Biobased Chemical

April 13, 2016

‘Algal Turf Scrubbers’ help clean Baltimore Harbor, fuel cars

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnergy Department-funded researchers are investigating how to mimic algae's absorb nutrients and produce oxygen, while at the same time, sustainably produce biomass for conversion to renewable biofuels and bioproducts. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

ABO applauds introduction of carbon utilization amendment

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the algae industry, applauded an amendment proposed April 12 by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

April 12, 2016

Industry talks lows, highs, opportunities at biomass conference

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow oil and power prices and a warm winter are the predominant reasons that it’s been a challenging year for every sector of the biomass industry. READ MORE

April 11, 2016

Cool Planet partners with J.R. Simplot to distribute Cool Terra

BY Cool Planet Found In:ChemicalsCool Planet has announced a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Co. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra throughout the Western United States and portions of the Midwest. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Iowa establishes PTC for renewable chemicals

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn April 7, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed legislation establishing a production tax credit for renewable chemicals. Branstad signed the bill at Iowa State University. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and several stakeholders were on hand to witness the event. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Scientists discover an enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons

BY Texas A&M University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. READ MORE

April 08, 2016

Scientists use ‘reverse photosynthesis’ to break down biomass

BY University of Copenhagen Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. READ MORE

April 05, 2016

Prairie cordgrass offers potential for growth in poor soils

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMarginal land is an attractive option for biofuel feedstock production. The soil on this land is often salty, but University of Illinois researchers have found several varieties of perennial grasses that can withstand high salt concentrations. READ MORE

April 04, 2016

DOE BETO updates Multi-Year Program Plan

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and coordinate its activities. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Metabolix releases 2015 results, announces MOU

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOn March 29, Metabolix Inc. released 2015 financial results and announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CJ CheilJedang Corp. for a strategic commercial manufacturing arrangement for specialty PHAs. READ MORE

April 01, 2016

Researchers breakdown biomass without chemical pretreatment

BY University of Manchester Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists from the University of Manchester and East China University of Science and Technology have overcome the challenge of breaking down raw biomass without the need for chemical pretreatment, producing a record amount of hydrocarbon fuels. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Gevo Q4 results highlight isobutanol upgrades, ASTM approval

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. released 2015 financial results, highlighting restarted production of isobutanol in Luverne, Minnesota, ASTM revision approval to support isobutanol based ATJ aviation biofuels and agreements to construct isobutanol plants in Argentina. READ MORE

March 31, 2016

Deinove releases financial results, reports reduced net loss

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove has reported a loss of EUR 6.34 million ($7.23 million) for 2015, compared to a loss of EUR 6.46 million the previous year. The company also noted it achieved key milestones in its Deinol and Deinochem programs last year. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Iowa bill to establish renewable chemical PTC sent to governor

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa is one step closer to establishing a production tax credit (PTC) for renewable chemicals. Legislation to establish a PTC program has passed both houses of the state legislature and currently awaits the signature of Gov. Terry Branstad. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Rivertop Renewables exceeds nameplate capacity at glucarate plant

BY Rivertop Renewables Found In:ChemicalsRivertop Renewables announced it exceeded the nameplate capacity of its first commercial production facility during benchmark testing. At full capacity the plant is capable of producing more than 9 million dry pounds of sodium glucarate per year. READ MORE

March 29, 2016

Comet Biorefining, farmer cooperative collaborate on feedstock

BY Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer's cooperative, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain. READ MORE

March 28, 2016

Report: Midwest clean energy jobs continue to grow

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA report recently released by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs has determined nearly 569,000 people currently work in clean energy throughout the Midwest, with that number expected to grow by more than 4 percent over the next year. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

Iowa bill would create renewable chemical production tax credit

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLegislation pending in Iowa aims to create a five-year, 5-cent-per-pound, renewable chemical production tax credit program. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization has spoken out in support of the measure, noting it would help drive innovation. READ MORE

March 25, 2016

UT center continues quest for low-cost, high-quality bioenergy

BY University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists with the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon are continuing efforts to develop renewable and cost-competitive biofuels and biobased products that can be useful for society and to advance rural economies. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

Penn State announces first harvest of shrub willow

BY Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and biobased economic development, according to researchers. READ MORE

March 22, 2016

AST increases scale of Wisconsin research facility

BY Ann BaileyFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin. The company increased the processing capacity of its facility from 100 kilograms to 2 tons of cellulosic biomass per day. READ MORE

March 18, 2016

BASF, Avantium announce plans to establish a joint venture

BY BASF Found In:ChemicalsBASF and Avantium have signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid, as well as marketing of polyethylenefuranoate. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Report quantifies employment, turnover impacts of EU bioeconomy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA recent study commissioned by the Belgium-based Biobased Industries Consortium has determined the European bioeconomy employs 18.3 million people and results in EUR 2.1 trillion ($2.31 trillion) in turnover. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

Anellotech announces additional equity investment

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech recently announced that it has received an additional $3 million equity investment from an unnamed and confidential multinational strategic investor and corporate partner, bringing total investment from this investor to $10 million. READ MORE

March 17, 2016

DOE seeks input on biorefinery scale-up, operational challenges

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy is seeking feedback that will will help its Bioenergy Technologies Office better understand capabilities, barriers and opportunities, associated with the operation of integrated biorefineries. READ MORE

March 16, 2016

BioAmber reports operational progress at Sarnia plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released financial results, reporting that the company’s fourth quarter performance exceeded its expectations, with $1.1 million in sales of bio-succinic acid during the three-month period. READ MORE

March 15, 2016

Deinove, Arbiom announce collaboration

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove and Arbiom have announced a collaboration that involves the characterization forestry residues pretreated with Arbiom's technology and the evaluation of Deinococcus potential for assimilating the sugars extracted from this biomass. READ MORE

March 14, 2016

Researchers closer to finding key to converting algae to biofuel

BY University of Florida Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

House hearing focuses on DOE loan guarantee program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. Abengoa projects were among those discussed during the event. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

Corbion plans bioplastic production plant in Thailand

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsNetherlands-based Corbion recently announced it has completed pre-engineering for a 75,000-ton-per-year (polylactic acid) PLA polymerization plant, and is entering the basic-engineering phase. READ MORE