Biobased Chemical

October 06, 2017

Ames Laboratory announces new science in converting biomass

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Ames Laboratory are experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. The team is combining the decomposition and stabilization processes into one multi-functional catalyst. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Velocys discusses future plans in financial report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has released financial results for the first half of 2017, providing an overview of key milestones and a discussion of its new strategy as a renewable fuels company that aims to produce jet fuel and diesel fuel. READ MORE

October 05, 2017

Energy Conference focuses on profitable energy independence

BY Huggins Consulting Group LLC Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCompetitive landscape, innovative technologies and emerging energy policy were hot topics as a diverse group of nearly 150 thought leaders, industry representatives, researchers and suppliers convened at the Energy Conference in Iowa Sept. 11-13. READ MORE

October 04, 2017

CSU shares in project to advance algae for better biofuels

BY Colorado State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsColorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. READ MORE

October 03, 2017

MSU research to harness algae to contain power plant emissions

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMichigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. READ MORE

October 02, 2017

Hearing focuses on Farm Bill rural development, energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill focused on rural development and energy programs. The committee has now held nine hearings this year focused on Farm Bill development. READ MORE

September 29, 2017

Brookhaven Lab: With extra sugar, leaves get fat too

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn a new study at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists show that retaining sugars in plant leaves can make them get fat. That extra fat could help turn plants into factories for making biofuels and chemicals. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

DOE publishes report on algae cultivation for carbon capture

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office recently published the Algae Cultivation for Carbon Capture and Utilization Workshop Summary Report. This summary report shares the results of stakeholder discussions held in May. READ MORE

September 28, 2017

USDA NIFA announces $21.1 million to grow the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced six grants totaling nearly $21.1 million to support the development of new jet fuel, biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

DOE funds project to improve algal biomass yield

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Enzyme’s worth to biofuels shown in latest NREL research

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn enzyme discovered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory proves adept at breaking down cellulose fibers regardless of whether their crystalline structure is simple or highly complex. READ MORE

September 20, 2017

DOE announces integrated biorefinery optimization projects

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

ARPA-E helps make U.S. a leader in marine biomass production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $22 million in funding through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy for 18 innovative projects as part of the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources program. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Franken drafts Farm Bill Energy Title featuring funding increases

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 7, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., introduced a package of legislation he hopes will serve as the basis for a new energy section of the next Farm Bill. The legislation increases investments in popular energy programs. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

DOE funding helps commercialize promising energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy announced $19.7 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from the DOE’s national laboratories to the marketplace. Several bioenergy projects were among those that received funding. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Researchers evaluate use of electron transport in furfural biogas

BY Springer Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFurfural is a promising candidate in the quest for alternative biofuels. The combustion industries are very interested in what could become a potential new type of fuel derived from atmospheric-plasma treatment of biomass. READ MORE

September 14, 2017

Modular fuel technology to boost bio-share of oil refineries

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The project aims to achieve production costs of up to 35 percent less than alternative routes. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Researchers invent novel process for extracting sugars from wood

BY University of Delaware Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Delaware research team has invented a more efficient process for extracting the sugars from wood chips, corn cobs and other organic waste. The feedstock could serve as a substitute for petroleum used in consumer goods. READ MORE

September 12, 2017

DOE announces up to $8.8 million for algae technologies

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. Funding for the initiative now totals over $16 million. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

Trump nominates Northey to serve as USDA under secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced his nominations for three USDA posts, including the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as under secretary for farm production and conservation. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

Scientists identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst

BY University of Illinois Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFuels that are produced from biomass may become greener and more affordable, thanks to research performed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute that examines the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria. READ MORE

September 01, 2017

Spinning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars, planes

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing plants and trees to make paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin that often gets burned or tossed into landfills. Now, researchers are transforming lignin into carbon fiber that can be use to build car or aircraft parts. READ MORE

August 31, 2017

BETO evaluations presented at 2017 program management review

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFollowing Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s annual conference, BETO held its 2017 Program Management Review in Arlington, Virginia. READ MORE

August 29, 2017

Researchers: Landfill sites aid in search for new enzymes

BY Bangor University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFar from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

DOE: Artificial intelligence helps improve biomass preprocessing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program have successfully tested an adaptive, intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment by more than 50 percent. READ MORE

August 24, 2017

DOE: BETO publishes tech blog on innovations in the bioeconomy

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 announced the official launch of its new technical blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication. READ MORE

August 23, 2017

Metsä Group starts up bioproduct mill in Finland

BY Metsä Group Found In:Pellets, Biogas, ChemicalsMetsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, came into operation as planned on Aug. 15. The facility will produce several products, including pulp, biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge. READ MORE

August 17, 2017

Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels

BY Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently, in days instead of weeks, and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

BioAmber reports record quarterly revenue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, announcing quarterly revenue of $4.1 million. The company also discussed plans to develop a second biorefinery in North America. READ MORE

August 11, 2017

Sandia tests Salton Sea-grown algae as new fuel source

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable using algae. READ MORE