Biobased Chemical

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

October 05, 2016

Toyota develops DNA technology that benefits feedstock production

BY Toyota Motor Corp. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsToyota Motor Corp. recently announced that it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology is capable of improving the efficiency of identifying and selecting useful genetic information for agricultural plant improvement. READ MORE

October 04, 2016

USDA: Biobased products industry has major impact on economy

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:ChemicalsOn Oct. 3, the USDA released a new report showing that the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs to America’s economy in 2014. From 2013 to 2014, the sector created new 220,000 jobs and grew by $24 billion. READ MORE

October 04, 2016

Green Biologics selects Caldic as its EU distribution partner

BY Green Biologics Inc. Found In:ChemicalsGreen Biologics Inc. recently announced a agreement with Caldic B.V. to distribute its biobased, high-purity chemicals, including n-butanol, acetone and other associated product to customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. READ MORE

October 03, 2016

Agenda, experts set for Biofuels Financial Conference Oct. 17-18

BY BBI International Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsProduced by Christianson & Associates and organized by BBI, the event, taking place in Minneapolis, focuses on the best ways for biofuels producers to become more familiar with the latest financial options in today's ethanol and biodiesel industries. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Global Bioenergies, Clariant produce isobutene from wheat straw

BY Global Bioenergies Found In:ChemicalsGlobal Bioenergies and Clariant have announced the production of isobutene from a wheat straw hydrolysate in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. This success is the result of a collaboration initiated more than 18 months ago. READ MORE

September 30, 2016

Researchers develop method to separate lignin from wood

BY Washington State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsWashington State University researchers have developed a way to practically separate lignin from wood, a breakthrough that could provide new sources of lignin for advanced renewable fuel and advanced materials applications. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Novamont opens plant for production of biobased 1,4-butanediol

BY Novamont Found In:ChemicalsNovamont has opened a commercial-scale facility in Italy for the production of biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO), a major intermediate chemical. The Mater-Biotech plant will produce 30,000 tons of BDO per year from renewable sources. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

Ginkgo Bioworks, Genomatica forge alliance

BY Genomatica Found In:ChemicalsGinkgo Bioworks and Genomatica have announced an alliance to more rapidly deliver biology-based solutions for the world’s highest-volume intermediate and specialty chemicals. The companies will share existing technology and develop new processes. READ MORE

September 28, 2016

GreenWood Resources licenses ORNL process to boost biofuel yield

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsGreenWood Resources has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

Velocys: Construction complete on Oklahoma City GTL project

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVelocys plc has announced that construction of Envia Energy’s gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is now complete. The company has also released its interim results for the first half of 2016. READ MORE

September 27, 2016

UT-ORNL team hopes to ease path from vegetation to biofuel

BY University of Tennessee Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory team led by governor’s chair Jeremy Smith is using supercomputing to figure out ways to ease the path of turning vegetation into biofuel. READ MORE

September 26, 2016

Iowa State, Chevron advance biofuel technology with pilot plant

BY Iowa State University Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA new pilot plant at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm is a joint project with Chevron U.S.A. University engineers are using the pilot plant to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. READ MORE

September 23, 2016

USDA ARS: Tapping sorghum's genetic potential

BY Dennis O'Brien, USDA Agricultural Research Service Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsA USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist has developed new genetic resources that allow the breeding of sorghum varieties with higher grain yields and greater resistance to diseases and pests. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Enerkem CEO receives 2017 Clean16 sustainability award

BY Enerkem Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsEnerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer based in Canada, is pleased to announce that Vincent Chornet has been named in the prestigious 2017 Clean16 awards by the Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization. READ MORE

September 21, 2016

Cooper Tire reports progress in developing guayule polymer

BY Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Found In:ChemicalsCooper Tire & Rubber Co. recently announced that its scientists have reached a key milestone toward the goal of producing, by mid-2017, a concept tire in which all of the natural and synthetic rubber is replaced by guayule-based polymers. READ MORE

September 20, 2016

Sandia: Turning ubiquitous lignin into high-value chemicals

BY Sandia National Laboratories Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsLignin has frustrated scientists for years. With the help of an unusual soil bacteria, Sandia National Laboratories researchers believe they now know how to crack open lignin, which could transform the economics of biofuel and ethanol production. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

BIO releases report on renewable chemical progress, opportunities

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe Biotechnology Innovation Organization recently released a report documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the renewable chemical industry and outlining federal and state policies that support the industry. READ MORE

September 19, 2016

Lux: Biobased materials, chemicals offer performance advantages

BY Lux Research Found In:ChemicalsDespite a checkered past, biobased materials and chemicals (BBMC) today offer a clear value proposition when compared with their petro-based counterparts, but smart business execution is critical to eventual success, according to Lux Research. READ MORE

September 16, 2016

Several bioenergy projects receive SBIR funding

BY Erin VoegeleFound In:Biogas, Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsThe USDA recently announced $7.4 million in grants will be awarded to 76 small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research program. The USDA also indicated the SBIR program is currently accepting Phase I grant applications. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Strategic consortium to commercialize Virent’s Bioforming process

BY Virent Inc. Found In:Advanced Fuels, ChemicalsVirent recently announced that it has established a strategic consortium with Tesoro, Toray, Johnson Matthey and The Coca-Cola Co. focused on completing the development and scale-up of Virent’s BioForming technology. READ MORE