Biobased Chemical

April 09, 2014

Rivertop Renewables raises $26 million from Cargill, others

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables, a Montana-based producer of novel chemicals derived from natural plant sugars, has announced that it has raised $26 million from Cargill, First Green Partners and existing investors. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

LanzaTech to move headquarters; Soperton retrofit ongoing

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLanzaTech will be moving its headquarters to Illinois as it continues to develop its projects in China and Soperton, Ga. The company's process turns industrial and biomass-based gases into ethanol and other chemicals. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Poplars designed for deconstruction: A major boon to biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

GeoSynFuels purchases, retrofits idle demonstration plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGeoSynFuels LLC has acquired the cellulosic demonstration facility formerly owned and operated by Blue Sugars Corp., the parent company of Western Biomass Energy LLC. GSF plans to retrofit the plant to use its proprietary 5CS Technology. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Associations release renewable energy outlook paper

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMultiple renewable energy trade association have teamed up to produce a single report that contains current market reviews, outlooks and policy recommendations for each respective sector, including biomass power, biomass thermal, and waste-to-energy. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

Lawrence Livermore discovery could improve biofuel production

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResistance is not futile when it comes to a new method to more efficiently convert biomass to biofuels. New research suggests that a type of that a type of bacterial resistance may provide more efficient production of biofuels. READ MORE

April 04, 2014

First functional 'designer' chromosome in yeast is synthesized

BY NYU Langone Medical Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of scientists has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate committee approves tax credit extension package

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee approved tax credit extension package on April 3 that includes several biofuel and bioenergy provisions. The committee voted down an amendment that aimed to strip biofuel and renewable energy credits from the bill. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Purdue researchers launch innovative bioenergy company

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University researchers are launching a company, Spero Energy Inc., focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Opinion: The Biomass Industry’s Beating Heart

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine Executive Editor Tim Portz discusses the incredible efforts that members of the biomass industry make to lead the industry to success. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

Senate Finance Committee to markup tax extenders legislation

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to markup a tax extenders bill on April 3. The legislation, titled the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act, includes extensions of several biofuel tax credits. READ MORE

April 01, 2014

Researcher wins grant for hybrid conversion biofuel process

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsHasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering at Oklahoma State University, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Amyris, Kuraray expand collaboration in farnesene-based polymers

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmyris Inc. and Kuraray Co. Ltd. have announced a two year expansion and extension of the research and development portion of their ongoing collaboration in high performance polymers using Biofene, Amyris's brand of renewable farnesene. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Axens, Total and IFPEN launch ethanol-to-ethylene technology

BY Axens Found In:ChemicalsAxens, Total and IFP Energies nouvelles have launched Atol, an innovative technology for bioethylene production through dehydration of bioethanol. The resulting bioethylene can be integrated in existing downstream polymerization installations. READ MORE

March 28, 2014

Agenda set for 2014 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProduced by BBI International, the agenda for the 30th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo includes more than 140 speakers and four highly informative track sessions. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

EurObserv'ER annual report highlights EU bioenergy sector

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEurObserv'ER has released the 2013 edition of its annual renewable energy report, which determined that final energy consumption from renewable resources, including biofuels and biomass, increased significantly in 2012. READ MORE

March 27, 2014

Evogene releases financial results, announces Brazil agreement

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIsrael-based Evogene Ltd. has released its 2013 financial results, signed an agreement for the commercial production of castor beans in Brazil and announced enhanced capabilities for gene stacking prediction. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Dyadic International receives new patent

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. was issued a new patent for enzyme composition and development to convert plant biomass into fermentable sugars. The patent broadens Dyadic's advanced biofuel and biobased material portfolio. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Gevo to produce isobutanol and ethanol simultaneously

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released 2013 financial results, reporting total revenues of $17.91 million for the year. The company also announced it will produce both ethanol and isobutanol concurrently at its plant in Luverne, Minn. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Exhibitors report positive outlook, serious interest at IBCE

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMore than 1,100 attendees at the 2014 International Biomass Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., March 24-26 came from 41 counties, 48 states and eight Canadian provinces to learn more about the growing biomass-to-energy sector. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Waste Management, Ventech, NRG and Velocys form joint venture

BY Waste Management Inc. Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWaste Management Inc., Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy Inc. and Velocys plc have formed a joint venture to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from biogas and natural gas using smaller-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Biomass association leaders discuss triumphs, troubles

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaders of seven bioenergy trade associations participated in the International Biomass Conference & Expo's State of the Industry general session on March 25 in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Biofuel trade organizations ask for tax incentive extensions

BY Renewable Fuels Association Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 24, a group of biofuel trade organizations sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

USDA highlights $33 million in rural business investments

BY Holly JessenFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recently released USDA report tells the story of more than $33 million in investments to support rural businesses, infrastructure and housing in 2013. A new interactive website map also features funding information. READ MORE

March 21, 2014

Deinove highlights recent progress in financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFrance-based Deinove has released its 2013 financial results, reporting progress with increased research and development efforts. The company highlighted efforts for its biofuel-focused Deinol program and its biochemical-focused Deinochem platform. READ MORE

March 20, 2014

Dyadic reports revenue increase in 2013 financial results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has released its 2013 financial results, reporting total revenue of $17.1 million, a 10 percent increase over 2012 revenue of $15.6 million. Net product related revenue increased by 25 percent, reaching $9.8 million. READ MORE

March 19, 2014

DNA analysis strategy aids in study of biofuel feedstocks

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from Michigan State University, U.S. DOE's Joint Genome Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have published the largest soil DNA sequencing effort. The data was later applied to study biofuel feedstocks. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

USDA program offers loans to farmers for biomass storage

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Farm Service Agency recently announced the expansion of its Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which can provide low-interest funds to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store eligible commodities, including renewable biomass. READ MORE

March 17, 2014

N.D. farmers in 5 communities learn more about industrial beets

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFarmer and community meetings are underway this week in North Dakota laying the foundation for industrial beet production. Also known as energy beets, the varieties are bred for industrial sugars that can be converted to biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

March 14, 2014

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative seeks grant proposals

BY North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently announced. READ MORE