Biobased Chemical

August 13, 2015

Metabolix Q2 results focus on future commercial development

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsOn Aug. 12, Metabolix Inc. released its second quarter financial results, emphasizing its focus on commercial development and biopolymer production with its pivot to a new business strategy focused on specialties. READ MORE

August 13, 2015

NREL: Ethylene production via sunlight opens door to future

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsJianping Yu, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has proven a certain cyanobacterium can be genetically engineered to produce ethylene. Now it's time to take the research outside of the laboratory. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

Forest Concepts awarded SBIR contract to improve biomass drying

BY Forest Concepts LLC Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsForest Concepts LLC was recently notified that it has been awarded a two-year $499,997 Small Business Innovation Research contract from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve biomass drying efficiency. READ MORE

August 10, 2015

Alliance BioEnergy Plus announces plant development agreement

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. recently announced that it entered into a non-exclusive development agreement with Renewable Resources Development of America LLC for the construction and operation of up to 56 cellulose conversion plants. READ MORE

August 07, 2015

Amyris highlights business achievements during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting GAAP revenues of $7.8 million, down from $9.3 million during the same quarter of 2014. The company reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $47.1 million. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Pacific Ag raises $7 million from ACAP

BY Pacific Ag Found In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPacific Ag has announced $7 million investment from Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners LP. The capital will enable Pacific Ag to accelerate the expansion of its operations through acquisitions, technology, equipment, sales and marketing. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Argonne scientists study benefits of bioenergy crop integration

BY U.S. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Argonne National Laboratory are studying multifunctional landscapes and how they can benefit farmers, the environment, and the bioenergy industry nationwide. Their study is set to be published in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

WSU: New course offers hands-on training in bioproducts

BY Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities Found In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new summer course, titled Survey of Technical Equipment for Processing, is offered through Washington State University Tri-Cities and covers topics from fermentation and pyrolysis of biomaterials to process controls and industrial maintenance. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Genera Energy launches unique biomass crop planning app

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. announced the launch of its first mobile agriculture app, Biomass. The Biomass app was developed to serve as a practical, easy-to-use mobile crop planning and learning tool for biomass farmers and landowners. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

EPA paves the way for Algenol’s carbon reduction technology

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Clean Power Plan rule acknowledges for the first time the value of carbon utilization, the cornerstone of Algenol's Direct-to-Ethanol technology, as a method for utilities to reduce emissions from electricity production. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

BioAmber to begin commercial operations at Sarnia this quarter

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released financial results for the second quarter, reporting construction is complete on its first commercial-scale bio-succinic acid plant. The facility is undergoing commissioning and expected to begin commercial operations soon. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Keeping algae from stressing out

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSome algae like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii produce energy-dense oils or lipids when stressed, and these lipids can then be converted into fuels. However, researchers walk a fine line in not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Researchers report a novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis

BY World Scientific Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA novel approach to cellulose hydrolysis using a consortium of motile bacteria moving on solid surfaces and carrying microbial luggage, another bacteria that can efficiently hydrolyze cellulose, was demonstrated by the group of researchers. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Grains of rice hold big promise for GHG reductions, bioenergy

BY U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice is a large source of atmospheric methane. With the addition of a single gene, researchers have developed rice that can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies and features more starch for food and bioenergy production. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

Gevo highlights corporate developments during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $8.9 million, up from $7.7 million during the same period of 2014. The net loss was $17.8 million, compared to $17.2 million during second quarter of last year. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil plant, UPS contract in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. recently released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting consistent power and steam supply coming from its cogeneration Moema facility and expanded relationship with UPS for supply of renewable diesel fuel. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Invista, Plaxica collaborate on biobased lactic acid technology

BY Plaxica Found In:ChemicalsInvista Performance Technologies and Plaxica have entered into a collaboration that is expected to accelerate the commercialization of Plaxica's technology for the production of biobased lactic acid. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Bio-on, Cristal Union to produce PHA from sugar beet coprodcuts

BY Bio-on Found In:ChemicalsAn agreement signed by Bio-on and Cristal Union will see France's first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from sugar beet coproducts. The companies will build a production site with an initial 5,000 tons of annual capacity. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

3 bioenergy-related House bills introduced in late July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, several pieces of legislation were introduced that aim to impact the biorefining industry. Two of the bills aim to benefit bioenergy technologies, while a third would limit the U.S. EPA's ability to set cellulosic mandates. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

MSU research could improve cyanobacteria use in biofuel

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOverexposure to sunlight, which is damaging to natural photosynthetic systems of green plants and cyanobacteria, is also expected to be damaging to artificial photosynthetic systems. Michigan State University researchers aim to overcome that hurdle. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

USDA scientist helps Texas sorghum growers reduce water use

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSusan O'Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, Texas, is providing guidance to sorghum farmers in the Texas High Plains who are trying to save water by using less-than-optimal amounts of it. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

TerraVerdae BioWorks reaches milestone in PHA process scale-up

BY Alberta Innovates—Bio Solutions Found In:ChemicalsTerraVerdae BioWorks Inc. recently announced that it has reached a major milestone: creation of its proprietary technology at a commercial scale. It has completed the scale-up optimization of its process to produce PHA bioplastics from methanol. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Aston University bioenergy technology embarks on European tour

BY Aston University Found In:ChemicalsPre-testing of waste materials using prototype Pyrofab technology was recently underway ahead of a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste in Europe. The Pyrofab is based on technology developed at Aston University. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Project aims to use probiotic bacteria to produce algal crops

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Lawrence Livermore team has received an additional $1 million to protect algal crops by developing "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Reverdia lead partner in BioSuccInnovate Consortium

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia has joined the consortium ADMIT BioSuccInnovate, an innovative Climate-KIC initiative will explore with CIMV, a biorefining company, the use of locally-available lignocellulosic feedstock to produce biobased, biodegradable plastic packaging. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field. READ MORE