Biobased Chemical

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

April 19, 2019

Spero Renewables announces cooperative agreement with DOE

BY Spero Renewables LLC Found In:ChemicalsSpero Renewables LLC recently announced a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy division of the Department of Energy to develop and scale-up production of the company’s SPERLU technology. READ MORE

April 17, 2019

Enerkem closes a new round of financing for C$76.3 million

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc., a global leader in biofuels production from solid waste, announces the closing of a new round of financing totaling C$76.3 million. The financing comes from Enerkem's existing investors, as well as a new investor, Suncor Energy Inc. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

MTI funds project by Biofine to produce biobased levulinic acid

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe Maine Technology institute has awarded $750,000 to Biofine Developments Northeast to support the development of a commercial biorefinery in Bucksport, Maine, that will produce biobased chemicals from wood biomass. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Minnesota offers funding for bioenergy, biochemical pilot plants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture is offering funding to help advance bioenergy and biochemical production technologies to the pilot scale through its AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

DOE: Journal issue addresses challenges to bioenergy production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has announced a compendium of new research that explores how grinding, sifting, drying, pelletizing and chemically treating biomass before it reaches the biorefinery could help solve big challenges plaguing today's bioenergy industry. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

DOE: Biomass R&D advisory committee to meet March 27-28

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 will meet March 27-28 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is open to members of the public. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Lygos wins 3 grants to advance applications for its biochemicals

BY Lygos Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBiochemical producer Lygos Inc. recently announced it has been awarded three innovation research grants totaling $750,000 of non-equity funding to support advanced support advanced research and development. READ MORE

March 19, 2019

GranBio acquires 100% equity in American Process Inc.

BY GranBio Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGranBio has completed the acquisition of 100 percent equity in American Process Inc. and affiliate companies. The acquired assets include biorefineries in Alpena, Michigan and Thomaston, Georgia, and an extensive intellectual property portfolio. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

REG announces plans to sell Life Sciences division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsREG has released fourth quarter 2018 financial results, announcing plans to sell its Life Sciences business unit and expressing optimism that the tax credit for biodiesel and renewable diesel will be retroactively extended for 2018. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

W2C Rotterdam project welcomes Shell as partner

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsShell has joined as an equity partner with Air Liquide, Enerkem, Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam for a proposed project in Rotterdam will be the first of its kind in Europe to make chemicals and biofuels out of non-recyclable waste materials. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Federal agencies release framework for advancing the bioeconomy

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board unveiled a multi-agency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. READ MORE

March 05, 2019

Lygos, CUMIRP partner to expand uses for biochemical product

BY Lygos Inc. Found In:ChemicalsLygos Inc. announced a new partnership Feb. 20 with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers that aims to develop novel high-value applications for the company’s Bio-Malonic Acid product family. READ MORE

March 01, 2019

Gevo, HCS Group enter supply agreement for renewable isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. and HCS Group have entered into a long-term, definitive, binding and bankable renewable isooctane purchase and sale agreement. The isooctane will be used in high-end applications, such as high purity solvents and specialty fuels. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Senate has voted 52 to 46 along party lines to confirm Andrew Wheeler as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Anellotech produces biobased paraxylene

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech and its partners IFPEN and Axens have processed renewably sourced aromatics made at Anellotech’s TCat-8 pilot plant to successfully recover high-purity biobased paraxylene—a key component for making 100 percent biobased PET bottles. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is seeking algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. READ MORE