Biobased Chemical

February 17, 2021

McKinley, Veasey reintroduce ACCESS 45Q Act

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsReps. David McKinley, R-W.V., and Marc Veasey, D-Texas, on Feb. 16 reintroduced the ACCESS 45Q Act. The bill extends the date for projects to begin construction to claim the 45Q tax credit by 10 years and provides a direct pay elective. READ MORE

February 02, 2021

Vilsack: Biofuels, bioenergy can help meet climate goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack stressed the important role biofuels and bioenergy will play in meeting the Biden administration’s climate goals during a Feb. 2 hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. READ MORE

January 28, 2021

Nova Pangaea Technologies announces technology breakthrough

BY Nova Pangaea Technologies Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNova Pangaea Technologies, the Redcar, U.K.-based cleantech company, has made a significant breakthrough of its proprietary REFNOVA technology. The new technology suite offers up to six configurations to produce a variety of products. READ MORE

January 27, 2021

Biden’s climate crisis order addresses biobased fuels, products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Biden on Jan. 27 issued an executive order that aims to tackle the climate crisis, create jobs and restore scientific integrity across the federal government. The order addresses the production and sourcing of biobased products and fuels. READ MORE

January 22, 2021

Aires Clean Energy rebrands, focuses on biosolids conversion

BY Aries Clean Technologies Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAries Clean Energy, a leader in the biomass gasification solutions sector, announced it has changed its name to Aries Clean Technologies, with a refined focus on the clean conversion of wastewater biosolids. READ MORE

January 21, 2021

USDA, DOE announce appointments to senior posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy on Jan. 21 announced appointments to several senior posts, including USDA undersecretary for Rural Development and chief of staff for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at DOE. READ MORE

January 19, 2021

AFCC announces cost breakthrough in DOE loan guarantees

BY Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition has announced legislation recently signed by President Trump makes important changes to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Title XVII Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program. READ MORE

January 18, 2021

USDA releases AIA research strategy summary, dashboard

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA on Jan. 12 released a report and online dashboard that integrates the information collected by the agency as part of its Agriculture Innovation Agenda, an initiative that aims to help the U.S. agricultural industry meet future demands. READ MORE

January 06, 2021

DOE: ‘Energy for Space’ strategy addresses biomass for energy, ag

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Department of Energy on Jan. 6 released its “Energy for Space” strategy, which states that knowledge gained through advances in genomic science will enable the development of sustainable biomass for energy and agriculture in space environments. READ MORE

December 17, 2020

Biden to nominate Regan as EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce Michael Regan as his nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S EPA. Representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing hope that Regan will bring a change in philosophy to the agency. READ MORE

December 15, 2020

Bill aims to enact tax credits to support biobased chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsReps. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., on Dec. 4 introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act, which aims to create tax credits to support the production of biobased chemicals and investments in production facilities. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

Biden to nominate Vilsack as ag secretary

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident-elect Joe Biden has announced he will nominate Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration. READ MORE

December 10, 2020

EPA changes how it considers costs, benefits of CAA rules

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on Dec. 9 released a final rule that changes the way the agency will consider the costs and benefits of all significant Clean Air Act rulemakings. The EPA said the impacted rulemakings will be accompanied by a benefit-cost analysis. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

Biofuel, bioenergy groups urge Congress to act on tax extenders

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSeveral biofuel and bioenergy groups are among nearly 70 trade organizations that sent a letter to congressional leadership last month urging the passage of tax extenders legislation before the 116th Congress adjourns sine die. READ MORE

December 07, 2020

EERE launches new portal for applying to funding opportunities

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency has introduced the EERE Program Information Center, EERE’s new portal for funding opportunities. Several training opportunities on the new system are available in December and January. READ MORE

November 24, 2020

Governors urge EPA to address biogenic CO2 barrier

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition on Nov. 19 commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the U.S. EPA to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. READ MORE

November 19, 2020

DOE provides $15M for new bioimaging instrumentation, approaches

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 16, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to provide up to $15 million for bioimaging research to develop new and improved instrumentation and approaches to visualizing metabolic processes in living cells. READ MORE

November 17, 2020

DOE’s Hydrogen Program Plan addresses biobased hydrogen sources

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe DOE has released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for the agency’s hydrogen RD&D activities. The plan addresses hydrogen sourced from biomass and waste sources, fossil resources and water-splitting technologies. READ MORE

November 11, 2020

Neste, LG Chem partner on biopolymers, biochemicals

BY Neste Found In:ChemicalsNeste and LG Chem, South Korea’s largest diversified petrochemicals com have announced their aim to build a strategic long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally. READ MORE

November 10, 2020

2021 International Biomass Conference & Expo goes virtual

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine has announced that the 14th Annual Biomass Conference & Expo will be taking place 100 percent virtual, March 15-17, 2021. The deadline to submit a presentation abstract is Nov. 13, 2020. READ MORE

October 29, 2020

BIO announces new strategic vision

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization on Oct. 27 announced a new, strategic direction that will help guide it to achieving long-term goals while maintaining responsiveness to changing political headwinds. READ MORE

October 28, 2020

DOE funds projects focused on biobased plastics

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe DOE has announced more than $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable by design. Several of the projects focus on biobased plastics. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biomass Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine the leading publication for the biomass industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biomass Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

EPA delivers final rule on cost, benefits of CAA regs to OMB

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA on Oct. 21 delivered its final rule that is expected to change how the agency considers the costs and benefits of regulations promulgated under the Clean Air Act to the White House Office of Management and Budget. READ MORE

October 21, 2020

Berkeley Lab transforms waste into biobased chemicals

BY Berkeley Lab Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Berkeley Lab have transformed lignin, a waste product of the paper industry, into a chemical compound that is a building block of biobased ionic liquids, a precursor for a useful chemical with a wide range of potential applications. READ MORE

October 16, 2020

CRISPRing trees for a climate-friendly economy

BY VIB (The Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have discovered a way to stably finetune the amount of lignin in poplar by applying CRISPR/Cas9 technology. The discovery could aid in the development of wood resources for biofuels and biobased materials. READ MORE

October 15, 2020

UPM begins construction of biobased chemical plant in Germany

BY UPM Found In:ChemicalsUPM on Oct. 7 celebrated the official start of the construction of the state-of-the-art biochemicals facility in Leuna, Germany, that will produce bioMEG, lignin-based renewable functional fillers, and BioMPG. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

MSU researchers to lead $11 million study on camelina

BY Montana State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use crop. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Drax, Velocys help launch Coalition for Negative Emissions

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based companies Drax Group and Velocys are among 11 organizations that have launched the Coalition for Negative Emissions, which aims to achieve a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 by developing carbon-negative technologies. READ MORE