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January 23, 2018

USDA, DOE to fund biomass genomics research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have opened a funding opportunity that aims to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Cool Planet announces patent for enhanced biochar

BY Cool Planet Found In:ChemicalsCool Planet has announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9809502 for enhanced biochar. The patent provides intellectual property protection in the U.S. for biochar products created using the company’s Engineered Biocarbon technology. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

Enerkem, Sinobioway sign agreement to build facilities in China

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125 million in the form of equity investment in Enerkem. As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to form a joint venture to develop more than 100 facilities in China. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada named resource champion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bioindustrial Innovation Canada as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for its efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Study shows producers where, how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, including switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane, and prairie mixtures. The data could improve adoption and increase production across the country. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Velocys: Envia seeks EPA approval to generate D7 RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Alkol BioTech to supply cane feedstock to BRD

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBio Refinery Development BV has signed a letter of intent with Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tons of EUnergyCane annually for use in a proposed biorefinery. EUnergyCane is a naturally occurring cold-resistant variety of sugarcane. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

USDA awards Attis $3 million grant for lignin technology

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMeridian Waste Solutions Inc. has announced the USDA awarded its subsidiary, Attis Innovations, a $3 million grant to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

ADM partners with PNNL to produce biobased propylene glycol

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy success story where Archer Daniels Midland partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to become a leading producer of biobased propylene glycol. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

Researchers make grasses more digestible

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of researchers has uncovered a way to make grasses more digestible. The achievement promises improved feed for ruminants and better biomass for biofuel production, with economic and environmental benefits for both. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

GALT partners with LLNL to improve biofuel production

BY General Automation Lab Technologies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a 3 year $1.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. READ MORE

January 08, 2018

Anellotech commences key R&D program at TCat-8

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith successful completion of TCat-8 pilot plant commissioning, Anellotech has announced an intensive process development and testing program has begun to confirm process economics and collect data for commercial plant design. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

USDA NIFA invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program

BY USDA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program. The award was made to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative announces grant recipients

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. The projects address a wide range of feedstocks and technologies. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Agenda for technical sessions of 2018 IBCE released

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International recently announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America’s largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

FCIC to fund projects to improve biomass handing

BY Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo accelerate innovation and adoption of new practices and technologies to determine the root cause of biomass handling failures and designing solutions, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is overseeing a directed funding opportunity call. READ MORE

January 01, 2018

Opinion: 2017 Wrap-Up: Maintaining the Status Quo

BY Michael McAdamsFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLast year was among the most active and interesting years yet for the biofuels industry, which has confronted multiple challenges over the past 12 months, READ MORE

December 26, 2017

Biofuel projects named as semi-finalists in Ontario competition

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. READ MORE

December 26, 2017

DOE announces plan to modernize department

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its intent to modernize the agency’s organizational structure to advance its policy goals consistent with its statutory requirements. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Grant supports research to turn bacteria into biofuel producers

BY Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels—energy sources made from plants or microbes. READ MORE

December 18, 2017

Researchers convert dairy waste water into animal feed, biofuel

BY University of Tübingen Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have developed a bioprocess that enables conversion of acid whey, a dairy by-product, without the use of additional chemicals. The process uses microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

House Agriculture Committee launches Farm Bill webpage, videos

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 13, the House Agriculture Committee launched a landing page for the 2018 Farm Bill that is designed to provide updates and information related to development of the legislation. The committee is also launching a Farm Bill video series. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Neste considers expanding renewable capacity in Singapore

BY Neste Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNeste's board of directors has decided that Neste's additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsA new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. READ MORE

December 11, 2017

ECN develops high-yielding biomass fractionation process

BY Energy Research Center of the Netherlands Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Research Center of the Netherlands has developed a novel process to fractionate biomass such as hardwood chips and wheat straw. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Toyota facility to produce electricity, hydrogen from bio-waste

BY Toyota Motor North America Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsToyota Motor North America Inc. plans to build a carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support operations at the Port of Long Beach. The facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste. READ MORE

November 30, 2017

BETO launches new Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium, a research and development consortium focused on biomass supply, preprocessing, and conversion technologies. READ MORE

November 29, 2017

Deadline to submit IBCE presentations ideas set for Dec. 1

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe deadline for submitting speaker abstracts for the 11th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo is end of day Dec. 1. The event is set to take place April 16-18 at the Cobb Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. READ MORE

November 13, 2017

Braskem, Haldor Topsoe sign partnership to develop biobased MEG

BY Braskem Found In:ChemicalsBraskem and Haldor Topsoe have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark. READ MORE

November 10, 2017

Sweetwater Energy brings lignin-based activated carbon to market

BY Sweetwater Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSweetwater Energy’s biomass conversion technology has produced native lignin that can be easily carbonized and activated to make high-end powdered activated carbons for the municipal potable water and home water filters markets. READ MORE