Biobased Chemical

October 28, 2014

Enerkem announces partnerships with 3 Chinese companies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced agreements with three Chinese companies in October. Under each agreement, Enerkem is expected to license its waste-to-biofuel technology. The final business structure and sites for each project have not been disclosed. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

EPA funds student bioenergy projects under P3 program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently awarded funding to 42 student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental problems as part of its People, Prosperity and Plant program. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

New catalyst could improve biofuels production

BY Washington State University, Tina Hilding Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. It is made of iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Cooper Tire begins testing tires made with guayule

BY Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Found In:ChemicalsCooper Tire & Rubber Co. has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule related materials. The tires are being evaluated by Cooper's technical team using rigorous wheel, road and track tests. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

CBiRC helps ISU researchers launch startup companies

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biobased Foundry, established by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University, is helping researchers launch startup companies. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

LSU AgCenter releases sweet sorghum production guide

BY Louisiana State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTo help guide commercial production of Sweet sorghum, the Louisiana State University AgCenter has released the Sweet Sorghum Production Guide. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

National Bioenergy Day events held nationwide

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn and around Oct. 22, nearly 50 coordinated events in the U.S. and Canada are celebrating the second annual National Bioenergy Day. Events feature collaborations by the U.S. Forest Service, governments, universities and bioenergy businesses. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for feedstock research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to award up to $14 million to support the development of landscape design approaches for cellulosic feedstocks that enhance environmental and socio-economic sustainability. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

Biobased materials, chemicals attract significant investment

BY Lux Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract $974 million in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The investment represents a 28 percent increase from last year. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

Total supplying racing fuel containing Gevo's biobased isooctane

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. announced that it is selling renewable isooctane to Total for formulation into Formula 1 racing fuel. Gevo's renewable isobutanol from Luverne, Minnesota, is being converted into bio-isooctane at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Abengoa celebrates grand opening of cellulosic ethanol plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 17, Abengoa celebrated the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. Construction on the 25 MMgy facility was completed in mid-August and ethanol production commenced in late September. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Researchers pump up oil accumulation in plant leaves

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIncreasing the oil content of plant biomass could help fulfill the nation's increasing demand for renewable energy feedstocks. But many of the details of how plant leaves make and break down oils have remained a mystery. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

ISU researchers turn to robotics to study plant growth

BY Iowa State University Found In:Pellets, Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Deinove teams with MBI to develop AFEX/Deinol cellulosic ethanol

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA French cellulosic technology utilizing Deinococcus bacteria is being teamed up with Michigan State University's ammonia-based pretreatment technology, AFEX. Deinove SA and MBI have formed a partnership to demonstrate the paired technologies. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

ExxonMobil supports ISU biofuel research

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil Corp. is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Studies steadily advance cellulosic ethanol prospects

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ann Perry Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing cost-effective cellulosic ethanol that uses plentiful and sustainable cellulosic plant biomass continues to grow, thanks to research at the USDA. READ MORE

October 16, 2014

Discovery of cellular snooze button advances biofuel research

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages of cancer. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

USDA report highlights potential of the biobased economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe USDA recently published a report that synthesizes current literature and explores opportunities in the emerging bioeconomy. The report, titled "Why Biobased?" is a precursor to a more comprehensive economic study expected to be released soon. READ MORE

October 14, 2014

DOE awards $$13.4 million to develop biofuels, bioproducts

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from biomass. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

JBEI: MaxBin offers automated sorting through metagenomes

BY Joint BioEnergy Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute has developed MaxBin, an automated software program for binning (sorting) the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Reverdia adds licensing to Biosuccinium portfolio

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsIn addition to its production capacity of about 10,000 metric tons per year out of the Cassano, Italy, Biosuccinium plant, Reverdia announced in October at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology that it is now licensing Biosuccinium. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

ARPA-E opens funding opportunity for feedstock development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has opened a $30 million funding opportunity that aims to increase energy crop yield through automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to biofuel crop breeding. READ MORE

October 02, 2014

Agrisoma closes $8 million Series A financing round

BY Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. has announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

DOE opens funding opportunity for algae biofuel development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has opened a $25 million funding opportunity for algae biofuels. The initiative aims to reduce the cost of algae biofuel to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE

September 26, 2014

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

BY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of cellulosic biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human lower intestine. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Maverick Synfuels introduces modular methane-to-methanol system

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Biogas, ChemicalsMaverick Synfuels recently announced the development of its Maverick Oasis system for methanol production. The company says the system provides producers with another way to monetize biogas reserves and natural gas. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

NexSteppe raises $22 million in series C financing

BY NexSteppe Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe recently announced it has raised $22 million in its third round of funding. New investors Total Energy Ventures and ELFH Holding GmbH join existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, CYM Ventures, DuPont Ventures and others. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council have discovered variant straw plants whose cell walls are more easily broken down to make biofuels. READ MORE

September 25, 2014

Schott, Algatechnologies agree to continue partnership

BY Algatechnologies Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSchott AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. have signed a research and development agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE