Biobased Chemical

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

November 19, 2018

NREL shifts carbon fiber research into second gear

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:ChemicalsOngoing research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory could lead to a cleaner method of transforming acrylonitrile (ACN) into carbon fiber, replacing petrochemicals with biomass as the starting point. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

BASF produces methanol according to the biomass balance approach

BY BASF Found In:ChemicalsBASF has started production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach. The product name is EU-REDcert-methanol, which is certified according to the REDcert standard. READ MORE

November 08, 2018

Clariant, Neste join forces on sustainable industrial solutions

BY Clariant Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClariant has signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste. By using Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons in its product development, Clariant increases the number of products in its portfolio that are derived from renewable raw materials. READ MORE

November 05, 2018

LCY Chemical purchases BioAmber assets, Sarnia biorefinery

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsLCY Biotechnology Inc., a division of Taiwan-based LCY Chemical Corp., has purchased the assets of BioAmber Inc., a bankrupt renewable chemicals company that built a biobased succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Regulatory barriers on agenda for biomass R&D committee meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee will hold an opening meeting in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 15-16. The meeting will address regulatory barriers impacting bioenergy growth. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

High biomass sorghums can compete in water-stressed circumstances

BY Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy or high biomass sorghum can be grown in water-stressed situations and still produce good yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study being conducted at Bushland and in Kansas. READ MORE

October 19, 2018

Anellotech announces plans for commercial plant

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech announced it has demonstrated commercially viable process economics during multi-month runs at its TCat-8 pilot facility. The company said it will now begin planning for a new commercial plant with partners IFPEN and Axens. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Argonne releases 2018 update to GREET model

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 10, Argonne National Laboratory’s System Assessment Group released a 2018 update of its GREET Model, which is an analytical tool used to consider the life cycle of various transportation fuels. READ MORE

October 15, 2018

Scientists research heat consumption, generation in pyrolysis

BY Tomsk Polytechnic University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPyrolysis can be organized automatically for heat generation out of the most common type of biomass such as peat and straw. That is, it is sufficient to heat biomass to a certain temperature and then the process proceeds in the autothermal mode. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

BY American Society of Plant Biologists Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers are working to understand how the stem juiciness trait evolved in sorghum. Understanding the underlying gene could could help breeders fine-tune this trait in sorghum and other important crops. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

Researchers to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust

BY UMass Lowell Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers from UMass Lowell, the University of Maine and Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. to develop renewable fuel additives made from woody biomass. READ MORE

September 28, 2018

Researchers find value in lignin

BY University of Wisconsin-Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn ideal biorefinery would turn renewable crops into a variety of fuels and products with little waste. A significant challenge in realizing this vision is what to do with lignin. Researchers are currently working to solve that problem. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

Versalis buys Biochemtex, Beta Renewables

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsItalian oil and gas company Eni has announced Versalis, its chemical subsidiary, has purchased a group of green businesses owned by the Mossi & Ghisolfi Group, including Biochemtex and Beta Renewables. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

BioBTX begins operations at Netherlands pilot plant

BY BioBTX B.V. Found In:ChemicalsBioBTX B.V. recently announced the official opening of the pilot plant for the production of sustainable platform chemicals in Groningen, the Netherlands. The company is developing a technology to convert biomass into cornerstone aromatic chemicals. READ MORE

September 21, 2018

New method more than doubles sugar production from plants

BY EPFL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEPFL chemists have developed a method that can significantly increase the yield of sugars from plants, improving the production of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Enerkem commits to taking action on ocean plastics waste

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced Sept. 20 at the G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministerial Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that it will be exploring opportunities to take action on ocean plastics waste and marine litter. READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Envia idles GTL plant, Velocys focuses on Mississippi project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys has announced that Envia Energy will suspend operations at its Oklahoma City plant due to financial circumstances. The gas-to-liquids facility, which features Velocys’ Fischer-Tropsch technology, began producing finished products in 2017. READ MORE

September 19, 2018

Bacteria used as cell factories could produce biofuels

BY University of Kent Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications, including the production of biofuels and vaccines, has been developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Kent. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Australian researchers produce biobased hydrogen

BY Macquarie University Found In:ChemicalsBacteria that turn sugar into hydrogen are being engineered by Macquarie University researchers who received a $1.1 million grant from ARENA, the Australian government’s renewable energy agency. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

UD engineers study microbes for biofuel production

BY Julie Stewart, University of Delaware Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis of the University of Delaware a three-year, $1.5 million grant to study the production of clostridium bacteria as platforms for biofuels. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

DOE funds 36 bioenergy research and development projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 36 projects a combined $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development to enable cost-competitive drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, biobased products and power. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

Ricketts cuts ribbon on Prairie Catalytic facility in Nebraska

BY Office of Gov. Pete Ricketts Found In:ChemicalsOn Sept. 5, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic LLC’s new $50 million biobased ethyl acetate production facility. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

DOE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research

BY University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith the announcement of a $1.1 million grant for sorghum disease resistance research led by the University of Illinois, the Department of Energy is signaling a new investment in the future of the crop. READ MORE

September 04, 2018

Opinion: Midterm Elections, RVO Decisions, and Lame Duck Tax Relief

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWith former U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt taking aim at the biofuels industry, what started out as a challenging year is now winding down on an ostensibly more moderate and manageable note. READ MORE

August 28, 2018

Researcher wins DOE grant to create value from biorefinery waste

BY the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRajesh Shende, an associate professor at SD Mines, has received a $2.16 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to research and demonstrate ways to turn waste from biorefineries into valuable products. READ MORE