Biobased Chemical

October 31, 2019

Aries reaches financial close on biosolids gasification facility

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:Power, Thermal, ChemicalsAries Clean Energy has completed the $65 million financial close for the Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility in New Jersey, and construction has commenced. The facility will divert 130,000 tons of biosolids from local landfills annually. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

USDA, DOE partner to promote rural energy, technology development

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have announced a memorandum of understanding to promote rural energy and the development of technologies that will support and advance rural and agricultural communities and domestic manufacturing. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Clemson researcher improves turfgrass, switchgrass

BY Clemson University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClemson University College of Science professor Hong Luo has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop genetically improved and more robust turfgrass and switchgrass. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

USDA seeks applications for biorefinery loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service is soliciting applications for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Applications for the current cycle of the loan guarantee program are due April 1. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Velocys to integrate CCUS at Mississippi biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys announced plans Oct. 10 to capture and store carbon dioxide generated at its proposed Mississippi biorefinery, enabling the production of carbon-negative biofuel. The company also recently announced its technology will be deployed in Japan. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

VTT validates production of biofuel using Fischer-Tropsch process

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProduction of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run at VTT. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

Midwest Biomass Exchange now online

BY Midwest Biomass Exchange Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIndividuals and companies seeking outlets for selling agricultural residues have a new option at their fingertips. Access is available to a new web-based resource, called the Midwest Biomass Exchange, created and supported by the USDA Forest Service. READ MORE

October 08, 2019

BIO announces 2021 leadership transition

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced that industry veteran Jim Greenwood will step down as president and CEO of the world’s largest biotechnology organization after the 2020 election. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

DOE awards $75 million to 35 bioenergy R&D projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced Oct. 1 it is awarding $73 million to 35 bioenergy research and development projects that aim to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable the production of biomass products. READ MORE

October 02, 2019

Expander, Vanderwall to build biomass/gas-to-liquids plant

BY Expander Energy Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExpander Energy Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd. to build commercial demonstration biomass/gas-to-liquids facility (BGTL project) at Slave Lake area, Alberta, Canada. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Valmet builds biorefining pilot facility in Sweden

BY Valmet Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsValmet is developing a pilot facility at its Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall, Sweden, to strengthen its research and development capabilities related to bioenergy, biofuels and biochemicals. The new pilot facility will start up in October 2020. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

ORNL customizes microbes for better biofuel production

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a method to insert genes into a variety of microorganisms that previously would not accept foreign DNA, with the goal of creating custom microbes to break down plants for bioenergy. READ MORE

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