Biobased Chemical

December 10, 2014

Stora Enso opens new biomaterials innovation center

BY Stora Enso Found In:ChemicalsStora Enso will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an innovation center that will be located in the Stockholm area in Sweden. The center is expected to open during the second quarter of 2015. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Researchers in Finland develop biobased polystyrene

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:ChemicalsWhile it is used all over the world as a light packaging and insulation material, expanded polystyrene is a problem as waste. This is why researchers in Finland are developing an affordable an alternative made from PLA bioplastic. READ MORE

December 05, 2014

Greatest Show on Earth

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEyeing up the 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo and working to deliver the kind of day in and day out diversity the Biomass Magazine team experiences for our attendees. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

House passes tax extenders package, Senate vote expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass a short-term tax extenders package that aims to retroactively extend several tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013 and during the current year for one year, through the end of 2014. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Canadian government funds enzyme research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanadian officials have announced that the University of Toronto has been selected to receive $5 million to launch its Industrial Biocatalysis Network, which will explore new ways to use enzymes to produce biobased chemicals, plastics and products. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

DOE awards $7 million to 2 feedstock logistics projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $7 million for two projects aimed at developing and demonstrating ways to reduce the cost of delivering bioenergy feedstocks to biorefineries. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Australian government funds biomass harvester development

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $2 million funding support to develop a solution for collecting renewable biomass from fast growing trees.The project is scheduled for completion in 2017. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

Forest Service exceeds yearly forest restoration goals

BY U.S. Forest Service Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it exceeded its forest restoration goals for fiscal year 2014, highlighting the agency's continued commitment to improving the health of the America's National Forests. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Edeniq, Global Bio-chem announce joint development agreement

BY Edeniq Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEdeniq Inc. has announced a joint development agreement with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Ltd. The companies will cooperate on the development of technology to convert corn stover to cellulosic sugars for use in the production of biochemicals. READ MORE

December 01, 2014

Bioasphalt made with lignin under development in the Netherlands

BY Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research Found In:ChemicalsBioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil (NL). READ MORE

November 28, 2014

NDSU: New plastic disappears when you want it to

BY North Dakota State University Found In:ChemicalsResearchers at North Dakota State University have made a discovery that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be reduced back to molecules exposed to a specific type of light. The molecules could then be used to produce new plastic. READ MORE

November 28, 2014

Navy scientists convert agricultural waste to silicon carbide

BY U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsAround the globe, billions of pounds of agricultural waste are generated every year. Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are exploring ways to convert this waste into high-value silicon carbide. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

ISU researchers develop bioplastic adhesives

BY Iowa State University Found In:ChemicalsResearchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Report charts path to development of cellulosic nanomaterials

BY USDA Found In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Forest Service has released a report that details the pathway to commercializing affordable, renewable, and biodegradable cellulose nanomaterials from trees. The report is the result of a workshop held earlier this year. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Highland EnviroFuels to license Gevo technology for Florida plant

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that Highlands EnviroFuels LLC has signed a letter of intent to become a Gevo licensee to produce renewable isobutanol. Highlands plans to build a facility in Florida that wold produce up to 25 MMgy of the biobased fuel. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

Opinion: Partners in Profit

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn the midst of producing the final issue of Biomass Magazine in 2014, dedicated to biomass integrations, conversions and colocations, the International Panel on Climate Change released a report urging a phase-out of fossil fuel energy this century. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

U.S. EPA delays 2014 RVO determination until next year

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 21, the U.S. EPA announced it would not be finalizing the 2014 renewable volume obligation requirements (RVO) by the end of the year. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

Carbon fee bill would benefit algae industry

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate includes a provision that would encourage carbon utilization technology. The Algae Biomass Organization has spoken out to applaud the bill, titled "The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act." READ MORE

November 20, 2014

House passes bill that would impact EPA rulemaking

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that aims to prohibit the U.S. EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or not reproducible by a vote of 237 to 190. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

RSB partners with Elements Traceability Software

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Elements Software Ltd. are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help with Renewable Energy Directive compliance. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

Biomass industry triumphs in EPA's biogenic emissions framework

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has never before made such a clear and emphatic endorsement of biomass, commented Biomass Power Association President Bob Cleaves on release of the agency's updated biogenic emissions framework. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

EPA releases updated biogenic emissions framework

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has released a revised framework for assessing biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources, along with a memo that provides regulatory guidance on how the framework will impact the Clean Power Plan and certain permitting requirements. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

USDA ARS: Boosting butanol's role in the biofuel world

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to USDA scientists and their partners. The research suggests that barley straw and corn stover could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing biobutanol. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Dyadic reports increase in product-related revenue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International has released third quarter financial results, reporting increases in net product revenue and gross profit. "The past quarter continues to be an extremely exciting time at Dyadic," said Dyadic CEO Mark Emalfarb. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Abengoa releases Q3 results, highlights Hugoton plant startup

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAbengoa recently released third quarter financial results, reporting positive performance for the company's biofuels business. For the first nine months of the year, the company reported overall revenues in line with those achieved in 2013. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

API announces partnership to develop biobased auto components

BY American Process Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmerican Process Inc. and Futuris Automotive recently formed a partnership with several universities and the USDA's Forest Products Laboratory to develop ultra-strong, lightweight automotive structural components reinforced with nanocellulose. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Opinion: Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow

BY Matt Carr Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 1, the U.S. EPA will close down the comment period for its proposed Clean Power Plan, the most significant environmental policy proposal in a generation. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, Okamura announce collaboration

BY DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Found In:ChemicalsOkamura, in collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, has launched its first office furniture coated with a biobased powder coating made with Susterra l,3-propanediol, a biobased ingredient used in a high-performance powder coating. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

Algix holds grand opening for Solaplast facility in Mississippi

BY Mississippi Development Authority Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOfficials from bioplastics manufacturer Algix LLC recently held a grand opening event at its Solaplast facility in Marion, Mississippi. The facility utilizes the company's patent-pending technology to convert algae into bioplastic pellets. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

Biome provides Q3 update on bioplastics development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsU.K.-based bioplastics company Biome Technologies plc has released financial results for the first nine months of the year, reporting an 85 percent increase in revenues compared to the same period of 2013. READ MORE