Biobased Chemical

August 08, 2017

DOE biomass technical advisory committee to meet in August

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 Aug. 15-16 in Los Angeles, California. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

REG: Geismar plant continues to run above nameplate capacity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Renewable Energy Group Inc. has releases second quarter financial results, providing an update on operations at the company’s renewable diesel plant and briefly discussing the strategic review of its Life Sciences division. READ MORE

August 07, 2017

Corbion announces ‘stalking horse’ bid to buy TerraVia

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCorbion has entered into a “stalking horse” stock and asset purchase agreement with TerraVia Holding Inc., a company previously known as Solazyme Inc., following an announcement by TerraVia that it had filed for a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy. READ MORE

August 04, 2017

Lignin can make building materials less toxic

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA collaborative study led by a Michigan State University researcher proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

DOE announces additional MEGA-BIO award

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a fourth project up to $1.8 million under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. The new project will optimize a process for deconstruction of biomass into sugars and lignin. READ MORE

July 31, 2017

Verdezyne breaks ground on biobased DDDA plant

BY Verdezyne Inc. Found In:ChemicalsVerdezyne Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 30 for its VerdePalm plant, the company's first commercial-scale renewable chemicals manufacturing facility. The plant, located in Malaysia, is designed to produce biobased long-chain diacids. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

EPA SAB to review biogenic carbon framework at August meeting

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA has announced the Scientific Advisory Board will conduct a quality review of the agency’s draft framework for assessing biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources at a meeting in August. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool

BY University of Massachusetts at Amherst Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues have discovered that Basidiomycota brown rot fungi uses a non-enzymatic, chelator-mediated biocatalysis method to digest and recycle wood. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

USDA technology transfer report discusses biofuel research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released its annual technology transfer report, announcing its research generated 244 new inventions and 109 patent applications during fiscal year 2016. Biofuel research projects are among those discussed in the 559-page report. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Technology could transform microalgae into biobased chemicals

BY Purdue University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into biobased chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. READ MORE

July 25, 2017

Study on photoprotection may benefit biofuel feedstock yield

BY Anne Trafton , MIT Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from MIT and the University of Verona have discovered how the key protein in the photoprotection process allows moss and green algae to protect themselves from too much sun. The findings could benefit biofuel feedstock development. READ MORE

July 20, 2017

Trump announces nominations for 3 USDA posts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPresident Donald Trump has announced nominations for three USDA posts, including deputy secretary and two under secretary positions. Ted McKinney has been nominated to fill the new under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs post. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

Funding allows ORNL to accelerate biofuel, bioproducts research

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of four bioenergy centers chosen by DOE to advance a new biobased economy with the production of fuels and other products directly from nonfood biomass. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

DOE provides $40 million for 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers that will provide scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Bill aims to establish tax credit for biobased chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsRep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., recently introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017, or H.R. 3149, which aims to establish a 15-cent-per-pound production tax credit for renewable chemicals made from biomass. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Rice aids in the study of biofuel feedstocks

BY U.S. Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice is a model for studies of candidate bioenergy grasses such as sorghum, switchgrass, and miscanthus. To optimize crops for biofuel production, scientists are seeking to identify genes that control key traits, including yield. READ MORE

July 11, 2017

Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals

BY Arizona State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArizona State University scientists are harnessing the trial-and-error power of evolution to coax nature into revealing how to convert biomass into biobased products by test-tube evolving bacteria to ferment biomass sugars. READ MORE

July 09, 2017

Opinion: Time for a change in the RFS

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, Chemicals, for the first time in four years, Congress has stepped up its work to explore the possibility of reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard program. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

DOE awards STTR, SBIR grants to several bioenergy projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is awarding 263 grants totaling $116 million to 184 small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Several of the awards support bioenergy projects. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Perdue names 3 to USDA leadership roles

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSecretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the USDA continues the reorganization announced on May 11. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

S2G BioChem to build advanced biorefinery in Ontario

BY S2G BioChem Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsS2G BioChem, a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, recently announced that it has started work on the company's first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant that it intends to build in Sarnia, Ontario. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Amyris, Queensland move forward with planned biorefinery

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. and the government of Queensland, Australia, recently announced the next step their plans to develop a leading industrial biotechnology hub in Southeast Asia. The proposed facility will produce biobased farnesene. READ MORE

June 19, 2017

ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics report algae biofuel breakthrough

BY ExxonMobil Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. have announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

ARC awards $1.5 million to support biorefinery center at ASC

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1.5 million to New York-based Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center project, which aims to leverage wood resources to create sustainable business. READ MORE

June 16, 2017

Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate achieves REACH registration

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables has announced that its innovative chemical, sodium glucarate, has achieved registration under the European Chemical Agency’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation. READ MORE

June 15, 2017

DOE names new director of ORNL

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry recently announced the appointment of Thomas Zacharia as the new Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was unanimously selected by the UT-Battelle board of governors to succeed Thom Mason. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Hazlett selected to lead USDA Rural Development agencies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAgriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett to lead USDA’s Rural Development agencies. Hazlett, who’s title will be assistant to the secretary for Rural Development, will report directly to Perdue. READ MORE

June 14, 2017

Resynergi creates energy from plastic waste, biomass

BY University of Minnesota Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCalifornia waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and gas. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

NCGA contest seeks new ways to produce chemicals from corn

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe National Corn Growers Association and NineSigma have launched a global competition to identify new uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for chemical production. Entries are due Sept. 28. READ MORE

June 13, 2017

Researchers aim to reduce cost, time of algae biofuel production

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, are working to lower the cost of producing biofuels from algae by utilizing an indoor system that mimics the conditions of outdoor ponds. READ MORE