Biobased Chemical

February 26, 2015

New catalyst to create chemical building blocks from biomass

BY University of Tokyo Found In:ChemicalsUniversity of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of biomass as a feedstock for the chemical industry. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Amyris: 2014 was a transformative year

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released financial results for 2014. During an investor call, John Melo, president and CEO of the company, called 2014 a transformative year for Amyris, noting the company manufactured two breakthrough molecules at industrial scale. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Report provides overview of European biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report published by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Information Network provides an overview of the EU biobased economy and estimated biomass requirements for the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biochemicals and other products. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Greenbelt Resources offers commercial-scale feedstock testing

BY Greenbelt Resources Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreenbelt Resources Corp. has launched an innovative program offering use of its operating commercial-scale facility to third parties for feedstock feasibility testing services. The services are available confidentially. READ MORE

February 25, 2015

Deinove strengthens its position in the United States

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced it has has been granted a U.S. patent. The patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation based on Deinococcus bacteria. READ MORE

February 23, 2015

DOE awards $10 million to develop innovative bioenergy processes

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office announces the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

Port improvements underway at site of future Cool Planet facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSite work is progressing at the site of Cool Plant Energy Systems' proposed biorefinery at the Port of Alexandria in Louisiana. Construction of the biorefinery is expected to kick off later this year, with production commencing in 2016. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

Forest Research, E.ON to lead ETI U.K. feedstock project

BY Energy Technologies Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Technologies Institute has announced that Forest Research and E.ON will deliver the latest project in its bioenergy program, a study into the characterization of bioenergy feedstocks. READ MORE

February 19, 2015

ANSI to be accreditation body for biomass GHG certification

BY American National Standards Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American National Standards Institute has been selected by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification to be the accreditation body for its certification system for sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions related to biomass. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

BPI announces startup of pilot plant featuring LTSD technology

BY Bio-Process Innovation Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBio-Process Innovation Inc. has announced the completion of the construction of its 1-ton pilot plant and successful operation of its low temperature steep delignification (LTSD) pretreatment process at its facility in Otterbein, Indiana. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

New Reverdia patents strengthen Biosuccinium licensing

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsPivotal patents have been granted to DSM in Europe, Japan and Canada for its yeast-based succinic acid production technology, with exclusive rights awarded to Reverdia. The patents cover technology for economically viable biosuccinic acid production. READ MORE

February 12, 2015

NFF recognizes biochar, biochemical business ideas

BY National Forest Foundation Found In:ChemicalsThe National Forest Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2014 Barrett Foundation Business Concept Challenge, which recognizes the best entrepreneurial approaches that solve one or more of the challenges facing the National Forest System. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

USDA ARS scientists develop higher yielding sorghum plants

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Sharon Durham Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new sorghum plant developed by scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Cropping Systems Research Laboratory can produce 30 to 40 percent more seeds than conventional varieties currently grown by farmers. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 10, the USDA hosted a media call announcing more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted recent improvements made to REAP. READ MORE

February 10, 2015

Algenol closes on internal equity financing

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgenol has closed on a $25 million dollar investment from BioFields, a Mexican business group devoted to the development of renewable and clean energy projects. This new investment follows a $40 million investment made by BioFields last year. READ MORE

February 06, 2015

Cyanobacterium found in algae collection holds biotech promise

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCyanobacteria, bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis, are of considerable interest as biofactories. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have identified a fast growing strain that may hold potential for biorefining. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Toward the next biofuel: Secrets of Fistulifera solaris

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have identified a microalga that is a species of diatom called Fistulifera solaris, which is emerging as a promising candidate for next-generation biofuel technology. It grows quickly and produces high levels of oil at the same time. READ MORE

February 04, 2015

Global Bioenergies hits first milestone in BioMA+ project

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies announced it has reached the first milestone of the BioMA+ project, which aims to develop a renewable value chain for methacrylic acid. The company has developed a process to convert renewable resources into isobutene. READ MORE

February 03, 2015

IU biologists use bacterium, nitrogen gas to produce ethanol

BY Indiana University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIndiana University biologists believe they have found a faster, cheaper and cleaner way to increase bioethanol production by using nitrogen gas, the most abundant gas in Earth's atmosphere, in place of more costly industrial fertilizers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Fire suppressant provider targets biomass industry

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGelTech Solutions Inc., the creator of the patent-pending fire suppressant compound called FireIce, recently began working in the agriculture industry and is now initiating outreach to some biomass producers. READ MORE

February 02, 2015

Energycane varieties look promising for north Louisiana

BY Louisiana State University AgCenter Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLouisiana State University AgCenter researchers continue to evaluate energycane varieties planted in north Louisiana as a possible new crop for producers to grow as a biofuel feedstock. Energycane is a cross between sugarcane and its wild relatives. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Government app to help companies export clean energy solutions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of federal agencies are developing an interactive app that will serve as a mobile business directory for U.S. clean energy exports. U.S.-based suppliers of certain energy solutions are invited to apply to participate in the pilot phase. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Researchers produce two biofuels from a single algae

BY Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study. The research exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

York scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, can degrade resistant forms of starch. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

OriginOil, INL collaborate on proposed algae biofuel project

BY OriginOil Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOriginOil Inc. has announced that it is collaborating with the Idaho National Laboratory. A proposed project focuses on development and implementation of novel approaches to improve efficiency in algal biofuel production. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Supreme Court rules in Gevo's favor, remands case to lower court

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor in the case of Gevo Inc. v. Butamax Advanced Biofuels. The court's decision reinstates Gevo's District Court victory and remands the case back to a Federal Court of Appeals. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Deinove completes first key milestone of its Deinochem program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove announced it has reached the first milestone of its Deinochem green chemistry program funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and will receive a EUR 1 million ($1.12 million) repayable advanced in early February. READ MORE