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October 28, 2016

Biomass research and development committee to meet in November

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee has been scheduled to be held Nov. 17-18 in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

October 28, 2016

Researchers reproduce evolutionary path with designer lignin

BY Krista Eastman, University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA study led by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has shown poplar trees and many other plants have evolved to naturally produce zip-lignin, which readily breaks down under simple chemical conditions. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

CSPC announces equity raise, corn stover field trial

BY Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsCellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to supply feedstock to Comet Biorefining. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

EPFL: Turning biofuel waste into wealth in a single step

BY EPFL Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method by EPFL chemists, the simple addition of formaldehyde could turn it into the main focus. READ MORE

October 26, 2016

Opinion: What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?

BY Michael McAdams Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAs for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

White Dog Labs advances in $20 million Carbon Xprize contest

BY Sue Retka SchillFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew technology developer White Dog Labs has been selected as a semifinalist in the $20 million Carbon Xprize, announced shortly after its peer-reviewed research paper was published in the journal Nature Communications. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Fortum and Taaleri invest in Chempolis

BY Chempolis Oy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFortum and Taaleri Kiertotalous Ky recently signed an agreement with Chempolis Oy to invest in the company. The deal is part of a restructuring of Chempolis Oy’s ownership and financing, in order to strengthen the balance sheet and operations. READ MORE

October 24, 2016

Alliance launched to support the growth of the UK bioeconomy

BY BioPilotsUK Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Oct. 19, five established R&D centers across the U.K. announced a new alliance, BioPilotsUK. This alliance will seek to position Britain as a global leader in biorefining technology development and biobased product manufacture. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

ORNL researchers unravel the science behind biomass breakdown

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the chemical details behind the process to more easily deconstruct biomass in order to more easily produce biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Researchers develop instrumentation to study plant cell walls

BY Ames Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bioenergy. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

Technique could lower cost of making bioplastics and biofuel

BY KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA Swedish research team involving researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Karolinska Institute has developed an efficient, accurate and non-destructive way to detect the occurrence and purity of cellulose. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

BPA marks fourth Annual Bioenergy Day

BY Biomass Power Association Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn honor of the Fourth Annual Bioenergy Day, more than 40 organizations across the United States and Canada opened their doors on Oct. 19 to local residents and stakeholders, inviting them to learn more about biobased power, thermal and fuels. READ MORE

October 19, 2016

‘Super yeast’ has the power to improve economics of biofuels

BY University of Wisconsin – Madison Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsScientists at the University of Wisconsin­–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. READ MORE

October 17, 2016

NCBiotech awarded grant for sorghum initiative

BY North Carolina Biotechnology Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe North Carolina Biotechnology Center, aided by a $1.87 million federal grant, has embarked on a three-year project to study the production of sorghum as biomass for fuel and high-value chemicals in the Mid-Atlantic region. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

Bioenergy Conversions, Colocations and Integrations

BY Anna SimetFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe December issue of Biomass Magazine is already underway, themed conversions, colocations and integrations. READ MORE

October 14, 2016

DOE: New pilot plant co-processes biomass, petroleum

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe National Renewable Energy Laboratory, together with W.R. Grace, and Zeton Inc., built a unique pilot-scale facility that can produce biomass-derived fuel intermediates with existing petroleum refinery infrastructure. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Corbion discusses feedstock sourcing, announces new brand name

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsBioplastics producer Corbion recently released a whitepaper on feedstock sourcing for bioplastics and introduced a new brand name, Luminy, which comprises the entire neat resin PLA portfolio. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

DOE awards grant to Microvi for biogas conversion technology

BY Microvi Found In:Biogas, ChemicalsMicrovi has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a new groundbreaking biocatalytic technology that converts methane and carbon dioxide in biogas into valuable liquid chemicals, the company recently announced. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Green Biologics introduces BioPure brand, GreenInside trademark

BY Green Biologics Inc. Found In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc. has announced a branding and product development strategy for its biobased n-butanol and acetone, as well as downstream products. Its biobased products will be branded BioPure, with downstream products trademarked GreenInside. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

Deinove shelves Deinol program, refocuses efforts

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsFrance-based Deinove recently released financial results for the first half of 2016, announcing plans to shelve its advanced biofuel business and refocus its efforts on antibiotics and carotenoids in nutrition and cosmetics. READ MORE

October 11, 2016

BETO establishes Agile BioFoundry to streamline biomanufacturing

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has established the Agile BioFoundry, a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Biogenic CO2 coalition launches grassroots campaign

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biogenic CO2 Coalition has launched a grassroots campaign to urge the U.S. EPA to remove its regulatory roadblock to the development of the emerging bioeconomy. The coalition has also sent letters to 2016 presidential candidates. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Rotterdam is proposed location for waste-to-chemicals plant

BY Port of Rotterdam Found In:Chemicals A partnership consisting of AkzoNobel, Van Gansewinkel, Air Liquide, AVR, Enerkem and Port of Rotterdam recently announced that it is looking to build a waste-to-chemicals plant in the Netherlands to produce methanol. READ MORE

October 10, 2016

Synvina: Joint venture of BASF and Avantium established

BY BASF Found In:ChemicalsBASF and Avantium recently announced the formation of a joint venture for the production and marketing of renewable furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranoate, a new polymer based on the chemical building block FDCA. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

NREL lowers biofuel cost

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in its pilot-scale Thermochemical Process Development Unit, allowing for catalytic upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapors. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

Anellotech announces equity investment, begins commissioning

BY Anellotech Found In:ChemicalsAnellotech has received an equity investment of $1.5 million from a new, confidential strategic investor. The new investor joins existing announced partners, Axens, IFP Energies nouvelles, Johnson Matthey, Suntory and Toyota Tsusho. READ MORE

October 06, 2016

Mercurius Biorefining, UC Davis develop FDCA production process

BY Mercurius Biorefining Found In:ChemicalsMercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with the University of California, Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology for production of furan-2,5- dicarboxylic acid (FDCA). READ MORE

October 06, 2016

Verdezyne signs distribution agreement with Aceto

BY Verdezyne Inc. Found In:ChemicalsVerdezyne Inc. and Aceto Corp. recently announced an agreement for sales and distribution of Verdezyne's BIOLON DDDA (biobased dodecanedioic acid). BIOLON DDDA will be produced by Verdezyne and will be distributed in the U.S. by Aceto. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

DOE BETO hosts biorefinery optimization workshop Oct. 5–6

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsU.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted a Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Oct 5-6 in Chicago. The event focused on integrated biorefineries working to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts. READ MORE

October 05, 2016

Biochar improves crop growth, climate

BY PR & D - Public Relations for Research & Education Found In:ChemicalsA project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF recently studied the impact of the biochar on ecosystems and nutrient cycles, finding use of biochar in agriculture improves soil fertility mitigates greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE