Biobased Chemical

December 07, 2020

Biofuel, bioenergy groups urge Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSeveral biofuel and bioenergy groups are among nearly 70 trade organizations that sent a letter to congressional leadership last month urging the passage of tax extenders legislation before the 116th Congress adjourns sine die. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

EERE launches new portal for applying to funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency has introduced the EERE Program Information Center, EERE’s new portal for funding opportunities. Several training opportunities on the new system are available in December and January. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

DOE provides $15M for new bioimaging instrumentation, approaches

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 16, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to provide up to $15 million for bioimaging research to develop new and improved instrumentation and approaches to visualizing metabolic processes in living cells. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

DOE’s Hydrogen Program Plan addresses biobased hydrogen sources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for the agency’s hydrogen RD&D activities. The plan addresses hydrogen sourced from biomass and waste sources, fossil resources and water-splitting technologies. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

Neste, LG Chem partner on biopolymers, biochemicals

BY Neste Found In:ChemicalsNeste and LG Chem, South Korea’s largest diversified petrochemicals com have announced their aim to build a strategic long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

BIO announces new strategic vision

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization on Oct. 27 announced a new, strategic direction that will help guide it to achieving long-term goals while maintaining responsiveness to changing political headwinds. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

DOE funds projects focused on biobased plastics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe DOE has announced more than $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable by design. Several of the projects focus on biobased plastics. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biomass Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine the leading publication for the biomass industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biomass Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

EPA delivers final rule on cost, benefits of CAA regs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 21 delivered its final rule that is expected to change how the agency considers the costs and benefits of regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to the White House Office of Management and Budget. READ MORE

October 21, 2020

Berkeley Lab transforms waste into biobased chemicals

BY Berkeley Lab Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Berkeley Lab have transformed lignin, a waste product of the paper industry, into a chemical compound that is a building block of biobased ionic liquids, a precursor for a useful chemical with a wide range of potential applications. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

CRISPRing trees for a climate-friendly economy

BY VIB (The Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have discovered a way to stably finetune the amount of lignin in poplar by applying CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The discovery could aid in the development of wood resources for biofuels and biobased materials. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

UPM begins construction of biobased chemical plant in Germany

BY UPM Found In:ChemicalsUPM on Oct. 7 celebrated the official start of the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany, that will produce bioMEG, lignin-based renewable functional fillers, and BioMPG. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

MSU researchers to lead $11 million study on camelina

BY Montana State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use crop. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Drax, Velocys help launch Coalition for Negative Emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based companies Drax Group and Velocys are among 11 organizations that have launched the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which aims to achieve a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 by developing carbon-negative technologies. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator. READ MORE

October 07, 2020

Cargill, Virent partner to study use of BioForming technology

BY Cargill Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCargill and Virent Inc. are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

USDA launches OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA announced on Oct. 1 it is now accepting applications for its four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to make it easier for lenders to access those four loan programs. READ MORE

September 30, 2020

Scientists develop formula for greener polyurethane

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsMore than 16 million tons of polyurethane are currently produced globally on an annual basis. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are working to develop ways to produce a renewable, biobased version of the product. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

DOE solicits applications for Technology Commercialization Fund

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Sept. 23 issued its FY 2021 solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, which aims to advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and deploy lab-developed technologies to the marketplace. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

Corbion and Total to build first world-scale PLA plant in Europe

BY Corbion Found In:ChemicalsCorbion and Total on Sept. 24 announced their intention to build a new PLA bioplastics plant in Europe through their Total Corbion PLA joint venture. The plant is expected to have a capacity of 100,000 tons per year. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

NREL shares $40M with partners to scale next-gen biotechnologies

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office has awarded nearly $40 million to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that will be used to develop and scale up 11 groundbreaking bioenergy projects. READ MORE

September 25, 2020

USDA solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is soliciting applications for two different cycles of the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The first cycle closes Oct. 1, while the second is open through April 1, 2021. READ MORE

September 18, 2020

UK bioenergy generation up 17% in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, ChemicalsU.K. renewable energy generation increased by 30 percent during the first quarter of 2020, reaching 40.8 terawatt hours (TWh), according to data released by the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on Sept. 10. READ MORE

September 17, 2020

European Commission proposes 55% cut in GHGs by 2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission on Sept. 17 released a plan that aims to reduce European Union GHG emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 when compared to 1990 levels. The goal would put the EU on a pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Letter urges EU leaders to increase GHG reduction targets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of Enviva and Drax Group are among the nearly 200 business leaders, investors and organizations that recently sent a letter leaders of the European Union and EU member states urging the EU to increase GHG emission reduction targets. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

Natural Resources Canada invests in CRB Innovations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNatural Resource Canada has announced a $4.5 million investment in CRB Innovations, which is developing commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other biomass into intermediate products that can be used to produce fuel and plastic. READ MORE