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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

June 20, 2019

Lee Enterprises consulting adds team members

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting has added four new members to its team of 100-plus subject matter bioeconomy experts, including Chris Burk, P.E.; Daren Daugaard, Ph.D. P.E.; David Whittle; and Tad Dritz, P.E. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UNF researcher wins USDA grant to study switchgrass

BY University of North Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMike Aspinwall, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida, was just awarded nearly half a million dollars from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study switchgrass as a viable plant-based biofuel. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Iowa State researchers work to make biochar more useful, valuable

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University researchers have found that biochar produced as coproduct of bio-oil production during the pyrolyis process shows promise as a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

DOE seeks nominations for biomass R&D advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations must be submitted by June 30. READ MORE

June 13, 2019

Bill aims to extend MLPs to bioenergy, biofuel projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Ron Estes, R-Kan., reintroduced a bill June 13 that aims to give investors in clean energy projects access to the use of master limited partnerships (MLPs). READ MORE

June 07, 2019

EPA solicits nominations for SAB, related committees

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA is inviting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to the agency’s Science Advisory Board and four SAB committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee, which provides advice on ag-related industries. READ MORE

June 06, 2019

Genomatica acquires assets of REG Life Sciences

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenomatica announced June 6 it has acquired certain assets of the REG Life Sciences division of Renewable Energy Group Inc. The company said the acquisition will add to its capabilities to meet increasing demand for sustainable products. READ MORE

June 05, 2019

BIO announces new direction for communications, public affairs

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBIO has added Rich Masters as its new executive vice president for public affairs. The restructured position will focus on developing and implementing an integrated communications, branding and marketing strategy for the organization. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

Nelson Engineering becomes Nelson Baker Biotech

BY Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNelson Engineering, Inc. has changed its name and is now Nelson Baker Biotech Inc. An innovative EPC firm in the industrial biotech space, the company has expanded into biomass processing, biochemicals and biogas in recent years. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

Thermochemical pulp biorefinery opens in Ontario

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced May 27 the commissioning of a new pilot biorefinery that converts wood biomass into lignin and sugars. On the same day, the Canadian government awarded C$2 million to the project. READ MORE

May 22, 2019

Argonne updates model to help bioenergy developers conserve water

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory recently released an updated version of its Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources (WATER), an online computer model meant to help bioenergy developers preserve critical resources. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

Senate Finance Committee taskforce to examine energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of the Senate Finance Committee announced the formation of several bipartisan taskforces May 16 to examine 42 temporary tax provisions that expired or will expire by the end of 2019, including those related to biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Canada invests in national bioeconomy strategy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian government has announced it invested $200,000 in Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a not-for-profit business accelerator based in Sarnia, Ontario, to support the development of a national bioeconomy strategy. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

UTIA awarded nearly $1 million to study wood biomass logistics

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were awarded a grant for nearly $1 million to determine the key parameters for high-quality, year-round woody biomass feedstock logistics systems for commercial biorefineries. READ MORE

May 13, 2019

Anellotech: Bio-TCat viability confirmed during pilot testing

BY Anellotech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe viability of Anellotech’s Bio-TCat technology has now been proven by achieving commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas, during six months of continuous process operations. READ MORE

May 06, 2019

DOE offers $79 million for bioenergy R&D

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has opened a $79 million funding opportunity for bioenergy research and development that aims to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsREG released first quarter 2019 results on May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. The company also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division, and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

Canada invests $11.2 million to support bioproducts development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian government announced April 25 a federal investment of up to $11.2 million to the Bioproducts Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in an effort to help provide opportunities for farmers and grow the clean economy. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Bill introduced to overhaul renewable fuel, energy tax credits

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation May 2 that aims to overhaul the federal tax code and consolidate the current 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions. Several biofuel and bioenergy groups support the bill. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Letter opposes proposed cuts to DOE’s renewable energy programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe BPA partnered with six renewable energy trade groups April 25 to send a letter to Congress opposing deep cuts in FY 2020 funding proposed by the Trump Administration for the Department of Energy's EERE, ARPA-E and NREL. READ MORE

April 24, 2019

Aries GREEN biochar certified by USDA, IBI

BY Aries Clean Energy Found In:ChemicalsAries Clean Energy's Aries GREEN biochar product has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label and certification from the International Biochar Institute. The product can now display the USDA label and IBI Certified biochar seal. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Lawmakers urge robust funding for Farm Bill energy title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 50 federal lawmakers have spoken out to encourage members of the Senate and House appropriations committees to provide robust fiscal year 2020 funding for Farm Bill energy title programs. READ MORE