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January 22, 2020

A new model of metabolism draws from thermodynamics and 'omics'

BY École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMathematical models that describe how cells use enzymes to transform sugar have helped improve second generation biofuel production, but have failed to account for metabolic cost of producing those enzymes. A new model is helping solve that problem. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

DOE to provide $75 million for bioenergy crops research

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 10, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan to provide up to $75 million over five years for research to develop sustainable bioenergy crops tolerant of environmental stress and resilient to changing environmental conditions. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

PCI Gases: DOCS can replace use of liquid oxygen in gasification

BY PCI Gases Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPCI Gases os offering the DOCS (deployable oxygen concentrator system) as an attractive and safe on-site alternative to using liquid oxygen (LOX) or other oxygen technologies in gasification processes. READ MORE

December 30, 2019

Forest Service grants license for biomass conversion technology

BY Matt ThompsonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Forest Service has granted a license for technology that can efficiently fractionate lignocellulosic biomass to Ontario-based Whispering Green Energy. The company plans to begin experiments using the technology this spring. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

Trump signs spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Trump signed two legislative packages into law on Dec. 20, avoiding another government shutdown. The packages include all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills and tax extenders legislation that will benefit biofuels and bioenergy. READ MORE

December 23, 2019

DOE to fund feedstock monitoring, carbon storage technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 19, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to develop technologies to quantify feedstock-related emissions at the field level. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

IAC, Agra Industries partner to provide hemp processing solutions

BY International Accessories Co. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIAC has partnered with Agra Industries to bring to market an enhanced line of equipment to handle the wet bucking, chopping of the harvested hemp, drying of the hemp, storage and shipping of the material in various stages for extraction. READ MORE

December 17, 2019

House passes spending bills, tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 17 voted to pass two legislative packages that comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. The packages also include tax extenders legislation that extends several biofuel and bioenergy tax credits. READ MORE

December 16, 2019

DOE: Upcoming FOA to support R&D for new biobased plastics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy published a notice of intent on Dec. 10 announcing plans to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will support research and development for new biobased plastics. READ MORE

December 13, 2019

Brouillette sworn in as secretary of energy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDan Brouillette was sworn in to serve as the 15th U.S. secretary of energy on Dec. 11. He was nominated to the post by President Trump on Nov. 7 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 2 by a vote of 70 to 15. READ MORE

December 06, 2019

Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemical

BY University of Manchester Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA move towards a more sustainable biobased economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals, according to the University of Manchester. READ MORE

December 05, 2019

Avantium secures €25 million EU funding for FDCA flagship plant

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsThe Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), an EU body, reconfirmed to award the PEFerence consortium, coordinated by Avantium Renewable Polymers, with a €25 million “PEFerence” Horizon 2020 grant. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Senate confirms Brouillette as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate voted 70-15 on Dec. 2 to confirm Dan Brouillette as energy secretary following his Nov. 7 nomination by President Trump. Brouillette previously served as deputy energy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry. READ MORE

November 26, 2019

LanzaTech moves forward with scale-up of alcohol-to-jet process

BY LanzaTech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLanzaTech announced it is continuing to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. The company said it negotiating with DOE for a $14 million investment in a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D technical advisory committee to meet Nov. 19-20

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced its Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Nov. 19-20 in Washington, D.C. The event is open to the public. READ MORE

November 12, 2019

Purdue researchers win $9 million for plant sensing technology

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University has announced The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a second phase of its TERRA project that features remote sensing technology and advanced analystics that allows plant breders to bring better cultivars to the market faster. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Sievers testifies at Senate hearing on Farm Bill implementation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Biogas Council Director Bryan Sievers testified at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on Nov. 7 focused on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill’s rural development and energy programs. READ MORE

November 11, 2019

Trump nominates Brouillette to serve as energy secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Trump on Nov. 7 formally nominated current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette to serve as the next secretary of energy. Brouillette will replace current Secretary of Energy Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. READ MORE

November 07, 2019

Agenda released for 2020 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine has announced the agenda for the 13th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place February 3-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. READ MORE

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