Biobased Chemical

January 31, 2019

New biosensor highlights best biofuel-producing microbes

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new study led by Vatsan Raman, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, unveils a biosensor that may light the way to the best microbial candidates for biofuel production. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

Avantium takes full ownership of Synvina

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium has retaken full ownership of its YXY plants-to-plastics technology through the purchase of BASF’s shares in the Synvina joint venture, and appointed Marcel Lubben as managing director of Synvina. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Gevo announces development of renewable isoprene

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. recently announced it has developed a proprietary catalytic process to convert low-value fusel oils into renewable isoprene. Fusel oils are a mixture of alcohols that are produced as a byproduct from fermentation processes. READ MORE

January 24, 2019

Attis, Iowa State partner on lignin-based carbon fiber

BY Attis Industries Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAttis Industries Inc. has announced a partnership with Iowa State University to develop carbon fibers for use in a wide variety of applications derived entirely or predominately from lignin produced at Attis’ planned biorefineries. READ MORE

January 23, 2019

UK REA launches bioenergy review with new call for evidence

BY U.K. Renewable Energy Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. Renewable Energy Association has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the U.K. Bioenergy is energy generated from biobased fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

Attis plans to convert Fulton ethanol plant to green tech campus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAttis Industries has announced plans to purchase a 85 MMgy corn ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, from Sunoco LP and develop the site into a green tech campus that will produce corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol and other biomass-based products. READ MORE

January 22, 2019

VTT develops method to turn forestry waste into fuels, chemicals

BY VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Promising bioplastic derived from ‘poo molecule’

BY Lund University Found In:ChemicalsA new, fossil-free bioplastic is emerging, according to Lund University. Lab experiments show the material is more durable than both regular plastic and other bioplastics, and is potentially better suited for recycling. READ MORE

January 14, 2019

Advancements in catalytic fast pyrolysis give biofuels a boost

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from NREL, PNNL, and ANL have identified an approach to improve the efficiency and reduce costs of biofuel production by demonstrating improvements in bio-oil yield through catalyst and process development. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

Canada joins International Renewable Energy Agency

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCanada has officially become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Canada becomes the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organization dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Trump nominates Wheeler as permanent EPA administrator

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Jan. 9, President Trump formally nominated Andrew Wheeler to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Wheeler has held the post of acting administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt’s resignation earlier that month. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

ORNL team uses supercomputer to aid in biofuel production

BY Jonathan Hines, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing supercomputers, a team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

UC San Diego wins $2M to advance algae-based renewable polymers

BY University of California San Diego Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of University of California San Diego biologists and chemists has been granted $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new methods for manufacturing products based on algae. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

New composite advances lignin as a renewable 3D printing material

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D printing feedstock that could spur a profitable new use for an intractable biorefinery byproduct: lignin. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 20, President Trump signed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill, titled the Agricultural Improvement Act, or H.R. 2, reauthorizes several Energy Title programs, including REAP and BCAP. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

DOE opens FOA for $37M in new research, development grants

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has issued a second funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for fiscal year 2019. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Progress made on proposed Enerkem facility in Minnesota

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe development of a waste-to-biofuels plant in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area is one step closer to reality with the Metropolitan Council’s recent approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and design deposit agreement with Enerkem Inc. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

House passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 369 to 47 on Dec. 12. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 11, the Senate voted 87 to 13 to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The vote came one day after House and Senate ag committee leaders released the text of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report. The bill will now be considered by the House. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

Report: Biofuels, bioproducts required to meet GHG goals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report released by the Biofuture Platform states that the world’s greenhouse gas reduction goals cannot be met without greater use of biofuels and bioproducts. The report also describes several barriers impeding future progress in the sector. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

A crustacean could hold secret to making wood-based biofuels

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved eat wood washed into the sea. READ MORE

December 07, 2018

BIO adds 21 companies to Industrial & Environmental Section

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently announced 21 companies have joined the Industrial & Environmental Section over the past year, including Gevo, Velocys, Virent, and Agrisoma Biosciences. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

UK government publishes bioeconomy strategy for 2018-2030

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. BEIS has published a national bioeconomy strategy for 2018 to 2030. The U.K. REA spoke out in support of the strategy, noting it endorses the use of biobased resources as fundamental to U.K. goals for decarbonization and economic growth. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

DOE contest to crowdsource solutions for biobased 3D printing

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is seeking new concepts in biobased materials for additive manufacturing as part of its Manufacturing Innovator Challenge, which is an effort to crowdsource solutions for next generation manufacturing. READ MORE

December 05, 2018

Total Corbion PLA starts-up 75,000-ton-per-year bioplastics plant

BY Total Corbion PLA Found In:ChemicalsTotal Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announced the start-up of its 75,000-ton-per-year poly lactic acid (PLA) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has successfully produced Luminy PLA resins. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

Report: Pro-innovation policies, biotech advances are linked

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study released Nov. 19 highlights strategies, policies and best practices that have been successful in creating an environment in which biotechnology innovation can flourish around the world, according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

USDA rule to help speed development of infrastructure projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA is taking action to allow agency administrators additional flexibility to obligate federal funds associated with certain infrastructure projects, including those associated with several of its rural development programs. READ MORE

November 26, 2018

Researchers develop, test system for making biobased chemicals

BY Iowa State University Found In:ChemicalsIowa State University researchers will test a new way of producing biobased chemicals that’s backed by 10 years of working in laboratories, partnering with industries and launching startups. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Canadian government funds project to produce biobased nylon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe Canadian government has announced funding to support the development of biomass-based alternative material that could replace traditional nylon used in automobile manufacturing and other industries. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

USDA: 2 national labs win BioPreferred Program procurement awards

BY USDA Found In:ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced that two U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories have received USDA’s Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for testing and adopting biobased products within their operations. READ MORE