Biobased Chemical

June 18, 2020

Praj, Lygos to develop advanced lactic acid yeast technology

BY Praj Industries Ltd. Found In:ChemicalsPraj Industries Ltd. and Lygos Inc. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-develop Lygos’s proprietary yeast for the production of lactic acid, which can be used to produce biobased plastic. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

ReCarbon, Utilitas collaborate on biogas-to-hydrogen projects

BY ReCarbon Inc. Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsReCarbon Inc., the developer of a plasma carbon conversion unit, on June 10 announced the execution of a memorandum of understanding with Utilitas Groupl, an Australian bioenergy developer, towards building biogas-to-hydrogen plants in Australia. READ MORE

June 17, 2020

DOE funds 2 carbon utilization projects focused on algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy on June 16 announced it will award $17 million to 11 advanced carbon utilization projects. Approximately $6 million of that funding will support algae projects. READ MORE

June 15, 2020

Perdue issues memo on modernization of Forest Service

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on June 12 issued a memorandum to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen providing direction that will serve as a blueprint to help modernize the agency’s systems and approaches. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Nextfor launches effort to commercialize lignin technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOntario-based Nextfor, a program of the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy, has launched a $1 million challenge that aims to commercialize the transformation of lignin into chemicals and materials for value-added applications. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

EPA urged to address treatment of biogenic emissions from crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 9 urging the agency to seek public comments on the regulatory treatment of biogenic CO2 from annual agriculture crops. READ MORE

June 10, 2020

Neste, Covestro partner on renewable materials for plastics

BY Neste Found In:ChemicalsNeste and Covestro are starting a strategic cooperation in Europe to promote the use of sustainable raw materials in plastics production. Covestro will use renewable material to replace a portion of fossil feedstock in its polycarbonates. READ MORE

June 01, 2020

Renewable energy advisory committee to meet June 4

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting via WebEX on June 4. The meeting will be the final of REEEAC's current term. READ MORE

May 29, 2020

SUNY Cobleskill gasifier receives $5.8M to reduce wildfire risk

BY SUNY Cobleskill Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSUNY Cobleskill has received a $5.8 million grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop and deploy a mobile woody biomass conversion unit that will complement the state’s efforts to reduce wildfires. READ MORE

May 27, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition asks EPA to reconsider delay in rulemaking

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition released a video on May 27 highlighting the need for a rulemaking to clarify the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from the processing of annual agricultural crops. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

Senate committee approves bioeconomy R&D bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on May 20 passed the Bioeconomy Research and Development Act of 2020. The bill, S. 3734, aims to strengthen and broaden engineering biology. READ MORE

May 22, 2020

EPA approves RFS fuel pathway for biomass gasification project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA in May approved a fuel pathway under the Renewable Fuel Standard for a biomass gasification plant under development in McFarland, California, that will produce renewable natural gas (RNG) for sale into the transportation fuel market. READ MORE

May 22, 2020

USDA publishes final rule for 9003 loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service on May 18 published a final rule for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing Assistance Program in the Federal Register. READ MORE

May 21, 2020

DOE to fund projects that gasify a mix of coal and biomass

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy on May 18 announced plans to offer funding for new projects that gasify a mix of coal and biomass to generate electric power and a carbon-free hydrogen coproduct. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

Senate hearing addresses wood stoves, RFS and biomass neutrality

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to extend the sales deadline for Step 1 wood heaters, rulemaking to classify biomass as carbon neutral and issues associated with the RFS and SREs were among the topics discussed during a May 20 Senate hearing. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

EPA proposal aims to improve transparency of guidance documents

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe EPA has released a proposed rule that aims to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents. The agency said the rule will increase transparency and improve its process for managing guidance documents. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

ACE 2020 conference ‘Rising Up,’ moving to Aug. 25 with the FEW

BY American Coalition for Ethanol Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe American Coalition for Ethanol is pleased to announce its 33rd annual conference will be held in conjunction with the rescheduled International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo hosted by BBI International on Aug. 25, in Omaha, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

NOVA Chemicals, Enerkem collaborate on plastics recycling

BY NOVA Chemicals Corp. Found In:ChemicalsNOVA Chemicals Corp. and Enerkem Inc. have entered into a joint development agreement to explore turning non-recyclable and non-compostable municipal waste into ethylene, a basic building block of plastics. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

P&G, Cargill collaborate on biobased acrylic acid

BY Procter & Gamble Co. Found In:ChemicalsProcter & Gamble Co. recently announced it has granted Cargill an exclusive license that allows Cargill to further develop and commercialize its technology that converts lactic acid into biobased acrylic acid. READ MORE

May 11, 2020

Ag groups ask Congress to address GHG emissions from annual crops

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition is asking lawmakers to direct the U.S. EPA to promptly publish a rule that states neither agricultural biomass nor woody biomass contribute to excess greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Avantium to produce lignin for development of biobased asphalt

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium N.V recently announced that the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has awarded the company €500,000 for its participation in the CHAPLIN XL project, which aims to replace bitumen in asphalt with lignin. READ MORE

May 05, 2020

TerraVerdae: Investment boosts bioplastics project development

BY TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEdmonton, Alberta-based TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc. announced it has received a $4.5 million investment from Alberta, federal and other funding partners to develop new product development capacity for fully biodegradable high-performance bioplastics. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

ARENA seeks input on bioenergy roadmap

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency is seeking input from stakeholders in Australia’s bioenergy sector to underpin the development of the Bioenergy Roadmap. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

GranBio produces hand sanitizer at Georgia research facility

BY GranBio Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGranBio Technologies, via its wholly-owned subsidiary AVAPCO LLC, has converted its biorefinery research facility in Thomaston, Georgia, to the production of hand sanitizer to help fill demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

DOE extends application deadlines for plastics R&D funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s EERE has extended the application deadlines associated with a $25 million FOA made in March to support plastics recycling research and development as part of the Plastics Innovation Challenge. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

USDA unveils tool to help rural communities address COVID-19

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on April 13 unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

Panda poo, ants and slugs could be key to new green fuels

BY Aarhus University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new research project at Aarhus University will exploit millions of years of evolution to develop sustainable biofuels. Among other things, the solution lies in the digestive system of pandas, according to researchers. READ MORE

April 08, 2020

Upgrading biomass with selective surface-modified catalysts

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists have demonstrated how the conversion of a plant derivative into fuels and other valuable chemicals can be achieved by loading single atoms of platinum onto titanium dioxide, according to Brookhaven National Laboratory. READ MORE

April 06, 2020

Hynion to produce hydrogen from biogas using Metacon equipment

BY Metacon AB Found In:ChemicalsMetacon AB has entered into an agreement with Hynion AS under which Hynion will rent a hydrogen generator from Metacon. The system will convert upgraded biogas into hydrogen. Delivery is scheduled for the third quarter of this year. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

EPA clarifies details of temporary enforcement policy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA sent a letter to members of Congress on April 2 clarifying the temporary enforcement policy the agency announced on March 26 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offering assurances the agency continues to enforce its regulatons. READ MORE