Biobased Chemical

November 18, 2015

Pacific Ag announces completion of record wheat straw harvest

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag recently completed its largest harvest of wheat straw on record. Working closely with more than 200 growers across seven states, the company harvested more than 100,000 acres of wheat straw for use in end-markets. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Alliance Bioenergy improves CTS conversion rates in October

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, continues to see success in optimizing the commercial reactor of its licensed and patented CTS (cellulose to sugar) Mechanocatalytic process. READ MORE

October 07, 2015

Rivertop Renewables begins commercial production of glucaric acid

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables and DanChem Technologies Inc. recently celebrated the start-up of commercial manufacturing of Rivertop's glucarate-based products. READ MORE

September 25, 2015

Bringing Advanced Biofuels to Omaha

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA month from today, most of our staff will have arrived in Omaha to make last-minute preparations for the National Advanced Biofuel Conference & Expo, an event that I always look forward to. READ MORE

September 23, 2015

Alfred State receives $1 million for biorefinery center

BY Alfred State Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew York Sen. Catharine Young announced that she has secured $1 million in state aid to help establish the Bio-refinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) on Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Researchers in Wales synthesize methanol from crude glycerin

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from Cardiff Catalysis Institute in Wales have developed a way to increase the yield of biodiesel by using simple catalysis to convert glycerin from the transesterification process into methanol. READ MORE

September 08, 2015

Research on poplar for biofuel heads into 5th year

BY Michelle Ma, University of Washington Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGroves of poplar trees could one day fuel our vehicles and be the source of chemicals that we use in our daily lives. READ MORE

September 03, 2015

IEA Bioenergy newsletter features New Zealand biofuel prospects

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIEA Bioenergy Task 39, a group of international experts working to commercialize sustainable transportation biofuels, recently released its latest newsletter, featuring an update on opportunities for biofuels in New Zealand. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

EPA solicits comments on Agricultural Science Committee nominees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is inviting public comments on the list of candidates being considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on matters related to farming and agriculture-related industries. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

API announces temporary closure of Alpena biorefinery

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Products Inc. temporarily closed its Alpena Biorefinery in Alpena, Michigan. The company is currently reviewing the facility and exploring options for its restart. API is also evaluating technologies for higher-margin products. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

USDA announces incentives to establish biomass crops

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Aug. 19, the USDA Farm Service Agency announced that enrollment has begun for farmers and forest landowners seeking financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for designated project areas under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Scientists reveal algal oil potential as fuel for the future

BY Scottish Association for Marine Science Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science recently announced they have unlocked a treasure chest of "super-algae" that could provide a previously untapped source of oil using a new screening technique. READ MORE

August 19, 2015

DOE funds 2 algae biomass projects under Carbon Capture Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory recently announced it has selected 16 projects to receive funding through its Carbon Capture Program, including two focused on algae. READ MORE

August 18, 2015

Dyadic highlights biofuel, biogas business during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting increased revenue and gross profit for the first half of this year. The company also announced progress with its C1 Technology Platform. READ MORE

August 18, 2015

ICM completes two 1,000-hour performance runs of Gen 2.0 process

BY ICM Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsICM Inc. has announced the successful completion of the first and second 1,000-hour performance runs of its patent-pending Generation 2.0 Co-Located Cellulose Ethanol process at the company's pilot plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. READ MORE

August 17, 2015

BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's BioEnergy Science Center have engineered of a microbe that improves cellulosic isobutanol yields by a factor of 10. The finding builds on results from 2011. READ MORE

August 14, 2015

Biomass Research and Development Committee to meet in August

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Committee. The event is scheduled to be held Aug. 27-28 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

August 13, 2015

Metabolix Q2 results focus on future commercial development

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsOn Aug. 12, Metabolix Inc. released its second quarter financial results, emphasizing its focus on commercial development and biopolymer production with its pivot to a new business strategy focused on specialties. READ MORE

August 13, 2015

NREL: Ethylene production via sunlight opens door to future

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsJianping Yu, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has proven a certain cyanobacterium can be genetically engineered to produce ethylene. Now it's time to take the research outside of the laboratory. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

Forest Concepts awarded SBIR contract to improve biomass drying

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC was recently notified that it has been awarded a two-year $499,997 Small Business Innovation Research contract from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve biomass drying efficiency. READ MORE

August 10, 2015

Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces plant development agreement

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that it entered into a non-exclusive development agreement with Renewable Resources Development of America LLC for the construction and operation of up to 56 cellulose conversion plants. READ MORE

August 07, 2015

Amyris highlights business achievements during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting GAAP revenues of $7.8 million, down from $9.3 million during the same quarter of 2014. The company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $47.1 million. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Pacific Ag raises $7 million from ACAP

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has announced $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners LP. The capital will enable Pacific Ag to accelerate the expansion of its operations through acquisitions, technology, equipment, sales and marketing. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Argonne scientists study benefits of bioenergy crop integration

BY U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Argonne National Laboratory are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study is set to be published in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

WSU: New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new summer course, titled Survey of Technical Equipment for Processing, is offered through Washington State University Tri-Cities and covers topics from fermentation and pyrolysis of biomaterials to process controls and industrial maintenance. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Genera Energy launches unique biomass crop planning app

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. announced the launch of its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass. The Biomass app was developed to serve as a practical, easy-to-use mobile crop planning and learning tool for biomass farmers and landowners. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

EPA paves the way for Algenol’s carbon reduction technology

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Clean Power Plan rule acknowledges for the first time the value of carbon utilization, the cornerstone of Algenol's Direct-to-Ethanol technology, as a method for utilities to reduce emissions from electricity production. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

BioAmber to begin commercial operations at Sarnia this quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter, reporting construction is complete on its first commercial-scale bio-succinic acid plant. The facility is undergoing commissioning and expected to begin commercial operations soon. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Keeping algae from stressing out

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSome algae like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii produce energy-dense oils or lipids when stressed, and these lipids can then be converted into fuels. However, researchers walk a fine line in not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Researchers report a novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis

BY World Scientific Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis using a consortium of motile bacteria moving on solid surfaces and carrying microbial luggage, another bacteria that can efficiently hydrolyze cellulose, was demonstrated by the group of researchers. READ MORE