energy and Front Range Energy Sign 15-Year, $100 Million Deal

January 16th, 2013

Sweetwater Energy, Inc., a Rochester NY-based cellulosic sugar producer, today announced a 15-year commercial agreement with Windsor, Colorado-based Front Range Energy, to generate cellulosic ethanol at Front Range’s current corn-ethanol facility.

Energy Department Awards $10 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bio-based Products

January 3rd, 2013

As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to develop every available source of American energy, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced more than $10 million to five projects in California, Washington, Maryland, and Texas that will develop new technologies to convert biomass into advanced biofuels and bioproducts like plastics and chemical intermediates.

Virent – Red Herring Recipient

July 15th, 2010

Virent Energy Systems Inc. was one of 100 top technology startup companies that received the Red Herring North America award last week during an event in San Jose, Calif.

LS9 Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

June 20th, 2010

LS9, the Renewable Petroleum Company(TM), today announced that it has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest environmental honor for its revolutionary Renewable Petroleum(TM) technology that converts sustainable, plant-based materials into low-carbon fuels and chemicals.

Virent Named Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

December 7th, 2008

Virent Energy Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been named a Technology Pioneer 2009 by the World Economic Forum

Emerson Process Management

June 2nd, 2008

Based on its recent analysis of the automation and process control market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), with the 2008 Global Growth Excellence Company of the Year Award for its consistent growth, improved customer value, and ongoing commitment to technology innovation and new products.