Biobased Chemical

March 14, 2018

Engineers develop tools to scale up of bio-oil production

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA research team at Iowa State University will study, model and develop design tools for autothermal pyrolysis, a new way to break down corn stalks, wood chips and other biomass to produce a liquid bio-oil. READ MORE

March 09, 2018

NCGA: Consider Corn Challenge winners named

BY National Corn Growers Association Found In:ChemicalsLygos, Annikki, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Vertimass, Sasya and South Dakotas State University were recently named as winners of the National Corn Grower Association's inaugural Consider Corn Challenge. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Letter urges reauthorization of energy title in next Farm Bill

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn March 6, a group of more than 200 companies and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate Agricultural Committee leaders urging them to reauthorize and fund energy title programs in the next Farm Bill. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Secretary Perdue administers oath of office to Bill Northey

BY USDA Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue administered the oath of office to Bill Northey March 7 at the Annual Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner. Northey previously served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, a position he had held for more than 11 years. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

NMSU collaborates on project to develop guayule, guar feedstocks

BY New Mexico State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeveloping sustainable energy sources is a national quest of scientists in both the private industry and public university sector. Among these endeavors is the recently started Sustainable Bio-economy for Arid Regions project. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Digestive ability of ancient insects may aid biofuel development

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe University of York has announced a study of the unusual digestive system of firebrats, an ancient group of insects, is providing new insights into future biofuel production. The insects are able to efficiently digest cellulose. READ MORE

March 07, 2018

Opinion: Long Road for Biofuels Industry

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThis year is setting up to be a long year for the biofuels industry. First on the agenda is the fate of the biofuels tax extenders, including the biodiesel blenders, renewable diesel credit, second-generation and alternative fuels credits, which all READ MORE

March 02, 2018

Researchers triple the number of grains in sorghum

BY Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have figured out how a simple genetic modification can boost the sorghum's yield. By lowering the level of a key hormone, the change allows the crop to generate more flowers and more seeds. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Senate confirms Northey for USDA post

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 27, nearly six months after he was first nominated, the U.S. Senate confirmed Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey to serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service at USDA. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

GLBRC expands mission

BY Mark Griffin, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBuilding on the success of 10 years researching biofuels, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum. READ MORE

February 22, 2018

Fungal enzymes could hold secret to making biofuels from wood

BY University of York Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Bridgestone, Versalis partner to expand guayule research efforts

BY Bridgestone Americas Inc. Found In:ChemicalsBridgestone Americas and Versalis, a major producer in the polymers and elastomers industry, are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule. READ MORE

February 20, 2018

Partners consider renewable methanol project in Rotterdam

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam has signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam. READ MORE

February 19, 2018

Stora Enso launches lignin product to replace oil-based phenol

BY Stora Enso Found In:ChemicalsStora Enso has announced the launch of Lineo, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

NREL scientists model methane-eating bacteria

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsA research team including scientists from NREL recently explored the possibilities provided by the natural world by researching how the bacteria Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20ZR uses methane and converts it to valuable product precursors. READ MORE

February 16, 2018

Meridian, Genarex partner on bio-additives for plastics

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Found In:ChemicalsMeridian Waste Solutions Inc., an innovative technology and integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, recently announced a strategic partnership with Genarex FD LLC to develop a broader range of bio-additives for the plastics market. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office evaluated in new report

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office conducts a biennial peer review that enables external stakeholders to provide feedback on its R&D portfolio and develop recommendations. On Feb. 6, BETO published the results of last year's peer review. READ MORE

February 07, 2018

Enerkem raises its largest financing round, adds new investors

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. has completed a C$280 million ($222.82 million) investment round—its largest to date. In addition to new investors BlackRock and Sinobioway, existing investors also participated in this financing. READ MORE

February 02, 2018

U of Calgary scientists produce better fuel from biowaste

BY Canadian Light Source Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have found a way to produce a higher quality, more stable fuel from biowaste, such as sewage, that is simpler and cleaner than existing methods. The process simultaneously produces and upgrades bio-oil in one step. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

BIO welcomes new Industrial & Environmental Section members

BY Biotechnology Innovation Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization has announced 10 companies recently have joined the Industrial & Environmental Section as new members, including Gevo, Velocys and Virent. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

USDA, DOE to fund biomass genomics research

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA and U.S. Department of Energy have opened a funding opportunity that aims to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstock for the production of biofuels and biochemicals. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Cool Planet announces patent for enhanced biochar

BY Cool Planet Found In:ChemicalsCool Planet has announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9809502 for enhanced biochar. The patent provides intellectual property protection in the U.S. for biochar products created using the company’s Engineered Biocarbon technology. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

Enerkem, Sinobioway sign agreement to build facilities in China

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc. has signed an agreement with Sinobioway Group worth over C$125 million in the form of equity investment in Enerkem. As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to form a joint venture to develop more than 100 facilities in China. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada named resource champion

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Canadian Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bioindustrial Innovation Canada as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for its efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Study shows producers where, how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

BY University of Illinois ACES Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, including switchgrass, Miscanthus, sorghum, energycane, and prairie mixtures. The data could improve adoption and increase production across the country. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Velocys: Envia seeks EPA approval to generate D7 RINs

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that Envia Energy, the joint venture plant that utilizes its technology, has applied for a fuel pathway approval under the Renewable Fuel Standard to produce D7 cellulosic diesel renewable identification numbers (RINs). READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Alkol BioTech to supply cane feedstock to BRD

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBio Refinery Development BV has signed a letter of intent with Alkol Biotech for the supply of up to 500,000 tons of EUnergyCane annually for use in a proposed biorefinery. EUnergyCane is a naturally occurring cold-resistant variety of sugarcane. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

USDA awards Attis $3 million grant for lignin technology

BY Meridian Waste Solutions Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMeridian Waste Solutions Inc. has announced the USDA awarded its subsidiary, Attis Innovations, a $3 million grant to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

ADM partners with PNNL to produce biobased propylene glycol

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy success story where Archer Daniels Midland partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to become a leading producer of biobased propylene glycol. READ MORE

January 10, 2018

Researchers make grasses more digestible

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn international team of researchers has uncovered a way to make grasses more digestible. The achievement promises improved feed for ruminants and better biomass for biofuel production, with economic and environmental benefits for both. READ MORE