Biobased Chemical

January 30, 2015

DOE accepting comments on engineered high-energy crop proposal

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is accepting public comments on an environmental impact statement related to proposed confined field trials of engineered high-energy crops for use in bioenergy applications. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

EPA: Agricultural Science Committee nomination deadline extended

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn late 2014, the U.S. EPA invited the public to nominate scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board's Agricultural Science Committee. The deadline for submitting those nominations has been extended to March 30. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

Researchers produce two biofuels from a single algae

BY Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study. The research exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae. READ MORE

January 29, 2015

York scientists shed further new light on biomass breakdown

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of York are part of a research team which has found that a recently discovered family of enzymes, lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases, can degrade resistant forms of starch. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

OriginOil, INL collaborate on proposed algae biofuel project

BY OriginOil Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOriginOil Inc. has announced that it is collaborating with the Idaho National Laboratory. A proposed project focuses on development and implementation of novel approaches to improve efficiency in algal biofuel production. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Genera Energy celebrates four years accident free

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. recently celebrated 1,533 days, or four years, without an accident. Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that Genera's core operations intersect three of the 10 most deadly occupations in the U.S. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

Supreme Court rules in Gevo's favor, remands case to lower court

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its favor in the case of Gevo Inc. v. Butamax Advanced Biofuels. The court's decision reinstates Gevo's District Court victory and remands the case back to a Federal Court of Appeals. READ MORE

January 26, 2015

Deinove completes first key milestone of its Deinochem program

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove announced it has reached the first milestone of its Deinochem green chemistry program funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and will receive a EUR 1 million ($1.12 million) repayable advanced in early February. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

DOE announces ARPA-E funding opportunity

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has announced plans to award up to $125 million in support of transformational energy projects. The solicitation is the third open funding opportunity announced by ARPA-E. READ MORE

January 23, 2015

IRENA announces REsource, a new online data platform

BY International Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe International Renewable Energy Agency has launched REsource, an online knowledge platform that enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use. READ MORE

January 22, 2015

Lux Research: Biobased materials, chemicals capacity to increase

BY Lux Research Found In:ChemicalsLed by growth in the U.S. and Brazil, the global capacity to produce bio-based materials and chemicals from emerging technologies will rise to over 7.4 million metric tons in 2018, more than tripling from 2008 levels, according to Lux Research. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Green Biologics raises $76 million to support plant conversion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K-based Green Biologics Inc. has raised $76 million to support the acquisition and conversion of a Minnesota ethanol plant to produce n-butanol and acetone. The funding will also support continued development of the company's process technology. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Gevo announces cost-saving initiatives, new technology

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. has announced several cost-saving initiatives aimed at improving its overall cash flow. The actions are expected to decrease the company's average monthly corporate-wide EBITDA burn rate by 40 percent this year. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Edeniq secures $16 million for cellulosic sugar production

BY Edeniq Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEdeniq announced it has raised $16 million in equity. The investment was led by I2BF Global Ventures. Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, Flint Hills Resources Renewables, Westly Group, Cyrus Capital, and Nimes Capital also participated. READ MORE

January 21, 2015

Algenol launches algae fuels demonstration project in India

BY Algenol Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgenol and Reliance Industries Ltd. have successfully deployed India's first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery. Construction on the project was complete in November. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Novozymes: Bioenergy drives 2014 growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes has released 2014 financial results, reporting that sales growth was in line with expectations. During an investor call, Peder Holk Nielsen, president and CEO of Novozymes, said bioenergy was the strongest growth driver last year. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Agenda announced for 2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the technical sessions of the 8th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, North America's largest and fastest growing biomass conference, taking place April 20-22 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

January 20, 2015

Amyris to enter the industrial cleaning products market

BY Amyris Inc. Found In:ChemicalsAmyris Inc. has announced it plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing Amyris's Myralene renewable solvents through U.S. AutoForce and U.S. Lubricants, divisions of U.S. Venture Inc. READ MORE

January 19, 2015

Ceres discusses progress with sorghum hybrids in quarterly report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCeres Inc. has released financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, reporting progress with its breeding and genetic technologies. During an investor call, the company detailed planting of its sorghum hybrids in Brazil. READ MORE

January 16, 2015

CPI project converts food waste into graphene, renewable hydrogen

BY Centre for Process Innovation Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsThe Centre for Process Innovation is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value, namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

ABO: Senators' letter supports carbon utilization technology

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization applauded U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., for their recent letter to the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA in support of carbon capture and utilization technologies. READ MORE

January 15, 2015

University of Manchester wins grant for biotechnology

BY University of Manchester Found In:ChemicalsScientists at The University of Manchester have been awarded funding to develop new sustainable ways of manufacturing the chemicals used in thousands of our everyday products. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

Sorghum Partners announces winners of 2014 producers competition

BY Sorghum Partners Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSorghum Partners, a Chromatin Inc. brand, is pleased to announce that three sorghum growers who planted Sorghum Partners brand products have won at the county, state, and national level in the 2014 National Sorghum Producers competition. READ MORE

January 08, 2015

Bacteria 'factories' churn out valuable chemicals

BY Kat J. McAlpine, Harvard Gazette Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have modified the genes of bacteria in a way that lets them program exactly what chemical they want the cells to produce, and how much, through the bacteria's metabolic processes. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Plant genetic advance could improve biofuel processing

BY University of Massachusetts Amherst Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsPlant geneticists from universities in Massachusetts and California have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. READ MORE

January 06, 2015

USDA solicits REAP applications

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing it is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program. A final rule for REAP was published in late 2014. READ MORE

January 05, 2015

Soil sensor technology uses biocomposites

BY North Dakota State University Found In:ChemicalsA technology developed at North Dakota State University creates precise in-the-ground measurement and monitoring of soil and crop conditions, which could provide opportunities for greater yields. The technology also has led to a new start-up company. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

USDA publishes final rule for REAP program

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Dec. 29, the USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register for the Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems. READ MORE

January 02, 2015

Grant funds research into nanomaterials effect on feedstock yield

BY University of Arkansas at Little Rock Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Arkansas Science and Technology Authority has approved grant funding for a University of Arkansas at Little Rock biology professor who says nanomaterials could increase the germination rate and biomass yield of bioenergy crops. READ MORE

December 31, 2014

BioNitrogen signs agreement with Saipem for EPC services

BY BioNitrogen Holding Corp. Found In:ChemicalsBioNitrogen Holdings Corp. recently announced that it has signed an engineering, procurement, project management and construction services agreement with Italy-based Saipem for its biomass-to-urea manufacturing facilities. READ MORE