Biobased Chemical

April 16, 2015

Report outlines roadmap for industrial biotechnology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe National Research Council of the National Academies recently published a report outlining goals and recommendations to expand industrial biotechnology. The report was prepared at the request of the U.S. DOE and National Science Foundation. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Flourishing faster: How to make trees grow bigger and quicker

BY University of Manchester Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

NexSteppe demonstrates biomass crops at commercial scale

BY NexSteppe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNexSteppe has announced that it sold more than 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) of its Palo Alto biomass sorghums in Brazil this past growing season, compared to just over 1,000 hectares in the previous year. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Leaf Resources announces cellulosic sugar patent application

BY Leaf Resources Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Resources Ltd. has launched its new Hybritech platform for the pulp and paper industry following the lodgment of a patent application for the process last month. The Hybritech platform utilizes Leaf Resources' Glycell process. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Scientists a step closer to developing renewable propane

BY The University of Manchester Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Manchester have made a breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane.This study provides new insight to the development of advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

Discovery of plant switch could boost crop, biofuel production

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis, the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

Cascades invests in biorefinery project at Cabano plant

BY Cascades Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCascades Inc. has announced an investment in a new technology at its Norampac - Cabano facility. This innovative new process is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips. READ MORE

April 13, 2015

Wood biorefinery equipment on the auction block April 14

BY Holly JessenFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEquipment from a project to produce cellulosic ethanol at a pulp and paper mill is available for purchase in an online auction. Included in the auction is equipment from late model lab assets and a 2009-2012 biomass biorefinery pilot plant. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Ceres reports favorable sorghum growth in Brazil in Q2 results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 9, Ceres Inc. released financial results for the second quarter of 2015, reporting growing conditions in Brazil have been generally favorable for its sweet-sorghum collaboration with Raizen across most multi-hybrid field evaluation sites. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

Deal forged on Minnesota bioeconomy legislation

BY Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiobased industry, agriculture, and environmental interests recently reached agreement on legislation in Minnesota that would create production-based incentives for renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and biomass thermal energy. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

Iowa leadership to lead trade missions to South Korea, Brazil

BY Gov. Terry E. Branstad's Office Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced that they will lead trade missions to South Korea and Brazil respectively. Both trips are aimed at expanding trade and investment opportunities. READ MORE

April 09, 2015

PHA plant planned in Spain

BY Bio-on S.p.A. Found In:ChemicalsBio-on S.p.A. and Pizzoli S.p.A have announced plans to collaborate to build Italy's first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato agro-industrial process. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Virginia Tech researchers convert corn stover to hydrogen

BY Virginia Tech Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of Virginia Tech researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel. This method uses abundantly available corn stover. READ MORE

April 07, 2015

Algenol to participate in business development mission to China

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgenol is joining U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a business development mission to China. GE, Southern Co., Honeywell, Praxair, Alcoa, and Lockheed Martin also traveling with the group. READ MORE

April 03, 2015

Biopolymers have potential in biomedicine, agricultural markets

BY Lux Research Found In:ChemicalsWhile biobased polymers face challenges that limit their potential in some high-volume markets, Lux Research has shown their biodegradability can make them a valuable choice in biomedical and agriculture markets. READ MORE

April 03, 2015

Ceres accelerates sugarcane trait development

BY Ceres Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. recently announced that its biotech sugarcane traits have been advanced to the next stage of testing ahead of schedule due to positive data from initial field evaluations under tropical conditions in Latin America. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

PureVision to scale up biorefining technology at ZeaChem site

BY PureVision Technology Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

Algae from clogged waterways could serve as biofuels, fertilizer

BY American Chemical Society Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWater-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists recently reported that they are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products. READ MORE

April 02, 2015

ISU agronomist weighs impacts of corn residue removal

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFarmers who are considering selling corn residue from their fields to produce cellulosic ethanol first should weigh a range of site-specific factors to their operations, according to new research from an Iowa State University agronomist. READ MORE

April 01, 2015

Biome reports revenue, margin increase in 2014 earnings results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsOn March 25, Biome Technologies plc, a U.K.-based bioplastics company, announced its financial results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, reporting an 80 percent increase in revenues reflected in both of the company's divisions. READ MORE

April 01, 2015

Bioplastics from certain proteins show antibacterial properties

BY University of Georgia Found In:ChemicalsBioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications or food packaging. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Solegear closes financing, begins trading on TSX Venture Exchange

BY Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. Found In:ChemicalsSolegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. commenced trading on the TSX Venture Exchange at market open on March 31. In conjunction with the listing, Solegear also announced it completed a $4.2 million financing round. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

BETO deputy director publishes commentary on algae development

BY U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBioenergy Technologies Office Deputy Director Valerie Sarisky-Reed's commentary, "Algal Progress Report," was published in the February edition of the bimonthly research journal Industrial Biotechnology. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

New yeast strain to enhance biofuel, biochemical production

BY The University of Texas at Austin Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

CRI licenses IH2 technology to forest products company

BY CRI Catalyst Co. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA forest products company headquartered in Europe has entered into an FEL-1 license agreement with CRI Catalyst Co. for its IH2 technology, which is a thermal catalytic process that produces liquid fuels from forest biomass and other resources. READ MORE

March 27, 2015

Gevo releases 2014 results, reports progress with SBS operations

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has released 2014 financial results, reporting increased revenues when compared to 2013. During the fourth quarter, the company continued to progress with commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, Minnesota, plant. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

UGA researchers create trees that are easier to turn into fuel

BY University of Georgia Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth. READ MORE

March 26, 2015

Air Liquide announces startup of bioliq pilot plant in Germany

BY Air Liquide Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsConducted in partnership with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Air Liquide's bioliq pilot plant aims at demonstrating the feasibility of a process to produce high-quality sulfur-free fuel from residual biomass. READ MORE

March 20, 2015

Metabolix reports PHA biopolymer expansion in year-end results

BY Katie FletcherFound In:ChemicalsMetabolix Inc. has announced financial results for the three months and full year ended Dec. 31, reporting that in late 2014 the company decided to significantly increase the pilot production capacity for Mirel polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biopolymers. READ MORE

March 19, 2015

EIA report illustrates biofuel, bioenergy subsidies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 12, the U.S. Energy Information Administration published a report on direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy for fiscal year (FY) 2103. The report responds to a request from two members of Congress. READ MORE