Recent News

VT Partnership Creates Renewable Jet Fuel Opportunity from Farm Waste

24 Sept 2015 – Green Mountain Power and Nordic Farm have recently formed a pilot program through GSR Solutions to use farm waste for production of middle distillate fuels including jet fuel, home heating, and diesel. In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, CAAFI has been working to foster this project, and others like it, as part of its Farm-to-Fly 2.0 efforts.

The 300 cows at Nordic Farm produce a waste stream that is sufficient to enable production of 20-30,000 gallons per year of renewable fuels. The conversion of these waste streams to fuels can assist farmers with waste management logistics, and protect waterways by reducing nutrient-rich runoff into lakes and streams.

President and Chief Executive Office of Green Mountain Power, Mary Powell says, “It adds another dimension to our work to transform how energy is delivered to our customers by partnering with others on creative solutions that meet our energy needs and help the environment” and Owner and Nordic Farm and President of Vermont Farm Bureau Clark Hinsdale says, “this could be a tremendous step forward for water quality here in Vermont and a transformational national model for farmers.”

Media coverage from several local organizations are found below:

WCAX Affiliate
Burlington Free Press
My Champlain Valley
Conservation Law Foundation

U.S. DOE Announces $10M for Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding

3 Sept 2015 – On August 26th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $10M in funding to advance production of biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass (e.g. algae, agricultural residues, wood biomass).

Funding will focus on support to projects that facilitate the goals of the Algae Program and the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) in two topic areas both ranging from $1-2M:

1. Topic Area 1 on the development of novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of the Algae Program, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Algae Project Portfolio; 2-4 selections are anticipated.

2. Topic Area 2 on the development of novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of BETO, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Terrestrial Feedstocks Supply and Logistics Program or the Conversion Technologies Program; 3-6 selections are anticipated.

The work will support DOE’s goals of making drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable with a cost target of $3 per gallon of gasoline by 2022 as well as reducing petroleum consumption in the U.S. by 30% from 2005 through 2020.

Concept papers are due on 9/21/2015 and the full application deadline is 11/13/2015.

Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) here and the full DOE news release here.

U.S. DOE Awards Up to $4M for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Development

3 Sept 2015 – On August 27th, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Texas A&M University $2.5M and Ohio University $1.5M to develop biofuels to mitigate costs of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel production from biomass.

Texas A&M University research will encompass the development of a single-unit process to convert lignin for increased use in the production of bioplastics. Ohio University’s work will develop a continuous flow electrochemical reactor that upgrades biorefinery waste lignin to bio-based phenol substitutes with cogeneration of hydrogen.

The full news release is available on the DOE website here.

Food Waste Prioritized as Feedstock for Biofuel and Other Transportation Options

26 Aug 2015 – Organic waste is gaining focus as a biofuel for an additional benefit compared to other agricultural feedstocks.

As manure and food decomposes, methane is released into the atmosphere. However, if the waste is converted into biogas and power, it minimizes waste while simultaneously creating the positive product of biofuel.

In July 2015, UPS announced they will be purchasing 46 million gallons of renewable diesel from cooking oils, animal fats, and algae in the next three years for its delivery trucks. United also recently purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel from beef tallow or fat by Alt Air Fuels. Read the recent NPR story on alternative jet fuel here.

DLA Adds Co-production of Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels to BAA

6 August 2015—The Defense Logistics Agency- Energy (DLA-Energy) has added the co-production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels as an area of interest to the Emergent II Research and Development Broad Agency Agreement (BAA). View the BAA here.

Note that the specific section is C7, and can only be viewed by clicking on the "Changed" menu selection dated May 14, 2015, 3:51PM on the right-hand side of page.

The Secretary of the Navy has set a goal that by 2020 half of all the Department of the Navy's energy will come from alternative sources. To support the Navy’s goal that half of their energy will come from alternative sources, the Department of the Navy, Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, signed a memorandum of understanding to "assist the development and support of a sustainable commercial biofuels industry."