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February 06, 2014

ABO updates standards for measuring algae industry operations

BY Algae Biomass Organization Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Algae Biomass Organization announced the publication of "Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0" (IAM 6.0), a significant update to the common standards established by the organization for measuring and comparing algae industry operations. READ MORE

February 06, 2014

Leaf Energy announces preliminary results of pilot-scale trial

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLeaf Energy Ltd. recently announced it has received a preliminary report from Andritz AG outlining the results of a pilot-scale trial of Leaf Energy's Glycell Process, a glycerol pretreatment process, at the Andritz pilot plant in Springfield, Ohio. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

Elevance selects URS to provide EPC services for Miss. plant

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Found In:ChemicalsElevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has selected URS Corp. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its biorefinery in Natchez, Miss. URS will convert Elevance's existing biodiesel plant into a new biorefinery. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

Rabobank predicts increased European bioplastic production

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsThe Netherlands-based Rabobank recently published a report that indicates European demand for bioplastics could require 1.2 million metric tons of sugar by 2020, up from 110,000 metric tons last year. READ MORE

February 05, 2014

OSU receives grant to investigate redcedar, biofuels and water

BY Oklahoma State University Found In:Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEastern redcedar trees are extremely invasive, are an incredible fire danger, and large, open-grown trees can use upwards of 42 gallons of water a day during the summer. However, removed invasive trees could serve as a biofuel feestock. READ MORE

February 04, 2014

Senate approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 4, the U.S. Senate approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 67 to 32. The vote was the final legislative action needed before President Obama can sign the legislation into law. READ MORE

February 03, 2014

UC Davis researchers develop new technique for drop-in biofuels

BY University of California, Davis Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The feedstock for the new process is levulinic acid. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

Iowa State engineers upgrade fast pyrolysis pilot plant

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIowa State University's pyrolysis pilot plant has undergone upgrades supported by $75,000 from the Leading the Bioeconomy Initiative at Iowa State. The improvements will help researchers gain a better understanding of the art of fast pyrolysis. READ MORE

January 31, 2014

Dyadic International expands its Dutch research center

BY Dyadic International Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDyadic International Inc. has announced that the expansion of its research laboratory in The Netherlands is complete. Increased space allows for the installation of a range of state-of-the-art research equipment, including a new fermentation lab. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Farm Bill: Offerings for plant operators, investors, developers

BY Kyle Althoff Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Farm Bill is a five-year piece of legislation that typically takes six years to develop and reach consensus among U.S. senators, representatives, and the president. Orchestrating this feat is nothing short of a miracle. READ MORE

January 30, 2014

Algae.Tec forms agreement with India-based RIIHL

BY Algae.Tec Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlgae.Tec Ltd. recently announced the signing of agreements with Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings said the arrangement is the backing the company needs to fund and launch its Global Biofuels Division. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Houses approves Farm Bill conference report

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. House of Representatives has approved the conference report for the 2014 Farm Bill by a vote of 251 to 166. The farm bill conference committee approved the conference report for the bill on Jan. 27. A U.S. Senate vote is expected next week. READ MORE

January 29, 2014

Obama: climate change is a fact

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsJob creation, higher wages and investments in the U.S. education system were a few of several focus points during President Obama's State of the Union address, which reiterated the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. READ MORE

January 28, 2014

Conference committee passes Farm Bill, votes expected soon

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe agriculture committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have announced a bipartisan agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill. The House is expected to vote on the measure on Jan. 29, with a Senate vote expected soon after. READ MORE

January 24, 2014

Meeting the needs of famers critical to biomass, residue harvest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhile the baling of crop residues and forage crops is nothing new, the sheer volume that will be required to supply a commercial biorefinery makes developing a reliable, cost effective supply chain a challenge. READ MORE

January 24, 2014

Renewable Energy Group acquires biochemical company LS9

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Found In:ChemicalsRenewable Energy Group Inc. has announced it has acquired leading renewable chemical technology developer LS9 Inc. for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million, consisting of up front and earnout payments, in stock and cash. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

"Sweet crude" biofuel developed at University of Texas at Austin

BY Chris HansonFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers from the University of Texas at Austin developed "sweet crude" biofuel using genetically engineered yeast cells and household sugar. The yeast was genetically modified to enable up to 90 percent of the the cell mass to become lipids. READ MORE

January 23, 2014

Maverick Biofuels changes its name to Maverick Synfuels

BY Maverick Synfuels Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsMaverick Biofuels, a leader in alternative fuels and chemicals production technology, has changed its name to Maverick Synfuels to reflect the company's growth strategy for producing synthetic fuels and chemicals from low-value feedstocks and waste. READ MORE

January 22, 2014

Dean Tiessen Memorial Fund to honor agricultural entrepreneur

BY Rural Ontario Institute Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA memorial fund has been established to honor the vision and memory of southwestern Ontario agricultural entrepreneur Dean Tiessen of New Energy Farms, who died tragically in Brazil late last year. READ MORE

January 21, 2014

Bioenergy sales contribute to Novozymes' 2013 growth

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNovozymes has released its 2013 results, reporting that all financial targets for the year were met or exceeded. Overall organic sales growth was 7 percent. Sales to the bioenergy and household care industries were the biggest drivers of growth. READ MORE

January 20, 2014

UW researchers: Renewable chemical ready for biofuels scale-up

BY University of Wisconsin - Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsUsing a plant-derived chemical known as gamma valerolactone, or GVL, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that's ripe with possibility for biofuels. READ MORE

January 17, 2014

Valmet provides prehyrolysis system to BPF

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsValmet Corp. has announced it will supply a prehydrolysis system to Bioprocess Pilot Facility BV's (BPF) pilot plant, which is located in Delft, the Netherlands. The BPF is a multi-purpose facility established by a consortium of industrial partners. READ MORE

January 16, 2014

Sierra Resins forms bioplastic venture using waste from fisheries

BY Chris HansonFound In:ChemicalsSierra Resins Inc. announced a new venture with Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist from University of Maine, to work on the development of next-generation bioplastics for the food services and food processing industry using fisheries waste. READ MORE

January 16, 2014

Researchers: There is more to biofuel production than yield

BY Michigan State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWhen it comes to biofuels, corn leads the all-important category of biomass yield. However,Michigan State University researchers show that looking at the big picture allows other biofuel crops to score higher as viable alternatives. READ MORE

January 16, 2014

BioNitrogen reports progress with feasibility studies

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioNitrogen Holdings Corp. announced that the Casale Group has completed engineering feasibility studies for is portion of its plants. The company has also recently funded BioResource Management Inc. to conduct feedstock feasibly studies. READ MORE

January 15, 2014

AgEC says 2014 budget agreement highlights need for Farm Bill

BY Agriculture Energy Coalition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe 2014 Consolidated Appropriations agreement to be considered by Congress today leaves Farm Bill energy programs with no discretionary funding for the year, highlighting the need for Congress to prioritize consideration of the 5-year Farm Bill. READ MORE

January 15, 2014

Genera Energy showcases commercial biomass harvesting concept

BY Genera Energy Inc. Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGenera Energy Inc. is showcasing some of the most cutting-edge, effective and innovative commercial harvesting techniques available in the biomass industry as it begins its latest harvest of biomass energy crops. READ MORE

January 14, 2014

Myriant withdraws $125 million IPO

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsMore than a year and a half after it filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Myriant Corp. has announced it does not intend to pursue a public offering at this time. READ MORE

January 13, 2014

Researchers identify a coppicing response gene in biomass willow

BY Rothamsted Research Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsRothamsted Research scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative, have discovered a gene that contributes to the coppicing response of willows. READ MORE

January 10, 2014

Aphios granted patent for cellulosic biomass pretreatment

BY Aphios Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAphios Corp. has announced that it was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,540,847 entitled "Methods and Apparatus for Processing Cellulosic Biomass," for its Aosic enabling technology platform, which utilizes "SuperFluids," such as carbon dioxide. READ MORE