Biobased Chemical

November 16, 2016

Global Bioenergies completes construction of demo plant

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies recently announced that the construction of its demo plant, started mid-2015, is now completed. The 100-ton-per-year plant will convert various biomass feedstocks into into high-purity isobutene. READ MORE

November 15, 2016

Changing cell behavior could boost biofuels, medicine

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to coax cells to do natural things under unnatural circumstances, which could be useful for stem cell research, gene therapy and biofuel production. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

USDA announces fiscal year 2017 BCAP funding

BY USDA Farm Service Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUSDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced Nov. 10 that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

Corbion begins construction of PLA plant in Thailand

BY Corbion Found In:ChemicalsOn Nov. 9, Corbion celebrated the groundbreaking of a new polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastics polymerization plant at its existing site in Rayong, Thailand. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2018. READ MORE

November 14, 2016

RSB revises principles and criteria

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials has announced that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised principles and criteria, which will provide users with streamlined and easier to follow requirements. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Biomass, biofuel groups hopeful Trump will support bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Nov. 8, the U.S. elected republican nominee Donald Trump to serve as its 45th president. Representatives of the biomass and biofuels industries are saying they look forward to working with the new administration to expand bioenergy production. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

BioAmber increases biosuccinic acid sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released third quarter financial results, reporting sales of biosuccinic acid increased 45 percent when compared to the second quarter, reaching $3.7 million. In addition, the unit cost of biosuccinic acid fell 12 percent. READ MORE

November 07, 2016

PNNL researchers convert sewage into biofuel

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIt may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants across the United States may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. READ MORE

November 04, 2016

REG: Operations improving at Geismar facility

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenewable Energy Group Inc. recently released third quarter financial results, providing updates of operations at its Geismar renewable hydrocarbon diesel facility, its biodiesel operations, and other activities. READ MORE

November 03, 2016

Amyris reports improved quarterly revenue

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has released third quarter financial results, reporting the highest quarterly revenue of the company’s history since its exit from ethanol sales and trading. The company also reported continued strong momentum in new collaborations. READ MORE

November 03, 2016

Green Biologics announces partnership with HOC Industries

BY Green Biologics Inc. Found In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc. recently announced a strategic partnership with HOC Industries, a custom blender, packager and distributor of consumer and government products, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. READ MORE

November 02, 2016

NREL researchers discover how a bacterium utilizes CO2, cellulose

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable of breaking down and fermenting cellulosic biomass. READ MORE

October 31, 2016

New discovery offers potential for algae biofuel production

BY Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDonald Danforth Plant Science Center researchers have identified a mutation in Chlamydomonas that substantially removes a constraint that is widely observed in micro-algae where the highest yields of oil can only be obtained from starving cultures. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Biomass research and development committee to meet in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Researchers reproduce evolutionary path with designer lignin

BY Krista Eastman, University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study led by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has shown poplar trees and many other plants have evolved to naturally produce zip-lignin, which readily breaks down under simple chemical conditions. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

CSPC announces equity raise, corn stover field trial

BY Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to supply feedstock to Comet Biorefining. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

EPFL: Turning biofuel waste into wealth in a single step

BY EPFL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method by EPFL chemists, the simple addition of formaldehyde could turn it into the main focus. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

White Dog Labs advances in $20 million Carbon Xprize contest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew technology developer White Dog Labs has been selected as a semifinalist in the $20 million Carbon Xprize, announced shortly after its peer-reviewed research paper was published in the journal Nature Communications. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Fortum and Taaleri invest in Chempolis

BY Chempolis Oy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFortum and Taaleri Kiertotalous Ky recently signed an agreement with Chempolis Oy to invest in the company. The deal is part of a restructuring of Chempolis Oy’s ownership and financing, in order to strengthen the balance sheet and operations. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

BY BioPilotsUK Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 19, five established R&D centers across the U.K. announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and biobased product manufacture. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

ORNL researchers unravel the science behind biomass breakdown

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the chemical details behind the process to more easily deconstruct biomass in order to more easily produce biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Researchers develop instrumentation to study plant cell walls

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bioenergy. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Technique could lower cost of making bioplastics and biofuel

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Swedish research team involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute has developed an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way to detect the occurrence and purity of cellulose. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

NCBiotech awarded grant for sorghum initiative

BY North Carolina Biotechnology Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

DOE: New pilot plant co-processes biomass, petroleum

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory, together with W.R. Grace, and Zeton Inc., built a unique pilot-scale facility that can produce biomass-derived fuel intermediates with existing petroleum refinery infrastructure. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Corbion discusses feedstock sourcing, announces new brand name

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioplastics producer Corbion recently released a whitepaper on feedstock sourcing for bioplastics and introduced a new brand name, Luminy, which comprises the entire neat resin PLA portfolio. READ MORE