Biobased Chemical

February 18, 2016

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS pilot plant producing cellulosic sugar

BY Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAlliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. has announced the CTS pilot plant, located at the its subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock through fermentation of cellulosic sugars. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Clariant: Cellulosic ethanol now used in cleaning agents

BY Clariant Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsClariant, in cooperation with Werner & Mertz, has launched a project which expands the possible applications of its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol to detergents, cleansers and cleaning agents, including Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Comet Biorefining to build biomass sugar plant in Ontario

BY Comet Biorefining Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsComet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in 2018. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production

BY Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsAn assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass. READ MORE

February 17, 2016

Opinion: Supporting New Technology Worth the Effort

BY Matt Carr Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsSome companies have adapted to changing market conditions and changed their business model to create other products, oftentimes with higher value, READ MORE

February 16, 2016

In Depth: Ethanol to n-Butanol in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

BY Katie FletcherFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsConstruction retrofitting a Minnesota ethanol plant to produce renewable chemicals is well-underway. READ MORE

February 15, 2016

Chempolis, NRL cellulosic ethanol project in India moves forward

BY Chempolis Ltd. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA joint venture of Chempolis Ltd. and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. that aims to build a biorefinery utilizing Chempolis’ formicobio technology is moving forward after getting approval from NRL’s board. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Synthetic biopathway turns ag waste into ‘green’ products

BY University of Minnesota Found In:ChemicalsResearchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Iowa State engineers develop technology to create renewable nylon

BY Iowa State University Found In:ChemicalsEngineers at Iowa State University have found a way to combine a genetically engineered strain of yeast and an electrocatalyst to efficiently convert sugar into a new type of nylon. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

DOE: $11.3 million available for flexible biomass fuel technology

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Energy Department recently announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors. READ MORE

February 12, 2016

Deinove confirms its carotenoids commercialization potential

BY Deinove Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsDeinove, a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and biobased chemicals by using Deinococcus bacteria as host strains, announces major progress in its carotenoids project. READ MORE

February 10, 2016

Details announced for industry tour at 2016 IBCE

BY BBI International Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsBBI International has announced the agenda for the industry tour taking place April 14 at the ninth annual International Biomass Conference & Expo . This tour will provide an in-depth look at the biogas industry in Charlotte, North Carolina. READ MORE

February 10, 2016

NREL discovery could lead to cheaper cellulosic fuels

BY National Renewable Energy Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsResearchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the BioEnergy Science Center say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels. READ MORE

February 09, 2016

Researchers ‘explode’ sugar beet cells for faster fermentation

BY Wageningen University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a technology that explodes cell walls to create faster and cheaper fermentation. The process uses Betaprocess technology in which vacuum extrusion is used to explode cell walls. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Ensyn receives key regulatory approvals from CARB

BY Ensyn Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnsyn Corp. has been granted key regulatory approvals by California’s Air Resources Board related to the application of its Renewable Fuel Oil as a renewable feedstock for refineries in California for the production of renewable gasoline and diesel. READ MORE

February 08, 2016

Algae raceway paves path from lab to real-world applications

BY DOE/Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsIn a twist of geometry, an oval can make a line. The new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories may be oval in shape, but it paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy. READ MORE

February 04, 2016

AVA Biochem adds biobased FDCA to its product portfolio

BY AVA Biochem Found In:ChemicalsAVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). Furan derivatives produced from renewable carbohydrates are some of the most important next-generation platform chemicals. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

UK Green Investment Bank to establish a special share

BY U.K. Green Investment Bank Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe U.K. government recently announced that the U.K. Green Investment Bank will create a “special share” in the company as part of the process to introduce private capital to the organization. READ MORE

February 03, 2016

Study: Increased switchgrass acreage could improve water quality

BY U.S. Department of Energy Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsArgonne National Laboratory has released a study funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the potential effects of future biofuel production on freshwater resources in the Missouri River Basin. READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Biofuels industry speaks out following results of Iowa caucus

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsOn Feb. 1, the Iowa caucus officially kicked off the primary election season. Twelve of the 14 candidates who participated in the Iowa caucus are supportive of the renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

February 02, 2016

Gevo signs licensing, joint development agreements with Porta

BY Gevo Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGevo Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a license agreement and a joint development agreement with Porta Hnos S.A. to construct multiple isobutanol plants in Argentina using corn as a feedstock. READ MORE

February 01, 2016

Virent announces strategic collaboration with Tesoro

BY Virent Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVirent has entered into a new strategic relationship with Tesoro to accelerate the development and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology to produce cost effective, low-carbon, drop-in, biobased fuels and chemicals. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Researchers discover cheaper way to make algae biofuels

BY University of Melbourne Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsChemical and Biomolecular Engineers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel. READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Tradition celebrates the launch of new environmental markets hub

BY Tradition Found In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsTradition, an interdealer broker in commodity and financial products, has announced the launch of Tradition Green, a business hub thst brings together all environmental products brokered by Tradition under one brand. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

FSA seeks comments on revision of information collection for NAP

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA’s Farm Service Agency has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Tecnalia develops legume protein-based films and coatings

BY Tecnalia Found In:ChemicalsOver the past two years, the European Leguval project has been working to valorize byproducts of the legume processing industry so that they can be used to prepare plastic materials for agriculture, packaging and automotive applications. READ MORE

January 26, 2016

New research addresses biomass supply variation risk

BY Anna SimetFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsNew research shows variations in the biomass supply chain could reduce potential for cellulosic biofuel production, but that feedstock diversification and portfolio strategies can effectively mitigate risk. READ MORE

January 25, 2016

USDA report details Rural Development investments

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Pellets, Power, Thermal, Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA has released a report detailing the impacts investments made by its Rural Development team have had on rural America. Bioenergy investments are among those highlighted in the document. READ MORE

January 22, 2016

Report: Iowa well positioned for biobased chemical development

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA white paper published by Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor and the Iowa Biotechnology Association shows that Iowa is better positioned that many domestic competitors to capitalize on the next frontier of bioprocessing in the U.S. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

Partner collaborations advanced Elevance technology

BY Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. Found In:ChemicalsIn collaboration with several partners, Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has successfully completed scale-up of a second-generation biorefinery technology of the company’s olefin metathesis technology, utilizing ethylene and natural oil feedstocks. READ MORE