Biobased Chemical

September 26, 2016

Iowa State, Chevron advance biofuel technology with pilot plant

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new pilot plant at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm is a joint project with Chevron U.S.A. University engineers are using the pilot plant to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

USDA ARS: Tapping sorghum's genetic potential

BY Dennis O'Brien, USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist has developed new genetic resources that allow the breeding of sorghum varieties with higher grain yields and greater resistance to diseases and pests. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Enerkem CEO receives 2017 Clean16 sustainability award

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer based in Canada, is pleased to announce that Vincent Chornet has been named in the prestigious 2017 Clean16 awards by the Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Cooper Tire reports progress in developing guayule polymer

BY Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Found In:ChemicalsCooper Tire & Rubber Co. recently announced that its scientists have reached a key milestone toward the goal of producing, by mid-2017, a concept tire in which all of the natural and synthetic rubber is replaced by guayule-based polymers. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

Sandia: Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil bacteria, Sandia National Laboratories researchers believe they now know how to crack open lignin, which could transform the economics of biofuel and ethanol production. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

BIO releases report on renewable chemical progress, opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

Lux: Biobased materials, chemicals offer performance advantages

BY Lux Research Found In:ChemicalsDespite a checkered past, biobased materials and chemicals (BBMC) today offer a clear value proposition when compared with their petro-based counterparts, but smart business execution is critical to eventual success, according to Lux Research. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Several bioenergy projects receive SBIR funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. The USDA also indicated the SBIR program is currently accepting Phase I grant applications. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Strategic consortium to commercialize Virent’s Bioforming process

BY Virent Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVirent recently announced that it has established a strategic consortium with Tesoro, Toray, Johnson Matthey and The Coca-Cola Co. focused on completing the development and scale-up of Virent’s BioForming technology. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Renmatix secures $14 million investment from Bill Gates and Total

BY Renmatix Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRenmatix recently announced a $14 million investment, led by Bill Gates, to support the commercialization of its Plantrose process. The investment will help drive towards the first wave of Renmatix licensees building Plantrose-enabled biorefineries. READ MORE

September 13, 2016

RSB reaccredited weeks after EU court slams certification system

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Commission recently reaccredited RSB's EU Renewable Energy Directive sustainability program. The re-recognition came just weeks after the EU Court of Auditors said the EU certification system for sustainability is not fully reliable. READ MORE

September 12, 2016

RSB EU RED re-recognized by the European Commission

BY Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal of the European Union and is valid for five years. READ MORE

September 09, 2016

IBN-One awards engineering contract to Technip, IPSB

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsIBN-One, a subsidiary of Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union, recently announced it has awarded the first engineering contract for its bio-isobutene plant to Technip and IPSB. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

Tesoro to acquire Virent

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Sept. 6, Tesoro Corp. announced an agreement under which it will acquire Virent Inc. and become the company’s new strategic owner. Virent said the acquisition will support the scale-up and commercialization of its BioForming technology. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

BioAmber Sarnia achieves operational milestone

BY BioAmber Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently announced that its joint venture with Mitsui & Co. has achieved the final operational milestone set out in a CAD$20 million commercial loan that the joint venture drew down in 2015. READ MORE

September 07, 2016

Woody biomass-to-chemicals demonstration project starts in EU

BY DSM Found In:ChemicalsBIOFOREVER (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes), a consortium of 14 European companies, recently announced the start of a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to chemical building blocks. READ MORE

September 06, 2016

Biome offers update of bioplastics division in half year results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsU.K.-based Biome Technologies has released its trading statement for the first half of 2016, reporting improved margins for its bioplastics division. Overall, the company reported revenues of EUR 2.2 million, up slightly from the first half of 2015. READ MORE

September 02, 2016

SuperBIO project to support EU bioeconomy innovation

BY Bio Base Europe Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the EU Horizon2020 funding program. The EUR 3.8 million ($4.24 million) project supports the development of promising industrial value chains in the bioeconomy. READ MORE

August 31, 2016

Metabolix to sell biopolymer business, become Yield10 Bioscience

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOn Aug. 22, Metabolix Inc. announced it has entered into a binding letter of intent (LOI) with CJ CheilJedang Corp. for the sale of its biopolymer intellectual property and certain laboratory equipment. READ MORE

August 29, 2016

Technip, BTG Bioliquids to build biomass pyrolysis facilities

BY Technip Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTechnip recently announced that it has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with BTG BioLiquids B.V. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its modular pyrolysis plants. READ MORE

August 26, 2016

Scaling Up conference to focus on Canada’s low-carbon future

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLow-carbon alternative energy will be the focus of a new Canadian conference in the planning. “Scaling Up: Delivering Canada’s low carbon, biobased economy through sustainable innovation,” is set for Nov. 14-16 in Ottawa. READ MORE

August 24, 2016

Enerkem facility earns ISCC certification for methanol production

BY Enerkem Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

DOE: 5 bioenergy businesses selected for round two of SBV pilot

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy recently announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers pilot, including five businesses in the bioenergy space. Together, the 43 awards are worth more than $8 million. READ MORE

August 22, 2016

In Depth: Biojet, Biogas & Biodiesel in Review

BY Ron KotrbaFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBiomass Magazine reviews sessions from the 2016 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo held this summer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. READ MORE

August 18, 2016

JGI: Expanding the stable of workhorse yeasts

BY Joint Genome Institute Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearch led by U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute is helping boost the use of a wider range of yeasts and to explore the use of genes and pathways encoded in their genomes. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

Research could make biofuel production in E. coil more efficient

BY Washington University in St. Louis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA team of researchers from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in E. coli much more efficient. READ MORE

August 12, 2016

BioAmber reports increased biosuccinic acid sales

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. recently released second quarter financial results, reporting the company is continuing to ramp up operations at its Sarnia, Ontario, biosuccinic acid plant. Sales of biosuccinic acid significantly increased during the quarter. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

Technique could reduce contamination in biofermentation plants

BY Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering technique. READ MORE

August 11, 2016

AST receives patent for method to improve biomass processing

BY American Science and Technology Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmerican Science and Technology, an emerging technology company, has been awarded a patent for a system and method for the extraction of chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass that reduces the cost of Organosolv processing. READ MORE

August 09, 2016

UF/IFAS research could lead to more and healthier sorghum

BY University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher has identified two areas of the sorghum genome that could boost the plant’s resistance to the anthracnose disease. READ MORE