Biobased Chemical

May 16, 2016

UCR researchers win funding for biofuel, biochemical development

BY Sarah Nightingale, University of California, Riverside Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUniversity of California, Riverside researchers have received a $1.3 million award from the USDA that will fund research on developing commercially viable processes to create biofuels and chemicals from waste plant materials. READ MORE

May 13, 2016

Gevo Q1 results provide update on isobutanol equipment upgrades

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. released first quarter financial results, focusing on progress made at Luverne since the restart of isobutanol production in mid-March, and announcing Alaska Airlines’ first commercial flight using Gevo’s ATJ fuel is scheduled in June. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Amyris reports increased revenues in first quarter results

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAmyris Inc. recently released first quarter financial results, reporting revenues of $8.8 million, including product sales growth of 50 percent when compared to the same period of 2015. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Deinove partners with TWB to optimize Deinococcus production

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove has announced a technology collaboration with Toulouse White Biotechnology. The project aims to map the metabolic fluxes of the Deinococcus chassis. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

Lygos, Sirrus announce synthesis of biobased methylene malonates

BY Lygos Inc. Found In:ChemicalsLygos Inc. and Sirrus Inc. have jointly announced that Sirrus has successfully synthesized its Chemilian 1,1 di-substituted alkenes using Lygos' bio-DEM at the laboratory scale. READ MORE

May 10, 2016

AEBIOM weighs in on post-2020 bioenergy policy

BY European Biomass Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to define a sustainable European Union bioenergy policy for the period post-2020, and to open up the debate through its public consultation. READ MORE

May 09, 2016

DOE opens funding opportunity for biofuels, bioproducts, biopower

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRecognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

USDA: FSFL program now includes microloan option

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has updated its Farm Storage Facility Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing so agricultural producers can build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Renewable biomass is among the eligible commodities. READ MORE

May 06, 2016

Aemetis to acquire Edeniq and its cellulosic technology

BY Aemetis Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAemetis Inc. and Edeniq have entered into a definitive agreement under which Aemetis will acquire all of Edeniq’s outstanding shares in a stock plus cash merger transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter. READ MORE

May 05, 2016

ARENA supporting Australia’s largest bioenergy project

BY Australian Renewable Energy Agency Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA bioenergy project in Queensland could become a reality thanks to early stage funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project would produce ethanol, lignin for power production and fuel pellets. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

University of California mulls sawmill, CHP facility purchase

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, ChemicalsThe University of California is on the verge of purchasing the Sierra Pacific Industries Loyalton, California, mill and associated property, including a 20-MW, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass unit. READ MORE

May 04, 2016

Velocys reports progress on Envia GTL project in Oklahoma

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.K.-based Velocys plc recently released 2015 financial results, reporting good progress on Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

May 03, 2016

BioAmber reports steady progress at Sarnia plant

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioAmber Inc. has released first quarter financial results, reporting steady process in ramping up its Sarnia, Ontario, biosuccinic acid plant. Sales reached $1.5 million during the quarter, up 297 percent when compared to the same quarter of 2015. READ MORE

May 02, 2016

Researchers developing biobased resins for use in railway systems

BY Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research Found In:ChemicalsWageningen UR Food & Biobased Research is working on the development of biobased resins for elastic rail fastening systems. The project aims to develop new resins from biomass which cure into an elastic rubber-like compound within a limited time. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

Biomass Research and Development Board to hold webinar May 5

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn May 5, Biomass Research and Development Board operations committee is expected to hold a listening session, titled “Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States.” The two-hour webinar is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. READ MORE

April 29, 2016

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

BY Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTwo Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them more disease-resistant. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

DOE BETO hosts bioenergy event with 4-H youth leaders

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a roundtable discussion with a group of 4-H youth delegates from across the country on April 12. The roundtable was part of the larger National 4-H Conference. READ MORE

April 25, 2016

Opinion: What’s in a Name?

BY Tim PortzFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhat is waste? Initially, the question seems rhetorical, but in practice, the answers have significant impacts on the industry. READ MORE

April 22, 2016

DOE to offer funding for biorefinery projects

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity to support technology development plans for the manufacture of drop-in biofuels, bioproducts, or biopower in a pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

UPM Biofuels gains ISCC PLUS certification

BY UPM Biofuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. READ MORE

April 20, 2016

Avantium raises €20 million in a financing round led by PMV

BY Avantium Found In:ChemicalsAvantium, an innovative chemical technology company and leader in renewable chemistry, recently announced that it has closed a financing round of 20 million euros ($22.59 million). The investments are made by PMV, FPIM, and existing shareholders. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Green Biologics announces distribution agreements

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd., announced two distribution agreements in April. The company is currently retrofitting a corn ethanol plant in Little Falls, Minnesota, to produce n-butanol and acetone. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Comet signs supply agreement with BioAmber, announces investment

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. has signed an offtake agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for high-purity dextrose from Comet's planned commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be produced from agricultural residues. READ MORE

April 19, 2016

Opinion: Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAddressing climate continues to be one of the major reasons to support and develop advanced and cellulosic biofuels. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

S2G begins biobased glycol production at partner site

BY S2G BioChemicals Found In:ChemicalsS2G BioChemicals recently initiated production of fossil-free biobased glycols at the Memphis, Tennessee, site of the company's operating partner, Pennakem LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Minafin Group. READ MORE

April 18, 2016

Student startup converts waste lignin to mulch film for farm use

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers have developed a process that makes lignin biodegradable and turns it into the large rolls of mulch film that farmers use to block weeds, retain moisture and soil temperature and improve crop yield. READ MORE

April 15, 2016

EPA approves Joule’s advanced biofuel pathway

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. EPA recently approved a renewable fuel pathway filed by Joule Unlimited Technologies Inc., allowing the company to generate D5 advanced biofuels renewable identification numbers for its algae-based ethanol under the renewable fuel standard. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

ORNL hosts Southeast bioenergy meeting, study tour

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. READ MORE

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