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September 25, 2019

USDA: Final rule to speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA published a final rule Sept. 23 that allows agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Experts discuss wildfire mitigation, beneficial use of biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe California Council on Science & Technology hosted a briefing at the California State Capitol Sept. 19 focused on the beneficial uses of wood biomass from wildfire mitigation. The briefing was the fourth in a series on wildfires hosted by CCST. READ MORE

September 23, 2019

White House seeks information on US bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input on the U.S. bioeconomy in an effort to inform notable gaps and vulnerabilities and to identify areas in which the bioeconomy could benefit from government attention. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Algae, bacteria team up to increase hydrogen production

BY University of Cordoba Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Cordoba has been searching for ways to increase hydrogen production by using microorganisms, specifically microalgae and bacteria. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

MU research leverages protein prediction skills for bioenergy

BY The University of Missouri Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMizzou Engineering’s Jianlin Cheng has put his world-class protein prediction skills to stellar use in the field of healthcare, and now, he’s part of a critical effort in bioenergy that could dramatically improve the prospects of biofuels. READ MORE

September 18, 2019

Project to image microbial processes aids biofuel development

BY University of California – Santa Barbara Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA researcher at UC Santa Barbara was recently awarded a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support a project that will image microbial processes that could lead to advanced biofuels developments. READ MORE

September 13, 2019

Total Corbion PLA celebrates opening of bioplastics plant

BY Total Corbion PLA Found In:ChemicalsTotal Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, has inaugurated its 75,000 tons per year poly lactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. A grand opening celebration was help Sept. 9. READ MORE

September 06, 2019

USDA solicits REAP applications for fiscal year 2020 funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced Aug. 30 it is seeking applications for fiscal year 2020 funding under the Rural Energy for America Program, which helps agriculture producers and rural small businesses make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Alberta mine reclamation project to produce willow for bioenergy

BY Alberta Innovates Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlberta Innovates is contributing $1.5 million to a project that will use municipal organic waste to replenish soil at at an Alberta coal mine to grow a willow crop that may be used as a biomass feedstock for renewable energy. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

Bioenergy startup licenses ORNL food-waste-to-fuel system

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsElectro-Active Technologies Inc. has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies convert organic waste into hydrogen. READ MORE

August 28, 2019

DOE funds bioimaging projects for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 23 $13.5 million in funding for six projects to develop new approaches to microscopic imaging of plants and microbes, with the goal of advancing bioenergy research. READ MORE

August 27, 2019

Avantium wins €6 million grant, releases half-year results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsNetherlands-based renewable chemistry company Avantium announced Aug. 26 it has been awarded a €6 million ($6.65 million) grant to accelerate development of its technologies. The company also recently released half year financial results. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

DOE announces $64 million to help develop bioenergy crops

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Aug. 21 $64 million in funding for 25 university-led genomics research projects on plants and microbes for bioenergy and bioproducts. The projects aim to improve features like drought resistance and crop yield. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Governors ask EPA to clarify biogenic CO2 not regulated under CCA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGovernors representing Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and North Dakota recently sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to clarify biogenic CO2 is not a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. READ MORE

August 13, 2019

DOE seeks input on its FY 2019 EERE, BETO research priorities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking public input on its EERE and Bioenergy Technologies Office research priorities, including those focused on corn fiber biofuel, food waste, data efforts and algae biomass. READ MORE

August 01, 2019

UK to develop standards for bioplastic, seeks public input

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.K. government recently opened a public consultation that aims to aid in the development of standards for biodegradable, compostable and biobased plastics. The consultation in open through Oct. 14. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

Rutgers: Research on red algae could lead to new fuels

BY Rutgers University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Rutgers University have found 10 species of red algae stole about 1 percent of their genes from bacteria to cope with toxic metals and salt stress in hot springs. The findings could help design algae that produce fuels or chemicals. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

USDA: $400 million still available for REAP loan guarantees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced July 18 that more than $400 million is still available for renewable energy system and energy efficiency loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program. USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. READ MORE

July 17, 2019

Aries gets permits for New Jersey plant, launches biochar sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsAries Clean Energy has completed environmental permitting for a large-scale biosolids gasification facility to be built in New Jersey. The company has also launched retail sales of its Aries Green biochar product. READ MORE

July 16, 2019

Green Biologics to cease operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsA former Little Falls, Minnesota, ethanol plant that was converted to biobased butanol and acetone production in 2016 it ceasing operations. Green Biologics Ltd. recently announced it has begun “an orderly closure of operations.” READ MORE

July 12, 2019

ITA committee focused on renewable energy exports to meet July 25

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced an opening meeting of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will be held July 25 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

LyondellBasell, Neste produce biobased plastics

BY LyondellBasell Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLyondellBasell and Neste recently announced the first parallel production of biobased polypropylene and biobased low-density polyethylene at a commercial scale. The joint project used Neste's renewable hydrocarbons. READ MORE

July 08, 2019

BIO: Batchelor named vice president

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization announced July 2 that Stephanie Batchelor has been named BIO’s vice president for its industrial & environmental (I&E) section. Batchelor has worked for BIO in the I&E section since July 2008. READ MORE

July 05, 2019

Researchers synthesize acetaminophen from lignin

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith a new method to synthesize a popular pain-relieving medication from plants rather than fossil fuels, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to relieve two headaches at once. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Vertimass licenses technology to Alliance BioEnergy Plus

BY Vertimass Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVertimass completed its first technology license agreement with Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida, to produce renewable jet fuel along with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). READ MORE

July 03, 2019

LLNL: Turning the switch on biofuels

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLLNL scientists and collaborators at the Joint BioEnergy Institute have identified a molecular mechanism in bacteria that can be manipulated to promote IIL tolerance, and therefore overcome a key gap in biofuel and biochemical production processes. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Enerkem honors memory of Vincent Chornet

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe management of Enerkem has announced Vincent Chornet, cofounder and executive chairman of the company, died at the age of 45 following a prolonged illness. Chornet is credited with making Enerkem a leader in biofuels and renewable chemicals. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

Wehrum leaves EPA, Isdal becomes deputy assistant administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation William Wehrum will leave his post at the agency at the end of June. Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Anne Idsal will become acting assistant administrator for air and radiation. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

DOE announces open meeting of biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced June 24 plans to hold an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee on June 26 in Missoula, Montana. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Bill aims to extend biofuel, bioenergy tax credits through 2020

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., introduced the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 on June 18. The bill extends several biofuel- and bioenergy-related tax credits through 2020. The legislation was scheduled for markup on June 20. READ MORE