Biobased Chemical

November 19, 2014

USDA ARS: Boosting butanol's role in the biofuel world

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe potential for producing butanol as a biofuel has become a bit more promising, thanks to USDA scientists and their partners. The research suggests that barley straw and corn stover could be cost-effective feedstocks for producing biobutanol. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Dyadic reports increase in product-related revenue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International has released third quarter financial results, reporting increases in net product revenue and gross profit. "The past quarter continues to be an extremely exciting time at Dyadic," said Dyadic CEO Mark Emalfarb. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Abengoa releases Q3 results, highlights Hugoton plant startup

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAbengoa recently released third quarter financial results, reporting positive performance for the company's biofuels business. For the first nine months of the year, the company reported overall revenues in line with those achieved in 2013. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

API announces partnership to develop biobased auto components

BY American Process Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmerican Process Inc. and Futuris Automotive recently formed a partnership with several universities and the USDA's Forest Products Laboratory to develop ultra-strong, lightweight automotive structural components reinforced with nanocellulose. READ MORE

November 18, 2014

Opinion: Biomass Producers Today, Carbon Kings Tomorrow

BY Matt Carr Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 1, the U.S. EPA will close down the comment period for its proposed Clean Power Plan, the most significant environmental policy proposal in a generation. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, Okamura announce collaboration

BY DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Found In:ChemicalsOkamura, in collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, has launched its first office furniture coated with a biobased powder coating made with Susterra l,3-propanediol, a biobased ingredient used in a high-performance powder coating. READ MORE

November 17, 2014

Algix holds grand opening for Solaplast facility in Mississippi

BY Mississippi Development Authority Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOfficials from bioplastics manufacturer Algix LLC recently held a grand opening event at its Solaplast facility in Marion, Mississippi. The facility utilizes the company's patent-pending technology to convert algae into bioplastic pellets. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

Biome provides Q3 update on bioplastics development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsU.K.-based bioplastics company Biome Technologies plc has released financial results for the first nine months of the year, reporting an 85 percent increase in revenues compared to the same period of 2013. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Gevo reports progress at ethanol, isobutanol plant

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExciting progress is being made at Gevo Inc.'s Luverne, Minnesota, renewable fuel plant, and also within the company's recent commercial activities, Gevo CEO Pat Gruber reported during the company's third quarter conference call. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

New versatile process efficiently converts biomass to liquid fuel

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPurdue University researchers have demonstrated a new process to convert all biomass into liquid fuel, and the method could make possible mobile processing plants. The new method is called fast-hydropyrolysis-hydrodeoxygenation. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Digestion strategy in shipworms holds potential for biofuels

BY Northeastern University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international research team led by Dan Distel, director of the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University, has discovered a novel digestive strategy in shipworms that could benefit biofuel development. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Xylome, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation reach deal on yeast

BY Xylome Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsXylome Corp. has signed licensing and equity agreements with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation to develop and market unconventional yeasts with the power to transform tough biomass into sustainable fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

BioAmber's Sarnia facility nears mechanical completion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting development of the company's biorefinery in Sarnia, Ontario, is progressing on time and on budget. The facility is expected to be mechanically complete in early 2015. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Enerkem, AkzoNobel partner to explore development in Europe

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. recently announced it has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

REG discusses renewable diesel, chemicals during Q3 call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently released financial results for the third quarter, reporting revenues of $384.3 million. In addition to producing biodiesel, the company has expanded its operations into renewable diesel and biobased chemicals. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

ABO expands carbon utilization campaign

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has unveiled a new website as part of its campaign to persuade the U.S. EPA to recognize carbon capture and utilization technologies as approved emissions reduction strategies under its new power plant regulations. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Perstorp steps up investment in bioplastics market

BY Perstorp Found In:ChemicalsPerstorp is stepping up its investment into the fast growing bioplastics market. World demand is expected to continue to grow at over 20 percent per year for the foreseeable future, said the company. The investments include a pilot plant in the U.K. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Ensyn initiates generation, sale of cellulosic RINs

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnsyn Corp. has initiated the generation and sale of its first renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). The company also announced its RINs have also been quality assurance plan certified. READ MORE

November 07, 2014

Metabolix outlines new strategic plan in Q3 investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsMetabolix Inc. has released third quarter financial results and reported it is implementing a strategic plan to reshape the company into an operation more focused on specialty biopolymers. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Solayzyme shifts focus to lower-volume, higher-value products

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. recently released third quarter earnings, anticipating total revenue for the year just north of $60 million, up more than 50 percent from 2013. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Amyris reports record revenue from renewable products

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting record renewable product revenue of $11.5 million. Record revenue and lowered production cost resulted in the first quarter of positive product gross margin. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

Rentech closes on sale of alternative energy technologies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 4, Rentech Inc. announced it has closed on the sale of its alternative energy technologies to Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. for a total of $15.3 million. The transaction was first announced in March. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

LBNL startup Afingen uses precision method to enhance plants

BY Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBy manipulating a plant's metabolic pathways, two scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression. READ MORE

November 06, 2014

NREL: Reviving algae from the (almost) dead

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again, and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide biofuel for a clean energy future. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

DuPont reports growth for Industrial Biosciences division

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDuPont recently released third quarter financial results, reporting a 20 percent increase in operating earnings per share. The company's Industrial Biosciences segment experienced a 4 percent increase in operating earnings for the quarter. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

Biosuccinium earns USDA certified biobased product label

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia has earned the USDA certified biobased product label for its Biosuccinium bio-succinic acid. The label verifies that the product's amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

Corbion Purac to construct PLA plant in Thailand

BY Corbion Purac Found In:ChemicalsCorbion Purac has announced plans to take the next step in the bioplastics value chain by becoming a polylactic acid (PLA) producer with the development of a proposed 75,000 ton-per-year plant in Thailand. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

NatureWorks announces $2.5 million DOE grant

BY NatureWorks Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsThe U.S. Energy Department recently announced a grant of up to $2.5 million to NatureWorks in support of an ongoing program that aims to sequester and use methane as a feedstock for the company's Ingeo biopolymers and intermediates. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Industry remembers contributions of Rosenthal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization has announced that Mary Rosenthal, ABO's first executive director, passed away on Nov. 1 after a battle with cancer. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison, David Tenenbaum Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have disclosed a new method to convert lignin into simple chemicals. The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum-based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials. READ MORE