Biobased Chemical

August 03, 2018

BioAmber seeks court approval to liquidate assets

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has announced it is seeking court approval to pursue liquidation of its assets, as well as alternative offers, after the company failed to receive any acceptable sales or investment bids before a July 27 deadline. READ MORE

August 03, 2018

New membrane technology may aid biofuel production

BY Argonne National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNamed for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes—double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances—have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses, including uses in the biofuel industry. READ MORE

August 02, 2018

USDA designates new categories under BioPreferred Program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe USDA’s Office of Procurement and Property Management recently published a final rule amending guidelines for designating biobased products for federal procurement under the BioPreferred Program. READ MORE

July 25, 2018

Cool Planet closes $20 million in funding

BY Cool Planet Found In:ChemicalsCool Planet, an agricultural technology company focused on soil health solutions, has closed on an additional $20.3 million of new investment and note conversion. The funding will be used to increase overall production of Cool Terra. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

LANL: Feeding plants to this algae could fuel your car

BY Los Alamos National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions recently provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research could boost algae’s potential value as a biofuel. READ MORE

July 23, 2018

NREL: New finding will help convert lignin to useful products

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn research team, including scientists from NREL, has discovered and characterized a new family of cytochrome P450 enzymes that is critical to improving the conversion of lignin into valuable products such as nylon, plastics, and chemicals. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

Attis announces site for biorefinery, selects feedstock provider

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn mid-July Attis Industries announced plans to purchase a site in Georgia to locate its first commercial-scale biorefinery and said it has executed a letter of intent with a timber company to provide feedstock for the proposed facility. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

Biobased car created using Luminy from Total Corbion PLA

BY Total Corbion PLA Found In:ChemicalsThe world’s first biobased, circular car has been successfully designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven. The car is made, in part, with Luminy PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA. READ MORE

July 19, 2018

DOE launches new lab partnering service

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has officially launched the Lab Partnering Service, an online, single access point platform for investors, innovators, and institutions to identify, locate, and obtain information from DOE’s 17 national laboratories. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

EPA seeks nominations to SAB, agricultural science committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced it is seeking nominations for scientific experts to serve on its Science Advisory Board and four SAB standing committees, including the SAB Agricultural Science Committee. READ MORE

July 12, 2018

Biorefining has small impact on wood product, feedstock markets

BY International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new report has shown that biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

Opinion: RFS Program Under Attack

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe ABFA, and other groups, including the Renewable Fuels Association, have filed suit contesting the recently granted small refinery exemptions under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

DOE publishes report on performance-advantaged biobased chemicals

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals, that took place on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. READ MORE

July 09, 2018

DOE: Study identifies biocrude production potential

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from PNNL and NREL recently performed a detailed analysis of a variety of waste products and their potential for biofuel production on a site-specific basis across the conterminous United States. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Pruitt resigns, Wheeler to become acting administrator of the EPA

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 5, President Trump announced the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the U.S. EPA. Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is set to assume the role of acting administrator of the EPA on July 9. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

New enzyme boost could hasten biofuel production

BY Imperial College London Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Imperial College London have enhanced the process of using biology to make products such as fuels, plastics, medicines, and cosmetics. This could lead to cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

New catalyst upgrades carbon dioxide to fuels found by USTC

BY University of Science and Technology of China Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team has uncovered a catalysis strategy intermediates during CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction, which sheds new lights on upgrading CO2 to engine fuels, such as ethanol and n-propanol. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

NREL: Novel genetic method improves efficiency of enzyme

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Georgia developed a new genetic engineering technique to dramatically improve an enzyme’s ability to break down biomass. READ MORE

June 27, 2018

Forest Concepts wins DOE funding to improve biomass handling

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC has been awarded a $1.8 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Energy to address the critical issues of poor flowability, high friction, and highly variable physical properties that have plagued the biomass industry. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

WSU professor lands grant to pursue lignin to biofuel conversion

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University Tri-Cities associate professor Xiao Zhang is targeting the use of lignin—a common material that makes the cell walls of plants rigid—to create affordable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

June 22, 2018

ORNL discovery could boost biofuel yields

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have discovered mutations in a structure of a key plant enzyme that was not previously known to exist. The discovery could help squeeze more potential out of poplar as a renewable resource for making biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

DOE: 31 projects will advance fundamental science for bioenergy

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 18, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. READ MORE

June 15, 2018

BASF invests in carbon recycling company LanzaTech

BY BASF Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBASF Venture Capital GmbH has announced plans to invest in LanzaTech. Using special microbes, LanzaTech has developed a technology for gas fermentation that first enables ethanol to be produced from residual gases. READ MORE

June 14, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Senate ag committee restores 2018 Farm Bill Energy Title funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate ag committee has approved its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with bipartisan support. The legislation includes an amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that restores mandatory funding to Farm Bill Energy Title programs. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

DuPont celebrates opening of Industrial Biosciences’ headquarters

BY DuPont Industrial Biosciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont Industrial Biosciences officially opened the doors of its renovated global business headquarters June 8 in Wilmington, Delaware. This new center of technological innovation, known as Building E353, is part of DuPont’s Experimental Station. READ MORE

June 12, 2018

FEW recognizes Moore, Walker for contributions to fuel ethanol

BY Tim Albrecht and Erin Voegele Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsKristin Moore and Graeme Walker were recognized June 12 for their contributions to ethanol industry during the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo in Omaha. Moore was presented with the High-Octane Award and Walker received the Award of Excellence. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Neste, IKEA to produce PP and PE bioplastics

BY Neste Found In:ChemicalsIKEA and Neste are now able to utilize renewable residue and waste raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as well as sustainably-produced vegetable oils in the production of plastic products. The pilot at commercial scale starts during fall 2018. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

Senate’s 2018 Farm Bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill on June 8. The bill reauthorizes Energy Title programs, but provides insufficient funding to ensure their success, according to the AgEC. READ MORE