Biobased Chemical

August 05, 2015

Grains of rice hold big promise for GHG reductions, bioenergy

BY U.S. DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRice is a large source of atmospheric methane. With the addition of a single gene, researchers have developed rice that can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies and features more starch for food and bioenergy production. READ MORE

August 04, 2015

Gevo highlights corporate developments during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released second quarter financial results, reporting revenue of $8.9 million, up from $7.7 million during the same period of 2014. The net loss was $17.8 million, compared to $17.2 million during second quarter of last year. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Solazyme highlights algal oil plant, UPS contract in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSolazyme Inc. recently released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, highlighting consistent power and steam supply coming from its cogeneration Moema facility and expanded relationship with UPS for supply of renewable diesel fuel. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Invista, Plaxica collaborate on biobased lactic acid technology

BY Plaxica Found In:ChemicalsInvista Performance Technologies and Plaxica have entered into a collaboration that is expected to accelerate the commercialization of Plaxica's technology for the production of biobased lactic acid. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

Bio-on, Cristal Union to produce PHA from sugar beet coprodcuts

BY Bio-on Found In:ChemicalsAn agreement signed by Bio-on and Cristal Union will see France's first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from sugar beet coproducts. The companies will build a production site with an initial 5,000 tons of annual capacity. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

3 bioenergy-related House bills introduced in late July

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late July, several pieces of legislation were introduced that aim to impact the biorefining industry. Two of the bills aim to benefit bioenergy technologies, while a third would limit the U.S. EPA's ability to set cellulosic mandates. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

DOE solicits applications for loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced it is soliciting applications for up to $4 billion in loan guarantees to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

MSU research could improve cyanobacteria use in biofuel

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOverexposure to sunlight, which is damaging to natural photosynthetic systems of green plants and cyanobacteria, is also expected to be damaging to artificial photosynthetic systems. Michigan State University researchers aim to overcome that hurdle. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

USDA scientist helps Texas sorghum growers reduce water use

BY USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSusan O'Shaughnessy, an agricultural engineer with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, Texas, is providing guidance to sorghum farmers in the Texas High Plains who are trying to save water by using less-than-optimal amounts of it. READ MORE

July 31, 2015

TerraVerdae BioWorks reaches milestone in PHA process scale-up

BY Alberta Innovates—Bio Solutions Found In:ChemicalsTerraVerdae BioWorks Inc. recently announced that it has reached a major milestone: creation of its proprietary technology at a commercial scale. It has completed the scale-up optimization of its process to produce PHA bioplastics from methanol. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Energy bill includes language benefiting bioenergy, algae

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn July 22, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources introduced a bipartisan energy bill, titled the "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015." The committee was scheduled to hold business meetings on the bill on July 28 and July 30. READ MORE

July 29, 2015

Aston University bioenergy technology embarks on European tour

BY Aston University Found In:ChemicalsPre-testing of waste materials using prototype Pyrofab technology was recently underway ahead of a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste in Europe. The Pyrofab is based on technology developed at Aston University. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

New Holland, SUNY partner on biomass research

BY New Holland Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew Holland Agriculture is supplying equipment to the State University of New York that will aid in U.S. Department of Energy-funded research focused on finding ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. READ MORE

July 24, 2015

Project aims to use probiotic bacteria to produce algal crops

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Lawrence Livermore team has received an additional $1 million to protect algal crops by developing "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation and increase ecosystem function and resilience. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Reverdia lead partner in BioSuccInnovate Consortium

BY Reverdia Found In:ChemicalsReverdia has joined the consortium ADMIT BioSuccInnovate, an innovative Climate-KIC initiative will explore with CIMV, a biorefining company, the use of locally-available lignocellulosic feedstock to produce biobased, biodegradable plastic packaging. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Lee Enterprises Consulting, Zeton announce strategic alliance

BY Lee Enterprises Consulting Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLee Enterprises Consulting, an alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, has announced a strategic alliance with Zeton Inc., which designs and fabricates lab-scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and other facilities. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

Deinove unveils biobased muconic acid production program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has completed conclusive proof of concept for the production of muconic acid by a Deinococcus bacterium and has decided to launch a new research and development platform in this field. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

GFBiochemicals starts production of levulinic acid

BY GFBiochemicals Found In:ChemicalsBiobased chemical company GFBiochemicals has started commercial production at its 10,000-metric-ton-per-year levulinic acid plant in Caserta, Italy. The announcement was made at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Opinion: The Real Bioeconomy Builders

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization's Matt Carr discusses the relationships between policy, investment and the success of the industry. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Liquid Light, Coca-Cola sign technology development agreement

BY Liquid Light Found In:ChemicalsLiquid Light announced it has signed a technology development agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. The objective of the agreement is to accelerate the development of Liquid Light’s technology which can make mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) from carbon dioxide. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Johnson Matthey, Rennovia begin operations at biochemical plant

BY Rennovia Inc. Found In:ChemicalsJohnson Matthey Process Technologies and Rennovia Inc. recently announced that they have successfully started-up a mini-plant for production of glucaric acid from glucose using jointly developed technology. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Genomatica, Cargill announce renewable chemical collaboration

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGenomatica and Cargill have entered into a collaboration agreement to accelerate the production of renewable chemicals for industrial applications. Cargill also made an equity investment in Genomatica. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

Advanced Ethanol Council changes name, expands membership

BY Advanced Biofuels Business Council Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Advanced Ethanol Council is expanding its organizational charter to include other types of advanced biofuels. The new group, called the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, also announced new corporate and board members. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

DOE seeks nominations for biomass advisory committee

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is soliciting nominations for candidates to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Nominations are due Aug. 14. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

Newlight signs contract for 19 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA

BY Newlight Technologies Found In:ChemicalsNewlight Technologies recently announced that it has signed a take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International Ltd. Under the terms of the 20-year master off-take agreement, Vinmar will purchase up to 19 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

EPA honors Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards winners

BY U.S. EPA Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA is recognizing green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Event to focus on biobased product, chemical, fuel coproduction

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology’s Office (BETO) has announced plans to hold a workshop focused on the challenges associated with the coproduction of biomass-derived chemicals, products and biofuels. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. The $4 million project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and industrial partners. READ MORE

July 15, 2015

Deinove reaches third milestone of the Deinol program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove recently announced that it has reached the third and penultimate milestone of its Deinol project supported by Bpifrance. Achievement of this milestone triggers grant funding of up to EUR 1.2 million ($1.31 million). READ MORE

July 14, 2015

Ceres discusses plan to realign its focus during investor call

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for its fiscal third quarter, reporting the company is continuing to realign its focus towards food and forage opportunities and biotechnology traits, rather than bioenergy markets. READ MORE